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SAUBHAGYA PORTAL
 

Why in news?

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ Web Portal was launched recently.

Highlights of the portal:

  It would disseminate information on household electrification status (state, district, village-wise), and household progress on live basis.
It offers a feature on village electrification camps that will be organized by DISCOMs in villages for facilitating the instant filling up of application forms to complete mandatory documentation which will speed up the release of electricity connections to households.

 

Saubhagya Scheme

  • Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya scheme aims to provide electricity connections to over 40 million families in rural and urban areas by December 2018.
  • Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) is the nodal Agency for the operationalization of the scheme throughout the country.

 

LADAKH RENEWABLE ENERGY INITIATIVE
 

Why in news?

The Biaras Small Hydro Power Project (SHP) has recently become the first project to be commissioned under the Prime Minister's Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative.

More about the news

  • Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative aims to reduce dependency on diesel, kerosene and firewood in the region through setting up small/micro hydel projects, solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plants, solar thermal systems such as water heating, solar cookers etc.
  • It is being implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • The Biaras project has been developed by Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) under Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.

 

 

UMANG APP
 

Why in news?

Government has recently launched UMANG or Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance app.

Highlight

  • It aims to build a common, unified platform and mobile app to facilitate single point of access for government services (centre, state and utility services) through mobile.
  • It is a multi-utility app and integrates with other core government services of Aadhaar, DigiLocker, Rapid Assessment System, and Bharat Bill Payment System etc. and supports 13 Indian languages
  • It has been developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD).

 

INDIA ROAD ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME
 

Why in news?
 

Recently International Road Assessment Programme has launched India Road Assessment Programme (IndiaRAP) that will rate highways’ safety levels, and seek to eliminate the most unsafe roads.
 

About the Programme
 

  • International Road Assessment Program (IRAP) is a charity which is dedicated towards preventing road accidents and making roads safe.
  • The IndiaRAP programme is being supported by FedEx Express and will be hosted by the Asian Institute of Transport Development.
  • It will also build local capacity and expertise by connecting Indian road safety experts with colleagues from around the world.
  • It will provide road safety rating by using IRAP’s evidence based Star Rating methodology and investment planning tools which will provide a simple and objective measure of the level of safety. (1 being worst and 5 being best rated roads).
  • IndiaRAP will seek to eliminate one and two star rated roads and promote construction and design of safe and smart roads in the country

 

NIVESH BANDHU
 

Why in news?

Recently, an investor facilitation portal named Nivesh Bandhu was launched during the World Food India Expo, 2017.

More on news

  • The portal would provide information on Central and State Governments’ investor friendly policies, agro-producing clusters, infrastructure, and potential areas of investment in the food processing sector.
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has also launched the Food Regulatory Portal.
  • It has been planned as a single interface for food businesses to cater to both domestic operations and food imports.
  • It hosts multiple IT platforms at one point to facilitate food businesses and reduce compliance burden.

 

 

DEEN DAYAL SPARSH YOJANA
 

Why in news?

Recently, government launched SPARSH Yojana to increase reach of Philately.
 

Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby-SPARSH Yojana

  • It is a pan India scheme launched by the government to increase the collection and study of postal stamps.
  • There is a component of annual scholarship for rewarding meritorious students pursuing Philately as a hobby.
  • The Concerned schools would also be provided with Philately mentor to guide the young philatelists in order to pursue their hobby and projects.
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