Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 04 June 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 04 June 2020

Q1. With respect to the recently suggested measures for farmer’s welfare under the AtmaNirbharpackage,which of the following statements stands true ?

1) The Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 aims to open up agricultural marketing outside notified mandis for farmers, and also remove barriers to inter-State trade.
2) Industry sources suggest that 60% of agricultural trade already takes place inside the mandis through regulated sales, while 40% takes place outside the mandi zones.
3) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 is aimed at facilitating contract farming, where a private buyer contracts to purchase a crop at a certain price at the beginning of a season, transferring the risk of market unpredictability from the farmer to the corporate sponsor.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q2. Which of the following countries constitute the so called G-7 grouping ?

1) India
2) United Kingdom
3) Russia
4) Italy
5) United states

a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 2,3 & 5 only
c) 2,4 & 5 only
d) 1,3 & 4 only

Q3. As per the provisions of the amended electricity act 2002,the centre plans to replace the free power supply given by states to farmers by Direct Benefit Transfer( DBT ).Which of the following statements regarding the after effects of providing free electricity supply to farmers stands true ?

1) The scheme has led to widespread wastage of water and electricity as well as over exploitation of groundwater.India is the largest user of groundwater at 251 billion cubic meters, exceeding the combined withdrawal by China and the U.S.
2) The power subsidy bills in the four southern States and Punjab are at least ₹33,000 crore, an amount the State governments will struggle to meet due to resource crunch in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3) Apart from ensuring food security, free power provides livelihood opportunities to landless workers.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q4. The Border Area Development Programme (BADP) has been allocated ₹784 crore in the 2020-21 fiscal and the money is distributed to the border States and Union Territories depending on various criteria such as the length of the international border and population. Which of the following statements regarding the programme stands true ?

1) The BADP schemes include construction of primary health centres, schools, supply of drinking water, community centres, connectivity, drainage to enable sustainable living in border areas.
2) The funds under BADP are provided to the States as a 100% non-lapsable Special Central Assistance.
3) The programme also envisages the inclusion of NGO’s as well as private players for the implementation of the projects.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q5. Which of the following Indian states recently launched a scheme to develop 800 km roads as Herbal roads in the state?The Herbal roads aims to have medicinal trees on both sides, including Peepal, Neem, Sehjan and other important herbal trees.

a) Bihar
b) Uttar Pradesh
c) Odisha
d) Kerala

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