Website namely ‘Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot’ was launched on 14 October 2022 for contribution towards Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund for providing financial assistance to the families of soldiers who are injured or died during military operations.
However, the fund has been in existence since the year 2016.
Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot website has been launched, so that the spirited Indian citizens, corporates, banks and premier organisation can directly make their contributions towards Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (AFBCWF), for providing immediate financial assistance to the families of soldiers who have scarified their lives or injured during military operations.
Defence Industrial Corridors
To achieve Aatmanirbharta and realise the goal of ‘Make in India’, Government of India has established two Defence Industrial Corridors (DICs) in the country, one in Uttar Pradesh and other in Tamil Nadu.
06 (six) nodes viz. Agra, Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Kanpur and Lucknow have been identified for developing Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC).
Similarly, 05 (five) nodes viz. Chennai, Coimbatore, Hosur, Salem, and Tiruchirappalli identified for developing Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor (TNDIC).
Government intends to develop defence manufacturing ecosystem having conducive conditions including supply chain for giving push to production and testing & certification to create economies of scale and facilitate development of internationally competitive enterprises in the country.
Steel Scrap Recycling Policy
Government has notified the Steel Scrap Recycling Policy in November 2019.
The policy provides a framework to facilitate and promote establishment of metal scrapping centres in India for scientific processing and recycling of ferrous scrap generated from various sources.
The decision to set up scrapping centres by Public Sector Units /Private Sector is taken based on commercial considerations.
Recycled steel is used as an input in steel making process as scrap.
Scrap is used as a charge mix in the production of Crude Steel via Electric Arc Furnace (EAF), Induction Furnace (IF) and Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) routes.
The current requirement of scrap in total Crude Steel production of 120 million tonnes (MT) in the country is approximately 30 MT [26 MT domestically generated scrap + 4 MT imports of scrap].