Green Indian Mission plans approved for 4 states

Union Environment Ministry has approved annual plans of National Mission for Green India (GIM) of four states viz. Kerala, Mizoram, Manipur and Jharkhand.

In this regard, National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the Perspective Plans (PP) and Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of GIM submitted by 4 states.

Key facts

  • The approval has been granted for alternative energy devices such as biogas, LPG, solar devices, biomass-based systems and improved stoves.
  • These devices in turn will help to reduce pressure on forests and provide carbon emission benefits, along with health and other associated benefits.
  • It will cover around 27,032 households from these 4 states for financial year 2015-16.
  • Financial support: PP of all four states has total financial outlay of 90,202.68 lakh rupees for a plan period of five to ten years. While, APOs of 11,195.32 lakh rupees for same period.
  • Forest and non-forest area: It will be taken up in the 4 states under GIM during the total plan period will be 1, 08,335 hectares. Out of it, 81,939 hectares will help in improving the density of existing forests and 16, 396 hectares in new areas.

About National Mission for Green India (GIM)

  • GIM is one of the 8key Missions outlined under National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).
  • It aims at protecting, enhancing and restoring India’s decreasing forest cover and responding to climate change by a combination of mitigation and adaptation measures.
  • The mission acknowledges the influence forests on environmental amelioration through climate change mitigation, water security, food security, biodiversity conservation and livelihood security of forest-dependent communities.
  • It hinges on decentralized participatory approach by involving grass root level communities and organizations in decision making, planning, implementation and monitoring.


Gujarat tops in ease of doing business in India: World Bank Report

Gujarat has been placed to top position in World Bank’s first ever ranking of States on the ease of doing business in India.

The World Bank report titled Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms was released in New Delhi under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The inaugural edition of report reflected the ease of doing business in all Indian States at sub-regional level.

Key facts

  • All States were assessed over a six-month period from January to June 2015 on the basis of percentage scores in a 98-point reforms agenda.
  • The Union Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, CII, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI and KPMG were involved in the exercise.
  • Top 5 States: Gujarat (71.14%), Andhra Pradesh (70.12%), Jharkhand (63.09%), Chhattisgarh (62.45%) and Madhya Pradesh (62.00%).
  • Bottom 5 states: Mizoram (6.37%), Jammu and Kashmir (5.93%), Meghalaya (4.38%), Nagaland (3.41%) and Arunachal Pradesh (1.23%).
  • The largest recipients of foreign investments Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were placed at eighth and twelfth position with less than 50 per cent scores.
  • The focus of the study for assessment was mostly undertaken on eight key important parameters: The setting up of a business, complying with environment procedures, allotment of land and obtaining construction permit, complying with labour regulations, registering and complying with tax procedures, obtaining infrastructure-related utilities, carrying out inspections and enforcing contracts.


NTPC inks agreement to form JV with Jharkhand for Patratu Power Plant

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited has inked an agreement with Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) to form a joint venture (JV) company for Patratu Power Plant.

The agreement will help optimise utilisation of improve performance, assets and expand capacity of Patratu Thermal Power Station located in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand.

The JV company will have 74 per cent share or stake of state-run NTPC while JBVNL will have the rest 26 per cent stake.

Implications of this JV company: It will work to improve the performance of the existing power stations in Jharkhand in order to gradually provide more power to the state.

It will also help Jharkhand to meet its ambitious target of providing adequate power to farmers and power round-the-clock to households in the state. It will thus play important role in enabling rapid industrialisation in the state in turn providing massive employment to youth of Jharkhand.

It should be noted that NTCP is India’s largest power producer and coal consumer.