[Prelims Spotlight] Inter State Council(ISC), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Swachh Swasth Sarvatra

Here are 2 Back2Basics collections from today’s news items

B2B #1: From news- [op-ed snap] The Inter-State Council needs to be rejuvenated

Inter State Council(ISC)

  1. The Inter State Council is a non permanent constitutional body setup by a presidential order on the basis of provisions in Article 263 of the Constitution of India
  2. The body was formed by a Presidential Order dated 28 May 1990 on recommendation of Sarkaria Commission
  3. The Council is formed to discussing or investigating policies, subjects of common interest, and disputes, among states

Aims of ISC

  1. Decentralization of powers to the states as much as possible
  2. More transfer of financial resources to the states
  3. Arrangements for devolution in such a way that the states can fulfil their obligations
  4. Advancement of loans to states should be related to as ‘the productive principle’
  5. Deployment of central armed forces in the states either on their request or otherwise

B2B #2: From news- CSIR awarded National Intellectual Property Award 2018

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

  1. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research was established by the Government of India in 1942 is an autonomous body that has emerged as the largest research and development organisation in India
  2. It runs thirty-eight laboratories and thirty-nine field stations or extension centres throughout the nation, with a collective staff of over 12,000 scientists and scientific and technical personnel
  3. Although it is mainly funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860
  4. The research and development activities of CSIR include aerospace engineering, structural engineering, ocean sciences, life sciences, metallurgy, chemicals, mining, food, petroleum, leather, and environmental science
  5. Dr. Girish Sahni was appointed as director general of CSIR, with effect from August 24, 2015


As a part of revision for Prelims 2018, Here’s a Factoid to brush up your concepts

Name of the scheme : Swachh Swasth Sarvatra

Objectives : To achieve better health outcomes through improved sanitation and increased awareness and healthy lifestyles\

Salient Features : 1. ‘SwasthBaccheSwasth Bharat’ are pictoral books prepared by Central Health Education Bureau (CHEB) 2. Health messages shall be brought out that will educate the children and youth about healthy living habits and activities 3. The Ministry has distributed these books on healthy living across schools in India

Nodal Ministry : Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

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