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PIB Daily – 4th January 2020 – IASToppers

FAME India Phase II; 25th meeting of Western Zonal Council (WZC); Zonal Councils; Patola Sarees; etc.
By IASToppers
January 04, 2020


Polity & Governance

  • 25th meeting of Western Zonal Council (WZC)

Government Schemes & Policies

  • FAME India Phase II

Key Facts for Prelims

  • Patola Sarees
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Polity & Governance

25th meeting of Western Zonal Council (WZC)

The 25th meet of the council will be held in January in Mumbai, under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Maharashtra to present plan on women’s cyber safety

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray will co-chair the next meeting of the Western Zonal Council (WZC), which will have women safety on top of the agenda.


  • The Maharashtra cyber department and district-level police across the state will be conducting a week-long campaign — ‘Cyber Safe Women’ — in more than 100 schools and colleges to guide women on how to stay safe in the cyber space.

Cyber dept launches campaign to help women stay safe on Internet 2

  • The department launched the campaign on January 3 on the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule, a social reformer and educationalist, who is regarded as the first woman teacher of India.
  • It is aimed to create awareness among women and children and inform them about the law, their rightshow to stay safe while using social media and Internet and what precautions they need to take.


  • The Western Zonal Council functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • It comprises of the States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
  • West Zonal Council has been instrumental in giving impetus to the Indian economy as the States of the Zone are contributing around 24% to the GDP and 45% to the total exports of the country.


Zonal councils 2

  • Zonal Councils are advisory councils and are made up of the states of India have been grouped into six zones to foster cooperation among them. They are: 
    • Northern Zonal Council
    • North-Central Zonal Council
    • North-Eastern Zonal Council
    • Eastern Zonal Council
    • Western Zonal Council
    • Southern Zonal Council
  • Five Zonal Councils were set up under the States Reorganisation Act, 1956 for the North, Central, Eastern, Southern and Western.
  • The North Eastern States’ problems are addressed by another statutory body – The North Eastern Council, created by the North Eastern Council Act, 1971.


  • Each Zonal Council is an advisory body and may discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in that Council have a common interest and advise the Central Government and the Government of each State concerned as to the action to be taken on any such matter.
  • In particular, a Zonal Council may discuss, and make recommendations with regard to:
    • Any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning;
    • Any matter concerning border disputes, linguistic minorities or inter-State transport;
    • Any matter connected with or arising out of, the re-organization of the States under the States’ Reorganisation Act.
[Ref: PIB]


Government Schemes & Policies

FAME India Phase II

To give a further push to clean mobility in Road Transport Sector, the Department of Heavy Industries has sanctioned 2636 charging stations in 62 cities across 24 States/UTs under FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India) scheme phase II.

Govt approves 2636 EV charging stations in Phase-II to Fame India Scheme


  • The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 is a National Mission document providing the vision and the roadmap for the faster adoption of electric vehicles and their manufacturing in the country.

FAME India 1

  • As part of the NEMMP 2020, Department of Heavy Industry formulated a Scheme– Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) in the year 2015.
  • It was aimed to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicle technology and to ensure sustainable growth of the same.
  • The Phase-I of this Scheme was initially launched for a period of 2 years, commencing from 1st April 2015, which was subsequently extended from time to time and the last extension was allowed up to 31st March 2019.
  • The 1st Phase of FAME India Scheme was implemented through four focus areas namely

(i) Demand Creation, (ii) Technology Platform, (iii) Pilot Project and (iv) Charging Infrastructure.

  • Market creation through demand incentives was aimed at incentivizing all vehicle segments i.e. 2-Wheelers, 3-Wheelers Auto, Passenger 4-Wheeler vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses.
  • The government supported more than 2.78 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles with a total fund allocation of Rs 529 crore under FAME I.


  • The Department of Heavy Industry notified Phase-II of the FAME Scheme, with an outlay of Rs. 10,000 Crore for a period of 3 years commencing from 1st April 2019.

FAME 2 scheme

  • Phase-II will mainly focus on supporting the electrification of public and shared transportation and aims to support through subsidies 7,000 e-Buses, five lakh electric three-wheelers, 55,000 electric four-wheeler passenger cars and 10 lakh electric two-wheelers.
  • There will be greater emphasis on providing affordable and environment-friendly public transportation options with more focus on vehicles used for public transport or those registered for commercial purposes.
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicles and those with a sizeable lithium-ion battery and electric motor will also be included in the scheme and support will be offered depending on the size of the battery.
  • The centre will invest in setting up charging stations, with the active participation of public sector units and private players.
[Ref: PIB, Business Standard]


Key Facts for Prelims

Patola Sarees

Historic initiative taken by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), a first Silk Processing Plant was inaugurated at Surendranagar in Gujarat.

Patola Sarees

  • It would help cut down the cost of production of silk yarn drastically and increase the sale and availability of raw material for Gujarati Patola Sarees locally.


  • The move serves twin objectives; one boost sales of Patola Sarees by making silk more ready available at a low cost and second generating livelihood and employment for economically backwards Surendranagar district.
  • Reason being the raw material silk yarn is purchased from Karnataka or West Bengal, where silk processing units are situated, thus increasing the cost of the fabric manifolds.
  • Now, the cocoons will be brought from Karnataka and West Bengal and Silk yarn will be processed in house.


  • Patola is the trademark Saree of Gujarat, is considered to be very costly and worn only by the Royals or the Aristocrat.

Patola Sarees 2

  • It is a double ikat woven sari,usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India.
  • It has received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2013.
[Ref: PIB]
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