The Centre is planning to create a SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) to implement the Ken-Betwa River Linking Project. Interlinking the rivers of India has been one of the major initiative of the NDA government at the Centre.
Ken-Betwa River Linking Project
The Ken-Betwa link is one of the 16 river linking proposals under the Peninsular Component of the National Perspective Plan (NPP) for water resources development. It envisages diversion of surplus water from the Ken basin to the water-deficit Betwa basin. The project will have a dam on Ken river along with a 221 km link canal. The project was conceived in two phases, with the first phase benefitting both states, and the second phase confined to Madhya Pradesh. There are plans to implement both phases at the same time.
The project is expected to facilitate annual irrigation for 6.35 lakh hectares and supply drinking water to 13.42 lakh people. Also, a 78MW hydropower plant is expected to become operational after the two rivers are linked.
The project will involve the two neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, both of which have in principle given their consent for creation of the SPV. Also the Ministry of Environment and Forests has given its approval for conducting the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Study for the project.
The 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was celebrated on the 25th of September, with the Madhya Pradesh Government establishing a Chair in his honour at Makhanlal University. Pandit Deendayal was an eminent political activist and philosopher. He was a noted leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which is considered a precursor to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).
Pandit Deendayal was born in 1916 in what is now Uttar Pradesh. He excelled in academics since a young age and was even selected to the Provincial Services. However, he chose to dedicate his life to the common man and engage in public service instead of joining the Provincial Services.
A critic of both capitalism and communism, Pandit Deendayal advocated his own brand of Integral Humanism which combined morality in politics and a human centric approach to economics. He strongly supported swadeshi and small scale industrialization. He upheld nationalistic ideals, and believed that blindly adhering to Western ideologies wouldn’t be a suitable path for India.
Along with an active political career, he also engaged in various literary endeavors. He established his own publishing house named Rashtra Dharma Prakashan and brought out the monthly Rashtra Dharma. He also launched and edited the weekly Panchjanya and the daily Swadesh from Lucknow. He also wrote a drama on Chandragupta Maurya, a biography of Shankaracharya and also translated a Marathi biography of K.B.Hedgewar.
He suffered an untimely death in 1968 when he was assassinated in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh.
Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2012 were declared by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan. The awards are awarded by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
BEST OF ALL AWARD
- Large scale manufacturing: Sakthi Masala P. Ltd., Erode, Tamil Nadu
- Large scale service sector: Tata Business Support Services Limited, Hyderabad
- Small scale service sector: Elin Appliances Pvt. Ltd., Solan, Himachal Pradesh
Large Scale Manufacturing Industry
- Chemical: Dalmia Cement (B) Limited, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh
- Electrical & Electronic: EOS Power India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Engineering & Others: Currency Note Press (A unit of security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd.), Nashik, Maharashtra
- Food & Drug: Mehsana Dist Co-Op Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., Dudhsagar Dairy, Mehsana, Gujarat
Large Scale Service Industry
- Health care: Apollo Speciality Hospital Madurai, Tamil Nadu
- Others: Engineers India Limited, New Delhi
- Education: Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
- Finanace: Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), New Delhi
Small Scale Manufacturing Industry
- Engineering & Others: Suprabha Protective Products Pvt. Ltd, Pune, Maharashtra
Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards
Introduced in 1991, the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award is given by the BIS to Indian manufacturing and service organizations that show excellence in their performance.
The award purposes to encourage quality services to the customers and to provide special appreciation to organizations that contribute considerably towards the quality movement of India.
The award is presented annually as per the financial year, and is similar to other national quality awards worldwide like the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award of the United States, European Quality Award of the European Union and the Deming Prize of Japan.
The award is presented to organizations in 5 broad categories:
- Large scale manufacturing
- Small scale manufacturing
- Large scale service sector
- Small scale service sector
- Best overall
Cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 for BEST OF ALL category, Rs 2,00,000 for each winner in respective category and Rs 1,00,000 for each winner of commendation certificate.