Kollam to bring All Food Biz Under FSSA :-
- Kollam is set to become the first district in India to bring all food business operators under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) by issuing licence to over 90% of entrepreneurs in food production, sales and distribution.
- So far 29,000 food businesses in the district have been provided with registration and licence and very soon the remaining units also will be brought under the purview of the FSSA.
- Bakeries, auditoriums, hospitals, schools, charity organisations, public distribution chains, hostels, outlets under the Kerala State Beverages Corporation Ltd. (Bevco) and other associated institutions have been included in the drive which is expected to achieve the 100% target soon.
- Factories operating in the cashew sector and ice plants in the fishing sector have also been put through the registration and licensing process.
- The initiative has been accomplished with the help of 23 departments and local bodies that coordinated for a time-bound completion of the process.
Delhi Govt clear plans for ration at doorstep :-
The Delhi government on Tuesday approved a proposal to start home or doorstep delivery of ration under the Targeted Public Distribution System to all beneficiaries.
- The move allows home delivery of ration, including wheat flour, rice and sugar, in sealed packets under the National Food Security Act, 2013.
- The proposal is aimed at providing a higher level of transparency in the delivery system through inbuilt online monitoring, which will weed out corruption and diversion of foodgrain, and intends to “save time and resources of ration beneficiaries in Delhi”.
Why Delhi govt bring this scheme ?
- Theft of ration, poor quality of supplies and closed shops were the major issues that residents were facing.
- The Delhi government want to ensure that eligible beneficiaries receive their due ration in a transparent manner with maximum ease.
The proposal will now be sent to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal for his approval.
Eminent Person On Lokpal Search panel soon : Centre to SC :-
The Centre on Tuesday assured the Supreme Court that appointment of an eminent person on the selection committee for Lokpal would be done “at the earliest” to pave the way for appointing the anti-graft ombudsman.
Under the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013, the high level selection panel for appointment of Lokpal comprises the
- Prime Minister
- Lok Sabha Speaker
- Leader of the Opposition
- Chief Justice of India
- & An Eminent jurist chosen by them.
The bench , however, granted more time to the Centre to take steps for appointment of Lokpal and fixed the next hearing for April 17.
India set to join multilateral lender EBRD :-
India has got the go-ahead to join the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), after shareholders of the London-based multilateral lender agreed to the India becoming its 69th member, enabling Indian companies to undertake joint investments in regions in which the EBRD operates.
About EBRD :-
- Set up in 1991, based on a proposal by former French President Francois Mitterand.
- The bank’s initial focus was helping central and Eastern European nations reconstruct their economies in the post-Cold War era.
- It remains committed to furthering the development of “market-orientated economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative.”
- The EBRD works with the private sector and also local governments in the provision of services and infrastructure across 38 nations – with projects ranging from transport provision to agribusiness, heating, waste management, to renewable energy.
- Other members who receive investments include Mongolia, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and Lebanon, among a total of 38 member states.
- Others including China, Russia, the U.S., U.K., and France are stakeholders, whose companies are able to invest in EBRD projects, but do not receive financing for domestic projects.
India’s stake in EBRD :-
- Indian businesses have already cooperated on EBRD projects worth some €982 million, the hope is that the membership, which will see India take up a small stake in the bank, would spur further investment by Indian firms in a range of sectors from solar to utilities, providing them access to fast growing markets.
- It will also enable Indian citizens to work for the organisation.
- India’s stake will also give it a say in the direction of the EBRD’s future work.