Standards & Labelling Programme
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency initiated the Standards & Labelling programme for equipment and appliances in 2006 to provide the consumer an informed choice about the energy saving and thereby the cost saving potential of the relevant marketed product.
The equipment/appliances are given a star rating of one to five; five stars being the most energy efficient.
The scheme is invoked for 21 equipment/appliances including 7 for which it is mandatory.
Some of the equipment/appliances covered under this programme include frost free (no frost) refrigerators, tubular fluorescent lamps (TFLs), room air-conditioners, direct cool refrigerators, distribution transformers, induction motors, pump sets, ceiling fans, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves, electric geysers, ballasts, computers, office equipment, and colour televisions.
DBT in kerosene
Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene. Under the DBTK Scheme, PDS kerosene is being sold at non-subsidised price, and, subsidy, as admissible, is being transferred to consumers directly into their bank accounts.
This initiative was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on the lines of a similar DBT programme for LPG subsidy.
It aims at rationalising subsidy based on the approach to cut subsidy leakages but not the subsidy.
National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP)
The NMEP primarily aims at accelerating the exploration activity in the country through enhanced participation of the private sector.
The policy seeks to uncover full mineral potential in order to put the nation’s mineral resources (non-fuel and non-coal) to best use and maximize sectoral contribution to the Indian economy.
The Union Ministry of Mines will carry out auctioning of identified exploration blocks for exploration by private sector.
It will be done on the revenue sharing basis in case their exploration leads to auctionable resources. The revenue will be borne by the successful bidder of those auctionable blocks.
A National Geoscientific Data Repository (NGDR) will be set up to collate all
baseline and mineral exploration information generated by various central and state government agencies and maintain these on a geospatial database. Government proposes to establish a not-for-profit autonomous institution known as the National Centre for Mineral Targeting (NCMT) in collaboration with scientific and research bodies, universities and industry for scientific and technological research to address the mineral exploration challenges in the country.