19 Feb Prelims facts for Civil Services
1.Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban launched in 10 cities, which are Agra, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Churu, Kochi, Madurai, Patiala, Rohtak, Surat, and Tumkur.
PURPOSE––To provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal – 6.
The equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater, and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenging process.
Rs 2.87 lakh crore for JJM (U) in fiscal 2021-22, which includes Rs. 10,000 crore for continuing financial support to AMRUT Mission.
Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs: Hardeep Singh Puri.
New Instant Messaging platform‘Sandes’Launched by the Centre
The National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, “Sandes” an instant messaging platform launched. Similar to WhatsApp, the new government instant messaging systems (GIMS) platform can be used for all kinds of communications by anyone using a mobile number or email id.
About the app
The Sandes app is also a part of the government strategy to encourage the use of India-made software so as to build an ecosystem of indigenously developed products.
National Informatics Centre Founded: 1976.
National Informatics Centre Director-General: Neeta Verma.
National Informatics Centre Headquarters: New Delhi.
Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi removed
Tamils Soundararajan, the Governor of Telangana, additional charge as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry till a permanent replacement will be announced.