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Finance Minister unveils plans for infrastructure projects

  • Almost a quarter of the capital expenditure is going to the energy sector, with ₹24.5 lakh crore expected to be invested in power, renewable energy, atomic energy and petroleum and natural gas. This is also the sector where the private sector has expressed the most interest, said Ms. Sitharaman.
  • The other major focus areas are roads (19%) and railways (13%), urban (16%) and rural (8%) infrastructure, and irrigation (8%). Social infrastructure, including health and education, will get 3% of the capital expenditure, with digital communication and industrial expenditure each getting the same amount as well. Agriculture and food processing infrastructure will get one per cent of the planned capital expenditure.
  • Going forward, the task force will continue to monitor progress and will also have the flexibility to change course, with the power to drop selected projects and pick up new ones, said Ms. Sitharaman.

 

Indore, Jamshedpur lead Swachh 2020 Table

  • Indore and Jamshedpur have topped the cleanliness charts for two consecutive quarters among cities with over 10 lakh poplation and with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population respectively.
  • Kolkata remained at the bottom the ranking of 49 major cities actoss both quarters as West Bengal did not participate in the nation wide exercise. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on Tuesday announced the results of the first and second quarters of the Swachh Survekshan 2020.