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Union Government launches Coal Mitra portal to facilitate flexibility in utilization of domestic coal

The Union Ministry of Coal has launched Coal Mitra, a web portal for allowing flexibility in utilization of domestic Coal.

It was launched by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.

Key Facts
  • The Coal Mitra Web Portal aims at optimum utilisation by private as well as public power companies of the coal.
  • It facilitates transfer of the coal reserves to more cost efficient State/Centre owned or Private sector generating stations.
  • The portal allows coal swapping between PSUs and the Private Sector in transparent manner and also helps to reduce operational and logistic costs, bringing power tariffs down for the consumers.
  • It facilitates state/Central Gencos to display information about normative fixed and variable charges of electricity for the previous month.
  • They can also display margin available for additional generation so as to enable the utilities identify stations for transfer of coal.
  • It will host data on Quantity and source of supply coal to the power plant, Operational and Financial parameters of each coal based station and Distance of Power plant form the Coal mine.

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Swachh Delhi Abhiyan launched in Delhi

A special cleanliness drive, Swachh Delhi Abhiyan has been launched in the national capital Delhi to remove debris and garbage lying in various localities.

The drive was launched by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and shall continue in New Delhi till the end November 2015 month.

Key facts

  • Launched as part of Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • It is being undertaken up by the Union Government, Delhi government and all the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi.
  • Under the campaign, 3 municipal bodies in Delhi will clear the garbage and the concrete waste will be lifted by the Public Works Department (PWD) of Delhi government.
  • Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched a special mobile application to give a push to the drive.
  • Using this app and appilication people can send photographs of debris and garbage lying in their areas so that the concerned agencies could take steps to remove them.

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Union Government launches e-Sahyog Pilot Project to facilitate Taxpayers

Union Finance Ministry has launched an e-Sahyog pilot project of Income-Tax Department to facilitate taxpayers to reduce their need to physically appear before tax authorities.

It was launched by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a function in New Delhi in line with Union Government flagship Digital India initiative.

Key facts about e-Sahyog project

  • Aims to reduce compliance cost, especially for small taxpayers and provide an online mechanism to resolve mismatches in Income-tax returns.
  • As part of the digital initiative, IT Department will provide an end to end e-service using SMS, e-mails to inform the tax assesses of the mismatch.
  • Henceforth, by using this service taxpayers will simply need to visit the e-filing portal and log in with their user-ID and password.
  • It will help them to view mismatch related information and submit online response on the issue without physically appearing before tax authorities.

Apart from it, Union Finance Minister also launched a campaign to provide public service at peoples’ door step by holding special PAN camps in remote areas.

Under the campaign, special camps will be held over for two days at 43 remote, semi urban and rural locations across the country. It is the first instance IT Department facilitating in such areas for obtaining of PAN card by persons residing.

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