The Punjab Cabinet approved the Backward Class (BC) status for the Jat and Jat Sikhs of the State. Now, Jats and Jat Sikhs are the 69th and 70th community to be included in the category.
As per the Punjab Cabinet decision
- Quota benefit will also be extended to economically weaker persons from the general category.
- These reservations would be in addition to the quota already in place and would not affect the existing quota sections.
- A commission will be set up to work out modalities for the implementation of the Cabinet decision.
- The grant of BC status to the Jats and Jat Sikhs will enable them to get reservation in government jobs.
Note: Recently, the Union Cabinet decided to extend OBC status to Jats of Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Delhi. Though, Jats and Jat Sikhs of Punjab had been left out of the Union Cabinet’s decision because the Punjab government had failed to bring the community in the State BC list.
About Welspun Solar MP project
- The 151-megawatt photovoltaic plant.
- World’s 2nd largest & Asia’s Largest solar project (Single Plant).
- Constructed by: Welspun Energy Ltd (WEL).
- Location: Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.
- Inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
- Set up at a cost of Rs. 1100 crore on 305 hectares of land.
- Supply power at Rs. 8.05 a kWh.
- This Project will raise Indian solar capacity by 7%.
About Welspun Energy Ltd (WEL)
- Biggest developer of solar photovoltaic projects of India.
- Headquarters:New Delhi.
- Objective: To develop 1,000 MW of wind power projects by 2014.
The energy arm of Welspun Group is an independent power producer with plans to build grid connected 750MW of solar power & 1 GW of wind power plants across India.
The Government of India (GOI) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $275 million loan agreement to continue improving rural roads in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal. The loan represents the second tranche of $800 million financing facility under the Rural Connectivity Investment Program (RCIP).
- Joint secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Nilaya Mitash and Country Director of ADB, Ms. M. Teresa Kho signed the pact.
- Executing agency of the project: Ministry of Rural Development (MORD) at the central level, while the state governments of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal are charged with overall implementation at the state level for a period of 43 months.
- The loan will construct 3,693 km of all-weather rural roads in the states which will benefit nearly 1,800 rural habitations.
- Second phase of project is expected to be completed in June, 2017.
- The central government will provide counterpart funds of $81.56 million for a total second tranche project investment cost of $356.56 million.
Rural Connectivity Investment Programme (RCIP): A multi-tranche financing facility (MTFF) started by Asian Development Bank (ADB). RCIP will construct or upgrade the 9000 km of rural roads to an all-weather standard connecting around 4800 habitations in the States of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
Note: The second tranche from the ordinary capital resources of ADB has a 25-year term including a grace period of 5 years, commitment charge of 0.15% per year, and interest rate to be determined in accordance with ADB’s LIBOR-based lending facility.
Evaluation studies of RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana) commissioned by Rural Electrification Corporation have revealed that the programme has empowered the rural women.
Affect of electrification under RGGVY scheme on some states:
- Rajasthan: 75% of women are able to work in the fields after electricity reached their homes.
- Madhya Pradesh: 85% of the villagers, in particular, women and children feel more secure and protected against wild animals, venomous reptiles and robbers due to electrified households and street lights.
- Uttar Pradesh: 43% people are surveyed and reported that they have started using mobile phones after electrification since it became possible to charge the mobile sets.
- Bihar: As detected by the beneficiary households, the most important use of electricity is for illumination (94.9%), security (89.9%), and communication through cellular phones (42.1%), accessing information and entertainment (52.1%) and comforts by running fans (18.4%).
- J&K: Most people feel that security & standard of life has increased. Villagers are able to get the treatment in the night. In some of the villages, it was found that the villagers use electrical appliances for crop processing.
Positive impact of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana(RGGVY) programme
- 96% of un-electrified villages have been electrified across the country.
- Intensive electrification of 80% villages has been completed while free electricity connections have been provided to 77% BPL households under the flagship programme.
- People are able to establish small scale activities in homes viz. weaving, tailoring, grocery shops, etc.
- Students in all the states are able to study for longer hours and also save money & time which they had to spend on kerosene lamp. They also feel more comfortable during summer days due to the fans in the class.