Permanent Residency Status Scheme

Context: Recent report by the government shows that even after two years after it was launched, the Permanent Residency Status (PRS) scheme providing a host of facilities for foreigners who invest at least ₹10 crore under the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) route has not found a single applicant. About the Read More …

Electric vehicles don’t need a government push

Context: The Union government makes no bones about its intent to promote electric vehicles (EVs). However, it would do well to learn a few lessons from what happened to smartphones before making grand technology bets. Incentives for EVs: The government is considering exemption from permits, concessional toll, a rate of Read More …

Rethinking wind energy

Context: The bald tops of the Western Ghats are a pristine ecosystem replete with innumerable animal species and, apparently, an abundance of wind and windmills. Target of 175 GW: As the country tries to achieve an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW, windmills have popped up in at least 65 sq Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana or Ujjwala Scheme

Context: Prime Minister’s initiative to provide a shield to women and children from smoke, the Ujjwala Scheme, has been much admired in the new WHO pollution report. “Countries are taking measures to tackle and reduce air pollution from particulate matter. For example, in just two years, India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Read More …

New Telecom Policy for Public Consultation

Context: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) floated the draft of the The National Communications Policy for public consultation which has outlined goals such as providing broadband for all, creating 4 million additional jobs in the digital communications sector, apart from enhancing the contribution of the digital communications sector to 8% Read More …

DoT releases draft National Telecom Policy

Context: The draft of National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 aka National Digital Communications Policy 2018 has been uploaded for public consultations on the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) website. Key Strategies: One of the key strategies in the draft talks of recognising spectrum as a key natural resource for public benefit Read More …