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PIB Summary for UPSC

30-March -2024

1. ECI’s C-Vigil app a big hit with voters: over 79,000 violations reported so far.

Topic: GS2 – Indian Polity – Important aspects of governance – E-governance

The cVIGIL app’s role in promoting transparency and accountability in elections is crucial for UPSC aspirants’ understanding of governance.

●  The news highlights the effectiveness of the cVIGIL app by the Election Commission of India in enabling citizens to report election code violations quickly, with over 79,000 complaints received and 99% resolved since the announcement of General Elections 2024.

 Additional information on this news:

  • The cVIGIL app by the Election Commission of India enables citizens to report election code violations quickly and easily.
  • Since the announcement of General Elections 2024, over 79,000 complaints have been received, with over 99% of them being resolved.
  • Speed and transparency are prioritized, with close to 89% of complaints resolved within 100 minutes.
  • The majority of complaints (73%) are related to illegal hoardings and banners, while others include issues like money, gifts, liquor distribution, defacement of property, and display of firearms/intimidation.
  • The app connects citizens with District Control Rooms, Returning Officers, and Flying Squads, allowing for immediate reporting without needing to visit offices.
  • Upon submitting a complaint, citizens receive a unique ID to track its progress.
  • The app allows users to capture photos, videos, or audio in real-time, with a time-bound response ensured.
  • Geo-tagging features help pinpoint the location of reported violations, aiding enforcement.
  • Complaints can be submitted anonymously, enhancing citizen participation.
  • cVIGIL is part of the Election Commission’s effort to leverage technology for free, fair, and inducement-free elections.
PYQ: To enhance the quality of democracy in India the Election Commission of India has proposed electoral reforms in 2016. What are the suggested reforms and how far are they significant to make democracy successful? (250 words/15m) (UPSC CSE (M) GS-2 2017)
Practice Question:  Discuss the significance of the cVIGIL app in enhancing electoral transparency and citizen participation in the Indian democratic process. (150 Words /10 marks)


Topic: GS2 – Indian polity – Governance

Understanding meteorology’s role in climate action and national security is vital for UPSC aspirants’ grasp of environmental governance.


● The news highlights the commemoration of World Meteorological Day on March 23, 2024, with a METOC seminar themed ‘At the Frontline of Climate Action,’ emphasizing climate change awareness.

●  The news also mentions about the launch of the INDRA mobile application for weather analysis.

 Additional information on this news:

  • World Meteorological Day is celebrated annually on March 23 to honor the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1950.
  • A METOC seminar named ‘Meghayan-24’ was organized by SNOM and INMAC at the Southern Naval Command on March 28, 2024.
  • The seminar focused on the theme ‘At the Frontline of Climate Action’ designated by WMO for 2024.
  • Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, emphasized the importance of addressing climate change and adopting sustainable policies.
  • Guest speakers Dr. TVS Uday Bhaskar and Dr. Ragavendra Ashit presented on climate data analysis techniques and their role in decision-making.
  • Panel discussions highlighted the impact of weather and climate change on naval operations and showcased the latest techniques adopted by the Indian Navy and scientific organizations.
  • The indigenous mobile application INDRA was launched to disseminate weather information and facilitate quick decision-making.
  • The seminar provided a platform for knowledge-sharing and discussing strategies to tackle climate change challenges.
 More about World Meteorological Organization (WMO):

●  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international cooperation in meteorology, climatology, hydrology, and related fields.

● Established on March 23, 1950, it aims to facilitate the exchange of weather-related information and promote global collaboration in addressing meteorological challenges.

WMO provides a framework for coordinating activities such as data collection, research, forecasting, and disaster management among its member countries.

●  It sets international standards for meteorological observations and data exchange to ensure consistency and interoperability.

● WMO plays a crucial role in monitoring and assessing climate change, providing scientific assessments through initiatives like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

● The organization supports capacity-building efforts in developing countries, helping them improve their meteorological and climate services.

● WMO also fosters research and development in meteorology and related sciences to enhance understanding and prediction capabilities.

● Through its Regional Meteorological Training Centers and technical assistance programs, WMO contributes to building a skilled workforce in meteorology worldwide.

●  Collaboration with other UN agencies and international organizations strengthens WMO’s impact on global environmental governance and sustainable development.

Practice Question:  Discuss the significance of meteorological advancements in addressing climate change and enhancing national security. (150 Words /10 marks)

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