25.02.22 JPSC Daily Current Affairs





Jharkhand: Hemant cabinet withdraws subsidy on power tariff


In a major blow to the middle class, the state government on Thursday decided to withdraw the subsidy offered on grid power to various categories of power consumers who use 400 plus units of electricity per month. The decision was taken by the cabinet during its meeting on Thursday in which 35 proposals were approved. However, the new subsidy till 400 units was not specified.

Until now, the energy department offered different slabs of subsidy to urban domestic consumers which was approved by the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC). At present, the tariff order of 2019-20 is in force and the rate has been fixed at Rs 5.50 per unit (for urban domestic consumers). The department has been offering a subsidy of Rs 3.25 for 200 units per month, Rs 1.50 per unit for consumers who used 201-500 units per month and a subsidy of Rs 1.25 per unit to consumers using between 501 to 800 units.

Moreover, 50 paisa subsidy was given to consumers using more than 800 units per month. With this decision, the department targets to save around Rs 210 crore annually. The decision assumes significance in the wake of a new solar power policy approved by the council of ministers aimed at promoting solar power in the state. Under the new policy, the state targets to instal 4,000MW solar power plants in the next five years and various subsidies and incentives have been offered to the consumers.

Moreover, the government has promised to give free land and offered 100% exemption on stamp duty for the upcoming solar park. At the individual level, rooftop grid-connected solar power plants will be provided different subsidies up to 80%.


The cabinet also approved a proposal for two bills to be tabled during the budget session beginning Friday. The ministers agreed to adopt the central bill on the marketing of agriculture produces with slight amendments and accordingly, the Jharkhand State Agriculture Produce and Livestock Marketing Promotion and Facilitation Bill-2022 would be tabled.



Rise In Sea Level Report By US


According to an NOAA-led report, The united states will probably experience the maximum amount of water level rise by the year 2050 because it witnessed in the last hundred years.


  • NOAA released the report in partnership with other federal agencies. The report is titled “Sea Level Rise Technical Report.”
  • The report provides up-to-date water level rise projections for the US by decade for the next 100 years and beyond.
  • It’s supported by a mixture of satellite observations and tide gauges.
  • All the model ensembles from the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on global climate change (IPCC).
  • IPCC, an intergovernmental body under United Nations, is answerable for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change.
  • IPCC was launched in 1988 by World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It’s headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It comprises 195 member states.



FSSAI Health Star Rating Part Of Packaged Food


Consumers will soon be ready to tell whether their food packaging is harmful or healthy and nutritious.


  • According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), packaged food goods will soon display a ‘health star’ part of the new system.
  • This system will be almost like the one that’s getting used by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency to assess the energy efficiency in electrical devices.
  • The packaged foods will have several stars displayed on them to indicate whether the item is healthy or unhealthy.
  • The number of fats, sugar and salt within the food item determines the rating.
  • IIM Ahmedabad, regarding the methodology, conducted a study to display the health ratings of the food items.
  • The display of star ratings was recommended during this study because it would be easier for the customer to know.
  • It has been decided that the ratings will be placed ahead of the packets as studies show that this method is far more straightforward towards affecting the buyer’s selection.


Foreign Direct Policy In J&K


Jammu & Kashmir’s lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha has approved a Foreign direct investment (FDI) policy for the union territory with a Foreign stake of a minimum of 51 percent.


  • L-G Manoj Sinha approved the Policy for Promotion of Foreign Investment within the Industrial Sector in J&K during the Administrative Council (AC) gathering.
  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) guiding framework on FDI has supported this new policy.
  • This policy is going to be effective for the subsequent ten years.
  • The FDI policy in J&K aims for foreign investments worth quite Rs 100 crore with a minimum foreign stake of 51 percent.



Bhasha Certificate Selfie Campaign Launched By Education Ministry


The Ministry of Education has launched the Bhasha Certificate Selfie campaign.


  • Its aims to promote multilingualism and inspire cultural diversity so on foster the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat spirit.
  • This initiative aims to market the BhashaSangam mobile app, which has been developed by MyGov India and, therefore, the Ministry of Education.
  • People often learn 100+ daily use sentences in around 22 scheduled Indian languages using this app.
  • This initiative ensures that the country’s people acquire basic conversational skills in several Indian languages.
  •  Seventy-five lakh people learning basic conversational skills are set as a target to realize the target of this initiative.
  • Minister of Education and Skill Development Shri Dharmendra Pradhan had launched the BhashaSangam mobile app.


Immigration Visa Foreigners Registration Tracking Scheme Approved


The Government of India has approved the Immigration Visa Foreigners Registration Tracking (IVFRT) scheme’s continuation for 5 years till 31 March 31, 2026, with Rs 1,364.88 crore financial outlay.


  • This scheme looks to optimize and interlink functions associated with visa issuance, immigration, registration of foreigners, and tracking their movements within the country.
  • The scheme’s continuation demonstrates the government’s commitment to the IVFRT’s fundamental goal of upgrading and modernizing visa and immigration services.
  • IVFRT features a global reach and aims to optimize and connect functions that are associated with visa issuance, immigration, foreigner registration, and movement tracking in India by involving 192 Indian missions around the world, 12 Foreigners Regional Registration Officers and offices, 108 Immigration Check Posts in India, and over 700 Foreigners Registration Officers, Deputy Commissioners of Police and Superintendents of Police across the country.




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