Delhi Government Current Affairs - 2020

Facts Box: Delhi electric Vehicle Policy

On August 7, 2020, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched “Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy”. Under the new policy, the State Government of Delhi will waive registration fee and road tax. Also, it will provide an incentive of up to Rs 1.5 lakhs for new cars in the NCR region.

Highlights

The policy aims to boost economy, create jobs and reduce pollution levels. Also, it aims to constitute 25% electric vehicles by 2024. Currently, constitution of electric vehicles in capital is 0.29%. The main highlights of the policy are as follows

  • Under the policy, the state government will give incentives up to Rs 30,000 for two-wheelers, autos, freight vehicles and e-rickshaws
  • It will provide incentives up to Rs 1.5 lakhs for cars.
  • It will give low interest loan on electric commercial vehicles.
  • The policy aims to increase new electric vehicles in the region to 5 lakh new electric vehicles in the next five years.

Key features of the Policy

The policy includes the following key features

  • To set up “State Electric Vehicle Board” along with 200 charging stations in one year. This is to make sure there are charging stations within a radius of 3 kilo metres.
  • The State Government will provide incentives to those willing to exchange their petrol and diesel-run vehicles. This is the first of its kind in the country
  • The policy is to run for three years and the Delhi Government is to review the policy later. If in need, amendments are to be made to the policy.
  • The policy will be addition to the centre’s scheme known as “Fame India Phase II”
  • As the electric vehicle sector is to boost and develop and will place huge demand for new employment opportunities with the policy being implemented, youths of Delhi region are to be trained in the field.

Background

In the last five years, air pollution in the National Capital Region has reduced by 25%. The Government plans to reduce it further with the new policy.

Sero-Prevalence Study conducted in Delhi by National Centre for Disease Control

The National Centre for Disease control operating under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has commissioned sero-surveillance study in New Delhi.

Highlights

The study was conducted in collaboration with National Centre for Disease Control and Delhi Government. The survey was conducted in all districts of Delhi between 27th June, 2020 and 10th July, 2020.

Sero-Prevalence Study

The sera of selected individual were tested for IgG antibodies. The antibodies were identified using COVID KAVACH ELISA test. The test has been approved by ICMR

Outcomes

According to the results of sero-prevalence study, the prevalence of IgG antibodies in Delhi was 23.48%.

Significance

The Sero-Surveillance generates important evidence to assess the spread of the disease. It also helps to know how many persons remain asymptomatic.

National Centre for Disease Control

It is an institute that operates under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The NCDC was established in 1963 to control communicable diseases and also to recognize activities of Malaria Institute of India.