PIB 8th September, 2020

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  1. Air Suvidha portal for international fliers
  • News: Delhi International Airport Limited(DIAL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Health and Family Welfare and External Affairs has developed a web portal named ‘AIR SUVIDHA’.


  • Air Suvidha Portal: It aims to provide a contactless service to international fliers who have a connecting flight from Delhi to other states.
  • Features: The portal comprises two forms; a self-declaration form where passengers fill in basic details and information about recent travel history and an exemption form, if approved, will exempt passengers from institutional quarantine.
  • All international passengers need to fill in the self-declaration forms on the portal.Previously, it would be filled at the airport prior to departure.

2. Literacy rate: Kerala tops the chart with 96.2%, Andhra worst performer at 66.4%

News: National Statistical Office (NSO) has released a report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education in India as part of 75th round of National Sample Survey. It provides for state-wise detail of literacy rate among the persons aged seven years and above.


Key takeaways:

  • Overall literacy rate in India is about 77.7%.
  • In rural areas, the literacy rate is 73.5% compared to 87.7% in urban areas.
  • The male literacy rate is higher at 84.7% compared to 70.3% among women.
  • Kerala has highest literacy rate at 96.2% followed by Delhi (88.7%), Uttarakhand (87.6%), Himachal Pradesh (86.6%) and Assam (85.9%).
  • Andhra Pradesh featured at the bottom with a rate of 66.4%, followed by Rajasthan (69.7%) and Bihar (70.9%).

3. Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 

  • NITI Aayog as the nodal agency has been assigned the responsibility of leveraging the monitoring mechanism of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) to drive reforms.
  • Global MPI is part of Government of India’s decision to monitor the performance of the country in 29 select Global Indices.
  • The objective of the “Global Indices to Drive Reforms and Growth (GIRG)” exercise is to fulfil the need to measure and monitor India’s performance on various important social and economic parameters and enable the utilisation of these Indices as tools for self-improvement, bring about reforms in policies, while improving last-mile implementation of government schemes.
  • Global MPI is an international measure of multidimensional poverty covering 107 developing countries and was first developed in 2010 by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for UNDP’s Human Development Reports
  • Global MPI is computed by scoring each surveyed household on 10 parameters based on -nutrition, child mortality, years of schooling, school attendance, cooking fuel, sanitation, drinking water, electricity, housing and household assets.
  • It utilises the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which is conducted under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS).
  • According to Global MPI 2020, India is 62nd among 107 countries

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