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National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will be the head the steering committee.

Mandate of the Mission

  • The Mission will recommend and drive the strategies for transformative mobility and Phased Manufacturing Programmes for Electric Vehicles and its Components and Batteries.
  • The National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage will determine the contours of Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP) which will be launched to localize production across the entire EV value chain.
  • The Mission will finalise the value addition that can be achieved with each phase of localisation with a clear Make in India strategy for the electric vehicle components as well as battery.
  • The Mission will coordinate with key stakeholders in Ministries/ Departments and the states to integrate various initiatives to transform mobility in India.

Impact of the Mission

  • The Mission will boost mobility solutions that will bring in significant benefits to the industry, economy and country.
  • These solutions proposed by the Mission will help improve air quality in cities along with reducing India’s oil import dependence and enhance the uptake of renewable energy and storage solutions.
  • The Mission will lay down the strategy and roadmap which will enable India to leverage upon its size and scale to develop a competitive domestic manufacturing ecosystem for electric mobility.
  • The Mission will promote ‘Ease of Living’ and enhance the quality of life of our citizens and also provide employment opportunities through ‘Make-in-India’ across a range of skillsets.

The other members of the steering committee headed by the Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant are Secretaries from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Heavy Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, and Director General, Bureau of Industrial Standards.

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Twitter Executives may face Jail and Penalties if failed to Act

The government has warned twitter activists of 7-year jail term and financial penalties if failed to act to remove content and accounts that are ‘objectionable and inflammatory.

The government has asked Twitter authorities to comply with the provisions under the Indian Information Technology Act or else it would face action under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Section 69A of the Information Technology Act

Section 69A of the Information Technology Act empowers central government to:

  • Issue directions to block the content on online platforms in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence.
  • Intermediaries failing to comply with the direction issued could be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.

As India is heading towards Lok Sabha polls, the social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have been directed to ensure the platforms are not used to undermine or influence the electoral process.

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