Jharkhand Current Affairs - 2019

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PM inaugurates Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal at Sahibganj

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s second Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal (built at Sahibganj) online from Ranchi, Jharkhand. He also laid the foundation of a secretariat building in the state capital (Ranchi) which will come up at an estimated cost of Rs.1238.92 crore.

About Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal at Sahibganj

This is the 2nd of three Multi Modal Terminals (MMTs) being constructed on river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). In November 2018, PM Modi inaugurated first MMT at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

The Rs.290 crore multi-modal cargo terminal has been built by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on River Ganga at Sahibganj.

It will have a cargo storing capacity of 3 million tonne (MT) per year, a stockyard and parking and berthing space for two vessels.

Government has also planned an investment of Rs.376 crores for capacity enhancement in Phase-II to 54.8 lakh tonnes per annum. The development in Phase II will be entirely made by private concessionaire, under public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Importance:

It will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways route.

It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from local mines located in Rajmahal area (in Sahibganj district) to other thermal power plants located along National Waterway-1 (NW-1).

Cargo to be transported from terminal includes coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar.

The convergence of Road-Rail-River Transport at Sahibganj through the new Multi Modal Terminals will connect this part of hinterland to Haldia (in Kolkata), to North-East states via Bangladesh by river-sea route and further to Bay of Bengal.

Prime Minister to Launch Kisan Man Dhan Yojana on the 12th of September

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is schedule to launch Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana on 12 September 2019 at Ranchi in Jharkhand. During his visit, PM Modi will also inaugurate-

  • 400 Ekalvya Model Residential Schools to provide quality upper primary, secondary, and senior secondary level education to ST Students in Tribal dominated areas.
  • New Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha Building and lay foundation stone for New Secretariat Building at Ranchi.
  • Multi-Modal vessel Terminal built on banks of river Ganga at Sahebganj.

About Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana

Objective: KMDY seeks to secure the lives of 5 Crore Small and Marginal Farmers by providing a minimum pension.

Eligibility: All small and marginal farmers who are currently between ages of 18 to 40 years can apply for scheme.

Fund: Scheme has an outlay of Rs.10,774 Crores for next 3 years (2019-2022).

Features:

The minimum pension provided under KMDY would be of Rs.3000/month, to those who attain 60 years of age.

Farmer’s monthly contribution can be made from instalments of PM-KISAN (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana) or through Common Service Centres (CSCs).