In Today’s News:
- Ujjwala 2.0
- Operation Greens
1. Ujjwala 2.0
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – PMUY) by handing over LPG connections, at Mahoba Uttar Pradesh via video conferencing.
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Prelims GS – Governance
- In May 2016, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG), introduced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ (PMUY).
- PMUY is a flagship scheme with an objective to make clean cooking fuel such as LPG available to the rural and deprived households which were otherwise using traditional cooking fuels such as firewood, coal, cow-dung cakes, etc.
- The target under the scheme was to release 8 Crore LPG Connections to the deprived households by March 2020.
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2. Operation Greens
Information about Operation Greens was given by Minister of State, M/o Food Processing Industries, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Lok Sabha
Prelims GS – Governance
- Ministry of Food Processing Industries launched Operation Greens scheme in November 2018 for integrated development of Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) value chain with the objectives to enhance value realization of TOP farmers; reduction in post-harvest losses; price stabilization for producer and consumers and increase in food processing capacities and value addition, etc.
- Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has recently extended the Operation Greens Scheme from Tomato, Onion, and Potato (TOP) to all fruits & vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on a pilot basis as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
- The scheme provides for short-term intervention by way of providing transportation and storage subsidy @ 50% and long-term intervention through value addition projects in identified production clusters with Grant-in-aid @ 35% to 70% of the eligible project cost subject to a maximum of Rs. 50 crore per project.
- The scheme aims to promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs #), agri-logistics, processing facilities and value addition, etc. in identified production clusters.
As our Prime Minister attended the UNSC High-level meeting on Maritime security, UNCLOS assumes significance.
Prelims GS – International Relations
- United Nations Convention on Law of Sea is known as UNCLOS.
- It was adopted in 1982.
- It is an international treaty.
- UNCLOS Convention has created three institutions for dealing with matters regarding the sea.
- International Tribunal for Law of Sea
- International SeaBed Authority
- Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf
- It lays down a comprehensive regime of law and order in the world’s oceans and seas establishing rules governing all uses of the oceans and their resources.
- The Convention is the legal framework for marine and maritime activities.
- India is a party to the UNCLOS convention. (Note: Important Prelims Question)
- This means that India should abide by the ruling of the Tribunal which is formed under UNCLOS.
Click here to view the official website of UNCLOS.
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