Migrant workers in the Indian context, Should we still promote urbanization or opt for de-urbanization

Recent article published by affiliates of Aajeevika Bureau, a non-profit. in the Business Standard. seems to point out the issues at the surface (Migration) but fails to tackle the real issues and causes (Urbanization). Furthermore it believes that it is trying to solve a problem but in reality it is contributing to a bigger and longer (in time) problem that India currently faces.

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Power Utilities: Audit Efficiency both with respect to People and Processes, then consolidate

For a second just leave aside the issue of “electricity being a concurrent subject” and try to evaluate the possibilities of the pros and cons by auditing various aspects related to efficiencies on parameters like finance, processes, procurement, promotions, service delivery etc. etc. of state DISCOMS & GENCOS. Now after the audit consider consolidating these into only two entities at the national level like PGCIL & BSNL etc. but with better efficiency and productivity with respect to processes and people.

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Payment guarantees for power purchase: DISCOM Efficiency

Minister of state for power and new renewable energy has approved the proposal to make it mandatory for distribution licensees to open and maintain adequate letter of credit as payment security mechanism under power purchase agreements. The order, applicable from August 1, will ensure curbing adding further to the outstanding bills of Rs 41,747 crore by distribution companies.

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India’s Praj collabs to offer technology for high energy renewable product

Praj Industries announced today that it has signed a Construction License Agreement (CLA) with Gevo, Inc, USA to commercialize technology for the production of Isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks, such as juice, syrup and molasses. Praj will provide EPC services to 3rd parties using a process design package developed by Praj. This package uses Gevo’s proprietary Isobutanol biocatalyst on sugary-based feedstock. Isobutanol derived from said proprietary process is high energy renewable intermediate product that finds application in Aviation and Racing cars.

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Pilot in energy industry: will allow India Gencos to invite bids from Discoms for selling power

India for the first time may allow electricity generation companies to call bids from state distribution companies to sell power. This is a pilot towards shifting to market-based price discovery for electricity. The ministry has issued draft guidelines for sale of power by generating and surplus distribution companies in short-term period of one year, and has sought comments from stakeholders.

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Two things: “Not” using Non-value added natural resources as a primary source of income and gaining self-sufficiency in basic needs like Energy

The current Geo-political events around Venezuela and, India’s connection with the same is just a trailer of things that will plague both India and other countries over the world. Sooner administrations realize, plan and think really long term on these two factors,the better their citizen’s future will be.

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The government is aiming to achieve 10% blending percentage of ethanol in petrol by 2022

The highest ever ethanol procurement stands around 150 crore litres during ethanol supply year 2017-18 which is sufficient for around 4.22% blending on pan India basis, the statement said. Therefore, an alternate route of 2G ethanol from biomass and other wastes is being explored by the government to bridge the supply gap for ethanol blending programme.

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