KISAN URJA SURAKSHA EVAM UTTHAAN MAHABHIYAN
The Central Government has announced the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan or KUSUM scheme which aims at furthering the production of solar power in India and also give the benefits of solar farming to farmers.
KUSUM SCHEME DETAILS
The Ministry responsible for this scheme is the New and Renewable Energy Ministry.
Initially, the government will distribute 1.75 million off-grid agricultural solar pumps.
10000 Mega Watts Solar plants will be put up on lands that are barren.
The state electricity distribution companies, also called, DISCOMS will buy the additional solar power produced by the farmers on barren lands.
Tube wells and existing pumps of the government will be converted to run on solar power.
Farmers will get a subsidy of 60% on solar pumps. It shall be deposited to their bank accounts directly. This subsidy is going to be shared by the central and the state governments. 30% of the cost will be obtained as a bank loan. Hence, only the rest 10% will have to be borne by the farmers themselves.
KUSUM SCHEME BENEFITS:
It shall enable the decentralisation of the production of solar power.
Transmission losses of DISCOMS will be under control.
Subsidy burden on DISCOMS in the sector of agriculture will be decreased to a large extent.
This will give farmers the chance to sell to the grid the extra power that is generated by the solar plants that are stationed on their barren lands.
It will provide a fillip to the emerging green economy in India.
The program will also aid in the de-dieseling of the agricultural sector in India. This implies that the existing diesel pumps will be replaced.
Other benefits that will accrue to the farmers due to the implementation of this program include conservation of water, water security as well as energy efficiency.
PRADHAN MANTRI AWAS YOJANA – URBAN
PRADHAN MANTRI AWAS YOJANA ( PART – 1)
PRADHAN MANTRI AWAS YOJANA ( PART – 2)
1. Slum rehabilitation of Slum Dwellers with participation of private developers using land as a resource.
2. Promotion of Affordable Housing for weaker section through credit linked subsidy.
3. Affordable Housing in Partnership with Public & Private sectors.
4. Subsidy for beneficiary-led individual house construction /enhancement.
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KOSI-MECHI INTERLINKING PROJECT
The Centre has approved the Rs 4,900 crore project for interlinking of Kosi and Mechi rivers of Bihar.
This decision was taken as every year floods had become a major reason for destruction.Hence,interlinking of Kosi and Mechi can provide a little relief to Bihar.
This project will provide a diversion to the surplus water of Kosi River through existing Hanuman Nagar barrage to Mechi River of Mahananda basin.
Further,Mechi River will also get water from another source and it will become a vast natural resource of irrigation.
Ken-Betwa Interlinking is country’s first river interlinking project that will connect two rivers in Madhya Pradesh.
The project aims to transfer surplus water of Ken River to the Betwa basin through a concrete canal to irrigate India’s worst drought-prone Bundelkhand region
NATIONAL POPULATION REGISTER (NPR)
The NPR is a Register of usual residents of the country.
It is being prepared at the local (Village/sub-Town), sub-District, District, State and National level under provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
It is mandatory for every usual resident of India to register in the NPR.
A usual resident is defined for the purposes of NPR as a person who has resided in a local area for the past 6 months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next 6 months or more.
The objective is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country. The database would contain demographic as well as biometric particulars.
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It is the busiest shipping area in the world.
It is about 560 km (350 mi) long and varies in width from 240 km (150 mi) at its widest to 33.3 km (20.7 mi) in the Strait of Dover.
WORLD BIOFUEL DAY
Every year 10 August is observed as World Biofuel Day with aim to create awareness about importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels.
It is being observed by Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas since 2015.
Theme 2019: ‘Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO)’.
Objective: To create awareness about importance of non-fossil fuels (or environment-friendly fuels) as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight various efforts made by Government of India in biofuel sector.
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