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Delhi cabinet approves new policy on pollution

On December 24, 2019, CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal introduced a new policy to make Delhi the capital of Electric vehicles. Under the policy, the government has planned to provide subsidies to electric vehicles.

Highlights

The goal of the policy is to ensure that 25% of new vehicles registered are electric by 2024. Along with electric vehicles, the government also has planned to construct 250 charging stations. It also includes 20% of the parking enabled for electric vehicles. The policy has been drafted after feedback from UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) experts, International Transport Council. The draft of the policy was already made public in November 2018.

The policy is important as the vehicles have been major cause of pollution emitting 80% of carbon monoxide, 40% of PM 2.5 and 80% of nitrogen oxides.

Why Electric Vehicles as a solution?

Electric Vehicles are constantly being promoted all over the world as they do not emit pollution. Also, the central government has reduced GST rates for electric vehicles. These vehicles will help India achieve the target of reducing green house gas emissions by 33% by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels.

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Delhi Govt agrees to implement Central scheme PM-KISAN

Ahead of scheduled assembly elections, Delhi Government has agreed to implement ambitious Central scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) that promises small and marginal eligible farmers an income support of Rs.6,000 a year in three instalments.

Earlier, West Bengal and Delhi Governments had refused to implement the scheme in respective state/UT but even though West Bengal has stood firm on its decision, the Delhi Government has now sent names of 11,000 farmers for availing the benefits under PM-KISAN.

About Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

It is a Central Sector scheme (CSS) with 100% funding from Central government. Under the scheme, the Centre is crediting an income support of Rs.6,000 per year in three equal instalments directly into the bank accounts of farmers.

It was launched in February 2019 just before the Lok Sabha polls.

Beneficiary: Small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of upto 2 hectares. The definition of family for scheme is husband, wife and minor children.

The farmer families which are eligible for support as per PM-KISAN guidelines will be identified by State Government and UT Administration.

The fund will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of beneficiaries.

Key Changes in Scheme

Until September 2019, farmers could not get benefits of PM-KISAN scheme without involvement of state government, but on 26 September 2019, Union Ministry of Agriculture launched a direct enrolment feature in PM-KISAN under which farmers could now register directly on PM-KISAN portal with a self-declaration of land holding. This made nearly 7 crore farmers of West Bengal to be able to directly enrol for scheme bypassing the state government, which is not keen to pursue the scheme. However, the state government will have to verify Aadhaar seeding and other eligibility of farmers before payment is transferred.

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