Narendra Modi Current Affairs - 2020

19 lakh Household Provided FHTC under Jal Jeevan Mission during Lockdown

During the first quarter (April 2020 to June 2020) of the FY 2020-21, despite a nationwide lockdown and restriction on the movement of people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 lakh households in the rural areas across the country were provided with tap water connection.

For the continuous progress and implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission, for the Financial Year (FY) 2020-21 Rs 8050 crore was allocated by the Central Government under the scheme.

Jal Jeevan Mission

Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the Central Government has set a target to provide every rural household in the country with the facility of Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) of water by 2024. The Jal Jeevan Mission was launched by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day of India on 15th August 2019.

Following the target set by the Prime Minister, in the period of the next 7 months from September 2019 to March 2020, 84 lakh households in the country were provided with tap water connection.

Estimated Expenditure for Providing Every Rural Household FHTC

For achieving the target of providing every rural household in the country with an FHTC by 2024, Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent, this was announced by Prime Minister in September 2019.

Union Cabinet Approves Private Sector Participation in Space Activities

The move to leapfrog India’s space activities into the next stage by transforming the Indian Space Sector for the future challenges was made during a meeting of the Union Cabinet on 24th June 2020.

Under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, to further advance India’s capabilities in the space sector, the Cabinet approved the participation of the private sector in various space activities.

This long-awaited move from the Indian Government is highly significant in order to establish India’s position as one of the important players in the global space economy.

The decision will bring new energy and dimension to the entire space sector, which in the long run will also help in building an AtmaNirbhar Bharat by making the space sector self-reliant and technologically advanced.

Role of IN-SPACe and NSIL

  • The Cabinet has approved setting up of Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe). Through friendly regulatory and encouraging policies, IN-SPACe will have the responsibility to guide the private sector in various space activities.
  • State-owned enterprise New Space India Limited (NSIL) was founded in March 2019. The NSIL will have the responsibility to change the economic and social policies for encouraging the private sector in space activities by making Indian Space Sector demand-driven from the current supply-driven model.