Gujarat [GPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

Gujarat Government launches Suryashakti Kisan Yojana

Gujarat government has launched Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY), solar power scheme for farmers enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell surplus power to grid and earn extra buck. It is claimed to be first such scheme in the country, where farmer will produce his power and sell surplus to State power utility.

The pilot project of the scheme will kickoff from July 2018 and about 137 feeders will be set up. It will cover as many as 12,400 farmers from 33 districts. The project cost is around Rs 870 crore and it will generate 175 MW.

Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY)

The scheme aims at empowering farmers of state to generate their own electricity using solar energy and help doubling their income. Under it, farmers of state having existing electricity connection will be given solar panels as per their load requirements. It envisages setting up of separate feeders for agricultural solar energy consumption.

Cost Sharing: The State and Central governments will give 60% subsidy on cost of project. The farmer is required to take 5% cost, while 35% will be provided to him as affordable loan with interest rates of 4.5 to 6%.

Duration of scheme: It is 25 years, which is split between 7-year period and 18-year period. For first 7 years, farmers will get per unit rate of Rs 7 (Rs 3.5 by state power utility + Rs 3.5 by state government). For the subsequent 18 years they will get rate of Rs 3.5 for each unit sold.

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World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre is joint venture of Regional delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICCR) in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.

The humanitarian forensics plays significant and essential role during natural and manmade calamities which takes place at regular intervals across world over and large number of people become victims of such calamities.

Key Facts

The centre will use forensics for humanitarian services to aid humanitarian efforts during emergencies and natural disasters. It will assist in dignified and proper management of dead bodies during disasters or emergencies and also help in their identification.

The centre will also conduct various academic and professional programmes, training and research and als provide technical expertise to support operations in field of humanitarian forensics to authorities and agencies concerned.

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GSFU) will run different courses both post graduate and post graduate diploma courses in humanitarian forensics. The centre will also help to combine local and international expertise to build capacities before tragedies hit people.

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU)

GFSU is the world’s first and only University dedicated to Forensic and allied Sciences. It was established by the Gujarat Government through act passed by state legislative assembly in September, 2008. It is located Gandhinagar, capital city of Gujarat state. It became functional from July 2009 with various courses, scientific programs and training modules.

The university is recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) as State University under section 22 of UGC Act, 1956. Its objective is to fulfil acute shortage against increasing demand of forensic experts in the country and around the world. It runs in parallel association with Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) Gujarat to provide hands-on training pertaining to various areas of forensic science, forensic psychology and research and development.

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