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Uttarakhand State PCS

  • 18 May 2024
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Plastic Free Ganga

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The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and Social Development for Communities (SDC) Foundation have launched a collaborative initiative titled “Flowing Towards a Plastic-Free Future” to free the Ganga river and its 15 tributaries from plastic pollution and conserve the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem.

Key Points

  • The drive will take place over five days in seven states, namely Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jharkhand.
  • The initiative focuses on raising awareness about detrimental effects of plastic on freshwater biodiversity.

Wildlife Institute of India

  • It is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • It was established in 1982.
  • It is based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • It offers training programs, academic courses, and advisory in wildlife research and management.

Ganga River

  • It is the longest river of India flowing over 2,510 km of mountains, valleys and plains and is revered by Hindus as the most sacred river on earth.
  • The Ganga basin outspreads in India, Tibet (China), Nepal and Bangladesh over an area of 10,86,000 Sq.km.
  • In India, it covers states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Delhi draining nearly 26% of the total geographical area of the country.
  • It originates in the snowfields of the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas.
  • At its source, the river is called the Bhagirathi. It descends down the valley upto Devprayag where after joining another hill stream Alaknanda, it is called Ganga.
  • The principal tributaries joining the river from right are the Yamuna and the Son.
  • The Ramganga, the Ghaghra, the Gandak, the Kosi and the Mahananda join the river from left. The Chambal and the Betwa are the two other important sub- tributaries.
  • The Ganges River Dolphin is an endangered animal that specifically habitats this river.
  • The Ganga joins the Brahmaputra (Jamuna) in Bangladesh and continues its run under the name Padma.
  • The Ganga widens out into the Ganges Delta in the Sundarbans swamp of Bangladesh, before it ends its journey by emptying into the Bay of Bengal.

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Additional Virtual Classrooms in Uttarakhand

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The Uttarakhand government plans to introduce 840 additional virtual classrooms with the assistance of Telecommunications Consultants India (TCIL).

  • These virtual classrooms will enable teachers in Dehradun to conduct live online classes for students.

Key Points

  • In the first phase, the scheme is already extended to 1.9 lakh students between classes 6 to 12.
    • Authorities are currently working to ensure that underprivileged students receive education without any technical issues.
    • Coaching will also be provided to students preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams to bring socio-economic change.
  • The program is currently being implemented in 500 government schools spread across the 13 districts of the state.
    • It utilizes Remote Operated Terminals (ROTs) and Satellite Interactive Technology to enable interactive communication in virtual classrooms, enabling students to engage in both online and offline learning.
    • Additionally, parents and teachers have the ability to monitor their progress through dedicated applications.

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