On October 8, 2020, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the Mukhya Mantri Saur Swarojgar Yojana at the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Auditorium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
The scheme is aimed at promoting self-employment of the youth and promoting the production of Green Energy.
The targeted beneficiaries include youths and migrant workers, who returned home after leaving jobs in various parts of the country due to pandemic.
i.Under the scheme, 10, 000 Youths and Migrants will get self-employment in the Green Energy Sector.
ii.The targeted beneficiaries will be allocated Solar Plants of 25 Kilowatts (KW) each.
iii.1.5-2 nalis (Land Measurement Unit) of Land, and INR 10 Lakh at the rate of INR 40, 000 per unit are required to set up each plant.
iv.The plants will generate 38, 000 Units of Electricity per annum which will be bought by Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited for 25 years.
Loans for the Scheme:
i.Cooperative Banks & Private Banks will grant loans at an Interest Rate of 8 % per year for 15 years to set up solar plants on private land or on lands taken on lease.
ii.To Achieve the goal, year-wise and district-wise targets are being discussed with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
i.With installation of Solar Panels for integrated farming, Fruits, Vegetables and herbs will also be produced on the same land.
ii.To promote integrated farming seeds of climate-based medicinal and spongy plants will be provided free of cost.
Uttarakhand 1st State to use QDA Technology:
Uttarakhand CM inaugurated the State Disaster Response Force’s (SDRF) latest Quick Deployment Antenna (QDA) technology.
i.QDA is a satellite based communication technology which establishes communication in places where network coverage is low or has zero coverage. ii.It will be able to send and receive video or voice calls, and is capable of data transfer which are vital during Emergency Situations.
iii.Uttarakhand is the First State to use QDA technology for disaster management.
Helpline for Wildlife:
The CM also launched a forest and wildlife helpline number 1926 for protection of forests and reducing human-wildlife conflict.
Recent Related News:
i.The Forest Department of Uttarakhand has developed India’s First Lichen Park in Munsiyari(Munsiyari), Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand as a research centre with over 150 Lichen species – Jurassic Era plant which was inaugurated on 27th June 2020.
ii.On 13th May 2020, The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat launched ‘HOPE’- Helping Out People Everywhere a portal to create employment opportunities for the youths in their expertise and to provide skill development opportunities.
Lakes – Skeleton Lake (Roopkund Lake), Bhimtal Lake, Dodital, Nainital Lake, Naukuchiatal, Sat Tal Lake.
Rivers – Yamuna River, Saryu River, Bhagirathi River, Dhauliganga River – Garhwal,Ganga River, Gaula River, Kali River.