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PIB Daily – 1st February 2020 – IASToppers

Beijing +25; Central Insecticides Board; Kasargod Incident;
By IASToppers
February 01, 2020

Contents

Polity & Governance

  • Centre says Crop dusting using drones is illegal

Government Schemes & Policies

  • National Consultation on the review of Beijing +25

 

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Polity & Governance

Centre says Crop dusting using drones is illegal

The Union Government has clarified that drone-spraying is illegal. As per the provisions of Insecticides Act 1968, aerial application of pesticides need approval/ permission from the Central Insecticides Board (CIB). 

Centre says Crop dusting using drones is illegal

Central Insecticides Board:

  • Ministry of Agriculture took steps to frame the Rules and constituted Central Insecticides Board and Registration committee. 
  • For the effective enforcement of the Insecticides Act 1968, the two bodies have been constituted at the Central level viz. Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee.

Central Insecticides Board

Kasargod Incident:

  • In 2018, the Supreme Court directed the Kerala government to pay Rs 500 crores as compensation to over 5,000 victims of the use of Endosulfan pesticide.
  • Over 20 years of aerial spraying on cashew plantations in Kerala and other states has left many with mental and physical disorders.
  • Studies have established linkages between aerial spraying of the pesticide and the growing health disorders in Kasaragod district.
[Ref: The Hindu, PIB]

 

Government Schemes & Policies

National Consultation on the review of Beijing +25

To mark of 25 years of the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD), the National Commission for Women (NCW) and UN Women organized a National Consultation on the Review of Beijing+25.

National Consultation on the review of Beijing +25

Objective of National Consultation:

  • To galvanize all stakeholders to implement actions that remove the most conspicuous barriers to gender equality.
  • To bring together civil society and the women and youth of India for the realization of gender equality.
  • To assess progress and challenges to the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in India over the past 5 year.

Background:

  • There is a 25th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women (WCW) and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) therefore it is referred to as Beijing + 25.

Government efforts towards gender equality:

  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao was expanded to all 640 districts resulting in the sex ratio from 918 (2014-15) to 931 (2018-19).
  • Over 17.43 lakh women were reached out under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY Maternity Benefit Programme) as on September 2018.
  • To improve the overall gender responsiveness of the police and encourage participation of women in the force, advisory have been issued to increase representation of women to 33 percent.
  • To strengthen the ecosystem for working women and encourage economic participation, extension of maternity leave duration from 12 to 26 weeks and compulsory establishment of crèche in work spaces have been effectuated through legislative amendment.
[Ref: PIB]
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