Tweet: Unprecedented: ‘Gurujam’—20 hour gridlock of Gurgaon traffic etc due to water logging from Thur to Fri final wakeup call to Haryana admin.
Tweet: A word of appreciation for Gurgaon DyComm Mr. Satyaprakash for his “unconditional apology” for waterlogging mess. He did not pass the buck.
Gurgaon’s waterlogging woes: The harrowing experience of Gurgaon commuters, who were stranded for hours after heavy rains, may not have been in vain. Apologising for waterlogging and traffic jams, Haryana govt has vowed to find a permanent solution to the crisis.
Tweet: Swach: India’s 1st ‘zero human waste discharge’ rail stretch—114 km Rameswaram to Manamadurai—starts. All trains with bio toilets.
Indian Railways’s ‘green corridor’: The 114-km Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch of Southern Railway is the first ‘green corridor’. About 150 coaches in 13 pairs of trains running on the section would have bio-toilets; there would be zero discharge of human waste on tracks.
Tweet: CAG Report tabled in Parliament compliments Govt for “bringing a new paradigm (thru e-auctions) in the allocation of natural resources.”
CAG lauds government for e-auctions: The CAG has appreciated efforts of coal ministry in planning and implementing an entirely new procedure of allocation of natural resources through e-auction route. What’s more, the process was put in place within five months of Supreme Court judgment that cancelled the allocation of 204 coal blocks in Sept 2014.
Tweet: Transparency India: CVC to commission first-ever ‘Integrity Index’ to gauge levels of corruption in 25 statal entities. Bold & laudable.
Pushing for probity: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) plans to set up an Integrity Index that will enable PSUs to assess where they stand on anti-corruption measures. For this, it plans to hire a professional agency which will be responsible for developing a five-year road-map for the Index and its associated ecosystem.
Tweet: PM’s interaction with NITI Aayog: Specifically mentions mineral wealth, solar & suboptimally used coastline as areas of untapped potential.
PM’s call for action: The Prime Minister urged policy-makers to deliver transformational, not incremental, change to better the lives of people. He urged the Niti Aayog to focus on strengths along with judicious and intelligent application of India’s natural resources and human resources to bring about such a change.
Tweet: Properly deployed, project expenditures from Compensatory Afforestation Fund can galvanise select parts of rural economy. Bill in RS 2day.
Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill cleared: The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill that allows states to access and channel nearly R42,000 crore into afforestation projects. Minister Anil Dave assured the House that all objections raised—such as the provisions of the Bill vesting greater powers in the forest bureaucracy than on resident tribals—would be addressed within the rules of the Bill.
Tweet: One Nation: FM aptly dubs GST as ‘one nation, one tax.’ And @PiyushGoyal has called for ‘one nation, one grid, one price’ for power.
The power of one: Calling for the passage of the long-pending GST law, finance minister Arun Jaitley has said that the ‘one-nation one-tax’ regime will reduce taxation levels and eliminate corruption. He said the country cannot afford to have an indirect tax system where one is taxed at every point. Earlier, power minister Piyush Goyal had made a similar call for standardising power rates across the country.
Tweet: Sunkist: Discoms have to draw minimum 2.75% of their requirements from solar plants ~ Guideline by Min of Power; specific targets by SERCs.
New guidelines for discoms: According to Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) norms prescribed by the power ministry, state discoms will have to draw at least 2.75% of their total power consumption from solar plants in the current fiscal. However, the track-record of discoms on this score has not been very encouraging.
—Vinayak Chatterjee is Chairman of Feedback Infra
His Twitter handle: @Infra_VinayakCh
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