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Tue 21st of November 2017


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Indian NGO bags UN climate award for clean energy project

An Indian NGO, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, has bagged the UN climate award this year. The NGO, which trains women

to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar, is one of the 13 projects to be recognised at the forthcoming UN climate summit in Marrakesh in November. In an official release, the UNFCCC, the nodal UN climate body, has applauded this project for building a rural distribution network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs facilitating access to clean energy, water and sanitation products and services in several communities.

  1. Prema Gopalan, co-founder of Swayam Shikshan Prayog, who has worked for ten years in the clean energy sector, Many of the women in her NGO hail from the Marathwada drought-hit areas and have attained a new identity as a result of their entrepreneurial work.
  2. The NGO, founded in 1989 in Mumbai, has received financial support from the Maharashtra governmentUSAIDMiseorerEurope, and CSR funds from HSBC and Alstom, till now.
  3. With India ratifying the Paris agreement on 2 October 2016, Ms. Gopalan highlighted the importance of micro-levelscalable initiatives such as these to help the rural population contribute to India’s ambitious renewable energy target
  4. India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), submitted to the UNFCCC, speak of increased the share of renewable energy in India’s energy mix to 40 per cent by 2030.
Improving the quality of living
  1. The use of woodfire for cooking in rural areas has been identified as one of the primary causes of indoor air pollution, which contributes to global warming, and also causes respiratory illnesses. 
  2. According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 201567 per cent of the population in India depends on traditional biomass for cooking, which, in absolute numbers, works out to 841 million people in the population.
  3. UN climate award is a global recognition for replicable models on clean energy that can help put an end to India’s biomass dependency. 
  4. The UNFCCC release cites how through the promotion of clean cook stoves by women entrepreneurs, over 200,000 women and households now save almost 100 tonnes per day of fuel wood.
  5. Maharashtra has now started allowing women to even supply excess solar energy to the grid. If all Indian states adopt such enabling policies, India can soon become self-sufficient in energy, the clean way.”

Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.


(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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