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PIB 5TH FEBRUARY February 6, 2020

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Date Posted: Feb-20-2020
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New major Port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra
Soil Health Card Scheme
Promoting quality standards
Vizag-Chennai Industrial corridor
Intellectual property rights in defence
Social and Infrastructure Development Fund (SIDF)
National Cybercrime reporting portal
New pension schemes for unorganized sector
Vadhavan port will be developed on “land lord model”
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be formed with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) as the lead partner with equity participation equal to or more than 50% to implement the project.
The SPV will develop the port infrastructure including reclamation, construction of breakwater, besides establishing connectivity to the hinterland
Maharashtra has India’s largest container port at JNPT which caters to the hinterland of Maharashtra, North Karnataka, Telangana and secondary hinterland of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, NCR, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
What is land lord port model ?
In the landlord port model, infrastructure is leased to private operating companies or to industries such as refineries, tank terminals, and chemical plants

In the second phase of the scheme 11.69 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed to farmers in the last two years.
A study conducted by the National Productivity Council (NPC) says the application of Soil Health Card recommendations has led to a decline of 8-10% in use of chemical fertilizers and also raised productivity by 5-6%.
In the current financial year a pilot project “Development of Model Villages” is being implemented under which the sampling and testing of cultivable soil is being encouraged in partnership with the farmers.
Under the project a Model Village has been selected for aggregation of soil samples and analysis of each agricultural holding.
The scheme provides for the analysis of soil composition by the State Governments once in every two years so that remedial steps can be taken to improve soil nutrients. Farmers can track their soil samples and also obtain their Soil Health Card report
The Quality Council of India (QCI) works for promotion of Quality Standards across various economic and social sectors such as manufacturing, education, health and environment.
Was established As a National body for Accreditation on recommendation of Expert Mission of EU after consultation in Inter-Ministerial Task Force, Committee of Secretaries and Group of Ministers through a Cabinet decision in 1996
Formed on the PPP model
i) Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
(ii) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
(iii) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The QCI is the umbrella organisation of five boards:
NABL – National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories;
NABH- National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare;
NABET- National Accreditation Board for Education and Training;
NABCB- National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies; and
NBQP- National Board for Quality Promotion.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has identified five niche technology areas and established the following Young Scientist Laboratories (YSLs) in year 2019:

Artificial Intelligence (DYSL-AI), Bengaluru
Quantum Technologies (DYSL-QT), Mumbai
Cognitive Technologies (DYSL-CT), Chennai
Asymmetric Technologies (DYSL-AT), Kolkata
Smart Materials (DYSL-SM), Hyderabad
Asian Development Bank (ADB) had prepared Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor

The loan has been agreed between State Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

ADB has approved USD 631 million (in loans and grants) for VCIC,

More about ADB
It is a regional development bank
Established on 19 December 1966
Headquartered — Manila, Philippines
Official United Nations Observer
The bank admits the members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP, formerly the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East or ECAFE) and non-regional developed countries comprising 68 member states.
Voting rights:
It is modeled closely on the World Bank, and has a similar weighted voting system where votes are distributed in proportion with members’ capital subscriptions.