Himachal Govt forms sub-panel for Rs 1,500 grant to women
The government has constituted a Cabinet sub-committee under the chairmanship of Health Minister Dhani Ram Shandil to prepare a roadmap for the implementation of the promise to grant Rs 1500 per month to women aged 18-60 years.
Besides Shandil, other members of the committee are Agriculture Minister Chander Kumar and Rural Development Minister Anirudh Singh. Social Justice and Empowerment Secretary will be the member secretary. The committee will present its recommendations to the Cabinet within 30 days.
The Cabinet had also decided to form another sub-committee to finalise the modalities to generate one lakh employment opportunities this year.
Just Transition Initiative
To address the challenges of climate change, countries will continue to transition away from emissions-intensive energy sources and take steps to build more resilient communities and economies. The importance of achieving a just transition in the face of this transformational change has grown in recent years as both the disruptive impacts of a changing climate and the scope and scale of the necessary transformation come more clearly into focus. Despite the growing recognition of its importance, very few resources are available to countries, investors, civil society, and international development institutions seeking to achieve a just transition.
The Just Transition Initiative is a new partnership project developed by the CSIS Energy Security & Climate Change Program and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to investigate how to achieve a just transition through the transformational change necessary to address climate change.
This multi-year project will create policy recommendations and strategies informed by case study analysis, consultations, and literature review. It will also identify the variances and gaps—in both the conceptual and practical understanding—of a just transition and facilitate knowledge sharing and partnerships among stakeholders and scholars.
Indian Navy gets 5th Scorpene-class submarine Vagir
The Indian Navy received the fifth scorpene-class submarine Vagir ahead of its planned commissioning next month, officials said.
The induction of the submarine, built under Project-75, is set to bolster the Indian Navy’s combat capability at a time when China has been increasing its presence in the Indian Ocean region.
India has been focusing on shoring up its maritime capability with a focus on the Indian Ocean in the backdrop of concerns over China’s growing forays into the region, considered the backyard of the Indian Navy.
Project-75 includes the indigenous construction of six submarines of Scorpene design. The submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai in collaboration with the Naval Group of France.
India estimated to produce 205 lakh tonne millet in 2022-23: Govt
India is estimated to grow 205 lakh tonne nutri cereals during the year 2022-23, Union minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti informed Lok Sabha earlier this week.
The government has planned to increase millet production.
For increasing the production of nutri cereals under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) program, the NFSM-Nutri Cereals is being implemented in 212 districts of 14 states, the minister informed the parliament in a written reply.
Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh are some of the major growers of nutri cereals.
Notably, the United Nations has declared the year 2023 as the International Year of Millet (IYOM).
The government of India notified millet as a nutritious- cereal in April 2018 and millet has also been included in the Poshan Mission campaign.
During the last 5 years, our country produced more than 13.71 to 18 million tonnes of millet with the highest production in 2020-21.
18 crore tonnes of waste need to go to meet 2026 deadline
Cities and towns have a mammoth task of completing the remediation of around 18.2 crore tonnes of legacy municipal waste in the next four years to get rid of old dumpyards. The data put up on public domain by housing and urban affairs ministry on Monday indicates that so far around 4.3 crore tonnes of such waste out of the total 24.7 crore tonnes has been remediated by government agencies.
Maharashtra and Telangana have remediated around 2.9 crore tonnes of the legacy waste, which accounts for nearly 67% of such waste treated so far across urban areas.
Even after that among all the states and UTs, Maharashtra has a maximum of nearly 4.2 crore tonnes of such legacy waste at dumpsites followed by Delhi with around 2.4 crore tonnes of waste at three sites. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat have more than 1 crore tonnes of such waste each. Only Ladakh has completed remediation of all of its legacy waste so far. The UT had only one legacy dumpsite with 1.3 lakh tonnes of such waste.
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