PARCEL CARGO EXPRESS TRAIN (PCET)

In May 2018, Northeast Frontier Railway started operating on lease a Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) on fortnightly basis, connecting North-eastern Region (NER) of the country to the West Coast. About: The route of this PCET is New Guwahati in Assam to Kalyan in Maharashtra with stoppages at New Jalpaiguri, Kalumna Goods Shed. This would…

PASIGHAT AIRPORT

In May 2018, Arunachal Pradesh created history by becoming the last of the eight north-eastern States to be on India’s commercial flight service map. About: Pasighat, about 570 km northeast of Guwahati, is the headquarters of East Siang district and the State’s oldest city. Pasighat airport is one of six operational advance landing grounds (ALGs)…

e-GATES

In May 2018, government announced that e-gates will be installed at airport immigration counters. About: e-Gates are automated kiosks for speedy document and identity verification. At the e-Gates, foreigners can present their machine readable passports, place their fingerprints on the scanner and complete a customs declaration. By this, low-risk foreign travellers to India will not…

NATIONAL WATER INFORMATICS CENTRE (NWIC)

Recently, the Union Ministry of Water Resources created the National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC). About: NWIC would be a repository of nation-wide water resources data. It is expected to provide a ‘Single Window’ source of updated data on water resources & allied themes. It would work as a Subordinate Office under Ministry of Water Resources,…

MICRO IRRIGATION FUND (MIF)

In May 2018, Union Cabinet approved an initial Corpus of Rs.5,000 crore for setting up of a dedicated “Micro Irrigation Fund” (MIF). About: The fund will be setup with NABARD under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). Details: The allocation of Rs. 2,000 crores and Rs. 3,000 crores will be utilised during 2018-19 and 2019-20…

TEA DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION SCHEME

In May 2018, Union Government approved Indian Tea Board’s (ITB) proposed “Tea Development and Promotion” scheme with a planned outlay of around Rs. 400 crore. Components: ‘Development’ component: It involves increasing field productivity and quality of tea by encouraging replantation, replacement planting, improved irrigation and mechanization. ‘Promotion’ component: It involves better showcasing of India’s diversified…

Krishonnati Yojana

Krishonnati Yojana

KRISHONNATI YOJANA- Recently, Union Cabinet approved the continuation of Umbrella Scheme, “Green Revolution – Krishonnati Yojana” in agriculture sector beyond 12th Five Year Plan for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. About: • Background: All these schemes/missions were approved independently as separate scheme/mission. In 2017-18, it was decided to club all these schemes / missions under one umbrella scheme ‘Green Revolution –…