Current Affairs – February, 2019

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Guidelines on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

The government has issued a set of guidelines to upgrade the charging infrastructure in the country to boost the electric vehicles. The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has made amendments to the Model Building Byelaws (MBBL) 2016 and Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines 2014, making provisions for establishing EV charging infrastructure.

Key Features of the Guidelines

  • A public charging station should be on both sides of the highways or roads on every 25 km.
  • For long range and heavy-duty electric vehicles, there should be at least one station on each side of the highway every 100 kilometres.
  • The guidelines also advocate for charging points in residential areas.

These guidelines will act as a guiding document to the state governments and Union Territories (UTs) to incorporate the norms and standards of electric vehicles in their respective laws.

What necessitated new guidelines?

The centre estimates that 25 per cent of the total vehicles on roads will be electric vehicles by 2030. This necessitates the erection of robust electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the country. The guidelines are a step forward in this direction.

Primacy to Kannadigas in jobs of the Private Sector

The government of Karnataka had amended the rules to give primacy to Kannadigas in jobs under Group C and D category in the private sector.

Primacy for Kannadigas in Jobs of Private Sector

  • The state government has decided to amend the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders), Rules, 1961, to implement the Sarojini Mahishi report which recommended granting primacy for the Kannadigas in the private sector jobs.
  • The Karnataka cabinet has also decided to constitute district-level committees headed by the deputy commissioners to accept complaints if companies fail to comply.
  • The government would be incorporating the provisions to withdraw government concessions to the firms on non-compliance.

Sarojini Mahishi Report

The Karnataka government had formed a committee headed by former union minister Sarojini Mahishi in 1983 to recommend job opportunities for Kannadigas in Karnataka. The important recommendations of the committee included:

  • 100 per cent reservation for Kannadigas in all state government departments and PSUs.
  • 100 per cent reservation for Kannadigas for Group C and D jobs in Central government departments and PSUs.
  • A minimum 80 per cent reservation for Kannadigas for Group B jobs in Central government departments and PSUs
  • 65 per cent reservation for Kannadigas for Group A jobs in Central government departments and PSUs.
  • All jobs in the private sector to be reserved for Kannadigas barring, if necessary, senior/skilled positions.

The report had become a tool for local organisations which were insisting all jobs in Karnataka to be provided for locals.