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  • Around 30 lakh persons enrolled under PM Shram Yogi Maandhan Scheme

    16 July 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

    15 July 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)

    13 July 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)

    13 July 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

    9 July 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

    8 July 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

    2 July 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)

    28 June 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

    28 June 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

    14 June 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

    10 June 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

    10 June 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

    9 June 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

    6 June 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

    5 June 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

    4 June 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

    2 June 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

    2 June 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

    7 May 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

    1 May 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

    PAN-India Single Emergency Helpline Number 112 joined by 20 states

    22 April 2019
    So far the number of states and Union territories that have joined a pan-India network of single emergency helpline number ‘112’ amounts to 20. The 20 states and UTs include Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir and Nagaland. About helpline ‘112’: The Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) envisages a single pan-India emergency number ‘112’ that is internationally recognised to target all types of emergencies. The helpline, ‘112’ is an integration of police (100), fire (101) and women (1090) helpline numbers and the project is being implemented under the central government’s Nirbhaya Fund (2012 Delhi gangrape case). A total of Rs. 321.69 crore has been reserved for this Emergency Response Support System out of which Rs. 278.66 crore has already been given to the States and the UTs from the Nirbhaya Fund. The Nirbhaya Fund was set up by the central government for projects specifically designed to improve the safety and security of the women. The single number for emergency services is similar to '911' in the United States.

    Congress proposed Nyay scheme in its manifesto

    8 April 2019
    The Congress party in its election manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 has announced a Minimum Income scheme Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) as a surgical strike against poverty. The Nyay scheme is targeted towards 5 crore families who are the poorest 20% in India. Nyay scheme guarantees each family a cash transfer of Rs. 72,000 a year and as far as possible the money will be transferred to a bank account of a woman in the family. There will a design phase (3 months), followed by pilot and testing phases (6-9 months) before the rollout of the plan. The Nyay scheme would be a joint scheme of the central and state governments. Nyay scheme will be funded through new revenues and rationalisation of expenditure. Current merit subsidy schemes that are intended to achieve specific objectives will be continued. 

    Delhi Development Authority launched the housing scheme

    26 March 2019
    The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) launched the housing scheme for 2019, under which it will offer 18,000 flats spread across Narela and Vasant Kunj. With the online portal now open, interested buyers can get registered, following which a draw will be conducted to allot flats. The portal for online registration will be available until May 10. All the flats on offer under this scheme are newly constructed. Approximately 450 HIG [high-income group] flats and 1,550 MIG [middle-income group] are being offered. Additionally, 8,300 LIG [low-income group] and 7,700 EWS [economically weaker section] flats are being offered under the scheme. Those registering for the housing scheme will have to deposit an application fee ranging from Rs. 25,000 for EWS category to Rs. 2 lakh for three bedroom flats.

    Under CMCHIS schemen 4 amputees gets artificial limbs

    14 March 2019
    Four patients received artificial limbs through the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, Chennai.  This was the first time that the department was providing prosthesis to amputees under the CMCHIS. The prosthesis is lightweight, resilient and cosmetically acceptable and enabled patients to be independent in their daily activities.  The department was rendering services mainly to hand injury patients after surgical treatment to regain hand function for over 40 years. It will from now on provide prosthesis to amputees through the scheme.

    Under CMCHIS scheme 4 amputees gets artificial limbs

    13 March 2019
    Four patients received artificial limbs through the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, Chennai.  This was the first time that the department was providing prosthesis to amputees under the CMCHIS. The prosthesis is lightweight, resilient and cosmetically acceptable and enabled patients to be independent in their daily activities.  The department was rendering services mainly to hand injury patients after surgical treatment to regain hand function for over 40 years. It will from now on provide prosthesis to amputees through the scheme.

    West Bengal Chief minister unveiled Yuvashree Arpan Scheme

    9 March 2019
    Under Yuvashree Arpan, 50,000 youths will receive financial  assistance of Rs 1 lakh each for setting up an enterprise. The Yuvashree I scheme is implemented by the state labour department. Launched in 2013, the state provides unemployment allowance of Rs 1,500 per month to 1,00,000 unemployed youth. The state government's Khadya Sathi project was awarded the Skoch platinum award for providing service to the people under the governance category for bringing in socio-economic change.

    Karnataka Govt launched the Jal Amrutha scheme

    9 March 2019
    Jala Amrutha will be major water conservation scheme that will focus on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies. State government has sanctioned grant of Rs 500 crore. Under it, state government aims to rejuvenate 14,000 waterbodies and building 12,000 check-dams in next two years. Karnataka government has declared 2019 as the Year of Water. ♦ Karnataka chief minister - H D Kumaraswamy

    MHRD launched STARS scheme on 28th February

    1 March 2019
    The Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the STARS scheme on National Science Day that is 28th February. STARS is abbreviated as Scheme for Translational and Advanced Research in Science.  The Ministry has allocated Rs.250 crores for the implementation of the scheme. Under the scheme 500 science projects will be funded whose selection will be made based on competition. Indian Institute of Science (IISC) will be the coordinator of the scheme.  National Science Day:  ♦ The National Science Day is celebrated on 28th February every year in the memory of Indian physicist and a Nobel laureate Sir CV. Raman ♦ It is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect for which he was awarded Nobel Prize in the year 1930 ♦ The theme of the 2019 National Science Day is Science for people and people for science

    Karnataka launched a major water conservation scheme Jalamrutha

    28 February 2019
    Karnataka State government launched a major water conservation scheme titled ‘Jalamrutha’, which focuses on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies. The scheme was initiated by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and was cleared by the State Cabinet. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy launched the scheme in Bengaluru.  Jalamrutha will deploy scientific approaches to water budgeting, water harvesting, and water conservation through the use of geospatial data, satellite imagery, topographical and geological data.  The scheme will be implemented by key line departments of the government, Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector institutions. It will operate on a four-tier institutional structure with planning and execution committees being set up at village, taluk, district and State levels.

    Narendra Modi launched Rs 75,000 Crore PM KISAN scheme from Gorakhpur

    26 February 2019
    Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme was announced in Piyush Goyal's interim budget 2019-20 and is completely funded by the central government. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, Rs 6,000 will be given to 12 crore farmers with less than 2 hectares of land, per year in three instalments.

    M.P. launched Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana

    25 February 2019
    The Madhya Pradesh government launched its flagship scheme ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’. It was launched by the Chief Minister Kamal Nath.  This scheme guarantees 100 days of employment every year to urban youth from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The youth under the scheme would be imparted skill development training. Each youth enrolled under the scheme will get total Rs.13,500 for the 100 days period. Maharashtra: ♦ Capital: Bhopal ♦ Governor: Anandiben Patel ♦ Chief Minister: Kamal Nath ♦ Official language: Hindi

    Odisha government launched KALIA Chhatra Bruti scholarship

    21 February 2019
    The government of Odisha has launched the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Chhatra Bruti scholarship for the children of farmers. The Scholarship is under the KALIA, a scheme for financing farmers in Odisha.  Eligibility for the Scholarship ♦ Students should be the children of KALIA beneficiaries  ♦ They should be studying in government professional colleges on merit. The government has launched the 'KALIA Chhatra Bruti' programme so that the children of the farmers excel in the future.  ♦ The State government would spend Rs.10,180 crore over three years until 2020-21 in providing financial assistance to cultivators and landless agricultural labourers benefitting 92% of the cultivators in the state  ♦ The Scheme also proposes interest-free crop loans up to Rs.50,000.

    CCEA launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan

    20 February 2019
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM). The Centre also approved the aid of Rs.34,422 crore to provide financial and water security to farmers through harnessing solar energy capacities of 25.75 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. The objective of KUSUM is to provide financial and water security to farmers. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs: ♦ CCEA is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi  ♦ CCEA has the mandate to review economic trends on a continuous basis, as also the problems and prospects, with a view to evolving a consistent and integrated economic policy framework for the country. ♦ It also directs and coordinates all policies and activities in the economic field including foreign investment that require policy decisions at the highest level

    Andhra Pradesh government to give Rs. 9,000 to farmers

    18 February 2019
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu announced income support of Rs.9,000 for small and marginal farmers owning up to five acres in addition to Rs.6,000 which the Union government sought to directly credit into their bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.  The Central scheme and the one offered by the State will put total Rs.15,000 in the hands of the small and marginal farmers who constitute a huge chunk of the farming community. For farmers owning more than five acres, the State government has reportedly committed to provide Rs.10,000.

    PM Modi to launch scheme to give Rs 6,000 to farmers on Feb 24

    15 February 2019
    PM Narendra Modi will launch the ₹75,000-crore cash transfer scheme for farmers on February 24 in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, announced in the interim budget, ₹6,000 will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small farmers holding cultivable land up to two hectares.

    Hirkani Maharashtrachi scheme was launched in Maharashtra

    11 February 2019
    Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the Hirkani Maharashtrachi scheme to provide a platform for women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) and the District Business Plan Competition to boost entrepreneurship in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSInS), which comes under the State departments of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, will execute the project with support from officials in the districts. Under the Hirkani Maharashtrachi scheme, women’s SHGs will pitch their business plan at the taluka level. Ten groups will be selected from each taluka and Rs.50,000 will be given to each SHG to implement their idea. Five SHGs at the district level will be selected and Rs.2 lakh will be given to each SHG to take their ideas forward.  

    Darwaza Band Part 2 campaign launched by Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin

    7 February 2019
    Shri Babanrao Lonikar Maharashtra’s Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation and Shri Parameswaran Iyer Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation were also present. The World Bank supported the Darwaza Band -Part 2. Three “Darwaza Band Part 2” films were launched by Amitabh Bachchan and dedicated re-adaptation of a poem of his father late Harivansh Rai Bachchan to the Swachh Bharat Mission “Swachh Tann, Swachh Mann, Swachh Bharat, Mera Parichay” Over 50 crore people stopped defecating in the open since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission  and with over 5.5 lakh villages have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and the national sanitation coverage is now 98% compared to 39% in 2014. About Swachh Bharat Mission The mission was launched in 2nd October 2014. It has two sub mission Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) under ministry of drinking water and sanitation. Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) under ministry of Urban Development

    Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation launched Shehri Samridhi Utsav

    6 February 2019
    Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), is launched with the aim to extend the reach of Deendayal Antyodaya Mission – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM). About Shehri Samridhi Utsav It is the National Exhibition and a sale of Self Help Group products and National Street Food Festival organized in New Delhi. Through Shehri Samridhi Utsav scheme, Self Help Group members all over the places are linked to national government schemes like Swachchh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, and National Nutrition Mission.

    Madhya Pradesh launched employment scheme Yuva Swabhiman Yojana for urban youth

    28 January 2019
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath  launched  ‘Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ for youths of the weak section in urban areas of Madhya Pradesh The scheme was launched in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh  The main aim is to provide employment to the youth belonging to the weaker section of the society mainly in urban areas of the state. Under this scheme, 100 days of employment will be provided.

    Farmers under KALIA scheme will get money by January 26

    15 January 2019
    Farmers who have enrolled under Odisha’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in the first phase will receive monetary assistance by January 26. Around 12.4 lakh small and marginal farmers will get Rs.5,000 each for one crop as per the provisions of the scheme.  Odisha’s Cooperation Minister S.N.Patro said that the financial assistance will be directly deposited in the bank accounts of the beneficiary farmers. He also added that farmers applying for enrolment in the scheme during the extended deadline till January 15 will be verified before the money is disbursed.

    Tamil Nadu Cm inaugrated various project in the State

    15 January 2019
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated a slew of welfare schemes through video conference from the Secretariat. The schemes included those to be implemented by the Municipal Administration Department, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and the Rural Development Department.  He also inaugurated drinking water schemes catering to various parts of the State at a total cost of Rs.169.72 crore. While a scheme costing Rs.70.50 crore was inaugurated for the Dindigul Corporation, six such schemes for Kancheepuram, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Theni were inaugurated at a cost of Rs. 79.13 crore. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the District Rural Development Agency in Kajamalai in Tiruchi district.

    Odisha CM announced interest-free loans for women self-help groups

    7 January 2019
    As part of the Mission Shakti scheme, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs 3 lakh for the women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the state. There are around six lakh WSHGs in Odisha. He also distributed financial assistance of Rs 3,000 each to six lakh WSHGs as part the state government's efforts to digitally empower women. He also announced seed money worth ₹15,000 for new SHGs and ₹3,000 to purchase smartphones for digital empowerment. He further announced a sum of ₹25 lakh for the existing 338 Block Level Federations.

    Maharashtra govt approved Rs 4,089 crore for Tembhu irrigation scheme

    26 December 2018
    The scheme is about constructing barrages on the river Krishna near Tembhu village and lifting 22 billion cubic feet water to irrigate 80,000 hectare areas in seven talukas - Karad, Kadegaon, Tasgaon, Khanapur, Atpadi, Kavathe-Mahankal and Sangola - spread across Satara, Sangli and Solapur districts. The project was conceptualised way back in 1996 at a cost of Rs 1,416 crore.

    Mission Indradhanush: Indias immunisation growth rate since launch rises to four per cent

    26 December 2018
    In December 2014, Mission Indradhanush was launched for a targeted approach to immunisation in India, in a bid to change the tardy annual growth rate of 1 per cent. Between 2014 and 2018, India’s annual immunisation growth rate has risen to 4 per cent, with an unprecedented 16 per cent rise in the number of fully immunised children. The word Indradhanush was chosen to represent the seven vaccines that were subsequently included in the Universal Immunization Program against these seven diseases - tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and measles.

    Jharkhand CM announced Rs 2,250 crore scheme for farmers

    25 December 2018
    Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das announced a ₹2,250 crore scheme to help 22.76 lakh small and marginal farmers of the state. Named Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana, the scheme will provide farmers with a yearly financial assistance of ₹5,000 per acre for Kharif crops. The scheme will start from 2019-20 financial year.

    Odisha Government announced Rs. 10,000 Crore Scheme for Farmers Development

    25 December 2018
    Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced a ₹10,000 crore scheme named Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA), which will provide farmers with ₹10,000 a year at the rate of ₹5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi season. Additionally, crop loans of up to ₹50,000 will be interest-free under the scheme.

    Assam government approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver

    19 December 2018
    According to the Assam government scheme, it will write off 25 per cent loan of farmers up to a maximum of Rs 25,000 of all farm debts. The waiver will be for all the loans taken through Kisan Credit Card (KCC) and from PSU banks. The cabinet also approved subsidy up to Rs 10,000 to incentivise farmers if they take loan from KCC. Assam is the third state to waive farm loans in the last few days after the newly formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced it on December 17.

    Cabinet approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

    18 December 2018
    The Union Cabinet approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The scheme aims at providing deposit-free LPG connections to eight crore households. So far, the scheme targeted the poor and underprivileged so listed in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census, 2011.  

    Maharashtra CM launched 'SMART' initiative

    9 December 2018
    In a bid to transform rural Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a unique initiative called "SMART", which stands for State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation. The project will entail an investment of 300 million US dollars of which World Bank would contribute 210 million US dollars. Almost 50 Memorandum of Understanding, involving top corporate houses like Amazon and Tata were signed on the occasion. This World Bank assisted project aims to revamp agricultural value chains, with special focus on marginal farmers across 1,000 villages.

    Gangotri, Yamunotri included under PRASAD scheme

    8 December 2018
    The Centre has included Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttrarakhand, Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and Parasnath in Jharkhand under a central scheme to develop pilgrimage and heritage destinations in the country. With the new additions, the number of sites under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) launched by the ministry in 2014-15 has now become 41 in 25 states. A total 24 projects in 15 states have been approved with estimated expenditure of Rs 727.16 crore and a total amount of Rs 331.15 crore has been released for these projects under the scheme since its inception till date.

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