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FACT # 1



Why in news? The Government of India has recently launched the Jal Marg Vikas Project for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1).


Jal Marg Vikas Project:

  • The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) aims to increase capacity of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) at a cost of Rs 5369.18 crore.
  • It is being implemented with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank.
  • The Project is expected to be completed by March, 2023.
  • Major Impact:
    • Alternative mode of transport that will be environment friendly and cost effective.
    • The project will contribute in bringing down the logistics cost in the country.
    • Mammoth Infrastructure development like multi-modal and inter-modal terminals, Roll on – Roll off (Ro-Ro) facilities, ferry services, navigation aids.
    • Socio-economic impetus; huge employment generation.

States/districts covered:


  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Bihar
  • Jharkhand
  • West Bengal
  • Major Districts:
  • Varanasi
  • Ghazipur
  • Balli
  • Buxar
  • Chhapra
  • Vaishali
  • Patna
  • Begusarai
  • Khagaria
  • Munger
  • Bhagalpur
  • Sahibganj
  • Musrhidabad
  • Pakur
  • Hoogly
  • Kolkata


FACT # 2


Why in news? IMPRINT-2 has been approved by Government of India (GoI) with a revised strategy.


Scheme IMPRINT-2:

  • It stands for ‘IMPacting Research, INnovation and Technology’ (IMPRINT).
  • It aims to address all major engineering challenges faced by the nation by translating knowledge into viable technology (product/process).
  • This national initiative will be jointly funded and steered by MHRD and Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • Important features of IMPRINT-2:
    • Principal objective is to translate knowledge into viable technology
    • About 425 projects with up to Rs 2 crore budget will be supported
    • MHRD and DST are equal partners to steer the scheme
    • IMPRINT-2 is open to all MHRD funded HEIs / CFTIs
    • 27 ministries of GoI remain partners of IMPRINT-2
    • Projects with industry support will be preferred


FACT # 3



Why in news? The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has developed the BIMS to streamline the process of pre-qualification of bidders for EPC Mode of contracts for all National Highway works.

Bidder Information Management System (BIMS):

  • BIMS aims to streamline the process of pre-qualification of bidders for EPC Mode of contracts for all National Highway works with enhanced transparency and objectivity.
  • BIMS would work as a data base comprising bidder wise information covering basic details, civil works experience, cash accruals and network, annual turnover etc.
  • It will help assess bidders’ pre-qualification based on evaluation parameters like threshold capacity and bid capacity from already stored data.
  • Hence technical evaluation can be carried out in a faster manner using this information.
  • BIMS would be used by all the project implementation agencies of the Ministry.
  • The bidders would be responsible for ensuring that their latest details are available on the BIMS portal.



FACT # 4



Why in news? The Ministry for Road Transport & Highways has recently launched Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage.


Bhoomi rashi:

  • Bhoomi Rashi is the portal developed by MoRTH and NIC.
  • It comprises the entire revenue data of the country, right down to 6.4 lakh villages.
  • Bhoomi Rashi portal has been instrumental in reducing the time taken for approval and publication of notifications pertaining to land acquisition
  • Currently, all the notifications pertaining to land acquisition viz., 3a, 3A and 3D notifications are being published through the Bhoomi Rashi portal.

Public Financial Management System:

  • The Public Financial Management System (PFMS) is a web-based online software application developed and implemented by the Office of Controller General of Accounts (CGA).
  • The primary objective of PFMS is to facilitate sound public financial management system for Government of India (GoI).
  • It does so by establishing an efficient fund flow system as well as a payment cum accounting network.
  • PFMS provides various stakeholders with a real time, reliable and meaningful management information system and an effective decision support system, as part of the Digital India initiative of GoI.


Public Financial Management System:

  • Integration of Public Financial Management System (PFMS) with Bhoomi Rashi will facilitate payment related to compensation for land acquisition to all the beneficiaries directly through the Bhoomi Rashi system.
  • With integration of Bhoomi Rashi with PFMS the payment of Compensation by the Ministry to the beneficiaries will be just-in-time without any parking of funds.

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