Current affairs 2013 : May 2013
Current affairs 2013 : OBC Creamy Layer criteria for Income increased to 6 lakh per annum
On 16 May 2013, The Union Cabinet gave its approval for increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The new income criterion will be Rs. 6 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and would enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.
This would bring about equity and greater inclusiveness in society. The Department of Personnel and Training and the Ministry of Human Resource Development would issue necessary orders to this effect. [divider]
Current affairs 2013: Establishment of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission :
On 16 May 2013, The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission with the objective of conserving and restoring the heritage sites associated with ‘Father of the Nation’.
The Mission would be entrusted with the identification, collation and assessment of information on ‘Gandhi Heritage’ material for its management and deployment. Its task would also include the determination of conservation methodology and priorities for documents and objects, particularly from the point of view of archival storage and museology and for physical structures and sites, as also guidelines for their subsequent maintenance.
The dissemination of information based on relevant material for identification, collation and assessment and conservation would be through a web based portal, publications, audio/visual (CDs, digital prints, etc.) and communication through core sites while specifying – where necessary – function and use and the significance of the site.
The Mission will aim at preserving for posterity 39 core sites as well as other 2,000 important sites earlier identified by the panel under the chairmanship of Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, ex-Governor of West Bengal. [divider]
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