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RGIA gets carbon neutrality status

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad has been given the carbon neutrality status by Airports Council International (ACI) under its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airport’s operator GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium, has stated that it was conferred with the carbon neutrality (level 3: neutrality) by the ACI at a ceremony held in Doha, Qatar.

The ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was initiated in June 2009 and consists of four levels: ‘mapping’ (level 1), ‘reduction’ (level 2), ‘optimisation’ (level 3) and ‘neutrality’ (level 3+). RGIA achieved levels one and two in 2012. It achieved level 3 status in 2013. The level 3+ status which it has achieved now is the fourth and highest accreditation under ACI’s Carbon Accreditation programme.

RGIA adopted many sustainable measures like proactive energy conservation, generation of renewable energy, carbon sinking through extensive greenbelt and various other environment protection initiatives to achieve this status.

ACI

Airports Council International (ACI) is the only global trade representative representing the world’s airport authorities. It is a member of Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). It was established in 1991 and develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports. The global body represents the interests of airports with governments and international organisations.

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Andhra Pradesh Government formulates market intervention for red chilli farmers

The Andhra Pradesh state government has formulated guidelines for a market intervention exercise to help red chilli farmers in the state who are in a great distress due to the price crash in the market yard, which is the biggest in the state and the country.

As per the modalities of the scheme, chilli stocks with the farmers would be bought at the price fixed by the government and each farmer will get the additional benefit of Rs 1,500 per quintal, subject to a ceiling of 20 quintals. The price per quintal should not exceed Rs 8,000 inclusive of the Rs 1,500 per quintal being offered by the government. The scheme covers tenant farmers as well.

The state’s market intervention exercise will begin from April 20 and continue up to June 30 with a gap from May 12 to June 11 for the summer holidays.

Need

Price of Red Chilli dropped from a level of Rs 12,000-14,000 per quintal last year to below Rs 5,000 per quintal this year. This has caused huge distress among the farmers forcing the state government to initiate the market intervention exercise.

Red chillies

India accounts for 38% of global production of 18 lakh tonnes of red chillies. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone account for 50% of India’s production. The cost of producing the crop is very high. The farmers in Telangana shifted to chillies following the government’s advisory to shun cotton and look out for alternative crops.  In addition, favourable weather in the kharif season had also prompted farmers to grow red chillies in several areas.

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Telangana passes bill to hike reservations for Muslims and STs

The Telangana legislature has passed the Telangana Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Bill, 2017, that seeks to raise substantially the reservation for backward Muslims and scheduled tribes.

The new legislation will increase the reservation for socially and educationally backward Muslims from the existing 4% to 12% and for Scheduled Tribes from 6% to 10% taking the total quotas in government jobs and educational institutions in the state much beyond the 50 % ceiling set by the Supreme Court. The total quota in the state will now increase to 62%.

The bill will now be sent for obtaining President’s assent. Since the reservation goes beyond the 50% ceiling set by the Supreme Court, the state government wants the centre to include the bill in the 9th schedule of the Constitution which will preclude a judicial review. States like Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand already have reservations totalling more than 50 percent.

Reservation bills included in 9th Schedule of the Constitution protects it from judicial review. Ninth Schedule contains more than 250 legislations receiving protection from the judicial scrutiny. With the burgeoning laws which are placed under the Ninth Schedule, it has today become a constitutional dustbin and house for every controversial law passed by the government. For example, former PM Indira Gandhi made amendments to the Representation of Peoples Acts of 1951 and 1974 and placed in the Ninth Schedule along with the Election Laws Amendment Act, 1975 to make her election valid.

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