October 18, 2021

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Union Cabinet extends Swachh Bharat, AMRUT schemes by 5 years

The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday approved nutrient-based subsidy rates for Phosphatic & Potassic (P&K) fertiliser for the rabi season, offering a net subsidy of ₹28,655 crore.

Separately, the Union cabinet approved continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (urban) and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for five years till 2025-26.

The CCEA also cleared inclusion of potash derived from molasses under the nutrient-based subsidy scheme. The new rates will be applicable from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. The fixed subsidy on of Di-ammonium

is being raised to ₹1,650 per bag from ₹1,200 now.

“This will enable smooth availability of all P&K fertilisers to the farmers during rabi season 2021-22 at the subsidised / affordable prices and support the agricultural sector by continuing the present subsidy levels and giving special packages of additional subsidy for DAP and three mostly consumed NPK grades,” the government said. The package includes special one-time additional subsidy on DAP at an additional cost of about ₹5,716 crore.

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AMRUT 2.0

The AMRUT 2.0 will target universal coverage of water supply by providing household tap connections in all 4,378 statutory towns and 100% coverage of household sewerage/ septage management in 500 AMRUT cities.

The total incentive allocation for the scheme is ₹2.77 lakh crore.

The government said the schemes aims to make cities ‘water secure’ and ‘self-sustainable’ through circular economy of water.

Launched in June 2015, AMRUT aimed to improve ease of living to citizens in 500 cities by providing tap connections and sewer connections. Under the scheme, 1.1 crore household tap connections and 85 lakh sewer/ septage connections have been provided so far and 6,000 MLD sewage treatment capacity is being developed.

AMRUT 2.0 will target universal coverage. “The mission will be monitored on a robust technology-based portal. The projects will be geo-tagged. There will be an endeavor to make it a paper-less Mission,” the government said. “Entrepreneurs/ start-ups will be encouraged in water eco-system.”

SWACHH BHARAT (Urban) 2.0

The extended scheme will target complete elimination of open defecation, including fecal sludge management in all cities with less than 1 lakh population, eradication of hazardous entry into sewers and septic tanks and will ensure untreated wastewater does not pollute water bodies.

The financial outlay for Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) till 2025-26 is ₹1,41,600 crore, including central share of ₹36,465 crore for 2021-22 to 2025-26. The outlay for the last phase of the mission was ₹62,009 crore.

The mission will require all cities to achieve at least 3-star garbage-free certification.

“There will be special focus on well-being on sanitation and informal waste workers through provision of personal protective equipment and safety kits, linkages with government welfare schemes along with their capacity building,” the government said.

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