सामयिक विषय: Planning & Project

Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project

Question: Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project is being set up on which of the following river?
(a) Dhauli Ganga
(b) Ramganga
(c) Pindar
(d) Tons
Answer: (d) 
Related Facts: 

  • On 30th March, 2018, Union Power Minister K. Singh and Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivender Singh Rawat  laid the foundation stone of public sector company SJVNL’s 60 MW Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project.
  • The project is located at Mori on the Tons River, a major tributary of the Yamuna on the Ganga basin, in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
  • The project has the capacity to generate 265.5 million units of electricity every year and its estimated cost is Rs 648.33 crores.
  • SJVNL is a joint venture of the central and Himachal Pradesh governments and has more than 100,000 retail shareholders.
  • Project would be commissioned in record period of 48 months.
  • Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project is designed as a standalone run of the river project.
  • One of the major features of the project is that there is no displacement of population from the project site.
  • After commissioning of the project, 12 per cent free electricity will be supplied to Uttarakhand as royalty.
  • In addition to this, each project-affected family will be provided with an amount equivalent to cost of 100 units of electricity per month for 10 years.


Kishanganga Hydropower Project

Question: In which district of Jammu and Kashmir, Kishanganga Project is being constructed on river Kishanganga, the subsidiary of Jhelum River?
(a) Kathua
(b) Sopore
(c) Bandipur
(d) Anantnag
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On March 19th, 2018, electricity equipment maker Public Sector Company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced the launch of the first unit of Kishanganga hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • This first unit has 110 MW power generation capacity.
  • This project is being constructed at Kishanganga, a subsidiary of Jhelum in Bandipur district.
  • This 330 MW project is being developed by NHPC Limited.
  • This project will produce 13,500 lakh units of clean electricity annually.
  • The work of the remaining two units is also going to be completed soon.
  • Equipments were supplied from BHEL‘s Bhopal, Jhansi, Rudrapur and Bangalore manufacturing units for this project, while completion of this project was done by Northern Region Department of the company.
  • It is known that BHEL has so far made 31 hydro power plants in Jammu and Kashmir with a total production capacity of 1257 MW.


Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee Reconstituted

Question- On March 21st, 2018, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has reconstituted the composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee. Who will be the chairmen of this reconstituted committee?
(a) Director General, PIB
(b) Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
(c) President, PTI
(d) President, Press Council
Answer: (a) 
Related Fact: 

  • On 21st March, 2018, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has reconstituted the composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee.
  • Journalists are made members of the Journalists Welfare Committee for the first time.
  • Central Press Accreditation Committee is chaired by Principal Director General, PIB with Representative from Press Council of India, Representative from News Broadcasters Association as its members. Other members include Shri Prashant Mishra, Dainik Jagran, Ms. Navika Kumar, Times Now, Shri Kanchan Gupta, ABP News, Shri J Gopikrishnan, The Pioneer and Smt Smita Prakash, ANI. The members of the Committee have a tenure of 2 years and shall meet once in a quarter or more frequently.
  • The composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme has been made leaner for its efficient functioning. Now only Secretary (I&B), Joint Secretary (P&A), Principal Director General, PIB would be official members. For the first time journalists are also made members to the Committee.
  • Six Journalists viz, Shri Vikas Bhadauria, Smt Richa Anirudh, Shri Ashok Upadhyay, Shri Sujit Thakur, Ms Sipra Das, Shri Ravindra Singh were made as non official members of the Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme.
  • The term of non official members of the Committee will be for a period of two years.
  • This initiative will benefit the aggrieved parties by giving support in a time bound manner.
  • For further details on the composition of the committee and modified guidelines visit http://mib.gov.in/sites/default/files/JWS%20New%20guidelines_0.pdf
  • Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has recently increased the provision for Journalist welfare scheme by fivefold to Rs. 1 crore in BE 2018 – 19 from Rs.20 lakh in 2017-18.
  • The scheme aims to provide one time ex-gratia relief on urgent basis to journalists and their families on the event of extreme hardship.
  • This scheme covers journalists accredited to PIB / State Governments / UTs or non-accredited journalists working for a minimum period of five continuous years either whole time or part time as news editor, reporter, photographer, cameramen, photo journalist, freelance journalist.
  • The financial assistance available under this scheme is upto Rs. 5 lakh to the family on account of death of journalist, upto Rs. 5 lakh to the journalists in case of permanent disability, upto Rs. 3 lakh towards the cost of treatment of major ailments which is not covered under CGHS or any other insurance / health schemes.


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