Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan

Context: The Centre launched a new scheme, Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan, intended to shore up the prices that farmers get for their produce. The move follows increasing farmer unrest across the country as prices of many key agricultural commodities have fallen below their MSP (minimum support price). The Read More …

India to launch agriculture project

Context: The government along with United Nations body FAO has launched an agriculture project with $33.5 million grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) that seeks to bring transformative change in the farm sector through conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes. The project is being funded by the GEF and implemented Read More …

Plastic waste a creeping threat to oceans: expert

Context: This year, the theme for World Environment Day was ‘Beat plastic pollution’ and this was apt, as about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is globally pumped into the oceans every year. Cause of Concern:  if the trend was not checked, by 2025, the plastic waste in the oceans Read More …

Cooling Action Plan

Context: India first country in the world to develop document on Cooling Action Plan “Keep Cool and Carry on” : The Montreal Protocol is the theme of 24th World Ozone Day celebrations World Ozone Day: Stressing upon the need to strengthen active collaboration between the government, industries, industry associations and Read More …

Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse

Context: Union Science & Technology minister inaugurated a novel holistic Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project at Sun Dial Park in New Delhi that produces clean water which is reused for various purposes, while simultaneously recovering nutrients and energy from the urban waste water, thus converting the Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana an Open Ended Scheme

Context: Central Govt. has decided to make Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana an Open Ended Scheme. Under this PMJDY Scheme, govt. has now added more number of incentives in order to encourage poor people to open zero balance bank accounts. This scheme was launched in August 2014 for 4 years. 1st Read More …

The shale gas challenge

Context: We need a sector-specific environment impact assessment manual on exploration and production. On August 1, 2018, the Central government approved a far-reaching policy that allows private and government players to explore and exploit unconventional hydrocarbons (including shale gas) in contract areas that were primarily allocated for extracting conventional hydrocarbons. Read More …