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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Vehicle Scrappage Policy:21

Why in News?

The Finance Minister has announced the voluntary vehicle scrappage policy. It aims at phasing out old and unfit vehicles.

Aim:

  • Scrappage policy will encourage fuel-efficient, environment-friendly vehicles on the road.
  • Thereby it will reduce vehicular pollution and the oil import bill
  • Under the policy, vehicles would undergo fitness tests after a certain period of time. In the case of personal vehicles, the duration is 20 years.
  • In the case of commercial vehicles, this duration is 15 years.
  • Each fitness test will cost approximately Rs 40,000.
  • Other than that, old vehicles will have to pay green tax and road tax.
  • If a vehicle fails a fitness test, it will not get a renewal certificate and won’t be able to run on the road.

Importance:

  • The government has announced the policy with the view that this scouring policy will encourage the sale of new vehicles.
  • Automotive manufacturers are also exploring vehicle scouring options.
  • This can develop a separate industry which in turn will create more employment opportunities.

Facts for Prelims

(Sigur Plateau)

  1. Recently the Supreme Court upheld the authority of the Tamil Nadu government to notify an elephant corridor through the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
  2. This corridor is located in the Masinaguri region in the ecologically sensitive Sigur plateau.
  3. Sigur plateau is located in the northern part of the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu.
  4. This plateau connects the Western and Eastern Ghats.
  5. Nilgiri hills on its south-west side and Moyar river valley are located in its north-eastern part.

 

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