Best of PIB: 22 Feb 2017 for UPSC Exam

Health Ministry undertakes largest ever drug survey in the 
  • It was for determining the quality of drugs
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, had given the work of carrying out a Survey to find the extent of problems of ‘Spurious and Not of Standard Quality Drugs’ to NIB (National Institute of Biologicals, Noida
  • The survey included 224 drug molecules belonging to 15 different therapeutic categories of the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2011
  • This is the largest ever scientifically designed and professionally executed drug survey undertaken in the world for determining the quality of drugs


Cabinet approves enhancement of capacity from 20,000 MW to
40,000 MW
  1. The above is related to the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects. The enhanced capacity was considered because of the demand for additional solar parks from the states
  2. This would lead to setting up of at least 50 solar parks each with a capacity of 500 MW and above in various parts of the country
  3. The Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects
    • Will be set up by 2019-20
    • Central Government to provide financial support of Rs.8100 crore
    • The total capacity when operational will generate 64 billion units of electricity per year
    • It will lead to abatement of around 55 million tonnes of CO2 per year
    • It would also contribute to long term energy security of the country and promote ecologically sustainable growth
    • It will generate large direct & indirect employment opportunities in solar and allied industries like glass, metals, heavy industrial equipment etc.
    • The solar parks will also provide productive use of abundant uncultivable lands which will also facilitate development of the surrounding areas
  4. All the States and UTs are eligible for benefits under the scheme
    • The concerned State Government will first nominate the Solar Power Park Developer (SPPD) and also identify the land for the proposed solar park.
    • A proposal is sent to MNRE for approval along with the name of the SPPD.
    • The SPPD will be sanctioned a grant of up to Rs 25 Lakh for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Solar Park
    • Thereafter, Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of up to Rs 20 lakh/MW or 30 percent of the project cost including Grid-connectivity cost, whichever is lower, will be released as per the targets prescribed in the scheme
    • Solar Energy Corporation India (SECI) will administer the scheme under the direction of MNRE. The approved grant will be released by SECI.
  5. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is implementing a scheme for development of 25 solar parks with cumulative capacity of 20,000 MW. It was launched in December 2014


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