Infrastructure

Private train

6th August – How private train operations will benefit railways?

How private train operations will benefit Indian Railways? The recent announcement regarding private train operations has received mixed reactions. Private train operations can have a significant impact on Indian Railways, though the reasons may not be obvious. Scepticism regarding the success of the initiative is natural, given Indian Railways’ patchy track record with the private …

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Nuclear Energy

5th August – Nuclear Energy

Whither nuclear energy? It has been exactly 15 years since the announcement of the historic US-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement. This high-profile deal signed in 2005 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush dominated Indian politics through the second half of the previous decade. But it has failed to provide rich dividends …

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UDAY

11th July – UDAY Scheme

UDAY Scheme – Power Crisis The audit of state-owned power distribution companies (DISCOMs) for the fiscal year 2018-19 shows that UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) has failed to attain most of its stated objectives. It is likely that the government will once again need to make a large intervention, which would naturally dent general government …

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Electricity

20th May – Energy Security – Electricity Amendment Act

A jolt to national energy security Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s proposal for reform of power tariff policy – announced as part of the stimulus package following the pandemic – is a piece with the recent comprehensive proposal to amend the Electricity Act 2003; put together, they erode the concurrent status accorded to electricity in the …

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Electricity Act

30th April – Electricity Act

Electricity Act The government has announced that it proposes to make certain amendments to the Electricity Act 2003. The previous amendment Bill was initiated in 2014, though no headway was made after consultation with the states. Amendments proposed – The changes being proposed now include the constitution of the Electricity Contracts Enforcement Authority (henceforth the …

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18th February – Railways privatisation model

Context– The Kashi Mahakal Express is the country’s third ‘corporate’ train after the two Tejas Express trains between Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad started over the past few months. What is this model? In this model, the corporation takes all the decisions of running the service– fare, food, onboard facilities, housekeeping, complaints etc. Indian Railways is free …

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29th January – Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme

One of the key schemes through which the Centre has been trying to push demand for affordable housing is the credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS) which offers an interest subvention on low-ticket housing loans. What is CLSS? The CLSS is the only scheme under the PMAY (Urban) which is directly implemented by the Centre. Through …

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1st January 2020 – Electricity key to nation’s development

Modern energy access, particularly to electricity, is crucial to a country’s development journey. In fact, surviving without electricity in our modern lives is incomprehensible as lighting, water, sanitation, entertainment, education, healthcare, mobile charging. And with the future of mobility moving towards electricity makes it ubiquitous. Sustainable Development Goals – The Sustainable Development Goals were set …

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6th December – The Smart Cities Mission needs to be efficient, socially inclusive

Five years after the Centre announced the Smart Cities Mission, the country is yet to see any impact of this project on the ground. Details – In 2014, the NDA government had announced that it will set up 100 smart cities across the country. The objective of the Mission was to promote cities that provide …

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Make in India UPSC | PIB

Defence sector being a User driven sector is actively involved in various policies & procedures related to procurement, indigenous design, development & manufacture of defence equipment, co-development & co-production with foreign OEMs, thus contributing towards ‘Make in India upsc’. Some of the major areas, where defence personnel are involved, are listed below – ‘Make Procedure’: …

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