Government Schemes in India Current Affairs - 2020

Latest Government Schemes Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. This category comprises current affairs related to various government schemes, government policies, projects, and government campaign launches such as portal, apps etc. also.

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EEESL of GoI completes one successful year in making India Energy Efficient

The EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) recently celebrated its 10 years of successful operation. The Company adopted the policy of making India Energy Efficiency a year back. It has successfully completed its one year of energy efficiency policy.

Highlights

In the last one year, the company has installed more than 10 lakh smart meters all over India under the Smart Meter National Programme. The company has replaced more than 10.6 million street light bulbs with LED lights. This helped to reduce 20 million tonnes of Carbon-Dioxide. Low cost LED bulbs were distributed through Unnat Jyoti Programme (UJALA). Today, UJALA is the largest domestic lighting project in the world.

About EESL

EESL is the largest energy service company in the world. Apart from Indian projects, the company has also taken up transformation in foreign countries such as UK, south Asia, Middle East and South-East Asia.

Way Forward

In the future, the company is to commission 100 MW of decentralized solar power plants.

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Minister reviews progress of meeting of Institute of Eminence

On February 24, 2020, the Union Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal chaired a high-level meeting to review the progress of Institutes of Eminence.

Highlights

The following decision were taken at the meeting

  • The Institutes of Eminence shall invite professors and foreign faculties in order to deepen interface between the institutes in the country and other recognized institutes
  • The Institute of Eminence are to be given open access to research journals
  • The institutes shall adopt model villages under Unnat Bharat Scheme.

Unnat Bharat Scheme

Unnat Bharat Scheme was launched to promote development in the rural areas. The scheme aims to address the increasing inequity in the rural areas due to ecological degradation.

It is important to focus on model villages under the scheme as 70% of the villages live in rural India. Though majority of the population lives in rural areas, their contribution towards GDP is only 17%. Therefore, it is important to bring up more such measures to increase their GDP contribution.

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