Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2023

May 18, 2023

Current Affair 1:
Government Data Roundup


Report 1:

2th Report on Central Ministries/Departments – CPGRAMS

About the report

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) released the Centralized Public Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) monthly report for April 2023.

This report is the 12th report on Central Ministries published by DARPG. It provides a detailed analysis of types and categories of public grievances and their disposals. The reports are part of the 10-step CPGRAMS reforms process adopted by DARPG for improving the quality of grievance disposal.

Key Highlights

  1. There is an increase in the disposal of grievances in the Central Secretariat. In April 2023, 1.06 lakh grievances were redressed by Central Ministries/Departments, and the average disposal time is 17 days per grievance.
  2. The pendency in Central Secretariat has decreased from 69.5 thousand cases at the end of March 2023 to 67.9 thousand by the end of April 2023.
  3. For 9 months in a row, the number of pending cases disposed by Central Ministries/Departments has crossed 1 lakh.
  4. During April 2023, 18.56 thousand appeals were received of which 18.52 thousand were disposed.
  5. UIAI and the Ministry of Labour and Employment are the top performers among Group A in The Grievance Redressal Index. In the case of Group B, the Department of Financial Services (Pension Reforms) and NITI Aayog are top performers.


Report 2:

A Report on the Role of Small Modular Reactors in the Energy Transition

About the report

NITI Aayog has recently released – A Report on the role of small modular reactors in the energy transition, which is co-authored with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Tata Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE). It was released in a seminar as part of the 3rd Energy Transitions Working Group held during 16-17 May’2023 as part of India’s G20 presidency.

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are being seen as an option to transition into more effective and sustainable means of harnessing potential nuclear power. The report looks at the role of SMRs in energy transition, the status of technology development, the readiness of supply chains, the international licensing process, preparation for International safeguards, etc.

Key Highlights:

  1. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are advanced nuclear reactors with a power generation capacity ranging from less than 30 MWe to 300+ MWe. They provide the flexibility for systems and components to be factory-assembled and transported as a unit to a location of installation, thus creating efficiencies in SMR projects.
  2. With the initiatives of various governments, regulators, industry groups, academic institutions, etc. many SMR designs are being developed. Nearly 80 SMR designs are under development and licensing stages.
  3. International harmonization of the licensing process and regulatory requirements of SMRs will be crucial.
  4. Challenges include – too many SMR technology alternatives which impact sustained growth, mobilizing finances for technology development, licensing, constructing, etc., need for robust safeguards, etc.


Report 3:

State wise Item wise value of Output from Agriculture, Forestry & Fisherie

About the report

Agriculture and Allied activities continue to play a prominent role in the Indian economy.

The State wise Item-wise value of Output from Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries is the 15th publication by MoSPI, covering State-wise and item-wise values of output for the years 2011-12 to 2020-21 at constant (2011-12) and current prices.

The report is based on multiple sources including – the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the Directorate of Economics and Statistics of states & UTs, various Boards (Coffee, Tea, Silk, Rubber, Cocoa), FCI, Central Bureau of Narcotics, etc.

Key Highlights

  1. The share of crops in the Gross Value of the output of agriculture and allied sectors has declined by 7.5 % points in the last 10 years, the crops sub-sector accounted for 62.4 % of the agriculture and allied sectors in 2011-12 and reduced to 54.9 % in 2020-21.
  2. In the case of Livestock, the share has increased by 5 percentage points. The share of Forestry and Logging, and Fishing and Aquaculture has increased marginally.
  3. In 2020-21, the share of Forestry & Logging was 8.42 %, while that of fishing and aquaculture it is 6.08 %.


Report 4:

Report on Optimal Generation Capacity Mix for 2029-30

About the report

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has released a report on the optimal generation Capacity mix for 2029-30. Planning for optimal generation capacity mix is important so that future generation capacity mix is cost-effective as well as environmentally friendly. A horizon of 10-12 years is sufficient to develop the systems and have the policies in place.  Thus 2029-30 is considered the study year for the report.

This report is the updated version of the report published in 2020.

Key Highlights

  1. The report highlights the changes expected in India’s energy mix, with a decline in coal’s share and an increase in the rise in renewable energy sources.
  2. Coal’s share in the power mix is projected to decline from 73% in 2022-23 to 55% in 2030. However, coal capacity is projected to rise by 19% and generation is projected to increase by 13%.
  3. Solar energy capacity is projected to quadruple from 109 GW to 392 GW by 2030.
  4. Large Hydro generation is expected to increase from 8% to 9% by 2030 while Wind generation is projected to reduce to 9% from 12%.

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