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  • First Pashu Kisan credit cards were launched in Haryana

    2 days ago
    The First Pashu Kisan credit cards in India were distributed to 101 animal farmers in Bhiwani, Haryana on 6 December at the Animal Farmers Credit Card Scheme launching ceremony. The State government has set a target to issue 10 lakh Pashu Kisan Credit cards by March 2021. The State aims to double the income of farmers in the state.  First Pashu Kisan credit cards: ♦ Using the cards, one can buy cow-buffalo and other animals. ♦ TVs, mobile phones and fridges can also be purchased ♦ Under the Scheme, banks will give Rs.40783 for a cow and Rs.60249 for a buffalo.   ♦ The credit amount for goat and sheep each is Rs.4063.  ♦ The credit amount for pig under the scheme is Rs.16337 per pig.  ♦ For Hens, it is to give Rs.720 per layer and Rs.161 per broiler hen.

    Odisha to merge Kalia scheme with PM Kisan scheme

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    The Odisha government is to merge the State's Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme with the Centre's Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) yojana due to financial constraint. KALIA Scheme: ♦ KALIA Chhatravritti scheme was launched by the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in December 2018. ♦ Under the scheme farmers, mostly small and marginal cultivators will get Rs.10,000 in two installments for two crops in a year. The landless agricultural farmers eligible to get Rs.12,000 per annum for three years. PM-Kisan scheme: ♦ Under the PM-Kisan scheme, the central government is providing annually Rs.6,000 in three equal installments to about 14 crore farmers. New guidelines: Of the announced annual financial assistance of Rs.10,000, the state government will give Rs.4,000 to farmers while the rest will be provided from the Centre's scheme. Landless farmers will get Rs.12,000 per year under the Kalia scheme.

    Government launched the 4th phase of Regional Connectivity Scheme

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    The government launched the fourth phase of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to stimulate air connectivity in an affordable way. Ministry of Civil Aviation has invited bids for the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN. The scheme was launched by the Ministry of civil aviation (MoCA). The scheme is a part of the government's vision to operationalize over 100 airports in smaller towns and cities over the next five years. Aim: The scheme focuses to introduce connectivity to priority areas like North East India, UT Jammu and Kashmir, UT Ladakh, hilly states in other parts of the country, and islands. Regional Connectivity Scheme: ♦ The scheme was launched in 2017.  ♦ The Regional Connectivity Scheme is also known as UDAN or Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik. ♦ The airlines compete to win subsidies to operate flights that link small airports with bigger airports in the country. ♦ In the fourth phase, the operation of the helicopter and seaplane would be allowed ♦ It also promotes short-haul routes in the fourth phase of the scheme. ♦ In this phase, the government will develop airports and operationalize the routes that were auctioned during the previous phase of the RCS scheme ♦ Under the RCS Scheme, currently, only 232 routes across 43 cities and towns of the 688 routes have been connected with 137 small cities.

    Centre to set up Atal Innovation Mission

    10 days ago
    The Government has set up the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog. It encourages the schools to provide exposure to science and technology to students so that they can be acquainted with futuristic technology platforms. It was announced by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. Aim: The main objective of establishing AIM is to create scientific character and innovative thoughts among the young minds of the country.  AIM-Atal Tinkering Laboratories: ♦ AIM is to establish Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) across the country for students between grade 6th to 12th ♦ The lab will be equipped with the latest emerging technologies such as electronics, Internet of things (IoT), 3D printing, Robotics, etc. ♦ In schools, AIM will facilitate to set up a network of ATL in India.  ♦ ATL: ATL initiative aims to Cultivate 1 Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators. It aims to foster creativity, curiosity, and imagination in young minds and inculcate skills including computational thinking, design mind-set, adaptive learning, rapid calculations, physical computing, measurements, etc.  Implementation: So far, ATL has selected 8878 schools and 4680 schools have been given the ATL grant in aid for the establishment of ATL. The government has announced a total of Rs. 1000 crores for AIM up to the financial year 2019-20. There is no direct allocation of funds by AIM at a state and district level. The funds will be directly allocated by AIM to the beneficiaries and administered centrally.

    Government to construct nearly 3.31 lakh houses under PMAY U

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    The government of India approved the construction of nearly 3.31 lakh more houses under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (Urban) at the 49th Meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under PMAY(U). The move comes after the implementation of a total number of 96.5 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (Urban).  Proposed houses: ♦ The approval includes six lighthouses projects (LHPs) for construction of 6,368 units across six states.  ♦ The states include 1,144 in Gujarat, 1,008 in Jharkhand, 1,024 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,152 in Tamil Nadu, 1,000 in Tripura and 1,040 in Uttar Pradesh. ♦ The committee approved the 606 proposals from the six participating states for the construction of 3,31,075 houses. The overall investment estimated for the construction process is Rs.15,125 crore, involving central assistance of Rs.5,092 crore Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY): PMAY is an initiative by the Government of India. The scheme was launched in June 2015. Under the scheme, affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor with a target of building 20 million affordable houses by 31 March 2022. It has two components:  ♦ Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) for the urban poor ♦ Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) (PMAY-G/PMAY-R) for the rural poor The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has sanctioned more than 96.50 lakh houses under PMAY(U) against the validated demand of 1.12 crore houses, so far.

    Andhra Pradesh launched YSR Matsyakara Bharosa

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    Andhra Pradesh State government launched YSR Matsyakara Bharosa on 21 November. The scheme will extend the benefits of the scheme to fishermen who have already benefited from Rythu Bharosa, Vahana Mitra and pension schemes. YSR Matsyakara Bharosa: ♦ Under the YSR Matsyakara Bharosa scheme, the financial assistance to fishermen operating mechanized, motorized and non-motorised fishing nets will be enhanced to Rs.10,000. Earlier Rs.4,000 was provided for the annual fishing ban period between April 15 and June 14.    ♦ The scheme includes Komanapalli in Mummidivaram of East Godavari district. ♦ The beneficiaries will get an increased diesel subsidy of Rs.9 per litre. Earlier, the subsidy was Rs.6.03 per litre.  ♦ It is expected that a total of 1,32,332 families would benefit from this scheme. ♦ The ex gratia given to families of fishermen who died while hunting has also been enhanced from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.10 lakh. This is applicable only to the fishermen in the 18 to 60 age group.

    Assam government released the 2019 new Land Policy

    17 days ago
    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal released the new Land Policy 2019. It was prepared by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. Chief Minister also released the Hand Book of Circulars, Volume-V. It contains the Government Circulars, Office Memorandum, etc. from 1 May 2007 to 30 August 2019. Assam Land Policy 2019: ♦ The Land Policy 2019 was approved by Cabinet on 21 October 2019. ♦ It was prepared by the department after 30 years. It was last prepared in the year 1989.  ♦ The state government has put a lot of effort into preparing the Land Policy to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people. ♦ The Land Policy would remove complications regarding land allotments and settlements.  ♦ The Revenue and Disaster Management Department has been recommended to make the Hand Book available to all levels of officials of the department.

    Assam Cabinet approved Rs.800 crore per year under the Arundhati scheme

    17 days ago
    The Assam Cabinet approved the Rs.800 crore per year under the Arundhati scheme. The scheme will come to effect from 1 January 2020. The announcement was made by Assam Finance minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma. Arundhati scheme: ♦ The State aims to reduce child marriage and strengthen women empowerment.  ♦ The scheme also aims to have a society which is full of educated boys and girls. ♦ Under the scheme, every bride in the state will get Rs.30,000 from the state government to purchase gold. ♦ The scheme will provide one tola (10gm) of gold to the bride if a marriage is solemnized and registered. ♦ To avail the benefit from the scheme, the minimum age should be 18 years for the bride and 21 years for the bridegroom and should have a matriculate (Class 10 pass). The minimum educational qualification to avail the scheme was initially relaxed for the tea garden and Adivasi tribes. ♦ Also, to avail the scheme, the bride and her guardians (father, mother) annual income should be maximum Rs.5 lakh. ♦ The benefit under the scheme can be availed upon formal registration of the marriages under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 and will reach the beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage. ♦ The scheme will be confined in first marriage only. Note: A survey says that in Assam an average of 3 lakh marriages take place every year. Out of these marriages in Assam, only 50,000-55,000 marriages are being registered.

    Uttarakhand government launched Virtual Classroom Project

    21 days ago
    The Uttarakhand State government started the Virtual Classroom Project, an online method of teaching, on 16 November. It was launched by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. He also inaugurated the first studio in Dehradun. The project was launched under the Information and Communication Technology scheme of Samagra Sikshar Abhiyan in Uttarakhand.  Virtual Classroom Project: ♦ The project is expected to around 1.90 lakh students from classes 6-12. ♦ The initial phase will cover 150 schools. It will then be expanded to 500 schools within a month. ♦ The project will help to interact with students from different schools from remote areas using the technology. ♦ Under the project, teachers sitting in specials studios in Dehradun will teach students to live. ♦ The virtual classrooms use the Satellite Interactive Technology (SIT) and Receive only Terminal (ROT) technologies for two-way seamless interactivity. ♦ Using these technologies will be used for teaching different subjects by experts and teachers from the four central studios constructed in Dehradun.  Samagra Sikshar Abhiyan: The scheme was proposed in the 2018-2019 Union budget, to treat school education holistically without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class 12. The scheme aims to improve the effectiveness of schools measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes. It contains three sub-schemes, namely: ♦ Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) ♦ Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) ♦ Teacher Education (TE)

    National Mission NISHTHA was launched in Jammu and Kashmir

    22 days ago
    National Initiative for School Heads' and Teachers' Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It was inaugurated by Commissioner Secretary, School Education Department, Sarita Chauhan. Participants: Around 300 teachers, Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and Chief Education Officers, District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) Principals and Educational Administrators participated in the event. NISHTHA: ♦ NISHTHA is a National Mission that aims to improve learning outcomes at Elementary level through integrated Teacher Training.  ♦ It is a pioneering scheme being launched across the country, with a total of 86000 Elementary teachers of Government Schools being trained in J&K under the programme. ♦ It aims to build the capacities of 42 lakh participants covering all teachers and Heads of Schools at the elementary level in all Government Schools across the country, faculty members of SIEs/SCERTs, DIETs, etc.

    Delhi CM launched Mukhyamantri Septic Tank Safai Yojana

    23 days ago
    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced Mukhyamantri Septic Tank Safai Yojana on 15 November.  Aim: The scheme aimed to help the people living in unauthorized colonies where sewer lines are yet to be laid. People in such areas depend on manual scavengers for cleaning the tanks, which is an illegal act. Under the scheme, the Delhi government will clean the septic tanks for free. Mukhyamantri Septic Tank Safai Yojana: ♦ Nearly 45 lakh citizens in the authorized and unauthorized colonies of Delhi do not have sewer pipelines and depend on septic tanks. The process of installing sewage pipelines across all the unauthorized colonies is going on. Also, it is important to ensure the cleanliness of the septic tanks through safe means.  ♦ The scheme will help to collect waste from the septic tanks of the illegal colonies. It will ensure the safe disposal of waste in sewage treatment plants and the safety of people. ♦ Under the scheme, trained staff with all the safety equipment will be used for the work of septic tank cleaning.

    WCD to announce the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh

    23 days ago
    Ministry of Women and Child Development is to announce the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK) on 18 November 2019 in New Delhi. The announcement will be made by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, in a function. It will be Co-chaired by Mr. Bill Gates. Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh: ♦ It aims to reduce malnutrition through a multi-sectoral results-based framework. ♦ It aims to address malnutrition and reinforce healthy dietary behaviours both at the individual and community level, including the variation in such practices across India. ♦ It will create the first-ever database that links relevant agro-food system data at the district to map the diversity of native crop varieties that will be more cost-effective and sustainable over the long run. Food Atlas: Ministry of WCD has requested Harvard Chan School of Public Health through India Research Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to document and develop a food atlas on regional agro-food systems. It will mobilize the diverse sectors of society. The project team will select 12 high focus states which are representative of the economic, cultural, geographical, social,  and structural diversities of India. It will identify a local partner organization that has relevant work experience in Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and nutrition for developing the food atlas.

    Assam government announced new schemes for Pathsala

    24 days ago
    The Assam State Government has allocated Rs.30 crore for the development of Assam's Pathsala town. The allocated funds will be spent on construction of a flyover, roads and other schemes. The announcement was made by State PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while laying the foundation stone of the Tihu-Dumni road at Kenduguri.   Pathsala scheme: ♦ Under the scheme, the state plans to develop roads in order to improve infrastructure in the State. ♦ Under the new initiative, a slew of developmental activities will be carried out in Pathsala.  ♦ The State Government has already released Rs.20 crore for repairing of Pahumora dyke.

    CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy launched Mana Badi Nadu Nedu

    24 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy launched Mana Badi Nadu Nedu, which means our school then and now, programme on the occasion of the National Children's day on 14 November 2019. The programme was launched at PVR Boys High School, Andhra Pradesh. Aim: The Mana Badi Nadu Nedu program aims to reform Telugu people to compete with the world. The State aims to develop by educating the people of the State. The state government is expecting that education can eradicate poverty. Mana Badi Nadu Nedu: ♦ Under the initiative, the state government will provide Rs.12,000 crores for infrastructure development in schools.  ♦ The programme will provide all the facilities like drinking water, toilets, tube lights, furniture, labs in schools. ♦ The initiative will introduce English Medium in all government schools from 1 to 6 classes, and Telugu will be a compulsory subject. ♦ Parents committees will be constituted in all schools.  ♦ The state government will provide bridge courses, and teachers will be provided with the training.  ♦ From the next academic year, the students up to Class 6 in government schools will be taught only in English. Gradually, Grades above six will also be converted into English medium institutions.

    Andhra Pradesh State to introduce English medium in govt. school

    33 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh state government is to introduce English medium from standard first to standard eight in government schools from the next academic year. It was announced by the Andhra Pradesh School Education Department. The move aims to revive the English Language Teaching Centers and District English Centers (DECs) and relocate them to District Institutes for Education and Training (DIETs). Implementation: ♦ As per the announcement, all government, MPP, and Zilla Parishad schools and all classes will be converted into English medium. It will be implemented for I to VIII standards from the academic year 2020-21 and for IX and X standards from the academic year 2021-22. ♦ The State government has empowered the Commissioner of School Education, Andhra Pradesh, to open parallel English Medium sections in existing high schools for classes VI to X. ♦ The Commissioner of School Education will also take measures to implement Telugu or Urdu as a compulsory subject depending on the current medium of instruction in the schools. ♦ Teachers will be trained and equipped to teach in English, and new teachers will be recruited based on tests for their proficiency in English.

    Centre plans to adopt several measures to tackle Stubble burning incidents

    33 days ago
    Centre is planning to adopt several measures to tackle Stubble burning incidents. ICAR’s Creams Laboratory recorded a reduction of 12.01% in incidents of Stubble burning compared to the year 2018 as of 4 November 2019. Report details: ♦ Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab have recorded a reduction of 48.2%, 11.7%, and 8.7%, respectively, as of 4 November 2019.  ♦ A total of 31,402 burning incidents were detected in the three states between 1 October 2019 and 3 November 2019, among which 25366 in Punjab, 4414 in Haryana, and 1622 in Uttar Pradesh. Government's measure: Committee: In 2017, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) set up a committee under Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research, and Education (DARE) regard to the pollution caused in Delhi NCR due to stubble burning in States surrounding. After the survey and analysis, the committee recommended adopting mechanized crop residue management.  Scheme implementation: As per the recommendations by the committee, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has formulated a "Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-Situ Management of Crop Residue in the State of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh & NCT of Delhi" Scheme which was included in the 2018-19 Budget. Benefits of the scheme: Under the scheme, the Central government allocated Rs.1151.80 crores for the period from 2018-19 to 2019-20. The scheme aims to combat air pollution. It also subsidizes machinery that is required for in-situ management of crop residue in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and NCT of Delhi. The scheme will provide financial assistance of 50% of the cost to the farmers who purchase the in-situ crop residue management machines on an individual ownership basis. Also, during the year 2018-19, the Central government released funds of Rs.273.80 crores to Punjab, Rs.192.06 crores to Haryana, and Rs.105.29 crores to Uttar Pradesh.

    Patnaik announced financial assistance to childcare institutions under 5T initiative

    38 days ago
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced financial assistance to all childcare institutions in the State. Under the announcement, the district Redcross Societies will be given an amount of Rs.10 lakh each for this purpose. For the additional requirements in the districts like Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Ganjam, Balasore, and Sambalpur, an additional amount of Rs.10 lakh will be given to these districts. The amount will be given from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and other sources. Mr.Patnaik also directed the Secretary, District Collectors, and other senior officers to visit local childcare institutions under the 5-T initiatives of the State government. 5-T initiatives: The Odisha government follows the 5-T initiative for the welfare of the people. 5T stands for Technology, Transparency, Teamwork, Transformation, and Time. The initiative aimed at making governance people-centric.

    Delhi to extend free ride scheme to senior citizens and all students

    41 days ago
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the free-ride scheme for women on Delhi public buses might be extended to senior citizens and all students.  Free-ride scheme: ♦ The scheme aims to help in women empowerment by bridging the gender gap that exists in society. This will help the girls and women who had to drop out of schools and colleges because of high transportation costs. They can now take buses to good schools and colleges which are away from their homes. ♦ Women taking Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses issued pink tickets of the face value of Rs.10 by conductors under the scheme. The government will reimburse transporters based on the number of such tickets issued. ♦ Delhi has also approved a grant of Rs.150 crore for the implementation of the scheme in metro trains.

    Yogi Adityanath launched Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Yojana

    45 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Yojana in Uttar Pradesh on 25 October. He launched by transferring the amount to the account of beneficiaries. He also launched the Kanya Sumangala web portal and gave away certificates and symbolic cheques to some beneficiaries. Aim: Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Yojana aims to empower the girl child. The scheme of state government will help in achieving the goals set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Yojana: ♦ Under the scheme, cash amount of Rs.15,000 will be provided to every family in which a girl child takes birth.  ♦ The state government will direct transfer funds in the account of the registered girls in a phased manner when a girl child will complete various achievements, like vaccination, admission in class 1, 5, and 9, graduation.

    Odisha approved Rs.3,208 crore under ABADHA scheme

    45 days ago
    Odisha cabinet approved projects worth Rs.3,208 crore under Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) scheme. ABADHA scheme: Under the scheme for Odisha's Puri to develop as World-class Heritage city. The number of pilgrims who are visiting Puri is expected to increase in number. The state aims to provide better and affordable facilities for pilgrims and tourists. Temple needs to be protected from all possible threats to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims.  The project will be implemented in three years. Of the allocated Rs.3,208 crore, Rs.719 crore will be spent in 2019-20, Rs.1402 crore in 2020-21, and Rs.1087 crore for the financial year 2021-2022.  State's measure for Puri: The move by the State comes after the announcement made by the CM Naveen Patnaik Post Cyclone Fani that Puri will be developed into world-class Heritage City.  Earlier, Odisha State Government has approved 12 projects worth Rs.2308 crore, apart from these projects, the government has approved the projects of worth Rs.900 crore, and the total amount of Rs.3208 crore will be spent in three years.

    Centre launched Indradhanush 2 to cover low immunization pockets

    46 days ago
    The central government launched Indradhanush 2 to cover low immunization pockets.  Mission Indradhanush 2.0: ♦ The Mission has been scheduled to be launched on 31 October by the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Pulse Polio Program. ♦ Under Mission Indradhanush 2.0, the Union Health Ministry will carry out a massive immunization program in the areas that are identified as low immunization pockets.  ♦ The Ministry has identified 271 districts across the nation and 652 blocks located in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. ♦ The total vaccination program is dedicated for children up to 2 years of age and for all pregnant women ♦ Vaccines of 12 various kinds are included under the mission. 10 out of the 12 vaccine categories will be used nationwide, and the other two vaccines will be put under sub-vaccination levels. ♦ The two vaccines that are placed under the sub-vaccination level are for diseases like Japanese Encephalitis and the Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which occurs in high-end endemic areas.

    BETI BACHAO, BETI PADHAO scheme to empower women launched in Rajouri

    52 days ago
    Rajouri District administration started an awareness campaign under the central government's flagship scheme BETI BACHAO, BETI PADHA. Aim To empower women who belong from remote and far-flung areas of the District. Rajouri District administration is organizing women empowerment campaigns in far-flung hilly areas of the District under the BETI BACHAO BETI PADHAO scheme. The campaign aims at encouraging women to acquire skills and become independent. Women of Rajouri are rejoicing as 25 Handicraft centers have been set up by the central government. These centers are functioning in different areas of the District. The centers have been opened up in cities like Manjakote, Dharhal, Thanna, Mandi, Nowshera, Sunderbani, Kotranka, Budhal for training women. These centers have been established not just at the district or tehsil headquarters but in far-flung villages. For example, this particular Center is functioning in the remote Guardian community. More than 25 students are under training at this Center. Training is provided free of cost here. Each student under instruction here gets a stipend of Rs. 700 per month. The campaign is widening the horizons of women of the area would open up new opportunities for them.

    Ayushman Bharat crossed the milestone of 50 lakh mark

    53 days ago
    Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), Narendra Modi government's flagship program, crossed the milestone of 50 lakh mark.  PM-JAY: ♦ The scheme was launched in September 2018.  ♦ Ayushman Bharat is a healthcare scheme. ♦ The scheme aims to provide health assurance to 50 crore poor and deprived people in rural and urban areas. ♦ Under the scheme, there are nine admissions in hospitals every minute across India. ♦ The scheme provides free secondary. Also, tertiary treatment worth Rs.7,901 crore has been availed in the 32 states and UTs. ♦ The top tertiary specialties are cardiology, orthopedics, radiation, oncology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, and urology.  ♦ The top-performing states under the scheme are Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.

    Centre partners with NITI Aayog and FB for the 2nd phase of GOAL

    53 days ago
    Ministry of Tribal Affairs has partnered with NITI Aayog and Facebook for the Second Phase of Going Online as Leaders (GOAL), a facebook program.  Aim: GOAL aims to inspire, guide, and encourage the tribal girls from pan India to become village-level digital young leaders for their communities.  GOAL: GOAL was launched in March 2019. It connects underprivileged young tribal women with senior expert mentors to learn digital and life skills in various areas of business, fashion, and arts.  Second Phase: ♦ In the second phase of the GOAL program, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook plans to mentor 5000 young women in India’s tribal-dominated districts digitally. ♦ The program includes weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions. It focuses on many skills, including digital literacy, entrepreneurship, and online safety.  ♦ It will provide guidance through the Facebook family of apps for more than 200,000 hours of guidance. The apps include WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.  ♦ The participants will be graduating after the training. The GOAL alumni will continue to receive support and guidance from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook. ♦ Over 125 Indian young women have enrolled in the GOAL program. The candidates use the internet to highlight issues of their communities and have expressed a desire to set up their own business.

    Centre launched FSM scheme to strengthen Eat Right India movement

    53 days ago
    The government launched the Food Safety Mitra (FSM) scheme to strengthen and scale up the Eat Right India movement. The scheme was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. He also launched Eat Right Jacket, and Eat Right Jhola. The scheme is in line with the Fit India Movement.  Food Safety Mitra (FSM) scheme: ♦ The Food Safety Mitra (FSM) scheme aims to support small and medium-scale food businesses to comply with the food safety laws. The scheme also facilitates licensing and registration, hygiene ratings, and training. ♦ This scheme ensures to create new employment opportunities for youth, especially with food and nutrition background.  ♦ The FSMs will be trained under the scheme and certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). This aims to help the trained persons to work and get paid by food businesses for their services.  ♦ On the World Food Day, 16 October, 15 FSMs were awarded certificates.  Eat Right Jacket: ♦ Eat Right Jacket aim to provide safety to field staff on duty. ♦ The Eat Right Jacket will be used by the field staff. This jacket has been designed to hold tech devices like tablets/smartphones, a QR code, an RFID tag for identification and tracking.  ♦ It will bring in efficiency, professionalism, and transparency in food safety administration  Eat Right Jhola: ♦ The Eat Right Jhola is a reusable cloth bag. It will replace plastic bags for grocery shopping in various retail chains.  ♦ These bags are often contaminated with microorganisms and bacteria due to repeated use. Hence, proper and regular washing of cloth bags is essential for safety and hygiene.  ♦ A private textile rental service company will provide the cloth bags on a rental basis.

    Tribal Affairs Ministry launched Van Dhan Internship Programme

    54 days ago
    Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda launched the Van Dhan Internship Programme on 16 October 2019. It was organized by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.  Van Dhan Internship Program: ♦ The program will help the tribal population to become self-reliant and entrepreneurs.  ♦ All the interns will be a part of the National Building Team. ♦ The program will emphasize the need for entrepreneurship ♦ Ministry has selected 18 interns from some of the reputed Institutes of Rural Management/ Management Institutions/ Institutes of Social Work/ Social Services of the country  ♦ These interns will be trained to go and work on the Van Dhan program in the field.  ♦ These interns have an inclination towards involving in matters related to tribal livelihood.

    CBIC to launch new scheme to attract investment

    55 days ago
    The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) launched a new scheme to promote investments in India. The scheme also aims to enhance the ease of doing business. The scheme will enable the Make in India programme. The investment will encourage exports, repair & refurbishment operations, create hubs for electronics assembly, inward and outward processing, facilitate global e-commerce hubs etc. CBIC and Invest India: ♦ CBIC partnered with Invest India to launch a dedicated microsite to providing information. Also, the partnership will promote the scheme and facilitate the investors.  ♦ The site can be accessed at ♦ The investment scheme will achieve the target through manufacture and other operations under the bond scheme, under the Customs Act, 1962.

    AP government launched YSR Rythu Bharosa PM Kisaan scheme

    55 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh State government launched YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisaan, the flagship farmer assistance scheme. The scheme was launched by the AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Reddy.  YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisaan: ♦ YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisaan was named after former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy ♦ Under the scheme, 54 lakh farmers will get Rs.13,500 over three installments.  ♦ Forty lakh beneficiaries who get Rs.6,000 under the PM Kisaan Samman Nidhi will get Rs.7,500 to that sum. ♦ The scheme has been renamed with the PM's name included to give credit to the Central govt. as the scheme is getting funds from the Centre ♦ The scheme is being implemented seven months ahead of schedule ♦ Under the scheme, the farmers in the state, including three lakh tenant farmers from minority categories, will receive Rs.67,500 as support over five years instead of the Rs.50,000 over four years.

    Centre to launch Vigyan Jyoti

    55 days ago
    Centre is to launch Vigyan Jyoti, a program to help girl students inculcate interest in areas like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).   The move comes after the assessment that a meager percentage of women are in the STEM area. Department of Science and Technology (DST) data said that females comprised 24% of the total pas-out students in STEM subjects in engineering, 22% at the postgraduate level, 28% at M.Phil, and 35% at the Ph.D. level. Aim: Vigyan Jyoti initiative aims to stir up interest among the Indian girl students to get into the STEM educational areas. The initiative will be launched in October 2019. Vigyan Jyoti: ♦ Vigyan Jyoti program aims to pick out 100 girl students in 550 districts from 2020-2025. ♦ The program will be headed by Sanjiv Mishra, Scientist with the Department of Science and Technology (DST). ♦ The students will be chosen based on the merit list. ♦ Under the program science, camps for the girl students will be held nearby IITs, NITs, and national laboratories. ♦ The program will cover girl students from 9 to 12 grade. ♦ Under the program, the girl students will be given a modest financial incentive to cover their additional expenses like travel to camps. ♦ The program includes providing counseling to the parents of the selected girl students. ♦ Under the program, the students will interact with top women leaders in the area of science and technology, corporate world, universities, and top institute like the DRDO.

    Post Office Kisan Vikas Patra Plan Double money guaranteed

    58 days ago
    Post Office Kisan Vikas Patra Main features: The Indian post office near you is probably the only place that can guarantee to double your money. The investments in stocks and mutual funds can also double the money, probably in less time, risks associated with them keep small and vulnerable investors away. The investment in the Small Savings Scheme enjoys a sovereign guarantee the money deposited in small savings schemes will be returned to the investor by the Government in case of default. Small savings schemes in the post office are offering higher interest rates as compared to deposit schemes of some of the top banks. Interestingly, post office schemes like Kisan Vikas Patra comes with a declared timeline for doubling the investor's money. Double your money Currently if you invest Rs 50,000 in KVP, it will mature and double in 113 months, or 9 years and 5 months. The minimum amount one can invest in KVP is Rs 1000 and thereon in multiples of Rs 1000. There is no upper limit of investment. The interest rate on KVP is 7.6 percent. This is higher than the interest rates offered on 10-year FDs by SBI and HDFC Bank.SBI is currently offering 10-year FD at 6.25 percent while this rate in HDFC Bank is 6.9 percent.

    Mamata Banerjee govt to set up Kanyashree University in West Bengal to empower girls

    58 days ago
    The West Bengal government has taken the initiative to set up a Kanyashree University in Nadia district and Kanyashree colleges across the state. They laid the foundation stone of the new university at Krishnanagar in Nadia district in January. The International Day of the Girl Child to state that her government started the Kanyashree scheme to empower girls it has been allocated a budget of Rs 7,000 crore since its launch in 2013. The main objective of the scheme is to ensure that girls study in schools and delay their marriages until the age of 18 years. Kanyashree has empowered over 60 lakh girl students. The Total budget since launch is over Rs 7,000 crore (till Jan 2019). Moreover, the #Bangla Govt took the initiative to set up a #Kanyashree University in Nadia and #Kanyashree colleges in districts.The Kanyashree Prakalpa seeks to improve the status and well being of girls, particularly those from socio-economically disadvantaged families through conditional cash transfers. The scheme has two cash transfer components an annual incentive of Rs 750 is given to girls in the age group 13 to 18 years old and studying in Class 8 for every year till they continue their education–provided they are unmarried at the time. One-time grant of Rs 25,000 is also given to girls once they attain the age of 18 years, provided they are engaged in an academic or occupational pursuit and unmarried. Mamata Banerjee government awarded the United Nations for Public Service for its Kanyashree scheme in 2017. Kanyashree Prakalpa Kanyashree is an initiative taken by the Government of West Bengal to improve the life and the status of the girls by helping economically backward families with cash so that families do not arrange the marriage of their girl child before eighteen years because of economic problem.

    Biplab Kumar Deb launched ANGIKAAR campaign

    59 days ago
    Tripura State government has launched ANGIKAAR campaign. It was launched by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb at Agartala Town Hall on 10 October 2019. Under the campaign, the State aims to construct 2200 flats at Agartala and an International Shopping Mall to encourage international business in the state. The program is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to provide housing to everyone by 2022. Places: The state government has also planned to build 1000 flats in three places through Tripura Urban Planning and Development authority in the city. The places are Don Bosco, Dhaleswar, Colonel Chowmuhani. The rest 1200 flats will be constructed at Old central Jail, Tripura. The State allowed to construct building up to 5 floors. Other plans: The state government has also planned to build two new hospitals, one Eye Speciality Hospital and a childcare hospital in the State.

    Government launched SUMAN scheme

    59 days ago
    The government launched the Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan (SUMAN) scheme on 10 October 2019. The scheme was launched by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. Under the under which pregnant women, mothers up to 6 months after delivery, and all sick newborns will be able to avail free healthcare benefits.  SUMAN scheme: The scheme aimed for zero preventable maternal and newborn deaths in India. The scheme will ensure to help in bringing down maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.  The beneficiaries who visit public health facilities will avail several free services including: ♦ at least four antenatal check-ups that also includes one checkup during the 1st trimester ♦ at least one checkup under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan ♦ Iron Folic Acid supplementation ♦ Tetanus Diptheria injection  ♦ Other components of comprehensive ANC package  ♦ six home-based newborn care visits The scheme provides zero expense access to identify and manage complications during and after pregnancy.  It also provides free transport from home to health institutions. Report: The government said that India’s maternal mortality rate has declined from 254 per 1,00,000 live births in 2004-06 to 130 in 2014-16. Also, the infant mortality rate came down from 66 per 1,000 live births to 34 per 1,000 live births during 2001 and 2016.

    AP government launched Dr YSR Kanti Velugu programme

    60 days ago
    The Andhra Pradesh State government launched Dr. YSR Kanti Velugu, a free mass eye screening programme on 10 October 2019, on World Sight Day. The aim of the initiative is to eradicate blindness. The programme was launched by the Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. More than 62,000 government and private schools will be covered under the programme. Implementation of the programme: ♦ As a part of health reforms, the State government has decided to implement the programme to provide cashless comprehensive primary, secondary and tertiary quality eye care services to the state's entire population. ♦ The programme will be implemented in six phases over the next three years. ♦ The cost estimated for the programme is Rs.560.88 crore including free eye screening, spectacles, strengthening of government institutions, hiring of temporary staff, cataract surgeries and other secondary and tertiary eye care management. ♦ The first phase will continue until 16 October. It is expected that over 70 lakh students will receive primary basic screening by Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA), teachers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and other staff members. ♦ The second phase will be launched on 1 November. The students will receive the secondary screening and prescription of spectacles in the 2nd phase.

    Cabinet approved relaxation of Aadhaar seeding of data under PM Kisan

    61 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Narendra Modi approved the relaxation of the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar Seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme. PM-Kisan scheme: The PM-Kisan scheme provides income support of Rs.6,000 per year to landholding families who are eligible to avail of the scheme. Centre will release the amount in three installments of Rs.2,000. The fund will be released once in 4 months. The amount will be credited directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through DBT mode.  Relaxed Aadhaar data seeding: The first installment was released during December 2018-March, 2019. The second installment was released from April-July, 2019. After 1 August 2019, the 3rd installment will be released only on the basis of the Aadhaar seeded database. The mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits after 1st August 2019 has been relaxed till 30th November 2019. This will enable the immediate release of benefits to a large number of farmers who are not able to avail the same due to this requirement.

    Cabinet approved the inclusion of 5300 DP families

    61 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the inclusion of the 5,300 Displaced Persons (DP) Families of Jammu & Kashmir-1947. These 5,300 families initially opted to move outside the State of J&K but later on, returned and settled in the State of J&K. They were not included in the Rehabilitation Package. Benefits: ♦ Cabinet's approval will enable the DP Families to become eligible to get a one-time financial assistance of Rs.5.5 Lakhs under the existing scheme. ♦ The Inclusion of those DP Families out of 5,300 DP families of PoJK 1947 who have returned and settled in J&K in the existing scheme can earn a reasonable monthly income and be part of mainstream economic activities. The scheme will also upgrade the ♦ ♦ Government’s capacity to respond effectively to such DP families' need of financial assistance. The already sanctioned funds for the existing scheme will meet the requirement of funds under the inclusion approval.

    Delhi government launched Farishte Dilli Ke scheme

    61 days ago
    The Delhi government launched the Farishte Dilli Ke scheme on 8th October after the successful trial run of the good Samaritan scheme. The scheme was launched by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. The trial of the scheme saved 3,000 lives. The Delhi Police supported the scheme. Farishte Dilli Ke scheme: ♦ The scheme aims to help accident victims, burn victims and acid attack victims and take them to hospitals. ♦ The pilot project of the scheme was launched in 2017.  ♦ The scheme honours and rewards those who help accident victims and take them to the hospital.  ♦ Under the scheme, the State government provides free treatment to all victims of the accident regardless of the cost of treatment. ♦ It also provides a reward of Rs.2,000 and a certificate to a good samaritan for taking the accident victims to a hospital. ♦ As per the scheme, the samaritans who help accident victims will also not be liable to any questions from the police.

    AP State launched YSR Vahana Mitra scheme

    65 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh State government introduced the YSR Vahana Mitra scheme on 5 October. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. Aim: YSR Vahana Mitra scheme aimed to benefit over 1,73,102 autorickshaw and taxi drivers across the State. The beneficiaries include 79,000 members of the Backward Classes (BCs), 40,000 SCs, 6,000 STs, 17,500 minorities, 20,000 Kapus, 398 Brahmins and 9,956 economically backward people. YSR Vahana Mitra scheme: Under the scheme the beneficiaries will get Rs.10,000 each per year for five years. Those who own vehicles but could not enroll for the programme can now register up to 31 October 2019. This scheme has been claimed to be the first of its kind in the country. 

    Centre approved construction of 1.23 lakh houses under PMAY Urban scheme

    73 days ago
    Government has approved the construction of 1.23 lakh more houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) approved for the construction of the housed. An overall investment of Rs.4,988 crore for the 630 proposals for building the chouses in the participating states was approved by the 47th Central Sanctioning And Monitoring Committee. The commitment from the government as central assistance will be Rs.1,805 crore. Construction of houses: The 1.23 lakh includes 27,746 houses for West Bengal, 26,709 house for Tamil Nadu, 20,903 houses for Gujarat, 10,332 houses for Punjab, 10,079 houses for Chhattisgarh, 8,674 houses for Jharkhand, 8,314 houses for Madhya Pradesh, 5,021 houses for Karnataka, 2,822 houses for Rajasthan and 2,501 houses for Uttarkhand.

    Ministry of WCD organized Poshan Maah event

    75 days ago
    The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) as part of the POSHAN Maah organized a one day camp in Shastri Bhavan in New Delhi. Rabindra Panwar, Secretary, Ministry of WCD inaugurated the Test, Treat and Talk (T 3) Anaemia and Defeat Diarrhoea (D 2) camp in New Delhi.  The Ministry aims to create awareness regarding simple solutions to Anaemia and Diarrhoea. POSHAN Abhiyaan: POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission is Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. It was launched by Prime Minister Modi on the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018. The scheme has directed the attention of the country towards the problem of malnutrition and addresses it in a mission-mode.

    Centre introduced Assistance for Deep Sea Fishing for the fishermen in Tamil Nadu

    76 days ago
    The Centre has introduced a new scheme named Assistance for Deep Sea Fishing for Tamil Nadu fishermen. The announcement was made by the Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh.  For the scheme, the Centre has allocated Rs.300 crore to the Tamil Nadu government. The scheme is introduced specifically to benefit four districts in Palk Bay area, including Ramanathapuram district. Centre is also concerned and taking action regarding the health facilities for the fishermen. Aim: The aim of the scheme was is to make a Blue Revolution. The scheme will provide resource-specific deep-sea fishing vessels to the traditional fishermen of the Tamil Nadu state. Note: Blue revolution: Blue revolution refers to the emergence of aquaculture as an important and highly productive agricultural activity. Blue Revolution is an explosion in aquaculture it refers to all forms of active culturing of aquatic animals and plants, occurring in marine, brackish, or freshwaters.

    Centre launched UMMID to tackle inherited genetic diseases

    76 days ago
    Centre has launched the Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders (UMMID) initiative. It was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. He also inaugurated the National Inherited Diseases Administration (NIDAN) Kendras. It is supported by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Aim: UMMID aims to tackle inherited genetic diseases of newborn babies. The initiative will ensure proper treatment to children and create awareness amongst the masses. UMMID initiative aims to work towards achieving wellness by promoting the prevention of genetic diseases under the National Health Policy, 2017 of the government. UMMID: UMMID is expected to be a path-breaking initiative in the health-care sector.  UMMID is to be implemented at government hospitals in order to help the people who cannot afford expensive care for genetic disorders.  The initiative will use cutting edge scientific technology and molecular medicine to extend Universal Health Coverage for all. Under UMMID initiative (i) NIDAN Kendras will be established. It will provide counselling, prenatal testing and diagnosis, management, and multidisciplinary care in Government Hospitals (GH) where the number of patients are more  (ii) Skilled clinicians in Human Genetics will be produced (iii) Screening of pregnant women and newborn babies for inherited genetic diseases will be undertaken in hospitals at aspirational districts. First phase of UMMID: In the first phase of UMMID, 5 NIDAN Kendras have been established. It will provide comprehensive clinical care. Training Centres have been set up at Madras Medical Mission-Chennai, SGPGIMS- Lucknow, CDFD – Hyderabad, AIIMS- New Delhi, MAMC- New Delhi, NIIH- Mumbai, and CMC Vellore. The center will provide training in Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics, and Clinical Genetics to the clinicians from government hospitals.

    Centre to launch NEAT AI learning scheme to boost higher education

    80 days ago
    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

    80 days ago
    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

    85 days ago
    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

    87 days ago
    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

    87 days ago
    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

    87 days ago
    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

    89 days ago
    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

    90 days ago
    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.  

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