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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - February 2020

Feb 2020

Jan 07, 2021

MP Launches 'Launch Pad Scheme' to Make Youth Self-reliant

  • The government of Madhya Pradesh has launched a 'Launch Pad Scheme' for the boys and girls coming out of child care institutions and having completed 18 years of age. This scheme has been launched by the Women and Child Development Department of the state with the objective to provide a platform to these youths, through which they will be able to become self-reliant by continuing their education and training.
  • Under the scheme:
  • The District Administration will provide space to these youths for the opening of coffee shops, stationery, photocopying, computer typing and DTP work.
  • All the 52 districts of the state have been divided into 5 clusters with headquarters at Indore, Sagar, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Bhopal.
  • An amount of Rs. 6 lakh will be provided by the Women and Child Development Department for the installation of each launch pad.
  • These launch pads will be operated through non-governmental organisations.

UJALA and SLNP Schemes Complete Six Years

  • The UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) and SLNP (Street Lighting National Programme) completed six years of successful implementation. The two programmes revamped the household and public lighting system across the country.
  • Under UJALA, the EESL distributed 6.69 crores of LED bulbs. It has installed more than 1.14 crores of LED street lights. This has helped to save more than 55.33-billion-kilowatt hour of energy per year.
  • The scheme helped to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions by 38.59 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
  • The scheme distributed 72 lakhs of LED tube lights and 23 lakhs of energy efficient fans at affordable prices.
  • Under SLNP the EESL installed more than 1.1 crores of LED street lights under SLNP. This helped to save 7.67-billion-kilowatt hour of energy per year.
  • The scheme helped to reduce the greenhouse gas emission by 5.29 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
  • With the help of the scheme the municipalities were able to save 5,210 crores of Rupees in their electricity bills.

Jan 05, 2021

India Forms Committee to Support Exports of Military Platforms

  • The government of India has established a committee to support exports of military platforms.
  • The new committee will provide "faster approvals" for international sales of "major military platforms" including coastal surveillance systems, radar and air platforms, and the Akash surface-to-air missile system.
  • The committee will comprise India's Defence Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the country's national security advisor, which leads the government's National Security Council.
  • The new committee will focus on platforms as opposed to components and subsystems, with the aim to improve defence products and make them globally competitive.

Dec 31, 2020

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Approves Ordinance on Interfaith Marriages

  • The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approved the Dharma Swatantrata (Religious Freedom) Ordinance.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approved the bill. The bill provides for up to 10 years in jail for anyone found guilty of forcing women, minors, and people from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to undergo religious conversion.
  • Under this legislation, the re-conversion to the ancestral religion will not be treated as conversion, said the draft law. It defines ancestral religion as the religion of the father of the person at the time of his birth.
  • Madhya Pradesh is the third BJP-ruled state to clear anti-Love Jihad bill after Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

Dec 30, 2020

Gujarat Solar Power Policy

  • The Gujarat government announced the new solar power policy, 2021. According to the policy any developer or person or industry can set up a solar project in Gujarat. The policy mainly aims to reduce the power cost of industrial units by around 50%. This is to be achieved by removing capacity ceiling for setting up a solar project in Gujarat.
  • The policy allows the power consumers to set up solar projects on the rooftop and backyards. The consumers can also offer their space to the third parties for power generation and utilisation.
  • The security deposit provided to the power companies has been reduced to five lakh rupees per megawatt. Earlier it was twenty-five lakh rupees per megawatt.
  • The policy aims to increase the presence of "Made in Gujarat" brand in global market.
  • The policy allows a group of consumers to set up solar projects as a collective ownership project for self-consumption.
  • In order to encourage small scale solar projects, power discoms, the new policy is to purchase power at 20 paise per unit from them. The small-scale solar projects are those projects that produce power up to 4 megawatts.
  • Under the policy the state government will purchase the surplus power. The surplus power limit is to be set by the project proprietor. For MSMEs and residential consumers the state government of Gujarat is to purchase a surplus Tower at 2.25 rupees per unit.

Dec 29, 2020

Assam Government Tables Bill to Abolish All State-run Madrassas

  • The Assam Government tabled a bill that will abolish all the state-run Madrassas and will convert them into schools from April 1, 2021. The bill is called Assam Repealing Bill, 2020.
  • The bill will abolish two existing acts namely,
  1. The Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995.
  2. Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Reorganisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.
  • There will be no change in allowances, change of status or service conditions of the teaching and non-teaching staff.
  • There are 610 state run Madrassas in Assam. According to the survey conducted by a Guwahati University Professor found that the parents and guardians of most of the students of Madrassas are not aware that the children are not taught regular subjects in Madrassas. Rather they are imparted lessons of theology. Therefore, it is essential to convert the Madrassas into regular schools that provide primary and secondary education.
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