Weekly Current Affairs

Narendra Modi asks States to focus on intelligence sharing for internal security [Security]

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked States to focus on intelligence-sharing to help country stay “alert” to, and “updated” on, internal security challenges.
  • The Inter-State Council meeting was convened after 10 years.
  • The Chief Ministers, Lieutenant-Governors of the Union Territories and 17 Union Ministers are members of the Inter-State Council.
  • t would be difficult for any government to successfully implement a scheme on its own. Therefore, provision of adequate financial resources is as important as the responsibility for implementation.
  • This forum can be used as an effective instrument to strengthen democracy, society and polity.
  • Following the acceptance of the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendations, the States’ share in Central taxes increased from 32 per cent to 42 per cent, “the total amount received by the States from the Centre during 2015-16 is 21 per cent higher than the amount received in 2014-15.”
  • The rights of the States were kept in mind, even in revenue from the auction of natural resources.
  • Through amendments to CAMPA Act (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill), Centre was trying to free up Rs. 40,000 crore lying in banks for disbursal to States.
  • India’s greatest asset is its youth as over 30 crore children are now of school-going age. Hence, the country has the potential to provide the world skilled manpower for many years to come.
  • The Aadhaar Act, 2016, enabled the government to use the Aadhaar for direct cash transfer for subsidy and other services. As on date, 102 crore Aadhaar cards have been distributed in our country of 128 crore people. 79% of our people now have Aadhaar cards. Among adults, 96 per cent people have the cards.
  • Centre launched a scheme under which, if there is a reduction in kerosene consumption by a State, the Centre would disburse 75 per cent of the resultant savings in subsidy as grant to that State.