Jharkhand Current Affairs

Jharkhand becomes first state to implement DBT in Kerosene

Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene Scheme.

The scheme is being implemented in four identified districts of the state from 1st of October 2017. These districts are Chatra, Hazaribagh, Khunti and Jamtara.

About Direct Benefit Transfer in Kerosene (DBTK) scheme

  • Under the DBTK scheme, PDS kerosene will be sold at non-subsidised price and the subsidy will be directly transferred to consumers directly into their bank accounts.
  • This initiative was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on the lines of a similar DBT programme for LPG subsidy.
  • It aims at rationalising subsidy based on the approach to cut subsidy leakages but not the subsidy.
  • It will give priority to eliminate subsidized Kerosene from supply chain for better targeting of beneficiaries.
  • It also seeks to eliminate pilferage and black-marketing and cut down adulteration of the Kerosene, a cheap cooking and lighting fuel with diesel.


India’s first facility to produce nickel launched by HCL in Jharkhand

India’s first facility to produce nickel was launched by the Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) at its Indian Copper Complex (ICC) at Ghatshila in Jharkhand.

The new facility “Nickel, Copper and Acid Recovery Plant” will be first facility in India to produce nickel metal of London Metal Exchange (LME) grade from primary resource.

Key Facts

  • Initially, the capacity of the plant is poised to be 50 tonnes per annum, given the current production rate from the Surda mines.
  • However, the nickel output will be increased nearly eight times after the completion of mine expansion projects located at Ghatsila.
  • The plant will utilize eco-friendly technology and help check pollution and also eliminate use of lead, reduce liquid effluents and cut down solid waste by 75%.
  • It will also utilise less energy, provide a safe working environment and conserve natural resources, the statement added.
  • Significance: The annual demand for pure nickel in India is around 45,000 MT and country’s domestic market is totally dependent on import. Thus it will help to curb import dependence.


ADB, India ink pact to upgrade 176 km roads in Jharkhand

Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan agreement with India for providing new loan of 200 million dollars to upgrade 176 km of roads in Jharkhand.

The loan funds will be used to upgrade existing sections of four State roads to two lane standard. It will also support improvements in the design, maintenance and safety of the road network.

The new assistance will increase the institutional capacity of the State Highways Authority of Jharkhand (SHAJ) which is an autonomous road development agency of state.

Besides, the project will also help the State develop an international standard road safety master plan for promoting road safety in Jharkhand. It will enhance the State’s ability to systematically identify, analyze, develop and prioritize critical road safety measures, which will benefit all road users.