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Human Settlement/Population Terms/Census 2011


Human Settlement Terminology Associated with Population Census 2011

Human Settlement

Settlements can broadly be divided into two types – rural and urban.
Some basic differences between rural and urban areas in general. (i) The major difference between rural and urban areas is the function. Rural areas have predominantly primary activities, whereas urban areas have domination of secondary and tertiary activities. (ii) Generally the rural areas have low density of population than urban.
Settlement Hierarchy
i. Isolate dwellings
• Such settlement consists of individual units. It can be termed as the initial state of development of a settlement.
• An isolated dwelling would only have 1 or 2 buildings or families in it.

ii. Hamlets

• When many individual units are cluster together they form hamlets. The grouping may be due to similar occupation patterns, religion, cultural factors etc. a hamlet has a tiny population (<100) and very few (if any) service.
iii. Villages
• When many hamlets combine they from a village. The reason for such grouping may be due to interdependencies of one hamlet on another, thus to form a self sufficient unit.
iv. Towns
• A town is a larger entity which is more self sufficient, has a stronger economic base.
v. Cities
• Where large concentration of people exists, multiple economic activities exist.
vi. Metropolis
• A metropolis is a large city, with a population of at least one million living in its urban agglomeration.
vii. Megalopolis
• An extensive, metropolitan area or a long chain of continuous metropolitan areas.

RURAL SETTLEMENTS

Geographers have suggested various schemes of classification. If we group settlements found all over the country, these can broadly be grouped under four categories:
A. Compact Settlements:
• These settlements have closely built up area.
• Therefore in such settlements all the dwellings are concentrated in one central sites and these inhabited area is distinct and separated from the farms and pastures.
• Maximum settlements of our country comes under this category. They are spread over almost every part of the country.
B. Semi- Compact Settlement:
• The dwellings or houses are not well-knitted.
• Such settlements are characterized by a small but compact nuclears around which hamlets are dispersed. It covers more area than the compact settlements.
• These settlements are found both in plains and plateaus depending upon the environmental conditions prevailing in that area.
C. Hamleted Settlements:
• These type of settlements, are fragmented into several small units.
• The main settlement does not have much influence on the other units.
• Very often the original site is not easily distinguishable and these hamlets are often spread over the area with intervening fields.
• This segregation is often influenced by social and ethnic factors.
D. Dispersed Settlements:
• This is also known as isolated settlements.
• Here the settlement is characterized by units of small size which may consist of a single house to a small group of houses. It varies from two to seven huts.
• Therefore, in this type, hamlets are scattered over a vast area and does not have any specific pattern.
URBAN SETTLEMENTS
According to the census of India urban areas are those which satisfy the conditions given below:
(a) All places with a municipality corporation, cantonment board or notified town area committee etc.
(b) All other places which satisfy the following criteria:
(i) A minimum population of 5000;
(ii) At least 75 percent of male working population engaged in nonagricultural sector; and
(iii) A density of population of at least 4,000 persons per square kilometer.
Classification of urban settlement
Class                                    Population
Class I                                  1,00,000 and above
Class II                                50,000 – 99,999
Class III                               20,000 – 49,999
Class IV                                10,000 – 19,999
Class V                                 5,000 – 9,999
Class VI                                less than 5,000
CONCEPT OF SMART CITIES
• 90% of the world’s urban population growth will take place in developing countries, with Indian taking a significant share of that. Urban areas also contribute a higher share of the GDP. The share of the GDP from urban areas in India has been growing.
• While the urban population is currently around 31% of the total population, it contributes over 60%, of India’s GDP. It is projected that urban India will contribute nearly 75% of the national GDP in the next 15 years. It is for this reason that cities are referred to as the “engines of economic growth” and ensuring that they function as efficient engines is critical to our economic development.
• This trend of urbanization that is seen in India over the last few decades will continue for some more time. The global experience is that a country’s urbanization upto a 30% level is relatively slow but the pace of urbanization speeds up thereafter, till it reaches about 60-65%. With an urban population of 31%, India is at a point of transition where the pace of urbanization will speed up.
What is a smart city?
Smart Cities are those that are able to attract investments. Good infrastructure, simple and transparent online processes that make: it easy ‘to establish an enterprise and run it efficiently are important features of an investor friendly city. Without this a city loses attraction as an investment destination. An investor is considered as someone who helps a city rather than someone who only profits from it.
Pillars of a Smart City
Essentially, its Institutional Infrastructure (including Governance), Physical Infrastructure and Social Infrastructure constitute the three pillars on which a city rests, The center of attention for each of these pillars is the citizen. In other words a Smart City works towards ensuring the best for all its people, regardless of social status, age,” income levels, gender, etc.
a) Institutional Infrastructure: Institutional Infrastructure refers to the activities that relate to the planning and management systems in a city. The new, technology has provided a new dimension to this system making it efficient and transparent, It includes the systems of governance the sense safety and security, the opportunities for entertainment and ions, the open spaces and parks that are available.
b) Physical Infrastructure Physical infrastructure refers to its stock of physical infrastructure such as the urban mobility system, the housing stock, the energy system, the water supply system, sewerage system, sanitation facilities, (solid waste management system, drainage system, etc. which are all integrated through the use of technology.
c) Social Infrastructure: Social Infrastructure relates to those that work towards developing the human and social capital, such as the educational, healthcare, entertainment; etc systems.
Social Infrastructure would include the following:
• Education: The city should have good quality educational facilities both for schooling and higher education.
• Healthcare: High quality healthcare facilities are important factors in making a city livable and attractive for people and businesses.
• Entertainment: Good entertainment facilities make the people in a city happy. Good sports facilities, cultural centers, open spaces and plazas allow opportunities for recreation, so important for healthy and happy living.

Supreme Court/High Court/District Court


The Judiciary Stucture in India High Courts District Judiciary
• Judiciary is that branch of government which interprets law, settles disputes and administers justice. Laws are like dead letters without courts to explain and expound their meaning.
• Judiciary is the watchdog of democracy, guardian of the constitution as well as champion of liberty.
• In India the structure of judiciary is like a pyramid. The Supreme Court is at the apex, below it, there are High Courts, the next step in the hierarchy are the district courts and at the bottom of the judicial pyramid are the subordinate courts.
• In India, the courts from top to bottom deal with the disputes arising under the laws enacted by the Union Parliament as well as by state legislatures.

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE JUDICIARY

SUPREME COURT• Independent Judiciary : Sine – Qua – Non of Democracy (Absolutely needed)
• Exist to see that laws made by legislature are intra vires (with the constitution)
• At the apex lie SC : Custodian & interpreter of constitution
• Originally 1 CJ & 7 judges, but At present 1 CJ & 30 Judges
Seat:
SC normally seats at New Delhi. However it can be hold its meeting anywhere in India. The decision I this regard is taken by the CJI in consultation with the President.
Appointment of the Chief Justice of India:
• There is no procedure laid down for the appointment of the Chief Justice of India.
• A convention was followed to appoint the senior most judge as the Chief Justice until it was broken by Mrs. Indira Gandhi who appointed justice A. N. Ray as the chief justice superseding three senior justices of the Supreme Court.
• The Supreme Court has laid down in a judgment that only the senior most judge of the Supreme Court is eligible to become the Chief Justice.
• At present the convention of appointing the senior most judge as the chief justice prevails.
Appointment of Judges (Art. 124)
• Every judge of the Supreme Court shall be appointed by the President after consultation with such judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Court as the President may deem necessary.
• In case of the appointment of a judge other than the chief justice, the chief justice of India shall always be consulted.
• The consultation process has been made systematic, elaborate and effective by the Supreme Court in various cases known as Supreme Court Judges case.
• The Supreme Court has held that the Chief Justice must consult the four senior most judges of the Supreme Court and if two judges give an adverse opinion, the Chief Justice should not send the recommendation to the government.
• Thus, the word consultation with the judiciary while appointing the Supreme Court judges has been practically converted into concurrence.
Qualification for appointment as a Judge (Art. 124):
No person shall be qualified for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court unless he is:-
• a citizen of India; and
• has been for at least 5 year a judge of a High Court; or
• has been for at least 10 years an advocate of High Court; or
• is in the opinion of the President, a distinguished jurisdictions. (a highly qualified academia / law professor)
Tenure:
• A judge of the Supreme Court holds office until he attains the age of 65 years. No minimum age for appointment is fixed. A judge may at any time resign his office by writing addressed to the President.
• 3 years more than that of High court Judge
• He may be removed by the President by an order issued after being presented an address by each House of Parliament passed by special (also known as double majority) majority.
• Such removal can be on the ground of (a) proved misbehaviour or (b) incapacity.
Salary of Supreme Court Judges:
• Chief Justice -1 lakh
• Other Judges -90,000 (From consolidated fund of India)
Appointment of acting Chief Justice (Art. 126)
• In case of absence of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by any reason, the President may appoint a judge of the Supreme Court as the acting Chief Justice during such absence.
Ad-hoc Judges (Art. 127)
• The Chief Justice with the previous consent of the President can ask a High Court judge after consulting the chief justice of that High Court to attend at the sittings of the Supreme Court as an ad hoc judge.
• The ad hoc judge will have all the jurisdiction, powers and privileges of a judge of the Supreme Court.
Attendance of retired Judges (Art. 128)
• The chief justice may with the prior consent of the President request a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court who is qualified to be judge of the Supreme Court to and act as a judge of the Supreme Court.
• The President may determine his allowances. He shall have all the jurisdiction, powers and privileges of the Supreme Court. But he shall not be deemed to be a judge of the Supreme Court.
Removal of Supreme Court judges Art. 124(4):
The manner of removal of a Supreme Court judge which is an impeachment like process. A judge may be removed from his office on the ground of (a) misbehavior or (b) incapacity. The removal involves the following steps:
• A motion for presenting an address to the President praying for the removal of a judge must be signed by at least 100 members of the Lok Sabha (if notice is given in the Lok Sabha).
• The Chairman or the Speaker (as the case may be) may consult such persons as he thinks fit and consider such material as may be available and may admit the motion or refuse to admit it.
• If the motion is admitted, a committee consisting of 3 persons will be constituted of whom,
– One shall be from among the Chief Justice and judges of the Supreme Court.
– One shall be from among the Chief Justice and the judges of the High Court.
– One shall be a person who is a distinguished jurist.
• If the committee arrives at a finding that the judge is guilty of misbehaviour or suffers from an incapacity, then the motion for removal of the judge together with the report of the committee will be taken up for consideration in the House in which it is pending.
• The motion must be passed by each House by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-third of the members of that House present and voting. After being so passed, the address is presented to the President.
• The President passes an order removing the judge.
• By order of President, after an address in each house of parliament, supported by a majority of total membership of the house & passed by a resolution supported by not less than 2/3rd of the members present & voting.
– Lok Sabha: A motion can be preferred before the house if signed by 100 members
– Rajya Sabha: A motion can be preferred before the house if signed by 50 members
o Only on grounds of proven misbehavior or incapacity
o Only after giving 14 days prior notice to said Judge against whom the motion is passed
o A 3 persons judicial committee is formed headed by serving judge of SC and 2 others from (SC or HC or eminent jurists)
o Report of same must be passed by both the houses & President
Acting CJ & Ad Hoc Judges
• Appointment of Acting CJ – By President if CJ is ill or incapable to serve
• Appointment of Ad-hoc Judges – IF there is lack of quorum of Judges of SC to hold or continue any session in court, CJ of India with previous consent of President & after consultation with CJ of HC concerned, request in writing the attendance of judges to sit in SC as ad-hoc judges for certain period (Judges shall be qualified to be judges of SC)
Retired judges of SC can sit in SC as Ad-hoc Judges on request of CJ after consent of President, provided they fulfill the criteria of SC’
• Criminal proceedings initiation against a judge of SC or HC requires CJs consent
• After retirement, a Judge of SC is prohibited from practising or acting as a judge in any court.
Independence of Supreme Court:
The Constitution secures the independence of the judges of the Supreme Court by the following provisions:
• The appointments are made by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
• The judges are to be removed by Parliament through a tough impeachment process. They cannot be removed by the executive.
• Salaries, allowances and pensions of Supreme Court judges are charged on the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI) and shall not be varied to their disadvantage.
• The conduct of a judge cannot be discussed in the parliament or any legislature (Art.121 and 211).
• A retired judge of the Supreme Court is prohibited from pleading or acting in any Court or authority in India.
Supreme Court to be a court record:
The Supreme Court is a Court of record (Art. 129). It means that its record has evidentiary value and cannot be questioned when produced in a Court. It also means that it has the power to punish for contempt.
JURISDICTION AND POWER OF SUPREME COURT:
A. Original Jurisdiction
• Original jurisdiction of SC is power to hear a case for the 1st time unlike Appellate jurisdiction
• Purely federal in character i.e. have exclusive authority to decide any dispute involving a question of law between:
– GOI (Union) v/s state or states
– GOI & any state / states on one side & state / states on the other
– Two or more states
However, according to 7th amendment, 1956, original jurisdiction of SC does not extends to disputes, arising out of provisions of a treaty, agreement etc. which was executed before 26th Jan 1950 & is in operation ever since.
As per article 71, all disputes regarding election of President & vice President are handled by SC
Exclusion to original jurisdiction of states (Art.131)
• In disputes between center & state due to disputes arising out of provisions of a treaty, agreement etc. which was executed before 26th Jan 1950 & is in operation ever since
• Parliament may by law exclude SC’s jurisdiction in disputes with respect to use, distribution & control of water in any interstate river
Exclusive jurisdiction in following cases:
• Between the government of India and one or more states.
• Between the government of India and one or more states on one side, and one or more states on the other.
• Between two or more states.
– The dispute must involve any question of law or fact on which the existence or extent of a legal right depends.
– A legal right is one which is capable of enforcement by a Court law. It must be based on a rule of positive law and not be a matter of political considerations.
Writ Jurisdiction (Art.32)
• A type of original jurisdiction of Supreme court
• Jurisdiction of SC to enforce FRs – Every individual has a right to move to SC directly by appropriate proceedings for the enforcement of his FR, without coming via HC, by means of writs.
B. Appellate Jurisdiction:
Constitutional Matters (Art.132):
• Appeal lies to SC if HC certifies that the case involves a substantial question of law as to interpret the constitution
• If HC refuses to give certificate, SC may grant a special leave for appeal if it is satisfied that case does involve such question
Civil Matters:
An appeal lies to SC from any any judgement in civil proceeding of HC if it certifies :
• that the case involves a substantial question of law of general importance
• that in opinion of HC, the said question needs to be decided by SC
Thus, No appeal in case of civil matters lies to SC as a matter of right as it lies only when HC issues a certificate on above 2 conditions
Criminal Matters (Art.134):
Constitution provides the following provisions as to appeal in criminal matters:
• If HC has sentenced someone to death
• If HC has withdrawn for trial before itself a case from the lower court & in such trial, lower court has sentenced the accused to death
• If HC certifies that the case is fit for appeal to SC, even if HC on appeal has reversed an order of acquittal of accused & sentenced him to death or life imprisonment or for period not less than 10 years
(Appellate Jurisdiction is not Applicable in cases of Court Martial)
Grant of special leave to appeal – Article 136
Articles 131, and 133 provide for appeals to the Supreme Court from constitutional, civil and criminal matters respectively.
• Under Article 136, the Supreme Court has the power to grant special leave to appeal from any judgement, decree, determination, sentence or order of a Court or tribunal except military tribunals. In the earlier articles, the appeals flow only from the determinations of a High Court.
• Article 136 puts no such restrictions. Under this article, the Supreme Court may hear an appeal even from a subordinate court or tribunal. Even where the law does not provide for any appeal, e.g., from Industrial Tribunals, Election Tribunals, the Central Board of Revenue, the Central Government, the Railway Rates Tribunal, etc.
Advisory Jurisdiction (Only consultative Role):
• President can refer to court either on a question of law or on a question of fact provided it is of public importance. However, it is not compulsory for court to give its advice.
• Further, President is empowered to refer to SC for its opinion regarding disputes, arising out of provisions of a treaty, agreement etc. which was executed before 26th Jan 1950 & is in operation ever since. In such case, it is obligatory for the court to give its opinion to President
(In this cases, opinion expresses by SC is only advisory in nature & not binding on President)
C. Revisory Jurisdiction:
• Empowered to review any judgment or order made by it with a view to remove any mistake or error that might have crept in judgment
• Even though, judgment have been passed by SC has a binding effect on all the courts of India, but not on SC itself.
D. Supreme Court as Court of Record:
• Records & judicial proceedings are of evidentiary value before any court
• Has power to determine its own jurisdiction
Review of judgements for orders by the Supreme Court (Article 137)
Under this provision the Supreme Court has the power to review its own judgement. Since there is no court above Supreme Court, its judgement can be reviewed by no court but by itself. A review will lie on the following grounds:
– Discovery of new and important matters or evidence;
– Mistake or error apparent on the face of the record; and
– Any other sufficient reason.
Transfer of certain cases (Article 139 A):
In cases involving the same questions of law having general importance, the Supreme Court may withdraw such cases and dispose them itself.
Advisory jurisdiction (Article 143):
• The power of consulting the Supreme Court by the President on a matter affecting the nation is known as advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
• If the President at any time feels that a question of law or fact of public importance has arisen which requires the opinion of the Supreme Court, he may refer the matter to the Supreme Court to seek its advice.
• However, the President is not bound by the advice given by the Supreme Court nor Supreme Court is bound to tender its advice always.
Transfer of Certain Cases to High Court (Article 228):
If the High Court is satisfied that a case pending in a subordinate Court involves a substantial question of law as to the interpretation of the Constitution, the High Court will withdraw the case and either determine the question of law and return the case to the court from where it was withdrawn or dispose of the case itself.
Contempt of court:
(Supreme Court has power to punish its own contempt)
• Civil – Willful disobedience to any judge or other processes of the court
• Criminal – Publication of any matter or doing any act whatsoever which scandalizes or tend to scandalize authority of the court or tend to interfere course of any judicial proceedings
Curative Petition:
• A review petition may be filed in SC after delivery of its judgment; Court may review the case under its inherent power but on very restricted grounds
• The petition 1st has to circulate to a bench of 3 senior most judges & judges who passed the judgment complained of.
Others Powers of SC:
• Make rules regarding procedure & practice of court
• Can recommend removal of members of UPSC to the President
• Power to review the laws passed by the legislature & orders issued by executives & to declare them ultra vires if they contravene any of the provisions of the constitution
• It must be noted that SC can not pronounce upon the constitutionality of any law or executive’s action on its own. It can only pronounce judgment, when said law or executive action is actually challenged by someone
• The ultimate authority to interpret the constitution also rest with SC , which has been described as mouth piece of Indian constitution.

APPOINTMENT & TRANSFER OF JUDGES – BY NATIONAL JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION

Composition of the NJAC – 6 members:
• Chief Justice of India (Chairperson, ex officio)
• Two other senior judges of the Supreme Court next to the Chief Justice of India – ex officio
• The Union Minister of Law and Justice, ex-officio
• Two eminent persons (one of which would be from the SC or ST or OBC or Minority communities or a woman ), for 3 yrs, not eligible for re-nomination, to be nominated by a committee consisting of :
– Chief Justice of India
– Prime Minister of India
– Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha ( where there is no such Leader of Opposition, then, the Leader of single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha)
Functions of the Commission:
• Recommending persons to president for appointment as:
– Chief Justice of India,
– Judges of the Supreme Court,
– Chief Justices of High Courts and other Judges of High Courts.
• Recommending transfer of Chief Justices and other Judges of High Courts from one High Court to any other High Court.
• Ensuring that the persons recommended are of ability and integrity.
Evolving System:

Lokpal and Lokayukta


Lokpal and Lokayukta

The ‘Lokpal’ is the central governing body that has jurisdiction over all members of parliament and central government employees in case of corruption. Whereas, the ‘Lokayukta’ is similar to the Lokpal, but functions on a state level.  Scope of the ‘Lokpal’ is based on a national government level basis and the scope of the ‘Lokayukta’ relied on a state level.
The main function is to address complaints of corruption, to make inquiries, investigations, and to conduct trials for the case on respective state and central government with having responsibility to help in curbing the corruption in the central and state government.
Salient features of the Act
1. The Lokpal to consist of a Chairperson and a maximum of eight Members, of which fifty percent shall be judicial Members. Fifty per cent of members of Lokpal shall be from amongst SC, ST, OBCs, Minorities and Women.
2. The selection of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal shall be through a Selection Committee consisting of –
a) Prime Minister;
b) Speaker of Lok Sabha;
c) Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha;
d) Chief Justice of India or a sitting Supreme Court Judge nominated by CJI;
e) An eminent jurist to be nominated by the President of India
3. A Search Committee will assist the Selection Committee in the process of selection.  Fifty per cent of members of the Search Committee shall also be from amongst SC, ST, OBCs, Minorities and Women.
4. Lokpal’s jurisdiction will cover all categories of public servants including Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ officers and employees of Government.  On complaints referred to CVC by Lokpal, CVC will send its report of Preliminary enquiry in respect of Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ officers back to Lokpal for further decision.  With respect to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ employees, CVC will proceed further in exercise of its own powers under the CVC Act subject to reporting and review by Lokpal.
5. All entities receiving donations from foreign source in the context of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in excess of Rs. 10 lakhs per year are brought under the jurisdiction of Lokpal.
6. Lokpal will have power of superintendence and direction over any investigation agency including CBI for cases referred to them by Lokpal.
7. A high powered Committee chaired by the Prime Minister will recommend selection of the Director, CBI.
8. Attachment and confiscation of property of public servants acquired by corrupt means, even while prosecution is pending.
Enquiry procedure
The Lokpal’s inquiry wing is required to inquire into complaints within 60 days of their reference.  On considering an inquiry report the Lokpal shall-
(i) order an investigation; (ii) initiate departmental proceedings; or (iii) close the case and proceed against the complainant for making a false and frivolous complaint.  The investigation shall be completed within 6 months.  The Lokpal may initiate prosecution through its Prosecution Wing before the Special Court set up to adjudicate cases.  The trial shall be completed within a maximum of two years.
The recent amendment has amended Section 44.
Now the every public servantshall make declaration of their assets and liabilities in the form and manner as prescribed by government. It has abolished the previous 30 days timeline.
b) Gives extension of the time given to public servants and trustees and board members of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to declare their assets and those of their spouses.

Gender Budgeting


Gender Budgeting

Gender Budgeting is a powerful tool for achieving gender mainstreaming so as to ensure that benefits of development reach women as much as men. It is a tool for gender empowerment. (Gender empowerment includes opening up access to decision-making processes that make women to perceive themselves as able and entitled to occupy decision-making space).
Gender Budgeting was introduced by the government in 2005-06 in order to ensure that policy commitments are backed by financial outlays and that the gender perspective is incorporated in all stages of a policy or a programme.
The purpose of GB is to ensure the translation of Government’s policy commitments on gender equity into budgetary allocations.
The Gender Budgetary allocations of the Union Government are reflected in two parts. The first part- Part A includes Schemes with 100% allocation for women while Part B of the Statement includes Schemes/Programmes with 30% to 99% allocation for women.
A gender-sensitive budget aims at examining budgetary resource allocations through a gender lens. It is not a separate budget for women; rather it is a dissection of the government budget to establish its gender-specific impact and to translate gender commitments into budgetary commitments. It also examines the gendered incidence of budgetary policies for effective targeting of public spending, and offsetting any undesirable gender-specific consequences of previous budgetary measures.
There are a range of different actors who can be involved in Gender Budgeting. They have different roles and carryout different activities. Some of them are:
• Ministry of Finance (both at the Centre &State)
• Ministry of Women & Child Development/Social Welfare Department
• Comptroller and Auditor General of India /Local Audit Departments
• Sectoral ministries like Health, Education, Labour, Agriculture, Power, Roadways, Urban Development, etc.
• Researchers, Economists and Statisticians
• Civil Society Organizations and Budget Groups
• Parliamentarians, Budget Committees of both Houses, and other representatives of the people at district and sub-district levels.
• Media
• Development Partners/Donors etc.
But many misleading and patriarchal assumptions limit the scope of Gender Budgeting. Sectors such as Water Supply, Sanitation, and Food & Public Distribution still remain outside the purview of the Gender Budgeting Statement.

Street Light National Programme


Street Light National Programme

Government has launched Street Light National Programme in about 100 cities to convert 3.5 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights.
This would result in annual energy saving of 900 crore units and the total cost savings of municipalities every year will be Rs 5,500 crore.
The scheme/programme will be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (under the administrative control of Ministry of Power.
The objectives of the initiative are:
  • To mitigate climate change by implementing energy efficient LED based street lighting
  • To reduce energy consumption in lighting which helps DISCOMs to manage peak demand
  • To provide a sustainable service model that obviates the need for upfront capital investment as well as additional revenue expenditure to pay for procurement of LED lights
  • To enhance municipal services at no upfront capital cost of municipalities
The advantages of LED lighting over CFLs are:
  • LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs.
  • LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent bulbs.
  • LEDs are solid state lighting devices that utilize semiconductor material instead of a filament or neon gas. Hence more durable than CFLs.
  • LED lights are offered in a variety of base colors such as Red, Green, Blue and Amber.

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