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Former DGP Shakil Akhtar appointed as Tamil Nadu Chief Information Commissioner
  • According to the Right to Information Act, the State Information Commission was formed in the year 2005 on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government. Initially a Chief Information Commissioner and 2 Information Commissioners were appointed to this Commission. Then in 2008, the number of Information Commissioners was increased from two to six.
  • R. Rajagopal's tenure as Information Commissioner ended in November last year. Similarly, the tenure of Information Commissioners S. Selvaraj, S. D. Tamilchelvan, R. Prathapkumar, S. Muthuraj, P. Thanasekaran and M. Sreedhar completed a few months ago.
  • In this situation, the Tamil Nadu government has announced that former DGP Shakil Akhtar has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner of Tamil Nadu today. Commissioner posts are also filled in Tamil Nadu State Information Commission. 
  • Former ATGPs Thamaraikannan, Priyakumar, Thirumalai Muthu and Selvaraj have been appointed as commissioners. Shakil Akhtar will serve as Chief Information Commissioner for three years.
Amit Shah announced disaster management schemes worth Rs 8,000 crore
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a consultative meeting with state and union territory disaster management ministers at Vigyan Bhavan this morning. In that meeting, Amit Shah announced three major schemes for disaster management worth Rs 8,000 crore.
  • Accordingly, he said that a total of Rs 5,000 crore project will be implemented to expand and modernize fire services in the states, and Rs 2,500 crore project will be implemented for the 7 most populous cities of Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune.
  • Also, Amit Shah said that National Landslide Risk Mitigation Program will be implemented at Rs 825 crore for landslide mitigation in 17 States and Union Territories. 
  • He said that in the last nine years, the Central Government has achieved a lot in the field of disaster management and the states where nuclear power plants are set up have been given strict protocols to follow in emergency situations.
Drug regulator of India approves first indigenously developed tissue graft device for minimally scarring skin wound healing
  • An indigenously developed tissue drug from mammalian organs has been approved by India's drug regulator for a low-cost biomedical device that rapidly heals skin wounds with minimal scarring.
  • The approval has been received as it has all the required legal aspects for the Central Government Drug Quality Control Organization certification. Sri Chitrai Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, an autonomous institution of the Central Department of Science and Technology, has the distinction of being the first institute in the country to develop class D medical devices meeting all statutory requirements.
  • The use of animal products as advanced wound care products is not new. But the indigenous technology to manufacture quality products that meet the requirements of the drug regulator was not yet available. Hence, such goods were imported at high cost.
  • A type of tissue grafting device called Cholederm has been discovered as a result of 15 years of research led by Professor D.V. Anilkumar. It has been found to heal burns and diabetic wounds with less scarring.
  • With the introduction of Koladerm in the Indian market, the treatment cost is expected to be reduced from Rs.10,000/- to Rs.2,000/-, making it affordable for the common man.
PM Modi issued appointment orders for 70,000 people under Rojkar Mela scheme
  • The function of issuing appointment order to the selected in various departments under the Rojkar Mela scheme was held yesterday. Prime Minister Modi participated in it through video conference. He continued to issue appointment orders.
  • Those selected for government jobs from various parts of the country are expected to work in various departments including Financial Services Department, Postal Department, School Education Department, Higher Education Department, Defense Ministry, Revenue Department, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Atomic Energy Department, Railway Ministry, Accounts and Audit Department, Home Affairs. 
  • This job fair was held at 43 locations across the country. These appointments have been made in the departments of Central Government, State Governments and Union Territory Governments.

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