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April 3rd 2017 E-Governance & Public Administration Current Affairs

PowerTex – A Scheme for Powerloom Sector Launched

The Central Government has launched Power Tex, a scheme exclusively for powerlooms sector in India. This comprehensive three-year plan would be active for three years and works for the progress of powerloom sector. This scheme aims to develop infrastructure and update powerloom industry.

Highlights of the Scheme

  • Under this scheme, PowerTex a new research for development of powerlooms will be conducted in India. New markets, subsidies and welfare schemes for the people working in the sector.
  • The Scheme has nine major components and two schemes which would improve the productivity of the sector.
  • The Government would spend Rs.487 crores as total expenditure on this project, for next three years from 2017-18.
  • The two new schemes of the programme are Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme (PMCS) and Solar Energy Scheme (SEC) for powerlooms.
  • Subsidy will be provided under this scheme, against the credit facility, such as reimbursement of interest rate and margin money.
  • For installation of photo voltaic plants,the Government will provide subsidy and financial assistance. This scheme aims to counter the problem of power cuts faced by the industry.
  • Fifty percent subsidy will be provided by the Government to the units which contains maximum eight looms and adopts the solar energy for electricity. For limited use of power to grid or off grid system.

Indian Power Loom Industry

  • Power Loom Industry is considered as the lifeline of Indian Textile sector. The powerlooms produce 60% of cloth in India, whereas Handloom and knitting produces 20 % and 15% cloth in India.  The powerloom sector in India is robust and largely decentralized, approximately 19.42 lakhs powerloom units are there in India. These units produce 19,000 million meters of fabric and 7 million workers are employed in this industry.
  • The industry makes comprehensive fabrics such as dyed fabric, printed fabric, synthetic fabric and various other fabrics.
  • The powerloom industry is taking new shape with upgradation of machinery, so far around 50,000 looms have upgraded to shuttle less ones. Out of which 35000 are decentralized units.
  • The concentration of Power loom units in India is largely confined to rural and semi urban units. Maharashtra is the top most state with a maximum 8 lakh power loom units, Tamil Nadu takes second place with 5 lakh units, Gujarat has been ranked third with 4 to 4.5 lakh power loom units.

Mizoram – 27th State to join UDAY Scheme

  • North-eastern State Mizoram has joined UDAY scheme the ambitious project of the central government to revamp the power sector in India.
  • The scheme has been helping the debt ridden discoms in India, with this collaboration Mizoram will benefit of Rs.198 crores.
  • The Union Government and Mizoram both have collaborated under the scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 31, 2017.
  • The Power Distribution Department of the State will improve its operations and infrastructure.

Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY)

  • With the latest inclusion of Mizoram, the number of territories/ States under this scheme increased to 27.
  • Mizoram will have the benefit of Rs, crore, it derives the benefit under this scheme, during interventions in energy efficiency during the period of turnaround, decrease in aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) and transmission losses.
  • The reduction in the transmission loses would bring additional income of Rs. 166 crores to State Power Distribution Company.
  • The UDAY scheme also focusses on various methods of minimizing power consumption. To reduce load of power, usage of LED bulbs and usage of improved electric equipment which would consume very less electricity. The scheme is known as PAT (Perform, Achieve and Trade). These would fetch additionally Rs. 30 crore to State’s income.
  • If State achieves the operational targets set by the scheme, further release of funds under the central government sponsored IPDS, DDUGJY schemes would be considered for development of power infrastructure in the State.
  • The healthy and financially strong Power distribution company would be able to supply more power to other industries.
  • The UDAY scheme allows the state to work more efficiently and provide power to 22,007 households at affordable prices which still do not have basic facility of power supply.
  • Further scheme aims to provide uninterrupted power supply to households, which would boost the economy and employment opportunities in the State.

HRD Releases the List of Top Ten Colleges, Universities

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has released the list of top colleges in the country. HRD has adopted the practice of ranking the best colleges in the country, which ranks the country based on the National Institutional Ranking Framework.

Top 10 Educational Institutions Overall

  1. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  2. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras
  3. IIT Bombay
  4. IIT Kharagpur
  5. IIT Delhi
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  7. IIT Kanpur
  8. IIT Guwahati
  9. IIT Roorkee
  10. Banaras Hindu University

Top 10 Universities

  1. IISc, Bangalore
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru College, New Delhi
  3. Banaras Hindu University
  4. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  5. Jadavpur university
  6. Anna University
  7. University of Hyderabad
  8. University of Delhi
  9. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  10. Savitribai Phule Pune University

Top 10 Colleges in India

  1. Miranda House, New Delhi
  2. Loyola College, Chennai
  3. Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi
  4. Bishop Heber College, Tiruchi
  5. Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, New Delhi
  6. St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
  7. Lady Shri Ram College of Women, New Delhi
  8. Dayal Singh College, New Delhi
  9. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, New Delhi
  10. The Women’s Christian College, Chennai

Top 10 Management Institutions


  1. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  2. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
  3. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
  4. Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
  5. Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
  6. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  7. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  9. Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur
  10. Indian Institute of Management Indore

Top 10 Engineering Colleges

  1. IIT Madras
  2. IIT Bombay
  3. IIT Kharagpur
  4. IIT Delhi
  5. IIT Kanpur
  6. IIT Roorkee
  7. IIT Guwahati
  8. Anna University
  9. Jadavpur university
  10. IIT Hyderabad

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