Policy Watch – January 18th, 2018

Important policy updates from 12th January 2018 – 18th January 2018.

Innovation

Short Film Making on SAUBHAGYA

A company working under the Ministry of Power has organised a short filmmaking contest, with an aim to create awareness about the SAUBHAGYA scheme among the people, and at the same time, involve the general public as agents of the programme. The categories for the short film include roles of electrification in nation building, on women empowerment, on health care, etc. The scheme has been formulated with the intent to achieve universal electrification in all rural and urban households by March 2019.

For more information: Business Standard

Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav

The Culture Ministry has organised Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav in Karnataka, in the cities of Bengaluru, Hubli and Mangaluru. Art forms such as classical, folk, music and dance to visual arts and literature will be presented. The event will also include a handloom and handicrafts utsav, besides an event showcasing several States’ culinary culture.

For more information: The Hindu

Pact to Bring Down the Cost of Logistics

The Commerce Ministry and the CII have signed an agreement to solve the problems arising in the Logistics sector. The costs emanating out of logistical issues are at 12-14% of the GDP, which is higher than the figure seen in developed countries. This initiative will help establish a Logistics Working Group, and enable the CII to look into challenges faced in this sector and provide solutions for the same, and more importantly solution to cut down costs incurred due to logistics.

For more information: The Hindu

Employment and Skills

Camp for Beedi Workers and Unorganised Workers

The Labour and Employment Ministry has organised a mega camp for the beedi workers and other unorganised workers in Bareilly. Welfare schemes meant for the benefit of these workers were highlighted for creating greater awareness amongst the workers. Over 6000 workers were participated in the camp, with 70 housing sanction certificates and 3000 insurance certificates being granted to the beneficiaries.

For more information: Business Standard

Environment

Awareness Programme on Pollution for Delhiites

The Government will organise a two-week awareness campaign for the citizens of Delhi, on pollution and air quality in the city. This is being done in collaboration with the Delhi government, New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Central Pollution Control Board and other municipal agencies. It will focus on sensitising ground level functionaries and people regarding environmental concerns and encourage groups including shopkeeper associations and Resident Welfare Associations in mitigating pollution.

For more information: The Hindu

SAKSHAM – 2018

Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav (SAKSHAM) is an annual event organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The initiative seeks to create a sense of realization among the masses regarding conservation and efficient use of petroleum products. This awareness is created using citizen-centric activities including training and educational programs and group talks, etc.

For more information: PIB Release

Energy

$350 million for International Solar Alliance

At Abu Dhabi’s World Future Energy Summit, 2018, India has announced the setting up of a $350 million development fund for the promotion and financing of solar projects, to give an impetus to fund mobilisation under the International Solar Alliance. Nine companies and banks have signed MoUS for the purpose of solar related projects with the ISA.

For more information: Business Standard

Agriculture

Agro Options Contract in Guar Seeds

The Finance Minister has launched options trading in guar seed on NCDEX, with an aim to ensure better prices for farmers. To help farmers in getting decent prices for their produce even during a fall in price rates, and to contribute to boosting development of the agricultural market for commodities, is the main intention behind this move, as proposed by the Government.

For more information: Economic Times

Defence

Procurement Procedure Eased

The Ministry of Defence has relaxed the procurement norms for equipments and products required in the armed forces. Under the Make II category under the Defence Procurement Procedure, industries can on its own, make proposals to supply products based on their own evaluation of requirements. Start-ups will also be able to develop equipments for the armed forces.

For more information: Live Mint

Aadhar-based Grievance Redressal System in the Army

The Indian Army is developing a mobile application that will enable soldiers to post their grievances online, based on Aadhar.This measure is aimed at ensuring quick and effective redressal of the concerns of the serving members.

For more information: Economic Times