India Current Affairs 2017

CCEA approves 5000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects

Cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) has approved setting up over 5,000 Mega Watt of Grid-Connected Solar Photo Voltaic Power Projects on build, own and operate (BOOT) basis.

Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

These projects will be

  • Set up in four trenches of each 1,250 MW capacity during four succeeding financial years from 2015-16 to 2018-19.
  • Implemented by Solar Power Developers with Viability Gap Funding under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
  • Cost is five thousand fifty crore rupees over five years and the total investments expected under the JNNSM scheme is about 30,000 crore rupees.

These projects will generate employment to 30 thousand people and help in reduction of more than 8 Million tonne of CO2 emissions into environment every year.

Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM): It was launched in 2010 by the Union Government with a target to setup 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022. Later in 2014, the target was enhanced upto 1,00,000 MW.

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and UK in the field of Public Administration and Governance Reforms 

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom for Cooperation in the field Public Administration and Governance Reforms.

This MoU was signed between both countries in November, 2015 during Prime Minister Narendra’s official visit to UK.

Key facts

  • Under this MoU the co-operation will be in areas like sharing good governance practices in public administration, reducing bureaucracy in service delivery and user led service design.
  • It will also be in areas like Government Process Re-engineering, Public Grievance Redress Mechanism, Building and developing staff capability, Local Government Reforms.
  • Cooperation in Reforms towards strengthening of social security, Collaboration in strategies for promotion of ethics in Government will be also part of it.

The provisions of this MoU will be implemented by a Joint Working Group on Public Administration and Governance.

Background

  • This MoU was signed as per the Union Government’s decision of quantum shift in online delivery of Government Services in the context of ‘Minimum Government with Maximum Governance’ across the country.
  • The Citizen-Centric Online Services are very foundation of an efficient public administration system that leads to accountability and transparency in the governance and also fosters equitable growth.
  • So far, Union Government has signed similar bilateral MoU with China, Malaysia, Singapore and also with Brazil and South Africa (trilateral).

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