Global South Summit 2023: Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas addressed the Energy Ministers’ session of “Voice of Global South Summit–2023” themed as “Energy Security and development: Roadmap to Prosperity”.
The session served as a platform to generate ideas from the developing world for achieving energy security, which is affordable, accessible and sustainable. The Voice of Global South Summit is aimed at achieving “Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose” and is in line with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision to shape a positive G20 agenda through consultation with G20 countries and members of the global south.
One Sun One World One Grid(OSOWOG): The idea behind the concept is a trans-national electricity grid supplying solar power across the globe.
The vision behind the OSOWOG is ‘The Sun Never Sets’ and is a constant at some geographical location, globally, at any given point of time. It was launched by India at COP26 climate summit at Glasgow.
It has been taken up under the technical assistance program of the World Bank.
The OSOWOG plan may also leverage the International Solar Alliance (ISA), co-founded by India that has 80 countries as members.
PM SVANidhi Scheme: It is a Central Sector Scheme under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with the following objectives:
- To facilitate working capital loan
- To incentivize regular repayment and
- To reward digital transactions.
The scheme will open up new opportunities for street vendors to move up the economic ladder. The Scheme is available for beneficiaries belonging to only those States/UTs which have notified Rules and Scheme under Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
The Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme has been extended till December 2024. ‘SVANidhi Se Samriddhi’ component has been approved for all beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi scheme across the country. ‘SVANidhi Se Samriddhi’ was launched in January 2021 to map the socio-economic profile of the PM SVANidhi beneficiaries and their families.
Lymphatic Filariasis: LF, commonly known as elephantiasis and is considered as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD). It is the second most disabling disease after mental health. It impairs the lymphatic system and can lead to the abnormal enlargement of body parts, causing pain, severe disability and social stigma. It is a vector-borne disease, caused by infection with parasites classified as nematodes (roundworms) of the family Filarioidea. Over 40% of worldwide cases are found in India. The WHO recommends three drug treatments to accelerate the global elimination of lymphatic filariasis. India is committed to eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis by 2027, three years ahead of the global target.
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