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  • 23 Mar 2024
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India’s First SSLNG Plant in Madhya Pradesh

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Recently, the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas dedicated to the nation India’s first small-scale liquefied natural gas (SSLNG) unit at GAIL (India) Ltd’s in Vijaipur, Madhya Pradesh.

Key Points

  • The government aims to increase the share of natural gas in its primary energy mix to 15% by 2030 from a little more than 6% at present.
    • This is because natural gas is far less polluting than conventional hydrocarbons like coal and oil; it is also cheaper than oil, more than 85% of India’s requirement for which is met through costly imports.
    • Natural gas is seen as a key transition fuel in India’s journey towards green energy and future fuels.
  • However, a major challenge in scaling up gas consumption lies in the transportation of gas to places that are not connected by the country’s natural gas pipeline grid.
  • Small-Scale Liquefied Natural Gas (SSLNG):
    • It refers to the liquefaction of natural gas and its transportation using unconventional means in a significantly smaller-scale operation than the usual large-scale liquefaction, regasification, and transportation infrastructure and processes.
    • The SSLNG chain can start from a large-scale LNG import terminal from where the LNG, instead of being regasified and supplied through pipelines, can be transported to consumers by cryogenic road tankers or small vessels.
    • The chain can also start at locations with ample natural gas supply or production, where small liquefaction plants can be set up.
      • The SSLNG unit at Vijaipur, which is GAIL’s largest gas processing facility, is an example of the latter kind of location.

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Justice Satyendra Kumar Singh Sworn in as New Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh

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Recently, Justice Satyendra Kumar Singh was appointed as the new Lokayukta (anti-corruption ombudsman) of Madhya Pradesh.

Key Points

  • He took the oath of office in the ceremony administered by Governor Mangubhai Patel at Raj Bhavan.


  • The Lokayukta is the Indian Parliamentary Ombudsman, executed into power, through and for, each of the State Governments of India.
  • It is an anti-corruption authority. The object of the Lokayukta system in a state is to investigate grievances, allegations against public servants.
  • The origin of the Lokayukta can be drawn to the Ombudsman in Scandinavian countries.
  • In India, the Administrative Reforms Commission, (1966-70), had recommended the creation of the Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta in the states.
  • Before the passing of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in 2013, several states in India passed laws for creating the Institution of 'Lokayukta'.
    • Maharashtra was first in this respect with its Lokayukta body established in 1971.

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