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Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit in Gujarat to be developed under HRIDAY

The Union Ministry of Urban Development approved development of 6 km long Bet Dwarka Darshan Circuit in Gujarat under Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY).

Decision in this regard, was taken HRIDAY National Empowered Committee meeting chaired by Urban Development Secretary in New Delhi.

Key Facts
  • The circuit will connect famous Dwarkadish Haveli and Hanuman Dandi (only temple housing Hanumanji and his son Makardhwaj) in Dwarka district of Gujarat at a cost of Rs. 16.27 crore.
  • There are two important water bodies along the circuit viz., Shankhudhar Lake and Ranchod Talav. Under this project development works will be undertaken along the circuit.

About Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) 

  • The HRIDAY scheme was launched in January, 2015 with a focus on holistic development of heritage cities.
  • The scheme aims to preserve and revitalise soul of the heritage cities across the country to reflect their unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment.
  • It supports development of core heritage infrastructure projects that include revitalization of urban infrastructure for areas around heritage assets identified/approved by Ministry of Culture, state Governments.
  • The development initiatives covered it includes improvement of water supply, sanitation, drainage, waste management, footpaths, approach roads, street lights, electricity wiring, tourist conveniences, landscaping and such citizen services.
  • Since its launch, the scheme has been implemented in 12 identified heritage cities namely, Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Dwarka, Badami, Gaya, Mathura, Puri, Kanchipuram, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal.

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Sikkim becomes 22nd State to join UDAY

Sikkim became 22nd state in the country to join Union Government’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).

In this regard, Central Government and the state government have signed MoU for operational improvement of Sikkim’s Power Distribution Department.

Key Facts
  • The MoU paves way to improve operational efficiency of the Power Distribution department of the State. It will derive an Overall Net Benefit of approximately Rs. 356 crores to the state.
  • AT&C losses and transmission losses in the state will be brought down through compulsory distribution transformer metering, consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrading transformers, meters etc.
  • Besides, smart metering of high-end consumers, feeder audit etc, eliminating the gap between cost of supply of power and realisation will also aid to reduce loses.
About Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojna (UDAY)
  • UDAY Scheme was launched by Union Ministry of Power for financial restructuring of debt of power distribution companies.
  • It aims for financial revival and turnaround of Power Distribution companies (DISCOMs) and also ensures a sustainable permanent solution to the problem.
  • By becoming part of it, states power DISCOMs can convert their debt into state bonds as well as roll out number of measures to improve efficiency at power plants.
  • It seeks to make DISCOMs financially and operationally healthy so that they can supply adequate power at affordable rates and play important role in Government’s ambition of meeting target of 100% Village electrification and 24X7 Power For All.

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Shurhozelie Liezitsu sworn-in as Chief Minister of Nagaland

Shurhozelie Liezitsu (81) was sworn-in as the 17th Chief Minister of Nagaland. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor PB Acharya at a ceremony in the state capital Kohima.

He succeeded TR Zeliang, who had resigned as the Chief Minister following widespread protests over reservation to women in local body elections. Besides CM, 10 other members of the Council also took oath.

About Shurhozelie Liezitsu

  • His political career spans over four decades since he was first elected to the state assembly in 1969 from northern Angami-I constituency under Kohima district.
  • He also has served the office eight times, holding different ministerial portfolios, including education and planning. He was the Minister for Higher education till 2013.
  • He is one of the founding members of first regional party in Nagaland. He is also an eminent scholar and one of the most decorated educationists in the Angami literature (the native language of the Angami tribe).
Background

Shurhozelie Liezitsu, president of Naga People’s Front party was invited by the Governor to form a new government following the resignation of Zeliang. He had emerged as the unanimous choice for the post and formally staked his claim after 42 of the 49 legislators unanimously supported him as their new legislature party leader to break the deadlock between the agitating tribal groups and the government. Nagaland was in political turmoil since January 2017 after the TR Zeliang led NPF government had decided to hold local body elections in 12 towns across the state with 33% reservation for women. Various tribal groups  had opposed the civic elections on the ground that certain provisions of Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 related to women’s reservation framed under Article 243(T) of the Constitution (Reservation of seats in municipalities) infringed upon Naga tradition and customs that are protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution (Special provision with respect to Nagaland).

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