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PIB Summaries 12 February 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana
  2. National Rail Plan (NRP) for India – 2030

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana


Focus: GS II- Government Policies and Interventions

Why in News?

Department is implementing a flagship programme of Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)– a scheme to bring about Blue Revolution through sustainable and responsible development of fisheries sector with a highest ever investment of Rs. 20,050 crore for a period of 5 years with effect from 2020-21 to 2024-25 in all the States/Union Territories.

About Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana

  • Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) was launched in 2020 to bring about Blue Revolution through the sustainable development of the fisheries sector over a period of five years (2020-2025).
  • It is an umbrella scheme to develop the fisheries sector with a total outlay of Rs. 20050 crores.

It has two components

  • The Central Sector Scheme (CS) component with a non-beneficiary-oriented scheme and a Beneficiary oriented scheme (Central Assistance for General Category – 40%; SC/ST/Women – 60%).
  • A Central Sponsored Scheme (CSS) component also with a non-beneficiary-oriented scheme and Beneficiary oriented scheme. The different break-ups of funding are: Central Assistance for Northeastern States – 90%, Other States – 60%; and UTs – 100%.
The areas expected to be covered by the PMMSY are:
  • Fish production
  • Fisheries productivity
  • Quality of fisheries and aquaculture sectors
  • Post-harvest infrastructure and management
  • Modernization of value chain
  • Welfare of the fishers and fish farmers
  • Fisheries management framework
The objectives of the PMMSY are:
  • Develop fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
  • Harness the potential of fisheries sector in a sustainable, responsible, inclusive and equitable manner
  • Efficient use of land and water resources to enhance fish production and productivity.
  • Modernize value chain considering post-harvest management and quality improvement.
  • Double fishers and fish farmers’ incomes
  • Generate employment in the fisheries sector.
  • Enhance fisheries sector’s contribution to overall agricultural Gross Value Added (GVA) and exports.
  • Provide social, economic and physical security to fish farmers and fishermen.
  • Develop a robust fisheries management and regulatory framework.

National Rail Plan (NRP) for India – 2030


Focus: GS III- Infrastructure

Why in News?

Indian Railways have prepared a National Rail Plan (NRP) for India – 2030.

About National Rail Plan (NRP) for India – 2030:

  • The Plan is to create a ‘future ready’ Railway system by 2030.
  • The NRP is aimed to formulate strategies based on both operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase modal share of the Railways in freight to 45%.
Objective:
  • To create capacity ahead of demand, which in turn would also cater to future growth in demand right up to 2050 and also increase the modal share of Railways to 45% in freight traffic and to continue to sustain it.
  • To achieve this objective all possible financial models including Public Private Partnership (PPP) are being considered.
Aim:

To reform Railways to make it more efficient, greener and modern which will translate into cheaper, safer and assured mode of transport to the common man be it in passenger or freight segment.

Main features of the National Rail Plan have been identified:-

  • Formulate strategies based on both operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase modal share of the Railways in freight to 45%.
  • Reduce transit time of freight substantially by increasing average speed of freight trains to  50Kmph.
  • As part of the National Rail Plan, Vision 2024 has been launched for accelerated implementation of certain critical projects by 2024 such as 100% electrification, multi-tracking of congested routes, upgradation of speed to 160 kmph on Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes, upgradation of speed to 130kmph on all other Golden Quadrilateral-Golden Diagonal (GQ/GD) routes and elimination of all Level Crossings on all GQ/GD route.
  • Identify new Dedicated Freight Corridors.
  • Identify new High Speed Rail Corridors.
  • Assess rolling stock requirement for passenger traffic as well as wagon requirement for freight.
  • Assess Locomotive requirement to meet twin objectives of 100% electrification (Green Energy) and increasing freight modal share.
  • Assess the total investment in capital that would be required along with a periodical break up.
  • Sustained involvement of the Private Sector in areas like operations and ownership of rolling stock, development of freight and passenger terminals, development/operations of track infrastructure etc.

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