Jharkhand Current Affairs

Jharkhand Government launches Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows

Jharkhand Government has launched Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows to create equality and harmony in society, ensuring all round development enshrined in the Constitution.

It was launched by Chief Minister Raghubar Das on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar.

Key facts

  • The scheme (Yojana) aims at building 11000 units (houses) for widows in 2016-17 financial year with the budgetary allocation of 80 crore rupees.
  • Under it, beneficiaries would get an amount of 75000 rupees to build a house in hilly terrains districts and 70000 rupees in plains area.
  • The amount would be distributed among the beneficiaries in three installments directly in their bank accounts. Under it widows will also get pension.

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Union Government gives nod for issuance of UDAY bonds to four states

The Union Finance Ministry has approved the proposal of four states for the issuance of Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) bonds.

These four states are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. These states account for around about 35 per cent or around 1.5 lakh crore rupees of the outstanding loans of State electricity distribution utilities in the country.

These bonds will be issued by these states as per the UDAY Scheme which allows state governments to take over 75 per cent of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) debt and pay back lenders by issuing bonds.

The scheme also provides that remaining 25 per cent of the debt to be paid back through discom-issued bonds. Total discom debt in the country amounts to Rs.4.3 lakh crore.

So far total 16 states have agreed to join UDAY Scheme and last one to join were Manipur and Tripura. Six states have signed the UDAY contract with the Union Government.

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Jharkhand gets first Mega Food Park at Ranchi

Jharkhand’s first mega food park was inaugurated by Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at village Getalsud in Ranchi district of state.

This park is promoted by Jharkhand Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd and seeks to give an impetus to the growth of the food processing sector in the state.

Key facts

  • The mega food park has been set up with the project cost of 114.73 crore rupees in an area of 51.50 acres.
  • It will have facilities of multi chamber cold storage, vegetable dehydration line and dry warehouse.
  • It will also have facilities like modern quality control and testing laboratory and other processing facilities for fruits & vegetables.
  • This park has a central processing centre (CPC) located at Ranchi and 6 primary processing centres (PPCs) at Lohardaga, Hazaribagh, Gumla, Belchampa, Domchach and Patratu to provide strong backward linkages.
  • It will help in providing better prices to farmers, add value to agricultural produce, reduce wastage of perishables and create huge opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for the youth in the state.
  • The mega food park is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about six thousand people and will benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers in its catchment area.

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