Odisha [OPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

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Madhu Babu Pension Yojana

The government of Odisha announced a hike of Rs 200 per month in the social security pension under Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY).

The Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) is a pension scheme under the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the disabled, old age persons in the state of Odisha. The Scheme was instituted by merging the two pension schemes i.e. namely, Revised Old Age Pension Rules, 1989 and Disability Pension Rules, 1985.

Beneficiaries of the Scheme

The Beneficiaries of the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana are:

  • Person of 60 years of age and above.
  • A widow (irrespective of age).
  • A leprosy patient with visible signs of deformity (irrespective of age).
  • A person of 5 years of age or above and unable to do normal work due to his/her deformity or disability being blind or orthopedically handicapped or hearing and speech impaired or mentally retarded or with Cerebral Palsy or with Autism or with mental illness or with multiple disabilities.
  • A widow of AIDS patient (irrespective of age and income criteria)
  • An AIDS patient identified by the State/District AIDS Control Society or district AIDS prevention control Unit.
  • An unmarried woman above 30 years belonging to a BPL Family

Conditions for the Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries have to fulfil the following conditions in the absence of specific exemptions:

  • Individual income from all sources not exceeding Rs.24,000/- per annum irrespective of the family income.
  • Has family income from all sources not exceeding Rs. 24,000- per annum or included on the BPL list (Tahsildar concerned to certify).
  • Is a permanent resident/domicile of Odisha.
  • Has not been convicted of any criminal offence involving moral turpitude.
  • Is not in receipt of any other pension from the Union Government or the State Government or any organisation aided by either Government.

The enhanced pension will come into effect from February 15, 2019, and would benefit 48 lakh elderly, disabled, widows and destitute women.

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Union Cabinet approves expansion of Numaligarh refinery in Assam

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for the capacity expansion project of Numaligarh Refinery from 3 MMTPA (Million Metric Tonne Per Annum) to 9 MMTPA.

The expansion project involves setting up a crude oil pipeline from Paradip in Odisha to Numaligarh and product pipeline from Numaligarh to Siliguri in West Bengal. The expansion is expected to be completed by within a period of 48 months, after approval and receipt of statutory clearances.

Funding the Project

The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 22,594 crore. The Numaligarh Refinery will raise a debt of Rs.15,102 crore and would contribute Rs.2,307 crore from its internal accrual. The promoters of NRL, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Oil India Ltd & Government of Assam (GoA) will contribute to equity and the government of India would provide a Viability Gap Funding of Rs.1,020 crore.

Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL)

Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) was set up at Numaligarh in the district of Golaghat (Assam) in accordance with the provisions made in the historic Assam Accord. The NRL was conceived as a vehicle for speedy industrial and economic development of the region.

The promoters of the NRL are Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Oil India Ltd & Government of Assam (GoA).

The expansion of the NRL will aid in meeting the deficit of petroleum products in the North East and also sustain the operations of all North East refineries by augmenting their crude availability. Together with generating direct and indirect employment in Assam and it is the driver of Government’s Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for the North East.

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