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  • Centre to launch NEAT AI learning scheme to boost higher education

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    The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has announced a new National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Artificial Intelligence (AI) scheme. MHRD will start awareness programmes to create awareness of the NEAT solutions to teachers and students. The NEAT AI scheme will be launched and made operationalized in early November 2019. Aim: The scheme aims to boost better learning outcomes in Higher Education. The scheme will ensure to use Artificial Intelligence which will make learning more personalized and customized as per the requirements of the learner.  Implementation: The scheme requires the development of technologies in adaptive learning to address the diversity of learners. MHRD is to take support from a number of start-up companies and bring them under a common platform so that learners can access it easily.  For the implementation of the scheme, MHRD has proposed to create a National Alliance with technology developing EdTech companies through a Public-private partnership (PPP) model. The Ministry will shortlist the EdTech companies and sign MoUs for the technical implementation of the project. The selected EdTech companies will develop solutions and manage the registration of learners through the NEAT portal.  Features of the scheme: ♦ MHRD will ensure that the solutions are freely available to a large number of economically backward students. ♦ It will create and maintain a National NEAT AI platform that would provide one-stop access to these technological solutions. ♦ The NEAT portal will be free to charge fees as per the Ministry's policy.  ♦ Also, as a part of the contribution, the EdTech companies will be offering free coupons to the extent of 25% of the total registrations for their solution through the NEAT portal. The free coupons for learning will be distributed to the most socially/economically backward students. Committee: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is to implement an agency for the NEAT programme. The Apex Committee constituted by MHRD will administer the implementation of the scheme. It will also provide guidance for the EdTech companies. To evaluate the implementation of the project and select the EdTech solutions an Independent Expert Committees would be constituted.

    PMMVY achieved a milestone by reaching 1 crore beneficiaries

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    Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) has achieved a significant milestone by crossing 1 crore beneficiaries. So far, Centre has disbursed a total amount of Rs.4,000 crores to the beneficiaries under the scheme. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana: PMMVY is a direct benefit transfer (DBT) is a flagship scheme of the Government for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Under this scheme, cash benefits are provided to pregnant women in their bank account directly. It aims to meet enhanced nutritional needs and partially compensate for wage loss.  The scheme was effectively implemented from 1st January 2017. Under the Scheme, Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) will receive a cash benefit of Rs.5,000 in three installments. It is expected to fulfill various conditionality namely early registration of pregnancy, ante-natal check-up, and registration of the birth of the child and completion of the first cycle of vaccination for the first living child of the family. Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) also provides a cash incentive for the eligible beneficiaries. Thus, on average, a woman gets Rs.6,000. Implementation of the scheme: Central and the State governments monitor the implementation of the scheme through PMMVY-CAS. PMMVY-CAS is a web-based software application which interoperates with UIDAI and Public Financial Management System (PFMS) to authenticate the unique beneficiaries and their Bank Accounts. The top five states and Union Territories (UT) to implement the scheme are Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli, and Rajasthan. The scheme is yet to be implemented in Odisha and Telangana.

    Maharashtra CM approved Rs.1680 cr water supply scheme for Aurangabad

    September 15, 2019
    The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has approved Rs.1680 crore to water supply scheme for Aurangabad town in the Marathwada region. Around 16lakh people of Aurangabad are going to be benefitted by this water supply scheme from the Jayakwadi dam. Objective: The Water inadequacy is probably going issue within the Marathwada region wherever the BJP is making an attempt to form deep inroads. The elections measure slated to be in October. About Marathwada: The Marathwada is a region in Maharashtra comprising of eight districts that have a low-rainfall space. The region has been reeling underneath drought conditions for the last four years. The cabinet minister had recently approved the first phase of Rs 4,293-crore to Marathwada Water Grid Project to mitigate water woes within the region.

    Ministry of Commerce to introduce a scheme for easier export credit

    September 13, 2019
    Ministry of Commerce and Industry is to introduce a scheme to augment the availability of export credit. The scheme will be at affordable terms and sufficient volume. The scheme will include forex credit. The centre is currently speculating to achieve the target of growing the economy to the $5 trillion level. Aim: The aim will lead to rate dropping to the sub-4% category. It will ease the availability of export credit, especially for small businesses. The Ministry aims to make more export credit in foreign currency by increased exporters. It will raise the share of foreign currency in total export credit much beyond the present level of 50%. Credit plans: RBI reports said, in FY19, the export credit disbursal by public sector banks (PSBs) reduced by 45%  to Rs.156 billion. The reduction id Rs.283 billion compared to the previous year. RBI is currently observing if its foreign exchange (FOREX) reserves can be used for providing a line of credit for swap to good banks for the export credit purpose as it might result in cheaper foreign currency loans.

    PM launched pension schemes in Jharkhand

    September 13, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyaparik Mandhan Yojana and Swarojgar pension schemes in Jharkhand during his visit. During his visit, he also laid the foundation for the new building of Jharkhand Secretariat. About the scheme: ♦ To avail the scheme the beneficiaries must be between 18 and 40 years. All shopkeepers, self-employed persons, and retail traders whose GST turnover is below Rs.1.5 crore will be eligible. ♦ The eligible beneficiary will get Rs.3,000 per month after completing 60 years of age. ♦ In the Union Budget 2019-20, the Central Government has allocated Rs.750 crore for the scheme. Centre also has chosen Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India as a pension fund manager. LIC will be responsible for managing the pension fund, Central recordkeeping agency and responsible for pension payout.

    Sri Lanka new luxury train Pulathisi Express by Indian railways Make in India product flagged off

    September 13, 2019
    India and its southern neighbour Sri Lanka received a boost when a newly Make In India train rake was flagged off from Colombo Fort Railway station. The rake of the train was manufactured in the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Transport Minister Arjuna Ranathunga and Indian envoy to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu flagged off a new train to Polonnaruwa from Colombo Fort Railway station. The train was conducted under an Indian Line of Credit an on-board entertainment system, modular interiors and fully-rotating seats in Air Conditioned Chair cars for passenger comfort. ICF will manufacture six DEMU rakes consisting of 78 coaches in five variants. The order is being jointly executed by RITES and ICF under the India-Sri Lanka economic cooperation agreement. Features of Train The new features include plush interiors, GPS-based passenger information system in all coaches.Halogen-free rubber flooring, individually revolving seats and the individual audio controls for AC class passengers. Each DEMU rake consists of 13 cars in a combination of two driving power cars with economy class seating two driving trailer cars with economy class seating, two air-conditioned chair cars with rotatable seats, two business class chair cars and five economy class coaches.The design of the coaches was finalised as per the customer's choice and ICF has fully geared up to meet the export order in time. The car body along with all interior fittings have been made of authentic stainless steel and special paint has been used on the coaches and under-frame to prevent corrosion. The body of these coaches are painted with special high glass anti-graffiti paint that will be appealing and long lasting.The AC first class coach can accommodate 52 passengers, the economy car can accommodate 90 passengers and the Business class coach has a capacity of 64 passengers.  

    PM Modi lanched National Animal Disease Control Programme

    September 11, 2019
    PM Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The government has announced that it will fund the Rs.12,652 crore for the programme for a period of 5 years till 2024.  Aim: The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 Million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, and pigs against foot and mouth disease (FMD). It also aims to vaccinate 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against Brucellosis disease. The programme has two components:  ♦ to control the diseases by 2025  ♦ to eradicate FMD by 2030 FMD and Brucellosis:   FMD and Brucellosis diseases are very common among the livestock cow-bulls, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs etc. If a cow/buffalo gets infected with FMD, the milk loss is up to 100% which could last for four to six months.  If it is affected by Brucellosis the milk output reduces by 30%, during the entire life cycle of the animal. Brucellosis also causes infertility amongst the animals. The infection of brucellosis can also be transmitted to the farmworkers and livestock owners. Both the diseases will cause a direct negative impact on the trade of milk and other livestock products.

    Prime Minister to Launch Kisan Man Dhan Yojana on the 12th of September

    September 10, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana on the 12th of September at Ranchi, Jharkhand.The Scheme shall secure the lives of 5 Crore Small and Marginal Farmers by providing a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month to attain 60 years of age.The scheme has an outlay of Rs 10,774 Crores for the next three years.The small and marginal farmers who are currently between the ages of 18 to 40 years can apply for the scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall inaugurate 400 Eklavya Model Residential Schools to provide quality upper primary, secondary, and senior secondary level education to ST Students in Tribal dominated areas. The New Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha Building and lay the foundation stone for the New Secretariat Building at Ranchi. He inaugurate the Multi-Modal Terminal at Sahebganj. Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY) is an old age pension scheme for all land holding Small and Marginal Farmers (SMFs) in the country. It is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme for the entry age group of 18 to 40 years. The Scheme is effective from the 9thAugust, 2019.It is voluntary and contributory for farmers in the entry age group of 18 to 40 years and a monthly pension of Rs. 3000/- will be provided to them on attaining the age of 60 years. The farmers will have to make a monthly contribution of Rs.55 to Rs.200, depending on their age of entry, in the Pension Fund till they reach the retirement date i.e. the age of 60 years. The farmers will have to make a monthly contribution of Rs.55 to Rs.200, depending on their age of entry, in the Pension Fund till they reach the retirement date i.e. the age of 60 years.The monthly contributions will fall due on the same day every month as enrolment date. The beneficiaries may alsochose an option to pay theircontributionson quarterly, 4-monthly or half-yearly basis.  

    PM to launch a new initiative to control FMD

    September 8, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to launch a new initiative in the National disease management Programme for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis. Under this scheme, the Centre will allocate Rs.13,500 crore central scheme to control livestock diseases.  Launch of the scheme: The scheme will be launched on 11 September from Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh. On this day, PM also will launch the National AI Programme throughout the event on 11 September in Mathura. Aim : The aim of the Programme is to regulate Foot and Mouth sickness and Brucellosis by 2025 with vaccination and ultimate demolition of FMD by 2030. National disease management Programme: The National disease management Programme for Foot and Mouth sickness and Brucellosis could be a 100% centrally funded program with Rs 12,652 from 2019 to 2024. The programme envisages a hundred percent vaccination coverage of oxen, buffaloes, sheep, goats, and pigs at six months intervals. Workshop: There will be a countywide workshop at the same time at Krishi Vigyan Kendras in all the 687 districts of the country on the subject of vaccination and disease management, Artificial insemination and productivity, etc.

    First IoT in Mini Piped Water Scheme launched at Amingaon

    September 8, 2019
    The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Assam and Piramal Water Pvt Ltd (Piramal Sarvajal), launched a project on the deployment of the first Internet of Things (IoT) solution in single village mini piped water supply scheme. Internet of Things (IoT) The Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers.The solution is a maiden pilot project not only in Assam but all over India. The control unit converts signals from sensors to digital data and sends it to a centralized server. The scheme’s geo-location with its functional status for monitoring various parameters graphically, such as the volume of water extracted from the ground, the volume of water distributed to the village, water quality and groundwater level. The integrated solution will help the PHED in taking necessary corrective or preventive action and thereby help in good governance.

    Centre to prepare guidelines for the distribution of fortified rice

    August 29, 2019
    Centre has prepared an in-depth roadmap for the nationwide distribution of fortified rice through ration outlets. Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan reviewed the progress of rice distribution with NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar and officers to implement the distribution of fortified rice. The government also reviewed the suggestions and feedback from all the states and stakeholders before implementing the program. Scheme for Fortified rice: In February 2019, Centre had approved a center-sponsored pilot scheme on the Fortification of Rice and its Distribution beneath Public Distribution System. Under the initial phase of the scheme, rice is fortified with Iron, folacin and Vitamin B-12.  The scheme has been implemented in 15 districts, ideally one district per State, starting on 2019-20. The operational responsibilities for the implementation of distribution are done through the Public Distribution System (PDS).

    Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme 2019 to be effective from 1 September

    August 24, 2019
    The Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019 will be operationalized from 1st September 2019 to 31st December 2019. The scheme was announced by the Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2019-20.  It is expected that the Scheme will be availed by a large number of taxpayers to close their pending disputes that are related to legacy Service Tax and Central Excise cases. These taxes will are now be included under GST. Components of the Scheme: Resolution and amnesty are the two main components of the Scheme are a dispute and amnesty component. Dispute resolution component: Under this component, the legacy cases of Central Excise and Service Tax will be liquidated. The cases that are under GST and are pending in litigation at various forums will be dissolved. Amnesty component: This component under the Scheme will allow the taxpayers to pay the outstanding tax. They will be free of any other consequence under the law. It provides substantial relief in the tax dues for all categories of cases as well as full waiver of interest, fine, penalty. It will also provide a complete pardon from prosecution.

    Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated the Modernized AOPC

    August 24, 2019
    The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated the Renovated ALIMCO Orthotics and Prosthetic Centre (AOPC) and Residential complex building of ALIMCO headquarters at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on 22 August.  By this two of the Projects under the modernization plan of Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) has been completed. Modernization of ALIMCO will facilitate the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in the region by providing modern rehabilitation facilities. The total Construction cost on renovation and extension is approximately Rs.4.05 crores. It is expected that the Modernized APOC will meet the requirements of the local and regional Divyangjans and shall be equipped better to serve them. Provisions if the Modernized APOC: The Modernized APOC will provide first-class Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Audiology rehabilitation facility under one roof.  It has:  ♦ 2 separate Out Patient Department (OPD) rooms  ♦ GAIT training unit for Male and Female Divyangjans  ♦ Conference & training room  In future provisions like real-time GAIT analysis lab, Foot Care Unit, Silicone Cosmetic Restoration Lab, Myo Electric lab, Hand splinting & Spinal Orthotics Lab will be added.

    Rajasthans free medicine scheme secures top rank

    August 24, 2019
    Rajasthan’s free medicine scheme secured the highest position with first ranking issued by the National Health Mission (NHM) among the sixteen states of the country. NHM free drug service was introduced by the Ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) for all states/UTs.  Aim: It aimed to supply free medication to patients coming back to public health facilities. The theme was launched on October 2011.  The Ministry has multiplied the number of free medicines from 608 to 712 and free tests from 70 to 90. The NHM has initiated the rankings to encouraging and supporting states to supply free medication to patients coming back to public health facilities. Rajasthan’s free medicine scheme: The main aim of  Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation Limited (RMSCL) is to produce commonly used essential medicines freed from price to patients visiting government tending establishment in the year 2011-12. The scheme consists of 2 elements like free drugs and free tests. The Free medicines theme was enforced on the Gregorian calendar of 2011 and the free check theme was introduced on World Health Day in April of  2013. The primary part of the free check theme was enforced in hospitals connected with state medical schools likewise as district /sub-divisional and satellite hospitals. Benefits: Rajasthan’s population is higher than 7 crores. The number of beneficiaries at free tests is at 9.41 crore as of December 2017. The patients of the border districts of the adjacent states can also get free medicines and avail free tests. The price of free drugs beneficiaries stood at Rs.52.4 crore.

    Nepal to hold SAARC Foreign Ministers informal meeting

    August 21, 2019
    Nepal plans to hold SAARC Foreign Ministers informal meeting on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in September 2019. The aim is to prove the country's role in creating an environment for the commencement of the regional summit.  India and SAARC summit:: The 18th SAARC summit was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2014. India is the largest member of SAARC forum. The 19th SAARC summit was supposed to held in 2016. But the summit was canceled after India boycotted the meeting. India protested after the terror attack at the military base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 2016. The attack killed 19 soldiers. After India boycotted the SAARC summit countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan walked out. India's decision is to set up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan. India also declared that it will participate only if Pakistan took steps to tackle terrorism. About SAARC: SAARC: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation  Member states: 8 members Headquarters: Kathmandu Official languages: English

    Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan Dhan scheme launched

    August 19, 2019
    The NDA-led government in its second term is to launch Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-Dhan scheme on 19 August. The pension scheme for small traders functions under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. The proposal for the scheme was approved by the cabinet on May 31, 2019. The scheme was notified by the Ministry on July 22. Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-Dhan scheme: The Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-Dhan scheme aims to target enrolling 25 lakh subscribers in 2019-2020 and 2 crore by 2023-2024. The pension scheme was modelled for unorganized sector workers. In the Union Budget 2019-20, the Centre has reserved Rs.750 crore for the scheme. Eligibility:  Under the scheme, traders aged between 18 and 40 who have an annual turnover of less than Rs.1.5 crore are eligible. The subscribers should contribute a monthly amount that will be matched by the government. The amount will vary depending on the age at which they enter the scheme. Upon turning 60, the subscribers will get Rs.3,000 as monthly pension. The provisions of the scheme are applicable to Iaghu vyaparis, who are self-employed and working as shop owners, oil mill owners, workshop owners, commission agents, brokers of real estate, retail traders, rice mill owners, owners of small hotels, restaurants and other Iaghu vyaparis. LIC of India: Centre has established a pension fund for the implementation of the scheme. Centre has chosen the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India as the pension fund manager. Hence, it will be responsible for managing the pension fund, central recordkeeping agency and responsible for pension payout.

    Jal Jeevan Mission scheme to be launched

    August 16, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government is to launch the Jal Jeevan Mission scheme. The scheme aims to bring piped water to households. The estimated cost of the project is more than Rs.3.5 lakh crore. Niti Aayog reported that nearly 600 million Indians are facing high to extreme water stress. The report said that 21 cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people. Jal Jeevan Mission Scheme: The scheme functions under the Jal Shakti Ministry. It aims to work with state governments to ensure Har Ghar Jal to all rural households by 2024. Under the first phase of the scheme, the government is to focus on rainwater harvesting and water conservation in 256 districts and carry out other initiatives. It includes renovation of traditional water bodies and tanks, reuse of water and recharge structures, watershed development and intensive afforestation.

    MoHUA launched Swachh Nagar app

    August 15, 2019
    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched Swachh Nagar app, a mobile application under the Swachh Survekshan 2020. Through the app, people will be able to get their household waste that can be picked up by urban municipal bodies. The move is a part of the cleanliness rankings of cities. It was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State Hardeep Singh Puri. Aim: The Swachh Survekshan 2020 has the theme "Cleanliness is Our Right". To avail the service through Swachh Nagar app people will have to pay to civic bodies. Using the app, the people can also track the waste-collection vehicle and can ensure the accountability of municipal corporations. Government's measure in making a clean India: The Centre has set a target of making the country Open Defecation Free by October 2, 2019. The sanitation targets under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban. Under the mission the Centre has achieved the construction of more than 98% of toilet. The app will facilitate the applicants of Individual Household Toilets under SBM-Urban. Also, it enables people to know the status of their application in real-time after uploading the photograph.

    MoHUA launched Swachh Survekshan 2020

    August 14, 2019
    Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the Swachh Survekshan 2020 on 13th August. It is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey conducted by the Ministry. The scheme was launched by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs. Swachh Survekshan 2020: The project Swachh Survekshan 2020 focus on sustaining and monitoring the ground and service level performance on cleanliness. The redesigned Swachh Survekshan will ensure and focus on sustaining the changed behaviours on key areas. The project focuses on Key areas such as: ♦ Collect segregated waste and maintain till processing site  ♦ Utilize capacity Of wet waste processing facilities  ♦ Treat aid re-use wastewater  ♦ Follow 3R Principles: Reduce. Reuse and Recycle  ♦ Curtail solid waste based Air pollution ♦ Uplift social condition of informal Waste Pickers  ♦ Promote procurement through GeM ♦ Assess Ganga Towns separately to accelerate action  ♦ Engage Technology driven Monitoring Other launches: The Ministry also launched Swachh Survekshan 2020 Toolkit, SBM Water plus Protocol and Toolkit, Swachh Nagar Mobile App and AI enabled mSBM App. Swachh Survekshan 2020 Toolkit contains contains the detailed survey methodology and component indicators with scores. It aims to help the cities to prepare themselves for the final survey which will be released on January 2020. SBM Water plus Protocol and Toolkit aims to ensure that no untreated wastewater is released into the environment thereby enabling sustainability of the sanitation value chain. Swachh Nagar Mobile App have features to track waste collection by ULBs through route and vehicle monitoring, notify citizens, online collection of user fee for waste collection and an effective grievance redressal mechanism AI enabled mSBM App is a mobile aplication developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). It will help the beneficiary to get approval from the ULB nodal officer to verify and approve the application. It will reducing the processing time for applicants. 

    National Health Authority plans to include all types of cancer and its treatment under PM JAY Scheme

    August 13, 2019
    The National Health Authority (NHA) plans to include all types of cancer and its treatment under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) healthcare packages. The plain awaits approval from the governing body and the entire process will take around 3 month.  The central government's health insurance scheme are cost-effective, proven and beneficial to the patients. It will now cover the various types of medical procedures,that include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. The announcement aims to give medical cover to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families of approximately 50 crore beneficiaries. The scheme will now provide coverage of up to Rs.5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. Cancer in India: In India, Cancer is  the second most common disease. Cancer affected people in India are around 2.25 million. Over 11 lakh new cancer patients are registered each year by government. Survey says that the people about 0.3 million die due to cancer per year including Lung cancer with 1,20,000 patients every year, Breast  cancer affects about 1.5 lakh patients every year and lip and oral cancer 2,76,000 every year. About PM-JAY insurance scheme: Ayushman Bharat Scheme also called as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), a National Health Protection Scheme, was launched on September 2018. It was launched by PM Narendra Modi. The National Health Protection Scheme (NHA) is an implementing body of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) health insurance scheme.  Beneficiaries: PM-JAY scheme will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. The  coverage package is up to Rs.5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. Implementation: About  16000 hospitals have been empanelled and nearly 34 lakh beneficiaries have been admitted while nine crore e-cards have been issued.

    Union Government to launch Uber for tractors app to aid farmers

    August 12, 2019
    India’s agriculture ministry developed a farm equipment rental app for Indian farmers let with hire tractors, rotavator. This app will be similar to Uber and this corresponding mobile app is expected to be launched by the end of August.  According to surveys about 38K custom hiring centres across India with the capacity to rent 2.5 Lakh farm equipment annually. The Mahindra Group’s start-up on launching Trringo service out of Karnataka  where it will help farmers book tractors by the hour via a phone call for rental. Aim: The aim of uber tractors project is for the farmers who is not in a position to buy a tractor . About Trringo Role in Karnataka:  Trringo is the growing overall tractor sector in India that  stands to win big in farming equipment by Mahindra groups launched in 2019. Mahindra groups won a tender from the state government and having Trringo at 101 hubs in Karnataka .Each hub will house five tractors and  with charging a 10 percent commission from its franchise partners. With the Karnataka government setting aside Rs 175 crore to bear 75 per cent of the capital costs in every taluka. About Trials of Ministry The ministry of agriculture have already completed successful trials in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab. Gold Farms has raised a $2 Mn seed funding from Mahindra & Mahindra and Infuse Ventures in late 2017. Significance Apart from Karnataka Trringo has to set up 101 other centers by the end of September, it plans to have 165 centers all across India.

    Five Thousand five hundred and Ninety five electric buses sanctioned under FAME scheme

    August 11, 2019
    Department of Heavy Industry sanctioned 5,595 electric buses under phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme. The buses are sanctioned to 64 cities in 22 states and union territories for intracity and intercity operations in order to push for clean mobility in public transportation. The buses are expected to run about 4 billion km are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period This will result in avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission. Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme Department of Heavy Industry is implementing FAME-India Scheme- Phase-I [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India from 1st April 2015. The scheme initially up to 31st April 2017 It is extended upto 31st March, 2019 or till Notification of FAME-II. The Phase-II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) Scheme proposes to give a push to electric vehicles (EVs) in public transport and seeks to encourage adoption of EVs by way of market creation and demand aggregation. 

    Leather Mission launched on World Tribal Day by KVIC

    August 11, 2019
    The Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC) launched Leather Mission on World Tribal Day. The mission empowers the commission to give leather kits to the leather artisans across the nation. KVIC distributed 50 leather kits to the leather artisans across the nation. This will increase their incomes and inspire the traditional leather artisans who had migrated to other jobs from their traditional skill to adopt this vocation again. KVIC also distributed 350 Bee-Boxes at the function in Sirohi district of Rajasthan. Honey Mission has changed the lives of tribals, farmers, SC/STs and unemployed youths. KVIC has distributed over 1.15 lakh Bee-Boxes across the nation. It has provided jobs to over 11,500 people. It has not only increased the income of the bee-keeping farmers, but has also increased the yield of the crops by up to 30% due to cross-pollination of the honey-bees.

    Andhra Pradesh govt will launch Navodayam scheme

    August 10, 2019
    Andhra Pradesh government launched the Navodayam scheme. The scheme is for thousands of ailing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.Navodayam will provide a lifeline to stressed MSMEs by ensuring that all eligible units are permitted for the one-time restructuring of accounts up to March 31, 2020. About 86,000 MSMEs in the state have been identified for restructuring under Navodayam with an outlay of Rs 3,900 crore. The state cabinet approved the scheme at its recent meeting and the Department of Industries and Commerce subsequently worked out the modalities to make Navodayam operational. The state government marked Rs 50 crore in the 2019-20 budget for rejuvenation of MSMEsTwo sub-SLBC meetings have also been held with bankers in the state for getting the NPA accounts of MSMEs restructured so that the respective accounts are brought back to 'standard' level. Navodayam will provide a lifeline to stressed MSMEs by ensuring that all eligible units are permitted for one-time restructuring of accounts up to March 31, 2020. We are also creating a new ecosystem for rejuvenation and development of MSMEs in the state through a slew of initiatives. Through these measures, infrastructure worth over Rs 3,900 crore would not become non-performing assets (NPAs). Under Navodayam, a special cell is being created at each District Industries Centre is headed by the General Manager, to provide handholding support to all restructured MSMEs for six months to stabilise the accounts.The studies will be conducted in all districts on sector-specific enterprises to identify key issues that need to be addressed and make the MSME ecosystem more robust.

    Five Thousand five hundred and Ninety five electric buses sanctioned under FAME scheme

    August 9, 2019
    Department of Heavy Industry sanctioned 5,595 electric buses under phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme. The buses are sanctioned to 64 cities in 22 states and union territories for intracity and intercity operations in order to push for clean mobility in public transportation. The buses are expected to run about 4 billion km are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period This will result in avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission. Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India scheme Department of Heavy Industry is implementing FAME-India Scheme- Phase-I [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India from 1st April 2015. The scheme initially up to 31st April 2017 It is extended upto 31st March, 2019 or till Notification of FAME-II. The Phase-II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) Scheme proposes to give a push to electric vehicles (EVs) in public transport and seeks to encourage adoption of EVs by way of market creation and demand aggregation. 

    Odisha govt launched Odisha Small Savings Incentive Scheme

    August 9, 2019
    The Odisha government launched Odisha Small Savings Incentive Scheme, a small savings scheme, for 2019. Aim: The objective of the scheme is to prevent people from transacting with suspicious non-banking private financial institutions, in the greed of high returns. Provisions of the scheme: Under the Scheme, any eligible person who deposits a minimum amount of Rs.2,000 in any small savings scheme during 2019 in any post office or bank within the state, can obtain a free web based coupon from the office of the collectors, sub-collectors and BDOs. A state level lucky draw of the scheme will be held on April 26, 2020, in which people can win cash award as an incentive for their habit of thrift. Under the scheme, 2,428 number of prizes are given under seven categories which amount to Rs.74 lakh, including the first prize Rs.5 Lakh.

    E-Rozgar Samachar launched to spread awareness about job opportunities

    August 9, 2019
    The e-version of Rozgar Samachar launched recently by Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar. The main aim is to make the aspirants aware of job opportunities in government sector including public sector enterprises. They provide information and guidance about admission and career opportunities in various streams through career-oriented articles by experts. It is expected to meet the emerging challenge of young readers switching to electronic modes of communication. The journal priced at 75% of the cost of its print version and is available for an annual subscription fee of Rs. 400. It can be accessed by visiting the website www.employmentnews.gov.in. Rozgar Samachar Rozgar Samachar is the hindi version of Employment News (English). Employment News is the weekly job journal from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.It was launched in 1976 . Aim : To provide information on employment opportunities to the unemployed and underemployed youth of the country. The journal is published in English(Employment News), Hindi (Rozgar Samachar) and Urdu (Rozgar Samachar) and have a circulation of over one lakh copies per week. The job journal provides information related to job vacancies, job oriented training programs, admission notices related to job oriented exams and results of recruitment exams in respect of: (a)Ministries/Departments/Offices/Organizations/Autonomous bodies/ Societies/ PSUs of the Central Government, State Government, and UT Administrations; (b) Nationalised banks/ RRBs /UPSC/SSC/ Constitutional and Statutory bodies;and (c) Central/State Governments Universities/ Colleges/Institutes recognised by the UGC/AICTE. The employment news provides editorial content on socio-economic issues and career guidance that helps youth in broadening their horizons. The job journal serves as a guide to the youth; especially those in rural areas, by helping them gain an understanding of the job market and the plethora of employment opportunities that otherwise go unnoticed. The weekly educate the young people to make an informed decision about their careers. The journal is available throughout the length and breadth of the country.

    West Bengal launches awareness campaign Save Green, Stay Clean

    August 3, 2019
    West Bengal government launched an awareness campaign named ‘Save Green, Stay Clean’ for preserving the greenery and keeping the environment clean in the state. The campaign launched State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. The campaign was launched on August 1, 2019. The state will also observe this day every year. It also plans to distribute more than 1 lakhs saplings throughout the state for spreading of greenery.  West Government Government of West Bengal known as the State Government of West Bengal. It is the supreme governing authority of the Indian state of West Bengal and its 23 districts. It consists of an executive, led by the Governor of West Bengal, a judiciary and a legislative.

    One Nation One Ration Card scheme launched in 4 States

    August 3, 2019
    Government has launched the One Nation-One Ration Card scheme in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The scheme aims to boost to national food security. Each  beneficiary would be given 5kg rice at ₹3 a kg and wheat at ₹2 a kg.  The Centre has formed the State Apex Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary of the State and the State Project e-Mission Team. Beneficiaries: Upon successful implementation of the Scheme, the families who have food security cards can buy subsidized rice and wheat from any ration shop in these states. In order to avail the service the ration cards should be linked with Aadhar number. Trial run of the project by Telangana in 2018: A trial run was conducted by the Telangana Civil Supplies Corporation under the project in 2018. In the trial run, around 2.82 crore consumers had benefited with the ration portability introduced in the State on April 1, 2018.  The Beneficiaries under the NFSA (National Food Security Act) are be eligible for the scheme. More than 56 lakh beneficiaries are covered under the NFSA. To avail the benefits, the beneficiaries Aadhaar number should be added to his/her ration card. Then the ration card should be tagged to the Fair Price Shop (FPS) in their home State either Telangana or Andhra Pradesh.

    Government aims to enrol 150 million workers under PM pension scheme

    August 1, 2019
    Union government enrol around 150 million workers over the next three years under the scheme Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM). The pension scheme will benefit a large pool of people who earn less but form a large part of the labour market. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is targeting the bottom of the pyramid through various policy interventions, realising that they are a significant political constituency. Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Scheme The government is likely to achieve the 150 million number over the next two to three years. The total enrolment, 50-60 million workers will be from the construction sector.The government announced the scheme in February 2019 interim budget, promising to provide pension of ₹3,000 per month. There is a monthly contribution till the age of 60 years to get an assured pension of ₹3,000 every month.The 18-year-old starts out by paying ₹55 per month, which moves up to ₹80 at the age of 25, and ₹105, ₹150 and ₹200 for those aged 30, 35 and 40, respectively. When a regular contributor dies before the age of 60, the spouse will be entitled to join and continue the scheme by regular contribution or exit the scheme. Around 8% of the labour market are formal sector employees and social security benefits, including provident funds, pensions available.

    Around 30 lakh persons enrolled under PM Shram Yogi Maandhan Scheme

    July 16, 2019
    The union government notified the eligibility criteria for its mega pension scheme - Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan  They announced in the budget 2019 for unorganized sector workers.  People who are at 40 years or already covered under a pension with part contribution by the government are not eligible for the scheme.  Only one spouse will be eligible for family pension in case of demise of the pensioner. The Government via notification dated February 7, 2019 notified the rules and other criteria for the mega pension scheme announced by the Finance Minister . The mega pension scheme is known as Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan. About Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan The scheme will come into force from 15 February, 2019 As per the notification the Scheme shall apply to the unorganised workers. They are working or engaged as home- based workers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washermen, rickshaw pullers, landless laborers, own account workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, etc. To join the mega pension scheme, the monthly income of unorganized worker should not exceed Rs 15,000.  The eligible person should have a savings bank account and Aadhaar number. The age of workers should not be less than 18 years  They should not more than 40 years of age. During the years when pension is received by subscriber, if he/she dies, then spouse shall be eligible to receive 50 percent of the pension received by the subscriber.  The Children of the subscriber will not be allowed to receive any pension benefit after his/her death. The minimum monthly pension assured in the scheme is Rs 3000 which will be paid to the subscriber after attaining the age of 60 years.

    West Bengal state government to construct 8.30 lakh houses under Banglar Bari project

    July 15, 2019
    The West Bengal state government has decided to construct 8.30 lakh houses for poor people living in the rural areas, under the Banglar Bari project. The houses will be constructed in the current financial year. In the 2018-19 financial year, 5.86 lakh houses have been built under the project, while in the current financial year, another 2.50 lakh houses will be set up.  Centre's involvement: The Ministry of Rural Development increased the financial allotment to the state government as it performed good in the last fiscal year. Around Rs.3.75 lakh will be allotted to construct each house under the project.  The district magistrates have been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries. The cost will be shared between the Central ans the State government. The centre will bear 60% and the state will bear 40%. The toilets will be constructed under Mission Nirmal. Benefits: The area of the houses will be 25 sq metres. There will be one room, a kitchen, a balcony and a toilet in each. The beneficiaries from Jangalmahal will get Rs.1.30 lakh while their counterparts in other areas will get Rs.1.20 lakh. Banglar Bari project: The Banglar Bari project was introduced by the Bengal Government. It was launched in 2017. It aims to provide flats to people living below poverty line (BPL) in municipality areas. Under the project,  four-storied buildings in municipal areas will be built to ensure permanent shelter to people from financially weaker sections. State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) will handle the construction  process. Families headed by women and financially weaker families whose monthly income is less than Rs.10,000 will be given priority. The beneficiaries should apply to SUDA to get a flat under the project which will be verified by the Local municipalities. People under BPL category and who don’t have any concrete houses are eligible to apply.

    CCEA approved for the launch of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-lll (PMGSY-III)

    July 13, 2019
    PM led-Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved for the launch of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-lll (PMGSY-III). It involves consolidation of through Routes and Major Rural Links connecting habitations to Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAMs) to consolidate 125,000 Km road length in the states. The project will be implemented from 2019-20 to 2024-25.  The states will have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before launching of PMGSY-III in the respective states. This agreement is for providing adequate funds for maintenance of roads constructed under PMGSY post 5-year construction maintenance period. PMGSY: The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was launched by the Govt. of India to provide connectivity to unconnected Habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy. Under the programme about 1.67 lakh unconnected Habitations are eligible. This involves construction of about 3.71 lakh km of roads for New Connectivity and 3.68 lakh km. under upgradation. Finance Minister announced the PMGSY-III scheme in the Budget Speech for the year 2018-19. The CCEA in its meeting held on August 9, 2018 approved continuation of PMGSY-I and II beyond 12th Five Year Plan and covering of balance eligible habitations under PMGSY-I by March 2019, PMGSY-II, and habitations under identified left wing extremism (LWE) blocks.   Cost: The estimated cost of Rs.80,250 crore. The funds would be shared in the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre and state for all states except for eight north eastern and three Himalayan states.  The Centre will share Rs.53,800 crore and state will share Rs.26,450 crore. Also for Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand the ratio will be 90:10.  Progress: A total of 599,090 Km road length has been constructed under the scheme since inception till April, 2019, including of PMGSY-I, PMGSY-II and Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Area (RCPLWEA) scheme.    

    Kerala launches Non Resident Keralites' Affairs (NORKA)

    July 13, 2019
    The kerala State government has decided to form Non Resident Keralites' Affairs (NORKA), an Non-Resident Keralites (NRK) investment company which aims to channel investments from overseas Keralites for major infrastructure development in the state. The NRKs will hold 74 percent stake and the state government will hold the remaining 26 percent stake. The government focuses to utilise NRI investments for implementing various projects. Under NORKA, the company can set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) or subsidiary company for the purpose.   NORKA:  The government of Kerala has launched department of Non Resident Keralites' Affairs (NORKA) to redress the grievances of non resident Keralites. It aimed to strengthen the relationship between the NRKs and the Government of Kerala and the culmination of efforts for finding out solution to problems faced by NRK community.    Aim: NORKA Roots has been established by NORKA. It will act as a counsel for the non-resident keralites. Non-Resident Keralites Welfare Agency has also been established to implement schemes for the welfare and benefit of NRKs to channelise their expertise and resources. It will do more activities in all spheres that are connected with NRKs.   Functions: NORKA can solve the petitions and take needed action on threats to the lives and property of those who are left at home, tracing of missing persons abroad, sponsor compensation, sponsors harassment, recruiting agents frauds, education facilities for children of NRKs, more flights introduction, etc. 

    Uttarakhand named among best performing states in 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' scheme

    July 9, 2019
    Uttarakhand is one of the country's five best-performing states under the National Programme Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme . The main aim is to address declining child sex ratio and issues of women empowerment. As per the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, the recognition for its consistent performance in respect of sex ratio at birth.  Haryana bagged three awards which include one state-level and two district-level awards for consistent performance in respect of the Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB). The two districts of Haryana won the awards are Bhiwani and Mahendragarh.  The state felicitated in recognition of its consistent performance in respect of sex ratio at birth. About Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme:  BBBP scheme launched on 22 January 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It is a campaign of the Government of India  Main Aim : To generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls in India.  The scheme launched with an initial funding of ₹100 crores Launch year: 2015 Launched by : Shri Narendra Modi

    Bi-cycle sharing scheme to be introduced in Puducherry

    July 8, 2019
    Puducherry smart city development plan launched a bicycle sharing scheme It is to be introduced in Puducherry in a couple of months. The registered customers can use bicycles to hop from one place to another  The bicycles can be left at any of the docking stations  Around 100 spots have been identified for cycle docking stations.  The 20 docking stations with 10 to 15 cycles are to be set up in places like the beach promenade, Bharathi Park, Gandhi Thidal, Aurobindo ashram and railway station. It is a welcome step taken by the government under the smart city plan.  It is a novel scheme suitable to Puducherry  It is a boon to tourists who throng to Puducherry in thousands whose number swells to several thousand on weekends. Puducherry is overcrowded now-a-days.  The total population of the UT is over 11 lakhs  The total number of vehicles on the road comes around 9 lakhs. The project under the public-private partnership model will be operationalized after a suitable operator is found out through tender. This scheme is one among the 22 prioritized schemes of the Puducherry Smart City.

    'One Nation One Ration Card' scheme will be available across the country from July 1, 2020

    July 2, 2019
    Central government's ambitious project of 'One Nation One Card'. A beneficiary can buy subsidized food grains from any ration shop. The scheme will begin on 1 July 2020. The Central government given states and Union Territories till June 30, 2020, to use point of sale (POS) machines in the ration shops and the scheme can be implemented. Around 77% % of the ration shops across the country have POS machines. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura are the states which provide the portability of Public Distribution System (PDS) entitlements The government is implementing the National Food Security Act(NSA) under which food grains are supplied every month  They are supplied every month at highly subsidized rates of Rs 1-3 per kg to over 80 crore people.

    MieTY reported that 2.22 crore villagers are given Digital Education under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)

    June 28, 2019
    Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology reported that 2.22 crore villagers are given Digital Education under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The report was submitted by Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha. About PMGDISHA:  To increase the Digital Literacy rate in India, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDISHA) was launched as an integral part of the ‘Digital India’ initiative. The vision of this scheme is that one person in every household digitally literate, and train them to operate digital devices such as Tablets, Smartphones et cetera. Bridge the digital divide, specifically targeting the rural population It also ensures high-speed internet access for all, though a secure ecosystem. The Centre allocated Rs.100 crore in 2017-18, Rs.438 crore in 2018-19 and Rs.400 crore in 2019-20 for the PMGDISHA scheme. The total outlay for this project so far has been Rs.2,351 crore. Benefits of the scheme:      Under the scheme people will be able to search for education, career and job-related information, search for weather forecasts, fishing zones, market prices, government schemes, farming equipment.  It makes utility bill payments online ,Book train and bus tickets online,Locate government information and schemes online citizen services. MoUs: The government has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation, the United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).To train the learners undr the scheme, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between C-DAC centres and CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd.

    Centre has approved Rs.13,343 crore for the National Animal Disease Control Programme for FMD and Brucellosis

    June 28, 2019
    The Centre has approved Rs.13,343 crore for the National Animal Disease Control Programme for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis for the next five years. It was announced by the Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan. The amount of Rs.2683 crore is proposed for the Financial Year 2019-20.  FMD:  FMD control programme envisages 100%  vaccination coverage of cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and pigs at six months interval in the entire country. Further, animals will be identified using unique animal identification ear tags. The programme also includes deworming of targeted population of livestock twice a year as one of its activities. The vaccination will cover 30 crore bovines (cows-bulls and buffaloes) and 20 crore sheep/goat and 10 million pigs. Brucellosis control programme: Under Brucellosis control programme, 100% vaccination coverage of female cattle and buffalo calves, of age 4-8 months, once in a lifetime. This is an existing vaccination scheme under which the Centre and State governments contribute funds in the ratio of 60:40. The Central government will bear the entire cost. FMD and Brucellosis:   These diseases are very common among the livestock cow-bulls, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs etc. If a cow/buffalo gets infected with FMD, the milk loss is upto 100% which could last for four to six months.  If it is affected with Brucellosis the milk output reduces by 30%, during the entire life cycle of animal. Brucellosis also causes infertility amongst the animals. The infection of brucellosis can also be transmitted to the farm workers and livestock owners. Both the diseases have a direct negative impact on the trade of milk and other livestock products

    PM Kisan Pension Scheme: Farmers' contribution to be Rs 100 per month

    June 14, 2019
    Central government plans to launch a village-level campaign to enroll an additional one crore farmers in Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme over the next 100 days,The scheme urged States to ensure wider coverage of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna (PM-Kisan) and pension schemes Currently, there are about 6.92 crore KCC holders. Around 14.5 crore operational landholdings farmers eligible for an agricultural loan of up to ₹1.6 lakh. Among the major States that have poor KCC penetration are: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal. About PM Kisan Scheme PM Kisan is a Centrally-sponsored income support scheme for farmers which would give them ₹6,000 a year in three equal instalments. The scheme extended to all farmers, irrespective of the size of landholdings.  The pension scheme would give ₹3,000 monthly to small and marginal farmers from the age of 60 between 18 and 40 years of age.Farmers will have to contribute ₹100 per month under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana for the monthly pension, according to the government. The Centre will match the farmers contributed to the pension fund to be managed by the LIC. The cabinet approved a separate pension scheme for farmers which covers five crore beneficiaries in the first three years,It costs around ₹10,774.5 crore per annum. Farmers to allow the contribution to be made directly from the benefits drawn from the PM-Kisan scheme.

    Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi Scheme

    June 10, 2019
    Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi Scheme. It will cost over Rs.87,000 crore a year to the exchequer. The government has announced its decision to extend the benefit of Rs.6,000 per year under the PM-KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers in the country, irrespective of the size of their landholding.  Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi: The scheme was launched on 24th February 2019 in the run-up to the 2019 Parliamentary elections in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh where the first rounds of installments were paid to several farmers.  The government so far distributed the first installment to 3.11 crore beneficiaries and second installment to 2.66 crore beneficiaries into their bank accounts through Direct Benefit Transfer mode.

    Union Cabinet approved the Brucellosis control program to improve the health of animals

    June 10, 2019
    Union Cabinet has approved the Brucellosis control program, a new scheme, to control Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis to support the livestock rearing farmers and improve the health of animals. This initiative aims to fully control these diseases amongst livestock in the country in the next five years and subsequently eradicate these diseases.  Cabinet has approved a total outlay of Rs.13,343 crores for the scheme and entire cost will be now borne by Central Government. Earlier the cost was shared by both Central and State Governments. It is very common amongst the livestock, cow-bulls, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.

    Karnataka government has launched Pink Sarathi vehicles for womens safety

    June 9, 2019
    Karnataka government has launched ‘Pink Sarathi’ vehicles that are procured by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). It was launched by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. BMTC will use the vehicles to attend to the grievances of women passengers in city buses. BMTC had received Rs.56.07 crore from the Centre under the Nirbhaya scheme. It has also taken up various measures for the safety of women passengers, including the launch of Pink Sarathi vehicles. The BMTC now has a fleet of 25 Pink Sarathi vehicles fitted with GPS and public announcement systems.  The safety of female passengers will be a priority. It will also take on other tasks such as manning traffic movement at bus bays making sure that drivers stop at the designated stops, taking action against bus crew when they fail to close the door once the vehicle is in motion, and ensuring that men are not occupying seats reserved for women.

    Government to focus on the allied issue of water under the scheme Nal se Jal

    June 6, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government has shifted its focus to the allied issue of water after the country-wide sanitation drive with the Swachh Bharat Mission comes to an end on October 2, 2019. The focus will is carried out by the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Objective: The scheme ‘Nal se Jal’ will be a component of the government’s Jal Jivan Mission. The Ministry plans to provide piped water connections to every household in India by 2024. The ministry will also look at conservation of surface and groundwater and inter-linking rivers across the country. The idea of inter-linking rivers across the country was proposed by the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in order to ease the irrigation and drinking water crisis. Ministry of Jal Shakti: The Ministry is led by Rajasthan MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Ram Lal Kataria will be the Minister of state. The ministry has been formed by merging the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation along with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.   The reason for the merger is to bring all aspects of water management and regulation under one department. The introduction of the Jal Shakti Ministry was announced in the interim budget of the NDA government. NITI Aayog's 2018 report: A report by NITI Aayog reported that 600 million Indians face high to extreme water stress and about 2 lakh people die every year due to inadequate access to safe water. It also stressed that by 2030, the country's water demand will be projected to be twice the available supply. This huge demand will imply severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people which will eventually lead to a drop of nearly 60% loss in the country's GDP.

    Delhi government plans free rides for women in metro and buses

    June 5, 2019
    Delhi government has announced its plan to subsidize travel in public transport for women commuters in the Capital. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Aim: The government intends to allow women to travel for free on metro trains and State-run buses by the month of August-September. The new scheme, which is to be implemented, is to encourage the use of public transport, make it safer and to promote the participation of more women in the city’s workforce currently dominated by their male counterparts. Beneficiaries: As many as 8 lakh women constituted the estimated daily commuter force of 25 lakh passengers on the Delhi Metro and around one lakh more were expected to be added. This step will perhaps add an extra one lakh women passengers to the existing daily ridership. It will also increase the participation of women in the city’s workforce. Cost Estimation: This scheme is a subsidy that the Delhi government will be providing on its own and it requires no clearance from the Centre. The scheme would cost around Rs.700 to Rs.800 crore. Other related schemes to come: The State government also announced its plans to add 3,000 buses to the city’s streets The installation of CCTV cameras across Delhi Delhi: Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal Deputy Chief Minister: Manish Sisodia Capital: New Delhi Districts: 11 It is bordered by Haryana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh to the east.

    Rajasthan government increases financial aid given to girls under 'Aapki Beti' scheme

    June 4, 2019
    Rajasthan government increased the financial assistance given to school girls under the 'Aapki Beti' scheme and ex-gratia payment to the families of polling personnel who die during election duty. About the Aapki Beti scheme Under the Aapki Beti scheme, girls living under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and whose mother or father or both have died to get annual financial assistance in the state. Amount sanctioned under Aapki Beti scheme The amount has been increased to 2,100 from Rs 1,100 for the girls studying in class 1 to 8 and for the girls in class 9 to 12, the financial aid has been increased to Rs 2,500 from Rs 1,500. Similarly, the government has also increased ex-gratia payment to the next of kin of an officer killed on election duty to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 15 lakh. About Rajasthan Capital: Jaipur Governor: Kalyan Singh Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot  Deputy Chief Minister: Sachin Pilot 

    Govt extends PM-KISAN scheme, announces Rs 6,000 cash handout scheme to all farmers

    June 2, 2019
    In the first Cabinet meeting, Modi led new government decided to extend PM- KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers in the country costing Rs 87,000 crore a year and also announced over Rs 10,000 crore pension scheme for 5 crore farmers, thereby fulfilling the BJP's poll promise. The Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi (PMKSS - PM Kisan) was announced in the interim Budget under which the government decided to provide Rs 6,000 per year (in three equal instalments) to an estimated 12.5 crore small and marginal farmers holding land up to 2 hectares. Now, the revised scheme envisages to cover around 2 crore more farmers increasing the coverage of the PM- KISAN to around 14.5 crore beneficiaries. Farmer pension scheme: Cabinet also approved the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana under which small and marginal farmers will get a minimum fixed pension of Rs 3,000 per month on attaining the age of 60 years. The scheme will cost the exchequer a total of ₹10,000 crore per annum. New Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers welfare - Narendra Singh Tomar

    Cabinet approves Rs 3,000 pension scheme for small shopkeepers, retail traders

    June 2, 2019
    The newly-inducted Union Cabinet approved a new scheme which assures minimum monthly pension of ₹3,000 per month to small shopkeepers, retail traders and the self-employed people after attaining the age of 60 years. This is being done as part of the Modi government’s efforts to offer universal social security. The scheme will benefit three crore retail traders and shopkeepers. Five crore traders are expected to join the scheme in the next three years.

    Govt. introduced FAME II Scheme

    May 7, 2019
    The government introduced the FAME II scheme to boost the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles. The scheme estimates that India can country save 64% of anticipated road-based mobility related energy demand and 37% of carbon emissions in 2030 by pursuing a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.  This reduction in energy demand would result in the reduction of 156 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in diesel and petrol consumption for that year and net saving of approximately $60 billion in 2030 at present oil prices. Further, this would give impetus to India's vision of reducing oil imports by 10% by 2022.  The transport sector in India continues to be the highest oil consuming sector and the use of diesel and petrol grew at 5.9% and 9.9% respectively in the last 10 years. India's import dependency on oil has increased from 78.3% of total consumption in 2014-15 to settling at a new high of 83.7% in the 10-month period of FY19.

    The Safe City programme lacks progress in implementation

    May 1, 2019
    According to recent media reports, not much progress has been made in making cities safer for women even one year after the launch of the Safe City programme. The reason mentioned was it highlights poor guidelines, improper utilization of funds and focuses on general elections as the main reasons for it.  About Safe City programme: The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the safety and security of women in public places. It is being implemented by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoW&CD), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY), respective Municipal & Police Commissioners of cities and civil society organizations.  The project has been approved at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme. The project was approved at a total cost of Rs.194.44, would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio. Initially, it was launched in 8 cities, which include Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. Lucknow was the first city in the country to clear the project in In November 2018.  Major component of the Safe City Project: Setting Women Help Desks in all Police Stations with Counsellors Augmentation of existing Asha Jyoti Kendra Setting an Integrated Smart Control Room. Setting Pink Out-posts (exclusively administered by Women police) for facilitating ease of filing complaint by women Pink Patrols of Women police  Implementing Safety measures in buses, including Cameras Improving Street Lighting in identified crime Hotspot areas Setting up Pink Toilets

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