24 Oct 2020: PIB Summary & Analysis

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1. Kisan Suryodaya Yojana
2. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)
3. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

1. Kisan Suryodaya Yojana

Context:

PM inaugurated Kisan Suryodaya Yojana in Gujarat.

About the Kisan Suryodaya Yojana:

  • The scheme is aimed at providing day-time electricity to the farmers in Gujarat for irrigation and farming purposes.
  • It will provide 16 hours of power supply to farmers.
  • Earlier, most of the farmers got power for irrigation in the night only and had to wake up all night.
    • In Girnar and Junagadh, the farmers also face the problem of wild animals.
  • Under the Kisan Suryodaya Yojana, farmers will get 3 phase power supply from 5 AM to 9 PM.
  • The state government has allocated a budget of Rs.3500 crore for installing transmission infrastructure under this scheme by 2023.
  • 234 ‘66-Kilowatt’ transmission lines, with a total length of 3490 circuit km (CKM) will be established under the project, in addition to 220 KV substations.

2. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

Context:

Price Monitoring and Resource Unit set up in Goa under the aegis of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).

To know more about NPPA, check PIB dated 17 March, 2020.


3. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

Context:

59th Raising Day of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

About the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP):

  • Raised on 24 October, 1962 during India-China War, the ITBP primarily guards the nation’s 3,488 kilometre long borders in the Himalayas at the BOPs (border outposts) located at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 18,800 feet.
  • ITBP is deployed on border guarding duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Apart from guarding the border, the Force is also deployed for anti-Naxal operations and other internal security duties.
  • ITBPF is a specialized mountain force and most of the officers and men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers. It is a border guarding police force specialising in high altitude operations.
  • ITBP is headed by a Director-General who is an IPS officer.
  • Being the first responder for a natural disaster, ITBPF has been carrying out numerous rescue and relief operations across the country.

ITBP is a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) functioning under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. To know more about the differences between the Indian Army and the CAPF, click on the linked article.


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