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Current Affairs 13 August 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Govt. to enumerate Sanitation Workers
  2. Eco-sensitive zones
  3. Drought
  4. Essential Commodities Act

Govt. To Enumerate Sanitation Workers


Context:

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJ&E) is now preparing to undertake a nationwide survey to enumerate all people engaged in the hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.

  • Cleaning of sewers and septic tanks has led to at least 351 deaths since 2017.

Relevance:

GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Poverty, Minorities, Welfare Schemes, Government Policies and Interventions)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Various initiatives for sanitation workers
  2. Manual Scavenging in India
  3. Prevalence of Manual Scavenging in India
  4. Existing provisions regarding Manual Labour
  5. National Action Plan for elimination of Manual Scavenging

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Eco-Sensitive zones


Context:

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said the Ministry will file a review petition in the Supreme Court urging a relook into its judgment on eco-sensitive zones.

Relevance:

GS III- Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What are Eco-Sensitive Zones?
  2. Activities Allowed in ESZs
  3. How are they demarcated?

Click Here To Read More Eco-Sensitive zones


Drought In England


Context:

The government formally declared parts of England to be in drought as the country faces a period of prolonged hot and dry weather. The declaration does not trigger government-level intervention, but allows water companies to go further in their steps to manage supplies. 

Relevance:

GS III- Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Drought?
  2. Impact of drought
  3. What are the environmental aspects?

Click Here To Read More: Drought In England


Essential Commodities Act


Context:

The Centre has invoked the Essential Commodities Act of 1955 to ask States to monitor and verify the stocks of Arhar/Tur Dal available with traders.

Relevance:

GS-II Social Justice

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Essential Commodities Act
  2. How it works?
  3. What are Food Items covered under it?
  4. Recent amendments to the ECA

Click Here To Read More: Essential Commodities Act.



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