86. Critical path indicates which one of the following?

  • Option : C
  • Explanation : The Critical Path Method or CPM is a network analysis technique concerned with planning and controlling of complex, but routine projects. Simply, Critical path method is generally used for the projects whose time duration is known with certainty and also the amount of resources required for the completion of the project is assumed to be known.
    The Critical Path method is deterministic in nature, since the required amount of resources and the time needed for the completion of the whole project is known, and is mainly used in the construction projects. This method was developed by Du Pont Company and the Univac Division of Remington Rand Corporation as a technique for controlling the maintenance of chemical plants.
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88. Options for the following two statements regarding infrastructural services in the country, choose the correct code for the statements being correct or incorrect.
Statement I: Most infrastructure services are provided by public monopolies which generally suffer with severe problems like lack of accountability, low productivity, poor financial performance and over-employment.
Statement II: There is a need now to induce more private sector investment and participation in provision of social overheads as it may encourage better risk sharing, accountability, monitoring and management of infrastructure sector.

  • Option : B
  • Explanation : Infrastructure Bottlenecks
    Quantitatively, India is rich in transport and communication network but qualitatively it is poor. The industries face shortage of raw materials. To meet this problem, they are located near the source of raw material which may not be richly endowed in terms of other factors of production. In our country, the position of power supply is poor and uncertain. Hence, both agriculture and industries fail to utilise their full capacity. Our economy also suffers from bureaucratic bottlenecks. The time lag in completion of projects, due to procedural hold ups inflates the total cost of the project and makes them financially unviable.
    Its Remedy
    Most infrastructure services in India have until recently been provided by public monopolies and quasi-monopolies and have been faced by several problems like lack of accountability, low productivity, poor financial performance and over-employment. In older to meet the challenges of rapid economic growth and international competitiveness, there is an urgent need to achieve greater efficiency and accountability in these sectors, much greater prevalence of commercial principles and much more competition in the provision and operation of infrastructure services. As the Government’s ability to undertake investment in infrastructure is severely constrained, it is necessary to induce much more private sector investment and participation in the provision of infrastructural services. The entry of private suppliers can also encourage better risk sharing, accountability, monitoring and. management in infrastructure sectors. The Government has, however, already introduced several structural reforms in the infrastructural sectors.
    Government Steps
    The Union Government has recently taken steps to upgrade infrastructure and bring Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in infrastructure. This is a step in right direction. In this era of globalisation and liberalism, to maintain the competitive edge, we need to modernise and upgrade our infrastructure.
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