Government Schemes & Projects Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Government Schemes Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. This category comprises current affairs related to various government schemes, government policies, projects, and government campaign launches such as portal, apps etc. also.

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CBSE, NCERT to launch ‘Tamanna’ aptitude test for Class 9, 10 students

Under the aegis of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) have launched an online aptitude test dubbed as ‘Tamanna’ (Try And Measure Aptitude And Natural Abilities) in a bid to help students make right career choices.

What is Tamanna?

It is an aptitude test for Senior School Students to enable stakeholders knowing the aptitude of students of Classes 9 and 10. It aims to help students of Class 9 and Class 10 make a better choice of subjects, and eventually help them in making an informed decision while choosing subjects in Class 11 and 12. However, there is no pass or fail in this test as Tamanna only provides information about the weaknesses and strengths of students.

CBSE (Know your aptitude) KYA exam will assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses in academics. The test should be taken voluntarily by interested students and must not be used to impose any subject, courses of study and/or vocations etc. on  students. CBSE initially conducted piloting of test with 17,000 students of Class 9 and 10 across India.

CBSE KYA registration process: As per CBSE circular, the registration process for KYA will begin from 29 January 2020 on CBSE’s official website – cbse.nic.in. Students can appear for the test on any working day, by using school’s log-in id.

CBSE has also availed a test manual in which details about use of aptitude test, dimensions measured in test, construction and standardization of test, administration and scoring and understanding meaning of aptitude test scores are available.

World Bank: Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate resilient Agriculture in Odisha

The Government of Odisha and the World Bank have signed 165 million USD loan agreement to strengthen smallholder farmers. The aim of the loan is to implement “Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture”.

The loan will help strengthen the resilience of the farmer production and to improve the marketing of their produce. The scheme will be implemented in rural areas that are largely rain fed and vulnerable to droughts

Key Features

  • The scheme is to benefit 125,000 smallholder farmers from 15 districts of Odisha
  • It aims to cover 128,000 hectares of land.
  • The project aims to strengthen the resilience of the small holder farmers against adverse climate. It will help to improve access to resilient seed varieties, diversify towards climate resilient crops. It also aims at improving access to better water management and irrigation services.
  • The project will also support rehabilitation of 532 water tanks and irrigate 91,435 hectares of land.

Aim of the project

The main objective of the project is to support farmers to reduce the current emphasis on food grains, especially paddy and wheat. The project will help to increase the share of high-value and more nutritious products like fruits and vegetables

Significance

The scheme will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It is one of the major objectives of the GoI’s National Action Plan on Climate Change that largely includes adaptation of climate-smart agricultural practices and technologies.

The frequency of drought in the state has increased to one in five years to one in two years since 2009. In 2019, about 70% of the agricultural land in Odisha are prone to droughts as compared to 40% in 1970s.