PIB – 23rd Dec 2020

Air Quality Commission directs for 100 percent switching over of industries in Delhi to PNG

  • The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas reviewed the progress of switching over of Industries operating in Delhi to Piped Natural Gas with the Government of NCT of Delhi, GAIL and Indraprastha Gas Limited.
  • About 1644 of Industrial Units spread across 50 industrial areas in Delhi had been identified to switch over to Piped Natural Gas (PNG). 
  • Though a sizable number of Industries are using PNG, the Commission stressed the need to switch over to PNG by all identified Industries in Delhi considering the fact that the industrial sector is one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region.  
  • M/s IGL, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Government of NCT of Delhi were also asked to work in close coordination with the industrial units so as to target completion of infrastructure works and complete switch over to PNG, by all the identified industrial units in Delhi, by 31st January, 2021. 
  • DPCC was also directed to inspect and identify the industries using unapproved fuels and to take stringent penal action in case of non-compliances.

Benefits of PNG

  • Comfortable
  • Natural gas water heaters recover twice as fast and have more hot water available than an electric model.
  • Clean
  • Natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel that has less impact on the environment. High-efficiency natural gas furnaces are more environmentally friendly than geothermal heat pumps. Natural gas fireplaces can reduce up to 99% of the amount of pollutants and particles emitted into the air compared to wood.
  • Useful
  • Gas is constantly fed into the system so there are no hassles of handling, refilling & changing of cylinders; no storage required, leading to safe, easy and secure handling. PNG is distributed through pipelines directly at premises.
  • Safe

Ministry of Railways introduces Policy regarding Premium Indent to facilitate freight customers

  • The Ministry of Railways has introduced the policy regarding Premium Indent to facilitate freight customers.
  • Under this policy, if a customer places a request for Premium Indent, allotment of rakes will be given priority on two days as notified under Preferential Traffic Order issued by Traffic Transportation directorate of Railway Board from time to time, presently being Monday and Friday. However, on other days normal order of priority of indents will follow. 
  • The salient features of the policy are given below-
  1. In sidings, the customer can indicate a date of supply of rakes and also indicate whether he will load if the rake is supplied after the due date on Normal tariff rate.
  2. The customer shall be required to pay 5% premium on normal freight which shall be deposited in advance. If the rake is supplied later than the indicated date on the indent, the premium paid will be adjusted against the normal freight.
  3. In the goods shed also, customers will be permitted to place premium indent. Customers will get priority for allocation on two days as notified under Preferential Traffic Order issued by Traffic Transportation directorate of Railway Board from time to time, presently being Monday and Friday. However, on other days normal order of priority of indents will follow. 
  4. Premium Indent once placed cannot be withdrawn; withdrawal of the indent shall invite forfeiture of the premium paid.
  5. This premium indent policy will not be applicable to restricted destinations and destinations regulated by quota.
  6. This is an optional scheme.

Indian Army signs MoU with Bank of Baroda for new ‘Baroda Military Salary Package’

  • Indian Army and Bank of Baroda have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ‘Baroda Military Salary Package’. The MoU lays down the basis on which banking services would be provided by Bank of Baroda to serving and retired personnel of Indian Army.
  • Services under ‘Baroda Military Salary Package’ will be offered to serving and retired personnel of Indian Army through the Bank’s network of over 8,200 domestic branches and around 20,000 business correspondent touchpoints.
  • The package offers very attractive benefits including free Personal Accidental Insurance cover, Permanent Total Disability cover, Partial disability Cover and Air Accident Insurance Cover of sizeable amounts, as well as Higher Education Cover and Girl Child Marriage Cover on death in case of serving personnel. 
  • Other offerings under the package include: 
  • Unlimited free ATM transactions at all bank ATMs, 
  • Waivers or concessions on various service charges in retail loans, 
  • Free remittance facility through RTGS/NEFT, 
  • Free Demand Draft/Banker’s Cheque, 
  • Substantial discount in locker rentals, and various additional benefits in usage of Cards.