systems set up in Rajasthan
Energy Development Agency (REDA) has installed 9,900 solar photovoltaic
lighting systems in the state during the financial year 2000-2001 as against
3800 last year.
have been installed under the rural electrification programme and have
covered all the districts of the state. This achievement has placed the
state on top of the list of states running a similar programme.
has also installed 3,400 similar solar domestic lighting systems from funds
granted by the state government.
electrification programme has been implemented only in the rural areas
of the state. Each solar lighting system has been supported by a grant-in-aid
amounting to Rs.6,000, the remaining cost having been borne by the beneficiary.
signs Rs.3,000 crore gas pipeline project pact
government has firmed up a Rs.3,000 crore joint venture gas pipeline project
to supply liquified natural gas (LNG) to Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Kota and
project is likely to be commissioned by 2004. A Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) was signed between the Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), RIICO
and Gopalpur LNG Limited.
project will help enhance investment climate, generate employment opportunities,
and develop ancillary and auxiliary industries in the state.
$ 180m World
Bank aid for power recast in Rajasthan
with various reform measures adopted by the Rajasthan government, the World
Bank (WB) has sanctioned a $ 180 million loan to Rajasthan for its power
sector restructuring projects.
on the pace of further reforms and how fast the loan is utilised for strengthening
the transmission and distribution system in the state, further sanctions
could also be possible, according to official sources. The loan is to be
repaid in 15 years with the initial five years to be treated as moratorium
period. The loan could be drawn up to June 2005. The government has already
got Rs.70 crore ($ 15 million) as the first instalment in the form of advance.
The main thrust of the loan is to reduce the transmission losses in the
to spend 3% of outlay on IT
government has prepared a comprehensive information technology policy.
according to which, the state government will earmark three percent of
the plan outlay for the IT sector by 2003.
document provides IT roadmap for 2000-2004. As the state government plans
to computerise all the departments, it has launched a training programme
for its officials.
will also be taught various aspects of modern economics, like the Value
Added Tax (VAT) and liberalisation among others. They will be familiarised
with the ongoing policies and programmes of the government.
crore UP plan outlay finalised
annual plan outlay for this fiscal has been fixed at Rs.8,200 crore and
Rs.210 crore has been allocated for the development of Bundelkhand. Transmission
and distribution losses in the power sector have come down from 42 percent
to 37.5 percent. Out of Rs.46,340 crore allocated for public sector expenditure
for the Ninth Plan, the outlay for the first four years was Rs.36,946 crore,
but the actual expenditure was Rs.24,596 crore. The growth rate achieved
was only 3.2 percent per annum. The overall growth rate in the first three
years of the Plan was zero in 1997-98, which rose by 6.6 percent in 1998-99
and there was further growth of 6.5 percent in 1999-2000. The primary sector
in these three years registered a negative growth of 4.5 percent, positive
growth of 2.8 p.c. next year and 5.9 percent in the third year. The secondary
sector rose by 0.3 percent, 14.4 percent and 8.0 percent respectively and
the tertiary sector by 4.6 percent 6.6 percent and 6.2 percent respectively.
Rs.355 crore plan outlay approved
Commission has approved the annual plan outlay of Rs.355 crore for Pondicherry
for 2001-2002. Pondicherry achieved a revenue collection of 111.51 percent
of the target set by the Planning Commission. An integrated infrastructrue
development project has been launched at Siderapet with a cost of Rs.6.45
status for J&K with retrospective effect
Commission is to grant special status to J&K with retrospective effect
from 1969 to 1991, waiving about Rs.1,200 crore dues of the state.
crore Assam plan approved
Commission on June 22, 2001 approved annual plan size of Rs.1,710 crore
for Assam. The plan size has been enhanced by 12.5 percent over that of
the previous year. The state has also been allowed to use the "unspent
amount" of the previous plan.
on small units
In all 67
industrial units, including some ancillary industries, set up at a cost
of Rs.7,869 crore, have started production in West Bengal during 2000-2001
state industry minister Shri Nirupam Sen said in June 2001. The minister
also said that employment was generated for over 4.62 lakh persons during
the period from 1991-2001. The state government has given stress on the
small and cottage industries to create more employment opportunities besides
setting up of various ancillary units. Priority is being given to tea,
jute and leather industries. Steps are being taken to set up a leather
complex in South 24 paraganas over 1,100 acre.
fish exports touch Rs.600 crore
fish exports in the current year will touch Rs.600 crore and by the end
of the Tenth Plan increase to Rs.1,000 crore, fisheries minister, Shri
Kiranmoy Nanda said. He said for the first time in the country an `overall
assistance centre' is being set up in the city at a cost of Rs.14.94 crore
for exporting fish on a co-operative basis. Ten processing plants are being
installed at the centre for quality control. Another Rs.20-25 crore will
be invested for installing machinery. A fishing harbour will be set up
at Kakdwip in the fifth phase.
set up food processing park
A Rs.36 crore
food processing park is coming up at Malappuram in Kerala to provide in-house
facilities to processors and bridge the food infrastructure gap in the
state. It is near completion and land allotment to 15 entrepreneurs has
already been made.
the food processing industry in the state and provide all facilities at
a single site Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation
(KINFRA) has come up with a 60 acre park in Kakkacherry in Malappuram district"
its Managing Director Shri G.C. Gopala Pillai said.
park is tailor made for investors due to its various benefits and United
Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is giving its assistance
in technology and marketing, UNIDO's National Expert Shri G. Mohan Kumar
land was being allotted on 90 years leasehold, built up modules were offered
on a monthly lease rent. The thrust areas of the park would be dairy products,
curry powder, pickles and coconut and spice products.
power supply, continuous water effluent treatment plant, quality control
lab (QCL), cold storage, research and design and communication facilities
would not only help boost exports but also the market for processed food
in the country itself.
said the QCL, had the facility of food sample testing, analysis of water
and effluent samples that consist of chemical, micrbiological and instrument
It would ensure
the safety, nutrition and wholesomeness of food, protecting consumers from
contaminated and adulterated products, thereby also enabling better control
on food imports.
The cold storage
facility comprised sections for potatoes, onions, vegetables and frozen
foods. It had an ice plant, plate freezer, packing house and refrigerated
van for storing and preserving both raw-materials and finished products.
The park was
advantageous for investors due to comparative low lease rent, start up
and operating cost, bonded area facilities and dedicated support back-up.
govt. to set up flower auction centre
On the lines
of the flower auction centre in the Netherlands, the Maharashtra government
and the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA)
have jointly decided to set up a flower auction centre in Mumbai. The state
authorities have sanctioned a 12 acre plot at Goregaon. Work on the project
is expected to be completed by next year.
to be allowed to collect minor forest produce
Pradesh tribals and villagers will be now allowed to collect minor forest
produce like honey in the buffer zone of national parks for non-commercial
purposes on the condition that the process of collection should not involve
the use of fire. This facility has been allowed as people in tribal areas
depended totally on forest produce for livelihood and the tribals faced
undue hardship if deprived of use of forest resources.