सामयिक विषय: Planning & Project

Jammu and Kashmir govt. launches 'Saubhagya' scheme

‘Saubhagya’ scheme launched by the Jammu & Kashmir Government

Question: A target has been fixed to provide electricity connections by December 2018 to how many households under ‘Saubhagya’ (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna) scheme?
(a) 3 crores
(b) 3.5 crores
(c) 4 crores
(d) 4.5 crores
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On 11th December, 2017, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir launched ‘Saubhagya’ (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna) scheme with the aim of providing free electricity connections to the poor families in the state.
  • It was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan has set a target to provide electricity to 4 crore households in the country by December 2018.
  • Under this scheme, electricity connections will be provided to the poor people, marked at 500 rupees on the basis of social, economic and caste census.
  • The connection fee will be payable in 10 equal installments with the electricity bill.
  • Under the scheme, arrangement for registration of applications on the spot is also made.

Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/jammu-and-kashmir-govt-launches-saubhagya-scheme/article21464608.ece
https://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/state/jammu-and-kashmir/jammu/jammu-kashmir-govt-launches-saubhagya-project/articleshow/62035898.cms

CM inaugurates 1500 KW Dunav hydro power project

Dunav Hydro Power Project

Question: On which of the following Rivers Dunav Hydro Power Project is built?
(a) Dharma River
(b) Pindar River
(c) Nayar River
(d) Pushpavati River
Answer: (c)
Related Facts

  • On December 10th, 2017, Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat visited Pauri Garhwal to Launch the Dunav Hydro Power Project in Beerokhal block of Pauri Garhwal district and dedicated this project to the people of the state.
  • This hydropower project, built by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam, has a power generation capacity of 1500 KW.
  • This project is built on the Nayar River.
  • This project will benefit 56 villages, including Simli, Kanda, Pali and Beerokhal and would generate employment opportunities for local youth.
  • On this occasion, the Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare the proposal for Lakwar Vyas hydro power project.

Reference:
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/uttarakhand/cm-inaugurates-1500-kw-dunav-hydro-power-project/511226.html

Bengal govt offers Rs 5-lakh life insurance to Hindu pilgrims

Insurance to Hindu Pilgrims by Bengal Government

Question: West Bengal government announced a life insurance cover of which amount for pilgrims attending Gangasagar fair?
(a) 6 lacs
(b) 5 lacs
(c) 4 lacs
(d) 3 lacs
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On December 8, 2017, the West Bengal government announced a life insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for pilgrims coming to Gangasagar fair.
  • In this regard the premium will be fully borne by the State Government.
  • About five to six lakh pilgrims arrives in the Gangasagar fair.
  • The Gangasagar fair is organized on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at the confluence of the Ganges in Sagra Islands, South 24 Parganas district.
  • A number of deaths occur here every year due to the stampede, sinking of boats and accidents like cold and fire.
  • Recently a compensation of Rs 10 lakh was announced for the deceased Haj pilgrims by the West Bengal Government.
  • After the formation of the present West Bengal Government in 2011, tourism tax was removed.

Reference:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/kolkata/facing-minority-appeasement-charge-bengal-govt-offers-rs-5-lakh-life-insurance-to-hindu-pilgrims/story-abwt8T8dd5dFosL3TfHXfM.html
https://www.nyoooz.com/news/kolkata/982824/facing-minority-appeasement-charge-bengal-govt-offers-rs-5lakh-life-insurance/

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