22, October 2016

1.Felicitate Divyangjans – Samajik Adhikarita – Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Source: PIB

In the 169th Mega ADIP Camp more than Ten Thousand Pre-Identified Divyangjan beneficiaries will be benefitted with contemporary Aids and Assistive devices by ALIMCO, E-Card of Niramaya Health Insurance Scheme of National Trust and Loan and Skill Training certificates by NHFDC.

High-end-devices aimed at imparting education, training and information technology awareness will be provided to needy Divyangjans (Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities).

The main objective of the scheme is to provide latest and modern aids manufactured by various agencies such as National Institutes, Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India [ALIMCO], District Disability Rehabilitation Centres, State Handicapped Development Corporations, other local bodies and NGOs.

These aids are being given to the Divyangjans to promote their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation.

2.Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik : Civil Aviation Ministry’s Regional Connectivity Scheme “UDAN” Launched  Ministry of Civil Aviation

Source: PIB

The Ministry of Civil Aviation took a major step today towards making flying a reality for the small town common man. It will be rolled out by January, 2017 and will be in operation for a period of 10 years

UDAN is an innovative scheme to develop the regional aviation market. It is a market-based mechanism in which airlines bid for seat subsidies.

This first-of-its-kind scheme globally will create affordable yet economically viable and profitable flights on regional routes so that flying becomes affordable to the common man even in small towns.

UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam naagrik) Scheme:

The objective of the scheme was “Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik”  which scheme ensure affordability, connectivity, growth and development.

Envisages providing connectivity to un-served and under-served airports of the country through revival of existing air-strips and airports.

The Centre would be able to expand the regional air connectivity and market. The state governments would reap the benefit of development of remote areas, enhance trade and commerce and more tourism expansion.

Airlines will have exclusive rights for three years to fly on a particular regional route. On these routes for regional flights Airfares will be capped at 2500 rupees for an hour’s flight.

Role Of States In The Udan Scheme:

The selection of airports where UDAN operations begins will be done in consultation with State Government and after confirmation of their concessions.

The scheme will also help in starting operations on un-served airports and revival of the dysfunctional airports.

For the shortest route under the scheme fare has been capped at Rs 1,420. For longest route, fare has been capped ar Rs 3,500.

The Centre has also decided to provide concessions such as 2% excise on Value Added Tax (VAT) and service tax at 1/10th.

State government are bound to provide free security and fire service, utilities at concessional rates and reduce VAT on ATF to 1%.

There will be no landing charges, parking charges and Terminal Navigation Landing Charges will be imposed for RCS flights.

  1. CGS Aryaman and Atulya Commissioned into Indian Coast Guard

Source: PIB

The Indian Coast Guard Ships ‘Aryaman’ and ‘Atulya’, the eighteenth and nineteenth in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, were recently commissioned at Kochi.

Equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry, advanced communication and navigational equipment, the ships are ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, search and rescue and interdiction. The special features of the ships include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS) and Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS).

  1. Loan to National Water Development Agency (NWDA) – Ministry of water resources

Source: PIB

NABARD has sanctioned loan worth Rs. 19,702 crore to National Water Development Agency (NWDA) for 50 irrigation projects from 11 States under Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF). It is part of the government’s vision to double the farmers’ income by 2022.

This loan is part of the Central share of assistance to State Governments and will ensure front loading of resources so that the identified incomplete irrigation projects under Pradhan Mandtri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY) are executed in time.

PMKSY: Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) was launched with an aim to enhance physical access of water on farm and expand cultivable area under assured irrigation, improve on farm water use efficiency, introduce sustainable water conservation practices etc.

This would help complete not only the irrigation projects but also the Command Area Development works which are central to ensure full utilisation of irrigation potential so created.

Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF) was set up by NABARD.

Project: The issues related to implementation of projects under PMKSY-HKKP including prioritization of projects were deliberated in the Committee headed by Minister of Water Resources of chattisgarh. As per the information supplied by concerned States to the Committee, 99 projects have been identified for completion upto 2019-20.

5.Smooth-coated otter sighted for first time in Krishna sanctuary

Source: The Hindu

Smooth-coated otter was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest near the Krishna wildlife sanctuary (KWS) in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.

 In all, seven otters were sighted in the mangrove forests and brackish water channels of Eelachetladibba and Lankevennedibba and other areas outside the KWS.

The presence of the otter is a key indicator for rise of the mangrove cover in the KWS.

About smooth-coated Otter:

The smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) is a species of otter, the only extant representative of the genus Lutrogale. Otter is a carnivorous mammals.

The fur of this species is smoother and shorter than that of other otters.

It is distributed throughout South Asia and South East Asia.

The otter lives in rivers, lakes, peat swamp forests, mangroves and estuaries.

 It has been categorised ‘vulnerable’ in the red data book of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

6.India inks loan pact with World Bank for Eastern Freight Corridor

Source: Indian Express and PIB

The objective of the EDFC-III Project is to augment rail transport capacity, improve service quality and enhance freight carriage throughput on the 401 km Ludhiana-Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.

Develop institutional capacity of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp. to build, maintain and operate the entire DFC network.

Project:

An agreement for a $650 million loan from the World Bank towards the third tranche for construction of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) designed for faster movement of goods between northern and eastern parts of India.

EDFC is 1,840 km long and extends from Ludhiana in Punjab to Kolkata in West Bengal as a series of projects with three sections.

 The objective of the project is to augment railway freight carrying capacity along the railway corridor between Ludhiana and Kolkata.

Significance:

The project will directly benefit the power and heavy manufacturing industries of Northern and Eastern India, which rely on railway network for transportation of their material inputs and also for the distribution of bulk processed and semi-processed commodities and consumer goods.

 Railway passengers will also be benefitted through decongestion of the existing passenger lines.

 



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