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Memorandum of Understanding Current Affairs March 4th Week 2021

Agreement Signed for Milan-2T

The Ministry of Defense`s Department of Procurement and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a National Defense Public Undertaking (DPSU), have signed a contract to supply the Indian Army with MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) 
♦ Milan-2T is a Tandem Warhead ATGM with a range of 1,850 metres designed by BDL under licence from the French MBDA missile system. 
♦ These warheads can be fired from both the ground and from vehicles.
♦ For offensive and defensive missions, these can also be used as anti-tank weapons. 
♦ The addition of these missiles would improve the armed forces` operational readiness, which is expected to be completed in three years. 
♦ This is a step in the direction of the Defense Department`s "Atmanirbhar Bharat" objective. 
MoC Between India And Japan:
The Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Japan and India in the field of water resources. 
♦ The MoC was signed by India`s Ministry of Jal Shakti`s Department of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation and Japan`s Ministry of Land, Transport, Infrastructure, and Tourism`s Water Disaster Management Bureau. 
♦ The aim of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) is to establish long-term cooperation in the fields of water and delta management, as well as water technology, in order to increase information, expertise, technology, and scientific joint experience, as well as to implement joint projects between the two countries. 
♦ The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) aids in the improvement of irrigation facilities, the attainment of water protection, and the long-term production of water supplies.

MOU has been signed for the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP):

Representatives from the State Pollution Control Boards, Urban Municipal Institutions, and the Institute of Reputation (IoR) signed the Memorandum of Understanding, which included 132 specified cities in implementing the National Clean Air Programme`s action plan for cities (NCAP). 
♦ The National Clean Air Policy (NCAP) is a long-term, time-limited national strategy aimed at solving air pollution problems across India. 
♦ Its aim is to reduce particulate matter concentrations by 20 percent to 30 percent by 2024. (using 2017 as the base year). 
♦ As a technical advisory group, a national expertise network of leading air quality experts has been formed to support activities under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) and direct local IoR in air quality research.

Memorandum of Understanding Current Affairs March 2nd Week 2021

MoU signed for Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme:

Under the current Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and the Central Silk Board aims to develop a model for the integration of agriculture and forestry in the silk sector.
♦ The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding aims to enable farmers to follow a sericulture-based agro-forestry model, thereby contributing to the development of Indian manufacturing and the Prime Minister`s global vision. 
♦ This link will give agriculture and forestry a new dimension, allowing growers to earn higher returns and supporting the development of India`s popular silk series. 
♦ The production of agroforestry in the silk industry will be promoted by the Central Silk Board. 
About Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF): 
♦ The programme has been in place since 2016-16 and is based on guidelines from the 2014 National Agroforestry Policy. 
♦ In 20 states and two UTs, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation, and Farmer Welfare is implementing the programme.
♦ The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture is in charge of this sub-mission (NMSA).
♦ SMAF aims to encourage farmers to plant multi-purpose trees together with agricultural crops for: 
♦ Climate resilience 
♦ Additional source of income to the farmers 
♦ Enhanced raw materials for the wood and herbal medicine industry 
♦ As a result, in addition to long-term wood species usage, a concerted effort to include medicinal, fruit, fodder, tree-borne oil seeds, lac host, and other uses is needed.
♦ Mulberry, Asan, Arjuna, Som, Soalu, Kesseru, BadaKesseru, Phanat, and other sericulture host plants will be planted as block plantations and farmland boundaries or surrounding plantations.