The Government, in an effort to reduce schools’ dependency on the importation of fossil fuels to create energy, will spend approximately $120 million on the implementation of projects in schools under the Solar Systems Project.Details have been outlined in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 15.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion. The Solar Systems Project aims to reduce this number through the consumption by schools.According to the Estimates, the National Education Trust Limited (NET) will be responsible for the implementation of the project, which will provide alternative energy, including solar, from photovoltaic systems to schools across the island in an effort to lessen the dependence on the Jamaica Public Service Company and reduce the current electricity bill at schools by 40 to 70 per cent.Some of the targets under the project include complete retrofitting, upgrade and repair to roofs with solar systems at schools that have already been assessed; the payment of fees to the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) of approximately $15 million, and the development of Business Case and Cabinet Approval to proceed to Transaction Stage of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).The NET, which is responsible for the implementation of the projects on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is a Government of Jamaica company, which is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation that mobilises financial and quality resources for schools in Jamaica.
Krishnagar: Accusing the Centre of running parallel governments in states, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that her government will withdraw from the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme.Addressing a gathering at Krishnagar Government College ground after giving away prizes to the winners of the first Jaltarang Sports festival, she said letters bearing the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with health cards under Ayushman Bharat scheme were being sent to individuals. The logo embossed on the letter is a lotus which is also the official party symbol of the BJP. “This is cheating. Where is the budget to provide medical assistance to the beneficiaries,” she wondered and added: “The Centre collects various kinds of taxes from the states and gives back a percentage of the collected amount. Thus, the states have a share. But the BJP is projecting it in such a manner as if it is giving the medical assistance to them.” Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe Chief Minister said under the Constitution, health, education and law and order are State subjects and she failed to understand why the Centre is intervening into the matter. “What does Modi think of himself? Is he trying to run parallel governments in the states? I will request all the states to intensify vigil and stop this nasty practice,” she said. Banerjee further added: “The new government in Delhi will ensure that the federal structure in our country is strengthened. ” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said in case of crop insurance of the farmers, the Centre gives only 20 percent of the premium and publishes the picture of the Prime Minister to give a message to the farmers as if the BJP is giving the money to them. “We have decided to pay the premium on our own and have paid Rs 625 crore in 2018. Everywhere the BJP is playing dirty politics to mislead people,” she maintained. Banerjee said 10 percent reservation for economically challenged general caste “is another big hoax. Modi is lying to the masses and whenever an election comes, the quantum of lies go up. Have you received Rs 15 lakh which he had announced before the 2014 election.” She alleged that Modi has destroyed the institutions like CBI, ED and even RBI. “He has a big mouth and talks a lot. He should buy two mirrors — one to see his face and the other to see him talking. Even when he gives speeches in English, they are manipulated. When we speak, we make mistakes but we never use technology to project ourselves as flamboyant orators.” Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Kanyashree University and said a country can make progress if girls are looked after properly. She added that Kanyashree has helped girls to pursue higher education and a day will come when girls from Bengal will reach the top in every sphere of life.