Rajasthan Current Affairs

Rajasthan Government inks MoU to join UDAY Scheme

Rajasthan Government along with its power distribution companies (DISCOMS) has signed a MoU to join UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) Scheme.

State DISCOMS part of this MoU are Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVNL), Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JVVNL) and Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVNL).

Key facts

  • With this, Rajasthan became third state to sign the MoU under UDAY scheme after Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
  • By joining the UDAY Scheme, discoms in Rajasthan will be able to overcome permanent and sustainable solution for their debt-ridden utilities and achieve financial stability and growth.
  • Presently, discoms in Rajasthan have a total debt of 80,500 crore rupees which accounts for 18.7 per cent of the country’s total discom debt of 4.3 lakh crore rupees.

About Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojna (UDAY)

  • UDAY Scheme has been 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 they can supply adequate power at affordable rates and play important role in Union Government’s ambition of meeting target of 100% Village electrification and 24X7 Power For All.

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Nag anti-tank missile successful test fired

The indigenously-built third generation anti-tank missile Nag was successfully test fired at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan.

Test

  • During the test, the missile successfully hit the target 4 km away during a night trial validating enhanced capability of Imaging-Infrared seeker (IIS). It mainly guides the missile to the target.
  • The main purpose of test to validate Thermal Target System (TTS) was also tested. TTS had simulated a target similar to an operational tank generating thermal signature.

With this successful test Nag missile was now ready for final and pre-induction user trials.

About Nag anti-tank guided missile

  • Indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  • It is fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. HeliNa is a helicopter-launched version of Nag missile.
  • Operational range: 500m to 4km (Land version), 7-10km (Air-launched).
  • Guidance system: Incorporated with advance Active Imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker.
  • It has been incorporated with HEAT (High explosive anti-tank) warhead also the top-attack all-weather fire-and-forget system capable of destroying modern tanks with armoured protection by nullifying their ERA (explosive reactive armour).

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India’s Grid-linked solar generation capacity crosses 5,000 MW mark

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that India’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.

Presently, Government has set an ambitious plan to achieve 175 Giga Watt (GW) of power generation capacity from renewable sources by 2022. It includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind.

Under the National Solar Mission (NSM), Union Government increased the solar power generation capacity addition target by five times from 20,000 MW to 100 GW by 2022.

Top grid-connected states

  • Rajasthan (1,264.35 MW).
  • Gujarat (1,024.15 MW).
  • Madhya Pradesh (678.58 MW).
  • Maharashtra (378.7 MW).
  • Andhra Pradesh (357.34 MW).
  • Telangana (342.39 MW).
  • Punjab (200.32 MW).
  • Uttar Pradesh (140 MW).

Major states lagging behind

  • West Bengal (7.21 MW).
  • Uttarakhand (5 MW).
  • Haryana (12.8 MW).

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