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  • Ministry of Human Resource Development announced 'Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat' scheme

    The initiative has been launched under 'Samagra Shiksha'. Under this initiative, government will give an annual library grant to schools to promote reading culture. The grant will be given to Primary to Senior Secondary levels and will vary between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 20,000.

    NMCG organises Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan in five Ganga Basin states

    National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is running  “Ganga VriksharopanAbhiyan” in five main stem Ganga basin states namely Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.  The drive was launched on the 9th July and the week upto 15th July was observed as ‘ShubharambhSaptah’.  State Forest Departments of these states have been made the nodal agencies for the smooth and effective execution of the campaign.  The participation from Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Ganga VicharManch (GVM), NGOs and educational institutions are encouraging. The campaign has been initiated as part of the Forest Interventions in Ganga (FIG) component of Namami Gange Programme. About NMCG ♦ National Mission for Clean Ganga is the implementation wing of National Ganga Council which was set up in October 2016 under the River Ganga. ♦ The main aim is to clean the Ganga and its tributaries in a comprehensive manner.

    Aadhaar not mandatory for Rs. 5 lakh insurance under Modicare

    The Health Ministry has clarified it's not mandatory for beneficiaries to submit Aadhaar details for seeking ₹5-lakh health insurance under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, dubbed as 'Modicare'. About Ayushman Bharat: Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

    Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018

    The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in the Delhi. An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts and the results will be announced in the form of a ranking of all districts and states on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation parameters. The top-performing states and districts will be awarded on 2nd October 2018. The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake a ranking of states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative SBM-G parameters.

    Gujarat approved Rs 39 crore 'Seema Darshan' Project for infra development

    Chief Minister Vijay Rupani gave in-principal approval for the project "Seema Darshan", which is also referred as border tourism project at Nadabet near Suigam in Banaskantha district. The approval was given at a review meeting held in Gandhinagar, which entails development of an exhibition hall and a parade ground with an amphitheatre for 5,000 people, under phase-2 of the project. An investment of Rs 22 crore was made into the phase-1 of the project that was launched on December 24, 2016. The project will encourage local economic activity in the Rann of Kutchh region and in adjoining flamingo and wild ass sanctuaries.

    Maharashtra will launch 'One farmer one transformer' scheme from 15th August

    In order to reduce electricity losses, the Maharashtra government will launch a new scheme allocating "one transformer per farmer". Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply. Farmers who lose their cattle in attack by wild animals will now get Rs 40,000, up from Rs 25,000 earlier. Rs 2 lakh hike in the compensation given to the kin of people killed in an attack by wild animals was announced. Each affected family will now get Rs 10 lakh instead of Rs 8 lakh earlier.

    Under PMAY Urban Scheme, 51 Lakh houses sanctioned in three years

    Global Housing construction technology has been proposed to ensure delivery of houses at a minimum cost, in minimum time under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY Urban). On the completion of 3rd year of implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Urban, The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) conducted its 35th Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) meeting, where a total of 3,18,900 houses from 6 States/UTs were approved. About PMAY:- ♦ Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is an initiative by Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor with a target of building 20 million affordable houses by 31 March 2022. ♦ Launch year: 2015 ♦ Ministry: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs ♦ Key people: Hardeep Singh Puri

    PM Modi inaugurated 13 projects worth Rs. 2,100 crore in Rajasthan

    He inaugurated Integrated Structural Planning in Udaipur and schemes for Ajmer, Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, Sikar and Mount Abu. Around 4.5 crore people of Rajasthan have benefitted from around 160 government schemes.

    Gujarat CM launched 'Poshan Abhiyan' to eradicate malnutrition

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched 'Poshan Abhiyan' - a statewide mission to eradicate malnutrition among children by providing them nutritious food through Anganwadi centres. He also launched 'Purna' project to eliminate malnutrition among girls in the age group of 14 to 18, at an allocated cost of Rs 270 crore. ♦ Full form of PURNA - Prevention of Under Nutrition and Reduction of Nutritional Anaemia among Adolescent Girls. ♦ Nationwide Poshan Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Rajasthan on March 8 this year.

    Government proposes to set up 3,000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 SHGs

    Prime Minister launched the Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED on 14th April, 2018 during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur Chattisgarh. The government has proposed to set up 3,000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 self-help groups (SHG) across the country, for providing skill up-gradation and capacity building training for value addition of forest produce. Union Tribal Minister - Jual Oram

    Odisha CM increased the health cover under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that insurance coverage for women under the BJD’s health insurance proposal has been raised to Rs 7 lakh from Rs 5 lakh. He accepted a proposal by a Malkangiri woman while holding a session of Ama Gaon Ama Bikas - a direct fund disbursement programme for development activities. Odisha government had earlier announced the scheme on June 12 which would be implemented from August 15.

    Haryana government introduced a scheme to give school kids 50 rupees for planting trees

    The Haryana government has decided to introduce a scheme under which school children will be given ₹50 for planting trees every six months for a period of three years. The scheme will cover students from Classes 6 to 12 of both government and private schools. It will be launched on July 10.

    Twenty States Sign MoU For Implementing Ayushman Bharat - NHP Mission

    Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). Smt. Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare and Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog were also present at the function. A web portal for initiating the empanelment of hospitals under the mission was also launched.

    Around 2 lakh 50,000 gram panchayats to be provided broadband connectivity by March next year

    Communication Minister Manoj Sinha expressed hope that all the 2 lakh 50,000-gram panchayats will be provided broadband connectivity by March next year. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today on the achievements of his Ministry in the last four years,  one lakh gram panchayats have been provided with hi-speed broadband connectivity under the Bharat Net Project. The scheme will make a significant improvement in the lives of rural people.  The telecom sector has witnessed revolutionary changes over the last four years. be a six-fold old increase in government spending on telecommunications infrastructure and service in the country from 9,900 crore rupees between 2009-2014 to 60,000 crores between 2014 to 2019. The internet coverage increased by over 75 per cent from 251 million user to 446 million. Prime Minister's motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas finds reflection in the Telecom department's efforts to connect the unconnected through rural digital infrastructure project such as BharatNet.  The department has also taken proactive steps to move the country to the forefront on the global stage in this technology driven sector.

    Chandra Babu Naidu inaugurates diaphragm wall pylon of Polavaram project

     Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandra Babu Naidu inaugurated the diaphragm wall pylon at the multipurpose irrigation project Polavaram. Addressing the small gathering here, Naidu assured that the mega irrigation venture will be completed by December 2019. Expressing satisfaction over the progress of construction, the Chief Minister said that near about 55 percent work has been completed. Taking a pot-shot at Central government Babu claimed that Rs 1000 crore has not been released by the BJP government. The TDP Chief also slammed YCR Congress party for stalling the ongoing project.

    Union Cabinet approves revised guidelines for time-bound closure of sick PSUs

    Union Cabinet approved the revised guidelines of the Department of Public Enterprises on the time-bound closure of sick and loss-making Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and disposal of movable and immovable assets. The revised guidelines will reduce delays in implementation of closure plans of sick and loss-making CPSEs.  These guidelines provide a broad framework for expeditious completion of various processes and procedures for closure of CPSEs by laying down important milestones in the closure process along with timelines, outlining the responsibilities of the concerned Ministries, Departments and CPSE in the process.

    Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Flags-in NIMAS expedition team to Mt Everest

    Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman flagged-in the expedition team to Mt. Everest conducted successfully by National Institute for Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh in New Delhi. Sitharaman congratulated the team led by Director and Team Leader Col Sarfraz Singh for their remarkable achievement. It is for the first time that any National Institute expedition team has put eight members on the top of Mt.Everest in their maiden attempt. The expedition started from South Ridge of Mt Everest from Nepal side on 02 April 2018 from Lukla to Everest Base camp via Namche. The team scaled Mt.Lobuche in Nepal on 20 April 2018 as part of acclimatization and final conditioning training. The rotational training to higher camps was carried out by the team up to Camp-3 (7200M) from 22 April to 10 May 2018. All the 08 members of the team successfully scaled the peak on 19 and 20 May 2018 without any casualty or cold injury.

    Andhra Pradesh inks pact with Maharashtra to develop Fintech ecosystem

    Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Nara Lokesh took to Twitter and shared the details about the same. The Minister termed Mumbai and Vizag as the driving force behind the Fintech platform. Lokesh hoped that new association will pave the way for enhanced financial technology innovation in both the states.

    Union Government launches Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan to help farmers in Aspirational Districts to raise their income

    The union government announced the launch of 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' under which farmers in select villages will be given assistance and advice on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income.  An official statement in New Delhi said that the Agriculture Ministry in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 has launched the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan from 1st June to 31st July 2018.  The scheme aims to help farmers in 25 villages with more than 1,000 population each in 111 Aspirational Districts identified in consultation with Ministry of Rural Development as per directions of NITI Ayog.  The Farm science centers called Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) will coordinate and implement the programme. As many as 111 officers have also been made in-charge of one district each for overall coordination and field level monitoring.  These officers have been selected from subordinate/attached/autonomous organizations/PSUs etc of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

    Union Government launches new scheme SevaBhojYojna

    The Union Ministry of Culture introduced a new scheme called ‘SevaBhojYojna’ to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on items for food/Prasad/langar/Bhandara offered free of cost by charitable religious institutions. The scheme launched for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 with a total outlay of Rs. 325.00 crores. The scheme seeks to reimburse the central government’s share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta, maida, rava, flour, rice pulses, sugar, and jaggery, which go into preparation of food/Prasad/langar/Bhandara offered free of cost by religious institutions. The main objective of the scheme is to lessen the financial burden of such charitable religious institutions, which provide free of cost without any discrimination to the general public and devotees.

    Ministry Of Women And Child Development Signs MoU With Uttar Pradesh

    The Ministry of Women and Child and Development, Government of India signed a MoU with Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Uttar Pradesh, in New Delhi for management of Home of Widows at Sunrakh Bangar, Vrindavan. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has constructed this shelter home for widows with a capacity of 1000 inmates. The MoU shall be in force for a period of 2 years which may be renewed for further period on the satisfactory running of the Home.

    Madhya Pradesh govt decides to regularise 2 lakh 37,000 contractual teachers

    Madhya Pradesh government decided to regularise 2 lakh 37 thousand contractual teachers in the state. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday. Cabinet also decided that no contractual employee in other government departments will be retrenched. The Union Cabinet also decided that the contractual staffers will be given 15 days privilege leave, 13 days casual leave and 10 days other leave in a calendar year.

    E-Way Bill System For Intra-State Goods Movement Comes Into Force In Seven More States, UTs

    E-Way Bill system for intra-State movement of goods will be implemented in seven more states and Union Territories from 27th May 2018. The States are Maharashtra, Manipur, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.  With this, the number of States, where the system is being implemented, will go up to 27.   As per the decision of the GST Council, e-Way Bill system has been rolled out from 1st of April this year. 

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar launches Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education

    The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education from pre-school to senior secondary levels. The scheme will mainly focus on improving quality of education, enhancing the learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers. The scheme will be focused on digital education and it will enhance the use of digital technology in education through smart classroom and digital boards. The scheme will provide a holistic education for holistic development. It would help improve the quality of education by focusing on teachers and technology. An annual grant of Rs 5000- 20,000 will be provided for the strengthening of libraries in the schools.

    Telangana Government announces unique life insurance scheme for farmers

    Telangana government has announced a unique life insurance scheme for farmers. Under the scheme, the government will provide life insurance facility of five lakh rupees to the nominee, after the death of the insured farmer. The entire premium will be paid by the government to the insurance agency and the nominee will get the amount within ten days of the claim after the death of the farmer. the dependent family will get the benefit irrespective of the reason for the death of the farmer. Making the announcement in Hyderabad yesterday, Chief Minister Chandra Sekhara Rao said, Life Insurance Corporation India will implement the scheme. The farmers in the age group of 18 to 60 are eligible to enroll their names to get benefit from it. The scheme will come into force from 15th of August this year.

    Union Government Notifies 8.55% Interest On PF For 2017-18

    Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) asked its field offices to credit 8.55% rate of interest for 2017-18 into the Provident Fund accounts of around 5 crore subscribers. According to an order issued by the EPFO, the Labour Ministry conveyed approval to credit 8.55% rate of interest for last fiscal. The finance ministry had ratified 8.55%rate of interest on EPF for the last fiscal, but it could not be implemented because of model code of conduct for Karnataka elections.

    I&B Minister Launches 6-Day ASEAN India Film Festival

    I&B Minister Col. Rajyavardhana Rathore launches six-day ASEAN India Film Festival in New Delhi. India and ASEAN share historical and cultural links. The Union Minister also stated that the Information and Broadcasting ministry is taking measures to create and promote film festivals with ASEAN, BRICS, and European nations.

    Nepal is the first country In South-East Asia To Eliminate Trachoma: WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nepal as free from Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. With this, Nepal becomes the first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to eliminate Trachoma. Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s.

    Finance Ministry Ties Up With 40 Companies Under Mudra Scheme

    The Union Finance Ministry has tied up with 40 entities including Flipkart, Swiggy, Patanjali, and Amul for extending loans to small entrepreneurs under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY). In order to identify people who can be given funds under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), the ministry organized an event in Mumbai to extend loan under the scheme. The CEOs of various Banks, senior officials in the rank of MD or CEO from Oil Companies, Railway Board would be part of the event.

    Madhya Pradesh Launches 'My MP Rojgar Portal'

    The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched 'My MP Rojgar Portal' to provide jobs to youths as per their educational qualification, skills, and interest and ensure availability of able candidates to employers as per the need of their business. The portal was launched as a part of the 'Ham Chhu Lenge Asman' Mukhyamantri Career Counselling programme ‘Pahal' in Model School of Bhopal. It was prepared by the Madhya Pradesh Skill Development and Employment Generation Board under youth empowerment mission.

    Union Government extends last date for filing of form GSTR-3B by 2 days till May 22

    The Union government extended the last date for filing of form GSTR-3B for April by two days till 22nd of this month. An official statement said that it was brought to the notice of the competent authority that certain technical issues are being faced by the taxpayers during the filing of the form. In order to resolve the same, emergency maintenance is being carried out on the system.

    Union Minister Suresh Prabhu Launched Intellectual Property Mascot IP Nani

    Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot ‘IP Nani’. The mascot was launched during a conference on the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi.  On the same occasion, an anti-piracy video featuring the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was also launched.  The first and foremost objective of the Policy is “IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion”, aimed at raising awareness on IPR for school children to nurture creativity and the ability to innovate from a very young age.

    North Eastern State Capitals to be connected by railway network by 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to develop India’s north-east region is taking shape. A couple of days ago he declared that Sikkim will have air connectivity before it gets a railway line. And that happened. Now he is planning to join the capital cities of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim, and Nagaland by railway route. The geography of the northeast region makes it more difficult to lay railway tracks or build roads and bridges. But the Modi government has decided to overcome this hurdle and go ahead with their plans to improve connectivity by land and air and also by water routes. As per the target fixed, by 2020 all the capital cities of the northeastern states will be connected with each other by railway network.

    Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath welcomes first bus from Janakpur to Ayodhya

    With PM Narendra Modi flagging off the Janakpur Ayodhya bus service, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath received the first bus of Indo-Nepal bus service from Janakpur to Ayodhya. The bus, which is also known as the Nepal -India Friendship Bus Service, completed its maiden trip as it arrived at Ayodhya. The bus was launched jointly by Prime Minister Modi and his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli in Janakpur as part of the Ramayan Circuit Bus Service. The Government of India has also taken the task to complete the ram-Janki route. The route will only take 6 to 7 hours from 10 to 12 hours to reach Ayodhya to Janakpur. Nepalese pilgrims who took this bus service from Janakpur, the birthplace of Sita, expressed their happiness at taking the first journey to the land of Ram and said the 520-km trip was comfortable.

    MEA Sushma Swarajs visit to Myanmar envelops landmark deal enabling legal land border crossing

    Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s two-day visit to Myanmar concluded with a range of bilateral issues discussions and signing seven agreements. During the visit, Swaraj called on H.E U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and met H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs. During the bilateral meetings, boundary, and border-related issues, peace & security matters, developments in the Rakhine State, including the return of displaced persons, India’s development assistance to Myanmar, ongoing projects, and other issues of mutual interest were discussed. The Minister also met the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, during the visit.

    Union Government approves green license plates for private electric vehicles

    The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) approved the green license plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e - vehicles and yellow vehicles in India. The purpose behind distinctive green number plates is easy identification for vehicles in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like a concessional troll.

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Launches Website Of Digital India Internship Scheme

    Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the website of Digital India Internship Scheme in New Delhi. Under this scheme, 25 interns will be inducted for a period of three months. These interns will be paid a stipend of 10 thousand rupees per month. The internship is an opportunity for a student to secure first hand and practical work experience under the guidance of qualified and experienced Supervisor and Mentor.

    Madhya Pradesh launches Indias first Integrated Control and Command Centre for its smart cities

    Bhopal Smart city Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) launched India's first cloud-based common Integrated Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Center and integrated control and command center. It is powered by Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise's universal Internet of Things. ICCC will enable Madhya Pradesh State Administration to monitor and administer multiple cities civic utilities and citizen services across seven smart cities include Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, and Sagar. It will also enable statewide monitoring of these cities from central command view and result in significant cost savings as compared to deploying full-fledged data and discovery data along with the control centers in each center in every seven cities.

    NITI Aayog, Google Sign SoI To Help Grow AI Ecosystem In India

    Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) ecosystem. NITI Aayog and Google have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country. The NITI Aayog has been entrusted to set up a national programme to conduct research and development in frontier technologies such as AI. Under the aegis of this program, Google will train and incubate Indian AI startups in an accelerator program. These startups will be mentored and coached by Google and its affiliates.

    Social Justice Ministry Organised Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme

    The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organized a ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ at Huda Convention Centre in Faridabad, Haryana. The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar was the Chief Guest in the programme. Under the Assistance to Disabled persons (ADIP) scheme of the DEPwD, there is a provision for Cochlear Implant surgeries of hearing impaired children up to the age of 5 years at the cost of Rs 6.00 Lakhs per unit.

    Punjab to commence skill development mission; aims on massive employment for youths

    Punjab is all set to undertake Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Divas at 37 Blocks in the state with an aim to increase the reach of rural households to livelihoods. Notably, the center is undertaking Gram Swaraj Abhiyan from April 14 to May 5 across the country. Out of several events planned during the Abhiyan, Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) is undertaking Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Divas at 37 Blocks in Punjab. The main aim of this effort is to increase the reach of rural households to Livelihoods and Skill Development schemes of Government.

    EPFO launches View Pension Passbook Service on Umang App

    Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) launched View Pension Passbook Service for pensioners on Umang App. Umang app UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) app aims to build common, unified platform and mobile app to facilitate single was launched part of EPFO’s plan to go paperless by August this year and provide all services online. It will allow pensioners view their pension passbook on mobile phones with the help of Umang app. EPFO is already providing various e-services for its stakeholders through Umang.

    HRD Ministry Launches Initiatives For Online Professional Development Using SWAYAM

    Human Resource Development Ministry launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses platform SWAYAM. In the first phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified. National Resource Centres are tasked to prepare online training material with focus on new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.

    PGCIL Inks Pact With Power Ministry For Rs.25,000 Crore Capex

    State-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) inked a pact with the Ministry of Power to incur capital expenditure of Rs.25,000 crore for the current fiscal. The MoU includes various targets to be achieved by Powergrid during 2018-19. Other targets in the MoU inter-alia include parameters related to human resources, project management, research & development, innovation and other efficiency and operational performance parameters. The MoU was signed by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power and I S Jha, Chairman and Managing Director.

    Ayushman Bharat to spread its roots with an aim to set up 150000 health care centers

    In order to establish 1,50,000 the Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) by 2022, share and give a common understanding of the multiple components to enable HWC to deliver comprehensive primary health care, a two-day conference was organized under Ayushman Bharat. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with technical support from the National Health Systems Resource Centre, recently. Workshop proceedings started with an overview presentation of the various components of Comprehensive Primary Health Care. It emphasized the critical importance of selecting motivated candidates as Mid-Level Health Providers and strengthening the Primary Health Care team including the Multi-Purpose Workers (male and female) and ASHA. The importance of the shift from selective to comprehensive primary health care, the uninterrupted availability of medicines for chronic diseases, and the criticality in establishing a seamless continuum of care, to build trust and confidence in the public health system and in reducing out of pocket expenditure were highlighted. In addition, the importance of integrating active case finding for tuberculosis in HWC to meet the national commitment of TB elimination was emphasized.

    Swachh Bharat Mission Launches GOBAR-DHAN Scheme

    Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti, launched the GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) - DHAN scheme at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Auditorium, Karnal, Haryana. The scheme was launched in the presence of the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar. The scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste. The scheme also aims at creating new rural livelihood opportunities and enhancing income for farmers and other rural people.

    Union Government Launches Pilot Scheme For Procurement Of Aggregate Power Of 2500 MW

    The Indian government launched a Pilot Scheme for procurement of aggregate power of 2500 MW on a competitive basis for three years under medium term from commissioned power plants without power purchase agreements. The main purpose of the scheme is to revive commissioned power plants which are unable to sell electricity in the absence of valid power purchase agreements. These plants can bid for power supply under the scheme.

    NHAI Inks Pact With Macquarie

    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) entered into a pact with Macquarie for road projects under the highway monetization drive. The Agreement has been signed with Macquarie for the first bundle\of highway projects (USD 1.5 billion one of the highest FDI in highways).

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launches Van Dhan Scheme To Help Increase Tribal Income

    The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi launched the Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED, during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur, Chattisgarh. The Van Dhan scheme along with others like Jan Dhan and Gobar-Dhan schemes had the potential to change the tribal-rural economic system. Under Van Dhan, 10 Self Help Groups of 30 Tribal gatherers would be constituted.

    HRD Ministry Launches 2nd Edition Of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

    The Ministry of Human Resource Development, HRD launched the second edition of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan under which students from 750 higher educational institutions from across the country will adopt villages and visit them to get acquainted with the lifestyle of people there and the problems faced by them. The minister advised the students to involve local village people at every stage of problem identification and solving issues relating to health, cleanliness, waste management, plantation, financial inclusion, women and child development.

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