Task Force Current Affairs - 2019

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Centre sets up Task Force for drawing up National Infrastructure Pipeline

Central government constituted a task force for drawing up a roadmap for ‘National Infrastructure Pipeline’ (NIP) of Rs.100 lakh crore from financial year 2019-20 to 2024-25. The Task Force is headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty would cover greenfield and brownfield projects costing above `Rs.100 crore each.

About Task Force

Objective:

To identify technically feasible and economically viable infrastructure projects that can be initiated during current fiscal year.

Task force would draw up a list of infrastructure projects that can be set rolling in 2019-20 as it looks at steps to tide over the economic slowdown.

Focus Areas of Task Force

Task Force will work on listing projects that can be included in pipeline for each of remaining 5 years. It would draw up a list of infrastructure projects and look for financially and technically viable projects that can be started in 2019-20.

It will also estimate annual infrastructure investment costs and guide ministries in identifying appropriate sources of financing as well as monitor projects to ensure minimisation of cost and time overrun. Although each ministry would be responsible for monitoring their respective projects in terms of cost and deadlines but the task force will suggest measures to monitor projects so that cost and time overrun is minimised.

Panel would also enable marketing of projects in pipeline through National Investment and Infrastructure Fund and India Investment Grid, among others.

It will submit its report by 31 October for fiscal year 2019-20 and on indicative pipeline for fiscal years 2021-25 by 31 December 2019.

Challenges:

To achieve gross domestic product (GDP) of $5 trillion by 2024-25, India needs to spend about $1.4 trillion (Rs.100 lakh crore) over these years on infrastructure. In past decade (FY 2008-17), India invested about $1.1 trillion on infrastructure.

To step-up annual infrastructure investment so that lack of infrastructure does not become a binding constraint Indian economy’s growth.

Task Force on Establishment of CDRI submits report to MHA

The Task Force constituted on “Establishing a Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)” has submitted its report to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Task Force was constituted by MHA in August, 2017 and was headed by Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Key Facts

Task force in its report provides step-by-step implementation plan and analysis in order to build and operationalize CDRI. It includes business case for CDRI, analysis of best practices of international partnerships in disaster risk and other thematic areas lead by India, preliminary design of coalition and roll-out plan.

Background

During Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held in New Delhi in November 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had outlined 10-point Agenda for disaster risk reduction. Under the first agenda, India had committed to work with other partner countries and key stakeholders to build coalition or centre for promoting disaster resilient infrastructure in the region. This was to generate new knowledge for hazard risk assessment, disaster resilient technologies and mechanism for integrating risk reduction in infrastructure financing. With a view to take this agenda further forward, MHA had constituted Task Force. It was mandated to prepare its report on establishing CDRI.