NITI Aayog under the Indo-German Cooperation has released the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Urban Index and Dashboard 2021-22. In its journey towards localizing the SDGs and instituting robust SDG progress monitoring systems at the national, state, UTs, and local levels, NITI Aayog has achieved yet another milestone. The index and dashboard are a result of the NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation. Total fifty-six urban areas were considered for computation. Shimla tops the Index followed by Coimbatore and Chandigarh.The index and dashboard will further strengthen SDG localization and institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level. Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, and Prof Dr. Claudia Warning, Director General, BMZ, launched the index and dashboard in New Delhi on Tuesday. Dr Kumar said cities are fast becoming engines of growth. He said, the SDG Urban index and dashboard, a product of innovative partnership between NITI Aayog and GIZ, will go a long way in instituting a robust SDG monitoring system in cities, and is a milestone step in country's SDG localization journey. The methodology, used for the SDG India Index and North Eastern Region District SDG Index as well, was finalised in close collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). Out of 56 urban areas ranked in the index, 44 are with population of above one million. 12 are State capitals with population of less than a million.
-Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Jammu & Kashmir is going through a rapid development phase. After 2019 several pending projects have been completed and benefits are now reaching the eligible persons. She assured that economy of J&K will double in the coming years. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir UT, said this while addressing a gathering at a function organized in the University of Jammu on Tuesday. Nirmala Sitharaman invited investors to come forward and establish more trades in J&K. Every budgetary and financial support would be extended to J&K, she assured. NPAs of banks were a cause of worry and NDA govt has taken several steps for reforms in the banking sector and bringing down the NPAs, she said. Union Government will work in close coordination with administration of J&K in bringing all schemes of GOI here in J&K, Sitharaman said. On the occasion, Finance Minister also handed over the token sanction letters and cheques to various beneficiaries financed by banks and financial institutions under different schemes launched by GoI. Finance Minister also handed over Rs 200 Crore Sanction Letter to Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Govt. of J&K under SIDBI Cluster Development Fund. Sitharaman also e-inaugurated several projects and also laid e-foundation of different projects across UT of J&K.
-An NIA Special Court in Kochi on Tuesday sentenced Nashidul Hamzafar, a native of Kalpetta, to five years imprisonment in connection with recruiting youths from the state to ISIS. He is said to have recruited 14 youths from Kasargod in 2016, who exited the country along with their families between May and July that year to join the proscribed organisation. The next year, he reached Kabul from where he was detained and deported for illegally entering Afghanistan. The matter came to light when the relatives of the youths preferred complaints with the Kasaragod police. The case was originally investigated by the Kasargod police and was later handed over to the NIA.
-Requesting an increase in the allocation of fertilizers from the Centre, Maharashtra’s Agriculture Minister Dadaji Bhuse has said that the state’s rabi cultivation area is expected to rise from 52 lakh hectares to 60 lakh hectares. Participating in a virtual interaction with Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizer Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday, Bhuse suggested that the Centre come up with some awareness campaigns to encourage farmers to use organic fertilisers. Stating that Maharashtra had maintained a buffer stock of one lakh tonnes of urea to ensure there is no shortage and black marketing of fertilizers, he said the state is making an effort to decrease the use of chemical fertilizers by at least ten percent in the near future. Later in the day, MBhuse held a review meeting for setting up seed processing and storage centres under the Centre’s Sub-Mission for Seed and Planting Material project. The minister said that farm companies, seed production companies, NGOs and self-help groups related to food production and processing should be involved in the project.
-In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Public Grievances, Dr. Jitendra Singh on Tuesday inaugurated a second separate Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) at Old Assembly Complex in Shergari area of Srinagar city. The opening of the new Bench of the CAT is aimed to cater to the needs and complaints of the government employees serving in the Kashmir Valley. While addressing the inaugural function of the opening of the new Tribunal, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction and is the only part of the country where the facility of two CAT Benches have been granted by the central government.He said that with the establishment of the new Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal in Srinagar, the burden of various court cases would be reduced and the government employees of the Kashmir region and Kargil Division would not have to suffer in registering their complaints and issues. Meanwhile, Employees Joint Action Coordination Committee Jammu Kashmir (EJAC) welcomed the inauguration of CAT Bench in Srinagar. In a statement, EJAC President Fayaz Ahmad Shabnam said that the opening of the Bench will be a huge relief to the government employees of Kashmir.