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India to privatise discoms in all Union Territories, explore PPP across states

India will privatize electricity distribution companies (discoms) in all its eight union territories and explore public-private partnerships for power distribution in some states, Union power minister said. The Centre has informed the Union territories about the decision. Unlike discoms in states governed by the respective state governments, those in Union territories are directly administered by the central government.  Ministry of Power will put in place a distribution system which is based on totally open, transparent, competitive, commercial principles.

Govt modifies public procurement norms to give more preference to local suppliers

The government has modified public procurement norms to give maximum preference to companies whose goods and services have 50 per cent or more local content, a move aimed at promoting 'Make in India' and making the country self-reliant. The revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017, has introduced a concept of Class-I, II and non-local suppliers, based on which they will get preference in government purchases of goods and services.

India moves up to 74th position on Global Energy Transition Index

World Economic Forum (WEF) announced that India has moved up two positions and has ranked 74th on a global energy transition index. WEF released the annual rankings on May 13, 2020. With a better ranking, India has shown improvement in key parameters of economic security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. WEF is a Geneva-based international organization that is for public and private cooperation. Releasing the ranking it further stated that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will compromise the transition to clean energy by both the developed and developing countries.

DST constitutes joint Science Communication Forum to promote common policy & best practices

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has constituted a joint Science Communication Forum with a view to facilitate interaction, cooperation, and coordination amongst various public sector science communication institutions and agencies. The Forum brings together science communication efforts spread across various institutions and can help adoption of a common policy and best practices at a wider scale, ultimately aiming towards a national science communication framework. It is represented by senior officials from various central ministries and departments, including Agriculture, Health, Culture, Defense, Space, Atomic Energy, and Information & Broadcasting, in addition to Science & Technology.