Central Government Schemes
MoAs signed for first wind auction Scheme
The Memorandum of Agreements (MoAs) for purchase of 1000 MW wind power under MNRE’s first wind auction Scheme was signed between PTC India.
i. According to MoAs for meeting their non-solar RPO (Renewable Purchase Obligations) UP to buy 449.9 MW, Bihar-200 MW, Jharkhand-200 MW, Delhi-100 MW, Assam-50 MW and Odisha-50MW
of wind power.
ii. The Letter of Award (LoA) to the successful wind power developers under the first wind auction scheme have been issued by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
iii. The projects are to be commissioned within 18 months from the date of issue of LoA.
iv. With the success of first wind auction scheme, MNRE launched a scheme for another round of wind auction for 1000 MW capacity wind power projects.
India to give Rs 35 cr to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh
Under the new ‘Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme India will give Rs. 35 crore rupees to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh in the next five years.
i. All freedom fighters will be eligible for multiple entries on Indian visa for a period of five years.
ii. Every year 100 of them will be entitled to free medical treatment in Indian hospitals.
iii. Under the scheme, students at higher secondary level will get a one-time grant of Taka 20,000 (Rs 15,370) and students at the undergraduate level will get a grant of Taka 50,000 (Rs 38,430).
PM Narendra Modi launches Sampada scheme for value addition of agriculture produce
On May 26, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of the new scheme SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of AgroProcessing Clusters) which will bring value addition of agriculture produce and will thereby increase farmers’ income. PM announced this scheme at a ceremony for laying the foundation stone of Indian agricultural research institute in Gogamukh in Assam
Details about SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of AgroProcessing Clusters):
Financial Outlay: Rs. 6000 crore
To be implemented by: FY 2019-20
PM Modi launches Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme
This scheme aims to train rural youth to maintain mobile towers, repair optical fibres and fix other communication technologies.
SAMADHAN - Rajnath Singh coins an acronym to wipe out left-wing terror
A meeting of the Chief Ministers of states affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE), presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was held in New Delhi on May 8, 2017. In this meeting, Mr. Rajnath Singh announced SAMADHAN, a new strategy to wipe out left – wing
Components of SAMADHAN Strategy:
S – Smart Leadership: In LWE affected areas, a Smart Leadership is required that can boost the morale of jawans and reorient them towards victory.
A – Aggressive Strategy: Aggression should be inculcated in thinking, operations and development of infrastructure which can be useful during combat.
M – Motivation and Training: Training based on careful analysis of enemy’s strengths and weaknesses should be provided to security forces
A – Actionable Intelligence: An efficient intelligence network should be developed by involving locals and surrendered LWE cadre.
D - Dashboard KPIs and KRAs: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Key Result Areas (KRAs) should be outlined for assessing the performance of state police and the central forces.
H – Harnessing Technology: To gain an edge, Mr. Singh recommended extensive use of technology such as high-resolution cameras, GPS tracking, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and satellite images.
A – Action Plan for each Theatre: As LWE is spread across vast geographical area spanning various states, a specific action plan for each front has to be prepared.
N – No access to financing: Mr. Singh mentioned that identifying and choking up the source of funds of LWE should be the ‘basic mantra’.
State Government Schemes
Haryana govt to offer meals at subsidised rates for workers
The Haryana government has decided to open canteens that offer meals at subsidized rates for
i. It offers meals to registered construction workers under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana, at 23 locations in the state.
ii. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) is a Government of India sponsored scheme to provide highly subsidized food to millions of the poorest families.
iii. Mobile food vans would also be started at 23 convenient sites with large number of workers.
iv. Meals would be served in these canteens between 8 am and 2 pm.
Haryana announces pension scheme for journalists
On May 27, 2017, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced following incentives for journalists at the "Swarna Jayanti Journalists' Meet" in Panchkula:
i. Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years and have completed 20 years in the profession.
ii. A life insurance covers of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless media claim policy of Rs 500,000.