PIB Analysis : 1st & 2nd March

PIB Analysis for UPSC CSE

Topics Covered

  1. 25th Prime Minister’s Trophy for Excellence in Performance of Integrated Steel Plants
  2. POSHAN Abhiyaan
  3. Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue

1 . 25th Prime Minister’s Trophy for Excellence in Performance of Integrated Steel Plants

Context : The 25th Prime Minister’s Trophy and Steel Minister’s trophy along with other awards for the best performing integrated steel plants for the year 2016-17 were presented in New Delhi today.These awards recognise the excellence in performance by Integrated Steel Plants in the country. The Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh,gave away the awards to the winners.

About the Award

  • Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur Works, bagged the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the Best Overall Performance along with a cash prize of Rs 2 Crore.
  • Tata Steel was able to set new benchmarks in productivity, techno economics, innovation and R&D in 2016-17for the domestic steel industry and its performance is close to international benchmarks in some select areas


Context : The Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi today announced that the Government will celebrate the first anniversary of POSHAN Abhiyaan on 8th March, 2019 by organising Poshan Pakhwada across the Country. Briefing media, the WCD Minister said that Poshan Pakhwada will be celebrated as part of Jan Andolan under POSHAN Abhiyaan from 08th to 22nd March, 2019. Secretary, WCD, Shri Rakesh Shrivastava was present at the briefing.

About POSHAN Abhiyaan

  • POSHAN Abhiyaan is a multi-ministerial convergence mission with the vision to ensure attainment of malnutrition free India by 2022.
  • The objective of POSHAN Abhiyaan to reduce stunting in identified Districts of India with the highest malnutrition burden by improving utilization of key Anganwadi Services and improving the quality of Anganwadi Services delivery. Its aim to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children.
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) is implementing POSHAN Abhiyaan in 315 Districts in first year, 235 Districts in second year and remaining districts will be covered in the third year.


  • The POSHAN Abhiyaan, as an apex body, will monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide the nutrition related interventions across the Ministries.
  • The proposal consists of
    • mapping of various Schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition
    • introducing a very robust convergence mechanism
    • ICT based Real Time Monitoring system
    • incentivizing States/UTs for meeting the targets
    • incentivizing Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) for using IT based tools
    • eliminating registers used by AWWs
    • introducing measurement of height of children at the Anganwadi Centres (AWCs)
    • Social Audits
    • Setting-up Nutrition Resource Centres, involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others.

POSHAN Pakhwada

  • Poshan Pakhwada will be celebrated on lines of ‘Poshan Maah’ held in the month of September, 2018. The Pakhwada will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2019. The Minister informed that the Ministry of Women & Child Development is the nodal ministry for coordinating activities during the month, accordingly, State/UT WCD/Social Welfare Department will be nodal Department for a similar role. The event will be celebrated in convergence mode.
  • The key activities include Poshan Melas, Rally on nutrition at all level, Prabhat Pheree, Session on nutrition at schools, Self help group meetings, anaemia camps, growth monitoring of children, home visits of newborn babies by ASHA/AWW, Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Day (VHSND, Community Based Events (CBE)

3 . Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue

Context : In continuation of the process of engaging the global strategic community in an annual review of India’s opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, the second edition of Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) – 2019 will be held on 05 and 06 March 2019 at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi.

About Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue 2019

This dialogue will build upon the foundation laid by the inaugural edition and will examine five fresh themes:

  • Practical solutions for achieving cohesion in the region through maritime connectivity;
  • Measures to attain and maintain a free-and-open Indo-Pacific;
  • a regional approach to the region’s transition from a ‘Brown’ to a ‘Blue’ economy;
  • Opportunities and challenges arising from the maritime impact of ‘Industry 4.0’;
  • how the twin conceptualisations of ‘SAGAR’ and ‘SAGARMALA’ might best be made mutually-reinforcing on a regional level.
  • The response to this year’s dialogue has been highly encouraging and IPRD-2019 is likely to witness active participation of globally- renowned domain experts and policy-makers from thirteen countries of the Indo-Pacific — Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

About Indo Pacific Dialogue

  • Through this annual dialogue, the Indian Navy and the National Maritime Foundation, aim to provide a platform for substantive and insightful discussions pertaining to the geopolitical developments affecting the maritime domain of the Indo-Pacific, and provide policy-relevant inputs to the policy-makers and the public at large.
  • The idea of an Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD) was first conceptualised and conducted in 2018, as the apex level conference of the Indian Navy, organised by the National Maritime Foundation as the Navy’s Knowledge Partner.
  • The permanent theme of this annual dialogue is a review of India’s opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. The aim is to focus attention on the Indo-Pacific, as a maritime geographical-entity, while deliberating aspects of great relevance to regional geopolitics. The 2018 edition of the IPRD sought to highlight the opportunities that lay before India’s maritime policy-shapers, policy-makers, and, the practitioners of the country’s maritime policies.

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