Performance,Acheive and Trade Scheme: Under PAT Scheme, the Energy Savings Certificates (ESCerts) were introduced in India in 2012 by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).It is a regulatory instrument to reduce specific energy consumption in energy-intensive industries, with an associated market-based mechanism to enhance the cost-effectiveness through certification of excess energy saving which can be traded. PAT scheme cover about 13 energy-intensive sectors.The PAT scheme was established by the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency.NMEEE is one of the eight national missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) launched by the GoI in the year 2008.
The Union Ministry of Power and BEE were entrusted with the task of preparing the implementation plan for the NMEEE.
Exercise Shinyuu Maitri: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is participating in Exercise Shinyuu Maitri with the Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF). The exercise is being organised on the side-lines of the Indo-Japan Joint Army Exercise, Dharma Guardian.The IAF contingent is participating in Exercise Shinyuu Maitri 23 with one C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.The exercise is being conducted at a time when the IAF’s heavy lift transport aircraft fleet is also taking part in Exercise Desert Flag VIII in UAE and Exercise Cobra Warrior in the UK.
SWAYATT Initiative: Recently, a function was held to commemorate the success of “SWAYATT”, an initiative that was first launched in February 2019.
It is an initiative to promote Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through eTransactions on Government eMarketplace (GeM).
Aim: To promote the inclusion of various categories of sellers and service providers on the portal by taking proactive steps to facilitate their training and registration, develop women’s entrepreneurship, and encourage the participation of the MSME sector and startups in public procurement.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBKs): PMBKs are set up under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, which was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in November 2008.
Objective: To provide quality medicines at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor, so as to reduce out-of-pocket expenses in healthcare.PMBKs provides generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs.All therapeutic medicines are made available from Jan Aushadhi Stores.
Jan Aushadhi stores also sell allied medical products commonly sold in chemist shops so as to improve the viability of running the Jan Aushadhi store.
Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI) has been established under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, for co-coordinating procurement, supply, and marketing of generic drugs through the PMBKs.
Who can open a Jan Aushadhi Kendra?
State Governments or any organization / reputed NGOs / Trusts / Private hospitals / charitable institutions / Doctors / Unemployed pharmacists/ individual entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for the new Jan Aushadhi Kendra.The applicants shall have to employ one B Pharma / D Pharma degree holder as Pharmacist in their proposed store.