Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)
This scheme aimed:
- Electrification of unelectrified villages,
- Intensive electrification of already electrified villages to provide access to households,
- Strengthening and augmentation of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure to improve quality and reliability of power supply,
- Feeder separation to provide assured power supply to farmers,
- Metering of feeders, distribution transformers and consumers to facilitate energy audit and reduction of losses.
Government of India and World Bank sign $500 Million Additional Financing for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Rural Roads Project
The Government of India and the World Bank recently signed a $500 million loan agreement to provide additional financing for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Rural Roads Project, implemented by Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, which will build 7,000 km of climate resilient roads, out of which 3,500 km will be constructed using green technologies.
The PMGSY and the Bank’s involvement under this additional financing, will emphasize on managing the rural road network through green and climate-resilient construction using green, low-carbon designs and new technologies —–far beyond merely funding civil works. This will be done through the following measures:
- Climate vulnerability assessment during the design process to identify the critical locations affected by floods, waterlogging, submergence, cloud bursts, storms, landslides, poor drainage, excessive erosion, high rainfall, and high
- Special treatment for flood-affected areas through adequate waterways and submersible roads to allow easy passage of water, use of concrete block pavements, and improved drainage;
- Use of environmentally optimized road designs and new technologies which uses local and marginal materials and industrial by-products such as sand, local soils, fly ash, brick kiln wastes, and other similar materials in place of crushed rocks;
- Innovative bridges and culverts through use of pre-fabricated/pre-cast units for roads and bridges having better ability to withstand earthquakes and water forces such as continuous beams, bearing free construction, and river training works;
- Use of hill cutting material in hill roads ensuring its productive use and resolving its disposal problem, use of bio-engineering measures, improved drainage and other treatments for landslide prone areas and providing adequate slope protection.
Major initiatives in meeting the energy needs of the future
- Capacity of the scheme for “Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects” has been enhanced from 20 GW to 40 GW.
- Amendments in building by-laws for mandatory provision of roof top solar for new construction or higher floor area ratio and making roof top solar as a part of housing loan by banks/ NIIB
- Provision of roof top solar photovoltaic system and 10 per cent renewable energy as mandatory under mission statement and guidelines for development of smart cities
- Raising tax free solar bonds for managing equity to setup solar
- Tariff based competitive bidding process for purchase of solar
- Central financial assistance for setting up roof top solar PV, up to 30 per cent of the benchmark cost in residential, institutional and social sectors in general category states and up to 70 per cent of the benchmark cost in special category states.
- Surya-Mitra programme has been launched for creation of a qualified technical workforce and over 11 thousand persons have been trained under the programme.
- The wind power potential of the country has been reassessed by the National Institute for Wind Energy (NIWE). It has been estimated to be 302 GW at 100-meter hub-height.
- India has a long coastline where there is a good possibility for developing offshore wind power projects. The cabinet has cleared the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy.
- NIWE has signed MoU with Gujarat and Rajasthan based on wind forecasting experience of Tamil Nadu. • Meso scale map prepared for wind resource at 120 meter height, as most of the turbine hub heights being installed are more than 100 meters.
- Central financial assistance for biomass power projects includes installations from biomass combustion, biomass gasification and bagasse co-generation.
- Promotion of off-grid biogas power project for captive power generation.
- Family Size Biogas Plants mainly formal and semi-urban households are set up under the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP).
Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)
The objective is to develop the personality and leadership qualities of the youth and to engage them in nation-building activities.
A-In-situ slum re-development (ISSR)
This aims to provide houses to eligible slum dwellers by redeveloping the existing slums on public/private land.
B-Affordable housing in partnership (AHP)
This aims to provide financial assistance to private developers to boost private participation in affordable housing project.
“Rail Madad”- An app to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redressal
An app to expedite redressal and streamline passenger grievance redressal has been developed by Northern Railway (Delhi Division). It relays real time feedback to passengers on the status of redressal of their complaints- the passenger gets an instant ID through SMS on registration of complaint followed by a customized SMS communicating the action taken thereon by Railway.
Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018
Salient features of the Bill-
- Application before the Special Court for a declaration that an individual is a fugitive economic offender;
- Attachment of the property of a fugitive economic offender;
- Issue of a notice by the Special Court to the individual alleged to be a fugitive economic offender;
- Confiscation of the property of an individual declared as a fugitive economic offender resulting from the proceeds of crime;
- Confiscation of other property belonging to such offender in India and abroad, including benami property;
- Disentitlement of the fugitive economic offender from defending any civil claim; and
- An Administrator will be appointed to manage and dispose of the confiscated property under the Act.