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  • Union HRD Minister to launch Manodarpan to provide psychosocial support to students

    14 days ago
    Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is to launch virtually the Manodarpan initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) 21 July 2020. Manodarpan is an initiative under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being. Highlights: ♦ The initiative is launched due to the need to focus on continuing education on the academic front and the mental well-being of the students.  ♦ Manodarpan will cover a wide range of activities to provide Psychosocial Support to the students for their Mental Health and Well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. ♦ All the students, teachers, and parents across India have been directed to join the initiative to keep a healthy lifestyle and lead a stress-free life. ♦ The Manodarpan initiative has been included in the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. ♦ The initiative is a part of strengthening human capital and increasing productivity and efficient reform and initiatives for the Education sector. ♦ Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan was launched on 12th May 2020 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a stimulus package for revitalising the economy of India post COVID-19 outbreak. 

    People Availing Healthcare Services under Ayushman Bharat Yojana Hits 8.8 Crore

    23 days ago
    Ayushman Bharat Yojana Under February 2020 to 30th Ayushman Bharat Yojana at the Health and Wellness Centers across the country, around 8.8 crore Indian people have taken advantage of healthcare services since ISt June 2020. At the time of the COVID-19 Lockout, the country-wide health and wellness centers conducted 6.53 lakh yoga and wellness sessions. Once the ATL App Development Modules are implemented, it will be the largest App learning initiative at school level around the world. Currently 5100 Atal Tinkering Labs have already been built in over 660 districts across the country.  8.8 Crore Hits Highlights from All India Data Available (from 1st February 2020 to 30th 2020) Of the 8.8 crore population: 1.41 crore population with hypertension 1.34 crore were found with diabetes oral, breast, or cervical cancer 1.12 crore. In June 2020: 5.62 lakh patients were dispensed with hypertension medicines while 3.77 lakh medicines were dispensed through the Health and Wellness Centers for patients with diabetes. Step Taken by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure medical services under the Yojana Until December 31 , 2020, 29,365 health and wellness centers were located across the country. In the first half of 2020 (from January to June) 12,425 new Health and Wellness Centers throughout the country were operationalised. The total number of health and wellness centers offering treatment as of 1st July 2020 under Ayushman Bharat Yojana was 41,790.

    National Fish Farmers Day 2020 Obseved on 10th July

    24 days ago
    63rd National Fish Farmers Day India celebrates 10th July every year as the "National Fish Farmers Day" to honor the fish farmers, aquapreneurs& fisher folks in recognition of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution in the growth of the fisheries sector in the country. This year it was 63rd National Fish Farmer's Day. On July 10th, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Background History: Every year, on 10 July, the National Fish Farmer's Day is celebrated in memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who successfully demonstrated induced breeding (Hypophysation) technology in Indian Major Carps on 10 July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in Cuttack, Odisha. (presently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar). The event aims to draw attention to changing the way the country manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ecosystems. The event is celebrated every year by congratulating outstanding farmers, aquapreneurs, and farmers in appreciation of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution to the development of the country's fisheries sector. Apart from officials, scientists, professionals, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders, fishermen, and fish farmers from across the nation will participate in the event. About NFBD Webinar: On  July 10th the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri P. C. Sarangi, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr. Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India and senior officials from the Department of Fisheries graced the occasion. Interacting with fishermen, officials, scientists, entrepreneurs at various locations across the country, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh observed that to consolidate the achievements of the Blue Revolution and pave the way from NeeliKranti to ArthKranti, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi The "Pradhan MantriMatsyaSampadaYojana" (PMMSY) has been launched with the highest investment ever of Rs. 20,050 crore over the next five years in order to realize its goal of doubling the farmer 's income. This scheme would tackle critical gaps in fish production and sustainability, efficiency, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, improving and enhancing the value chain, traceability, creating a comprehensive system for fisheries management and welfare for fishermen. Shri Giriraj Singh said that providing ‘Quality Seed’ of fish is very important in enhancing production and productivity in the country.  On the occasion of 'National Fish Farmers Day,' Shri Giriraj Singh announced that the NFDB, in collaboration with the NBFGR, will undertake the work of developing 'Fish Cryobanks' in various parts of the world, which will promote the availability of 'fish sperms' of desired species to fishermen at all times. This will be the first time in the world when "Fish Cryobank" will be created, which can bring a revolutionary change in the country's fisheries sector to boost fish production and productivity, thereby enhancing prosperity among the fishermen.  

    GoI launched Accelerate Vigyan to strengthen scientific research mechanism

    33 days ago
    GoI launched Accelerate Vigyan to strengthen the scientific research mechanism. The new scheme was launched by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). The scheme aims to provide a single platform for research internships, capacity building programs, and workshops across the country. Accelerate Vigyan: ♦ The main objective of the Accelerate Vigyan scheme is to give more thrust on encouraging high-end scientific research and preparing scientific manpower, which can lead to research careers and knowledge-based economy.  ♦ It aims to recognize that all research has its base as the development of quality and well-trained researchers. ♦ AV will initiate and strengthen mechanisms to identify research potential, training, mentoring, and hands-on workshop on a national scale. ♦ It aims to expand the research base, with three broad goals, namely,  consolidation/aggregation of all scientific programs initiating high-end orientation workshops creating opportunities for research internships for those who do not have access to such resources/facilities ♦ The AV plans to work on a mission mode with respect to its component dealing with consolidation/aggregation of all major scientific events in the country. ♦ Also, an Inter-Ministerial Overseeing Committee (IMOC) that involves all the scientific ministries/departments and a few others has been constituted for the purpose of supporting SERB in implementing the AV scheme in a successful manner.

    Centre launched PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises scheme

    36 days ago
    Centre launched the PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme as a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. It was launched by Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on 29 June.  PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME): ♦ Centrally Sponsored PM Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises scheme was launched by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). ♦ The scheme aims to provide financial, technical, and business support for the upgradation of existing micro food processing enterprises. ♦ The PM FME Scheme will generate a total investment of Rs.35,000 crore. ♦ It will also generate 9 lakh skilled and semi-skilled employment and benefit 8 lakh units through access to information, training, better exposure, and formalization. ♦ The scheme will be implemented over a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 with an outlay of Rs.10,000 crore. ♦ The expenditure for the scheme will share a 60:40 ratio between Central and State Governments, in 90:10 ratio with North Eastern and the Himalayan States, 60:40 ratio with UTs with the legislature, and 100% by Centre for other UTs.

    Tripura launched Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar scheme

    38 days ago
    Tripura State government announced the Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar scheme. The scheme aims to provide nutrition kits to pregnant and lactating women. The scheme is expected to benefit 40,000 women from the state. The initiative was launched as many pregnant women and infants in the state suffer from malnutrition. Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar scheme: ♦ Under the scheme, nutrition kits will be provided to the pregnant & lactating women. Each kits cost around Rs.500. ♦ Each kit will have food items and grocery supplies, such as peanuts, soya beans, mixed pulses, jaggery, and ghee.  ♦ The state government has estimated to incur an expenditure of Rs.8 crore every year for the initiative. ♦ Under this initiative, the pregnant women will be tested four times at a nearby Primary Health Centers (PHC). After the check-up, the beneficiaries will be given a nutrition kit after each test. ♦ The scheme will be in addition to the Pradhan Mantri Matru Bandana Yojana.  ♦ Previously, the state had allocated Rs.5,000 each under the Matru Bandana Yojana to 58,996 beneficiaries.

    PM Narendra Modi launched Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan on 20 June

    45 days ago
    PM Narendra Modi launched Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan on 20 June. The scheme is to empower and provide livelihood opportunities in areas/ villages that witness a large number of returnee migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign was flagged off by the PM from village Telihar, Block Beldaur, district Khagaria, Bihar through Video-Conference. PM announced that an amount of Rs.50,000 crores will be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan. Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan: ♦ Under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, a campaign of 125 days will work in mission mode.  ♦ The mission is coordinated by 12 different Ministries/Departments, including Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture. ♦ A total of 116 districts will be undertaken by Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan. The districts are: Bihar - 32 districts Uttar Pradesh - 31 districts Madhya Pradesh - 24 districts Rajasthan - 22 districts Odisha - 4 districts Jharkhand - 3 districts ♦ The list of 25 works and activities that are targeted to be taken up are: Construction of Community sanitation centre (CSC) Construction of cattle sheds Construction of Gram Panchayat Bhawan Construction of poultry sheds Works under 14th FC funds Construction of Goat Shed Construction of National Highway works Construction of Vermicompost structures Water conservation & Harvesting works Railway Construction of Wells RURBAN Plantation works PM Kusum Horticulture Bharat Net Construction of Anganwadi Centers CAMPA plantation Construction of rural housing works PM Urja Ganga Project Rural connectivity works KVK training for Livelihoods Solid and liquid waste management works District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) works Construction of farm ponds ♦ The initiative will provide livelihood opportunity to returning migrants and similarly affected rural citizens ♦ Saturate villages with public infrastructure and create livelihood opportunities viz. Roads, Housing, Anganwadis, Panchayat Bhavans, various livelihood assets, and Community Complexes among others.

    Centre approves Annual action plan for Bihar under Jal Jeevan mission

    66 days ago
    Centre has approved the Bihar State's Jal Jeevan Mission Annual Action Plan. As per the plan, the State has provided 100% coverage of all households with functional tap water connections by 2020-21. The plan was approved by the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Highlights: ♦ Bihar State is planning to provide tap connections to the remaining 1.50 Crore households in 2020-21.  ♦ The government of India has allocated Rs.1832.66 Crore for this during 2020-21. ♦ The State Government is all set with the roadmap to implement the target. ♦ A proper plan is in place for 100% coverage of all 38 districts during 2020-21 has been prepared by the State government.  ♦ Bihar Government is giving special attention to providing 100% of Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in Aspirational districts, quality-affected habitations, and SC/ST villages.   ♦ The move initiated by the state is due to the abundance of groundwater and surface water in Bihar.

    Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana aims to enhance fish production in the country

    70 days ago
    The Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has announced its plan to enhance fish production to 220 lakh metric tons (MT) by 2024-25 from 137.58 lakh MT in 2018-19 at an average annual growth rate of about 9%. The announcement was made by the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh.  Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana: ♦ The scheme will bring about Blue Revolution through the sustainable and responsible development of the fisheries sector in India. ♦ PMMSY scheme will be implemented over a period of 5 years from FY 2020-21 to FY 2024-25 in all States/Union Territories. ♦ The scheme aims to double export earnings to Rs.1,00,000 crore. ♦ It also aims to generate about 55 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities in the fisheries sector. ♦ The scheme is dedicated to aiding the fishers, fish farmers, fish workers, fish vendors, and other stakeholders associated with the fisheries sector. ♦ The scheme will envisage an estimated investment of Rs.20,050 crores comprising a Central share of Rs.9,407 crore, the State share of Rs.4,880 crore, and Beneficiaries contribution of Rs.5,763 crore.  ♦ The PMMSY aims to infuse new and emerging technologies like Re-circulatory Aquaculture Systems, Biofloc, Aquaponics, Cage Cultivation, etc. to enhance production and productivity, productive utilization of wastelands and water for Aquaculture.

    Madhya Pradesh to launch Everybody will get employment scheme

    74 days ago
    Madhya Pradesh State Government is to launch Everybody will get employment scheme. The scheme will be inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan through video conferencing. Under this scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) job cards will be distributed to the labourers. Everybody will get employment scheme: ♦ The scheme aims to provide employment to migrant labourers and those labourers who have gone out of the state in search of employment, in their village and gram Panchayat area itself. ♦ For the implementation of the scheme, a large number of employment-oriented activities have been started under the MNREGA scheme. Under this, new labourers will be engaged in these activities. ♦ As per the data provided by the state official, over 19 lakh 92 thousand labourers are working in 22,695 gram Panchayats in the state.  ♦ From 1 April 2020 till now, more than 35.45 lakh labourers have been provided employment under MNREGA amid the COVID-19 crisis. The employment included 42.2% of women also.

    GoI launches scheme to solarise entire Konark Temple

    75 days ago
    GoI has launched a scheme for the solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha. The announcement was made by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The main objective of the scheme is to develop the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha as 'Surya Nagri'. Highlights: ♦ Under the scheme, the Centre aims to set up the 10-MW grid-connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications such as solar drinking water kiosks, solar trees, and off-grid solar power plants with battery storage. ♦ It will be set up with a 100% central financial assistance (CFA) support of around Rs.25 crore from the Government of India through the MNRE. ♦ The implementation of the project will be done by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA). ♦ The scheme is expected to meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.

    Cabinet approves Special Liquidity Scheme for NBFCs, HFCs to address their Liquidity Stress

    75 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to launch a new Special Liquidity Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). The scheme aims to improve the liquidity position of the NBFCs/HFCs. Proposed Scheme: ♦ The Government has proposed a framework for addressing the liquidity constraints of NBFCs/HFCs through a Special Liquidity Scheme.  ♦ As per the scheme, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would be set up to manage a Stressed Asset Fund (SAF) whose special securities would be guaranteed by the Government of India (GoI) and purchased by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) only. ♦ The SPV will proceed with the sale of such securities to acquire short-term debt of NBFCs/HFCs.  ♦ The Scheme will be administered by the Department of Financial Services, MoF. GoI will issue the detailed guidelines. ♦ A large public sector bank would set up an SPV to manage a stressed asset fund that would issue interest-bearing special securities guaranteed by the Government of India, to be purchased by RBI only.  ♦ The SPV would issue securities as per requirement subject to the total amount of securities outstanding not exceeding Rs.30,000 crore to be extended by the amount required as per the need.  ♦ The securities that are issued by the SPV would be purchased by RBI. And the proceeds would be used by the SPV to acquire the debt of at least investment grade of the short duration of eligible NBFCs/HFCs.  

    Cabinet approves extension for the welfare of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

    76 days ago
    The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the extension for the welfare of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY). It aims to enable old age income security for Senior Citizens: Highlights: ♦ As per the approval, the scheme is extended up to 31 March 2023 for a further period of three years beyond 31 March 2020. ♦ It also allowed initially an assured rate of return of 7.40% per annum for the year 2020-21 per annum and thereafter to be reset every year. ♦ Annual reset of the assured rate of interest with effect from 1 April of the financial year in line with the revised rate of returns of Senior Citizens Saving Scheme (SCSS) up to a ceiling of 7.75% with a fresh appraisal of the scheme on breach of this threshold at any point. ♦ It also approved the expenditure to be incurred on account of the difference between the market rate of return generated by LIC (net of expenses) and the guaranteed rate of return under the scheme. ♦ The extension also includes capping Management expenses at 0.5% p.a. of funds of the scheme for the first year of scheme in respect of new policies issued and thereafter 0.3% p.a. for the second year onwards for the next 9 years.

    Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana

    76 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) on 20 May 2020. The scheme aims to boost investments in the fisheries sector and increase of competitiveness of fish and fisheries products. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana: ♦ The Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana scheme aims to bring about Blue Revolution through sustainable and responsible development of the fisheries sector in India under two components namely, Central Sector Scheme (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).  ♦ The total estimated investment for the scheme is Rs.20,050 crore comprising of the Central government share of Rs.9,407 crore, State government share of Rs.4,880 crore, and Beneficiaries' share of Rs.5,763 crore. PMMSY Scheme will be implemented during a period of 5 years from FY 2020-21 to FY 2024-25. ♦ The scheme aims to address the critical gaps in the fisheries sector and realize its potential. ♦ The main objective of the scheme is the doubling of fishers, fish farmers, and fish workers' incomes by 2024. ♦ It will ensure the availability of certified quality fish seed and feed, traceability in fish, and including effective aquatic health management.

    Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries touch 1 crore

    76 days ago
    Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries set a milestone by touching 1 crore count across the country. The scheme is meant only for poor and economically-deprived people in India. The eligible families to avail the benefits of the scheme are fixed based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC). Ayushman Bharat: Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2018 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The mission is popularly known as Modicare. The flagship health insurance programme of GoI aims to provide Rs.5 lakh hospitalization cover to up to 107.4 million poor and vulnerable families. Under the mission, over 1.5 lakh sub-centres were converted into wellness centres with an aim to cater to the majority of services such as detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, screening for common cancers, mental health, care of the elderly, eye care, etc. The wellness centres under the mission also offer a set of services including mental health services, maternal and child health services, and vaccinations against selected communicable diseases.

    Madhya Pradesh launched Charan Paduka initiative for migrant labourers

    77 days ago
    Madhya Pradesh state government launched the Charan Paduka initiative. The first of its kind of initiative is for the migrant labourers passing through the Madhya Pradesh. Charan Paduka Initiative: ♦ Under the Charan Paduka campaign, the migrant labourers who are heading back to their native land will be provided shoes and slippers to reduce their pain.  ♦ The campaign is being conducted by the police in most places. It aims to send the labourers to their homes respectfully amid COVID-19. ♦ The Charan Paduka campaign started from the Rau Police Station of Indore. ♦ The new initiative to support migrant labourers has spread in many cities of Madhya Pradesh including Damoh, Umaria, and Sagar.

    Chhattisgarh to launch Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana

    80 days ago
    Chhattisgarh State government is to launch Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana on 21 May on the commemoration of the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The scheme is aimed to stimulate the rural economy in the state, amid the slowdown caused by by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana: ♦ Under the scheme, the state government will inject Rs.5100 crore into the state's rural economy by directly transferring the grant amount through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) into the accounts of farmers.  ♦ For this scheme, the state had made the provision for the scheme in the Budget 2020-21. ♦ The farmers would be paid Rs.10,000 per acre for paddy, corn, and sugarcane crops, based on the registered and procured area for the Kharif season.  ♦ The scheme will benefit over 1.87 million farmers.  ♦ The state government also plans to provide a fixed amount per acre based on the registered and notified areas for pulses and oilseed crops.

    Andhra Pradesh CM launched Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme

    98 days ago
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S.Jaganmohan Reddy launched the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme on 287 April.  Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme: ♦ Under the scheme over Rs.4,000 crore of funds have been released along with Rs.1880 crore towards the pending amount left by the earlier government. ♦ Under this scheme, fee reimbursement will be credited directly to mothers' accounts instead of college accounts in the coming academic year 2020-21. ♦ The state government will provide Fee reimbursement for ITI, B.Tech, B. Pharmacy, MBA, MCA, and B.Ed Courses.  ♦ An amount of Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000 will be offered for the eligible candidates through the Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme.                     ♦ Orders have been issued to the colleges to reimburse the entire fee amount paid by all the parents during the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.

    Cabinet approved the continuation of RoSCTL scheme from 1 April

    132 days ago
    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved for continuation of Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies (RoSCTL) scheme from 1 April 2020. Until then, the scheme will be merged with the Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP). It is expected to make the textile sector competitive by rebating all taxes and levies that are currently not being rebated under any other mechanism. RoSCTL Scheme: ♦ RoSCTL Scheme is an export incentive that is offered on the basis of the Freight on Board (FOB) value of the export. ♦ It will replace the Rebate of State Levies (RoSL) scheme.  ♦ The introduction for RoSCTL was notified by the Ministry of Textiles in March 2019. ♦ RoSCTL will be implemented through a scrip-based system on the export of garments and made-ups.  ♦ Under the scheme, the rates were notified in four schedules. Schedules 1 and 2 specify the Central and State taxes and levies for apparel and made-ups. Schedules 3 and 4 will give the Central and State taxes applicable for apparel export when the fabric has been imported duty-free under the Special Advance Authorisation Scheme. ♦ The scheme was introduced due to the increasing international pressure on export incentives provided by the Indian government.

    Around 1.5 lakh SSAs covered with at least one bank branch under PMJDY

    139 days ago
    Ministry of Finance reported that all villages were mapped by banks into 1.59 lakh Sub-Service Areas (SSAs) under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). One SSA caters to 1,000 to 1,500 households. The report was submitted by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs in Rajya Sabha. Highlights: ♦ Over 0.33 lakh SSAs have been covered with bank branches, and 1.26 lakh SSAs are covered by the deployment of interoperable Business Correspondents (BCs) so far.  ♦ Banking outlets are being rolled out in uncovered areas, and the process is looked after by State Level Bankers' Committees, in consultation with the concerned State Government, member banks and other stakeholders. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana: The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana seeks to integrate the poorest of the poor with bank accounts. The implementation of the scheme done in 3 phases so far.  The 3 phases are: ♦ Phase I: 15 August 2014-14 August 2015 ♦ Phase II: 15 August 2015-14 August 2018 ♦ Phase III: After 14 August 2018

    Health Ministry placed Draft National Policy for Rare Diseases in its website

    139 days ago
    Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has finalized and placed the Draft National Policy for Rare Diseases on its official website. It was announced by the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey.  Highlights: ♦ A component of rare diseases has been included in the draft. It was made effective from 1 January 2019. ♦ Under the Umbrella Scheme of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi, the Ministry has included one-time financial assistance up to Rs.15 lakh to patients belonging to families living below the threshold poverty line for treatment of specified Rare Diseases amenable to one-time treatment in Government hospitals.   ♦ The financial assistance covers disorders amenable to treatment with Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT), including such Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs) for which Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) is presently not available and severe form of Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type I within first two years of age. Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi: Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi was established as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It is also called the National Illness Assistance Fund. The scheme provides financial assistance to patients, living below the poverty line, who suffers life-threatening diseases in the form of a 'one-time grant.'

    More the Rs.20 crore has been sanctioned under the Stand Up India Scheme

    139 days ago
    Ministry of Finance reported that more than Rs.20,466.94 crores of loans had been sanctioned under Stand Up India Scheme to over 91,000 accounts up to 10 March 2020. The information was shared by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs. Stand Up India Scheme: Stand Up India Scheme was launched by the Government of India on 5 April 2016 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a part of the Department of Financial Services' (DFS) to promote entrepreneurial projects. Aim: The main objective of the Stand Up India Scheme is to promote entrepreneurship among the scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), and women by loaning money to start a new business. The scheme will lend bank loans between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.1 crore to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs). The loan will facilitate the borrower to set up greenfield enterprises in the manufacturing, services, or the trading sectors. The people who avail the benefits of the scheme will be informed about the online platforms, other resources of e-marketing, web-entrepreneurship, factoring services, and registration.

    Mission Solar Charkha of Ministry of MSME

    140 days ago
    The Solar Charkha Mission was initiated by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME). The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) implemented the program. Aim: The Scheme aims to ensure inclusive growth by the generation of employment, especially for women and youth, and sustainable development through solar charkha clusters in rural areas. The Scheme will boost the rural economy and help in arresting migration from rural to urban areas. It also leverages low-cost, innovative technologies and processes for sustenance. Mission Solar Charkha: ♦ The target of the mission is to cover 50 solar clusters across the country. Under the Scheme, approximately 1,00,000 beneficiaries are to be covered.  ♦ So far, ten projects have been approved under Mission Solar Charkha.  ♦ The total cost for one cluster of Solar Charkha would involve a maximum subsidy of Rs.9.599 crore. ♦ It aims to generate direct employment to nearly one lakh persons.` A pilot project was implemented in 2016 at Khanwa village, Nawada District of Bihar. 

    Union Government implements POSHAN Abhiyaan

    141 days ago
    Government of India is implementing POSHAN Abhiyaan across the country to address the problem of malnutrition. The campaign aims to reduce malnutrition in the country. The abhiyaan will be implemented in a phased manner through a life cycle approach. It also aims to reduce combat under-nutrition, anemia among young children, women and adolescent girls and reduce low birth weight. POSHAN Abhiyaan: POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission is the 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 in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The scheme has directed the attention of the country towards the problem of malnutrition and addresses it in a mission-mode.

    Manipur government announced schemes for sportspersons, artistes

    141 days ago
    The Manipur State government is to provide benefits to sportspersons and artistes of the state and the country. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister N Biren Singh on 15 March. It was declared that it was the biggest ever scheme for the welfare of the sportspersons and artistes of the state. Highlights: CMAST scheme: ♦ For the Chief Ministers Akhannaba Sanaroisingi Tengbang (CMAST) scheme, around Rs.7.36 crore will be required. ♦ Under the CMAST scheme, suitable employment in government services would be provided to sportspersons winning medals in international events, on the basis of criteria laid down by the state government. ♦ It will also support the sportspersons for purchasing costly sporting items.  ♦ Cash awards will be awarded for Olympians who bag gold, silver, bronze, and the winners will be given Rs.1 crore, Rs.75 lakh, and Rs.50 lakh respectively. ♦ The government will provide incentives of up to Rs.2 lakh per annum to around 250 local clubs of the state. ♦ The scheme includes a lifetime pension scheme for unemployed sportspersons and coaches of 50 years and above who have represented the state or the country either in national or international tournaments. CMAT: ♦ The newly announced Chief Ministergi Artiste Singgi Tengbang (CMAT) schemes will require around Rs.5.70 crore. ♦ The CMAT scheme has been designed for renowned artistes. It encourages them to performing arts, literary arts, and visual arts. The scheme will benefit around 4,000 artistes a year. ♦ Pension will be extended to around 1,000 artistes who are 60 years and above under the scheme. ♦ The pensioners under the scheme include awardees, gurus, and non- awardees who have contributed to preserving the tradition, culture, and art forms of Manipur. ♦ The scheme will provide financial assistance to the award winners in the national competition and festivals.

    Cabinet approved the Scheme for RoDTEP

    143 days ago
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) led by PM Narendra Modi approved the introduction of the Scheme for Remission of Duties and Taxes on Exported Products (RoDTEP). The Scheme will create a mechanism that will create for reimbursement of taxes/ duties/ levies at the central, state, and local levels. The Scheme will be in line with "Digital India." Provision: ♦ Currently, the reimbursement of taxes/ duties/ levies are not being refunded under any other mechanism, but which are incurred in the process of manufacture and distribution of exported products.  ♦ The Scheme will boost the domestic industry and Indian exports providing a level playing field for Indian producers in the International market so that domestic taxes/duties are not exported. ♦ An inter-ministerial committee will determine the rates and items for which the reimbursement of taxes and duties would be provided.  ♦ A refund under the Scheme will be in the form of transferable duty credit/electronic scrip that will be issued to the exporters, which will be maintained in an electronic ledger.  ♦ The Scheme will be implemented with end to end digitization. ♦ The Scheme will be a step towards zero-rating of exports, along with refunds such as Drawback and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST).  ♦ It is expected that the scheme would lead to the cost competitiveness of exported products in international markets and better employment opportunities in export-oriented manufacturing industries.   ♦ It aims to increase their productivity, boost exports, and contribute to the overall economy.

    UP launched schemes for skill development, employment generation for youths

    144 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh State government has launched three schemes, namely Kaushal Satrang, Yuva Hub, and an apprenticeship scheme for skill development and employment generation for youths in the state. It also has announced to depute Arogya Mitras at all primary health centres to inform people about govt health schemes. The schemes were launched by Chief Minister of state Yogi Adityanath. Highlights: ♦ The state's industrial sector had received private and public sector investment of nearly Rs.3 trillion in the past 3 years. ♦ All three schemes are dedicated to generating employment and self-employment opportunities for the youth of the state.  ♦ Kaushal Satrang scheme has seven components that will provide opportunities to the youth. ♦ The state has allocated Rs.1,200 crore for the Yuva Hub scheme in the state budget. The scheme aims to provide employment to thousands of skilled youth by assisting in project concept and financial help for one year of operation.  ♦ CM apprenticeship scheme will provide a stipend of Rs.2500 to the youth of the state.

    TIFAC launched Vigyan Jyoti scheme

    148 days ago
    Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) launched the Vigyan Jyoti scheme on 8 March 2020. The scheme aims to encourage women to pursue science.  Vigyan Jyoti: Vigyan Jyoti is an initiative that will create a level-playing field for the meritorious girls in high school to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in their higher education.  Under the scheme, Selected women from more than 500 districts will be given opportunities to attend science camps at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), NITs, and other leading institutions of science and technology education where women are not adequately represented. TIFAC: TIFAC was set up in 1988. It functions under the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology. It foresees the technological innovation in select technology areas that were of national importance. 

    Centre to set up at least one PMBJP Kendra in every block of the country

    148 days ago
    Government plans to set up at least one Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya JanAushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendra in every block of India by the end of 2020. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region Dr.Jitendra Singh at the Jan Aushadhi Diwas celebration in Kathua, J&K.  The government for Jammu & Kashmir launched the PMBJP to promote affordable and quality generic medicines among the people. The speed of development in UT of J&K has increased manifold after the creation of Union Territory (UT) as all the progressive Central laws have been directly implemented without any hindrance. PMBJP: Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) campaign was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) in 2008. It was launched under the name Jan Aushadi Campaign. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency of the scheme. PMBJP aims to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses. PMBJP stores were set up by GoI to provide generic drugs at lesser prices but with equal quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs. It focuses on bringing down the healthcare budget of every citizen of India by providing Quality generic Medicines at Affordable Prices.

    Poshan Abhiyaan celebrated its second anniversary

    148 days ago
    The second anniversary of the Centre's Poshan Abhiyaan Poshan Pakhwada was celebrated on 8 March. The focus of the two-week-long Poshan Pakhwada 2020 is 'Men for Nutrition.' The aim is to increase male engagement in Poshan Abhiyaan. It aims to improve Nutritional Indicators. NITI Aayog's data states that Andhra Pradesh ranked first in the overall implementation of Poshan Abhiyan. As part of the program, the State has trained all Angan Wadi Workers on modules created based on lifecycle approach with the support of incremental learning Approach (ILA). Tamil Nadu State has topped the list of the states in terms of the number of participants in the program. The Integrated Child Development Scheme has been rejuvenated with the Centre's Poshan Abhiyaan mission. The program is revitalizing India by reaching out to the children and mothers across the nation. POSHAN Abhiyaan: Prime Minister's Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition (POSHAN) Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission is the Government of India's flagship program. It improves nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. The scheme reduces malnutrition in the country in a phased manner, through a life cycle approach, by adopting a synergized and result oriented approach.   The program was launched by Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March 2018. The scheme will address the problem of malnutrition and addresses it in a mission-mode. The goals of Poshan Abhiyan are to achieve improvement in the Nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women, and lactating mothers in a time-bound manner.

    Monitoring cell inaugurated under Mission Bhagiratha

    148 days ago
    A dedicated monitoring cell was inaugurated under Mission Bhagiratha in Bhongir Circle, Telangana. It was inaugurated by the Superintending Engineer of Mission Bhagiratha. The cell invites grievances and issues in the supply of the tapped drinking water. About the Monitoring cell: ♦ The aim of the cell is to prevent water scarcity and increase preparedness for summer. ♦ The officials in the cell will record complaints and redress them in a time-bound manner. ♦ Consumers and local representatives in the area can report the issue, along with sufficient details, directly to the staff of the cell. Mission Bhagiratha: Mission Bhagiratha was implemented in 1998 by Chief Minister Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao. The Mission aims to ensure safe and sustainable piped drinking water supply from surface water sources. It also aims to provide each household with a tap connection. Under the Mission, 10% of the water in all Irrigation sources reserved for Drinking Water.

    JK government launched Student Health Card scheme for school children

    152 days ago
    Jammu and Kashmir government has launched Student Health Card scheme in Jammu on 5 March. It was launched by Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu at a programme organized by Directorate of Mid Day Meal, School Education Department in association with National Health Mission at Teachers Bhavan Jammu. Student Health Card scheme: ♦ The scheme will ensure regular checkups of school-going children. ♦ It is expected that regular health checkup facilities at the school level will ensure the good health of students. ♦ The aim of the scheme will ensure the good health of every school-going children and parents who should be made aware of the benefits of this scheme. ♦ Previously, the government has launched MidDay meal for the needy school-going children so that malnutrition can be prevented.

    Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen

    153 days ago
    The Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) (SBM(G)) at a National Dissemination and Consultation workshop on 4 March in New Delhi. The move comes after the approval of cabinet for the Phase II of the Mission is a great recognition to the signification achievements made under SBM (G) under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Phase-II of the SBM(G): ♦ Phase II of the Mission SBM(G) will focus on sustaining the gains made under the programme in the last five years in terms of toilet access and usage. ♦ It aims to ensure that no one is left behind.  ♦ It will also ensure that effective solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) is instituted in every Gram Panchayat of the country. ♦ The scheme aims to provide universal coverage and access to safe sanitation in rural areas in five years. It was launched on 2 October 2014. Participants: The Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria, Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) Parameswaran Iyer, Principal Secretaries/Secretaries-in-charge of Rural Sanitation, Mission Directors (SBMG) of States/UTs, senior officials from the Ministry (GoI), and other invited state nodal officers engaged with SBM(G) participated in the event.

    UGC develops Jeevan Kaushal scheme to upgrade life skills for UG students

    154 days ago
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) has developed "Jeevan Kaushal" (life skills) curriculum for undergraduate students at Universities and Colleges. The information was passed by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'. Jeevan Kaushal: ♦ The Jeevan Kaushal Curriculum covers the courses on communication skills, professional skills, leadership and management skills, and universal human values.  ♦ The life skills curriculum is available at ♦ The life skills curriculum is suggestive. The UGC has requested Vice-Chancellors of all Universities to consider the curriculum for introduction in Universities and affiliated Colleges/institutions at the undergraduate level. ♦ It is aimed to enhance an individual's ability to be fully self-aware by helping oneself to overcome all fears and insecurities and to grow fully from inside out and outside in. ♦ It will increase knowledge of a person and raise awareness of emotional competency and emotional intelligence at place of study or work. ♦ The skills will develop interpersonal skills and adopt good leadership behaviour for the empowerment of self and others. ♦ It will set appropriate goals, manage stress and time effectively.

    Suposhit Maa Abhiyan was launched in Kota, Rajasthan

    154 days ago
    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla launched "Suposhit Maa Abhiyan" from Kota, Rajasthan. The aim is to create malnutrition-free India.  Suposhit Maa Abhiyan: ♦ Suposhit Maa Abhiyan will provide nutritional support to pregnant women and adolescent girls.  ♦ The move is essential as it provides nutrients to a pregnant lady.  ♦ The scheme aims to provide essential nutrients to every mother and their offspring. ♦ The campaign plan to support 1000 women by providing food for 1 month for 12 months. Also, the child's health, including medical examination, blood, medicine, delivery, will be taken care of.  ♦ 17 kg Nutrition kit will be for 9 months. It will include wheat, gram, maize, and millet flour, large soybean, ghee, groundnut, roasted gram, jaggery, oatmeal, lentils, dates, and rice.

    GoI successfully installed 10 lakh smart meters under SMNP

    161 days ago
    Government has successfully installed 10 lakh smart meters across India under the Government of India's Smart Meter National Programme (SMNP). The announcement was made by the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, New & Renewable Energy R.K. Singh. The Minister inaugurated commissioning of 100 MW decentralized solar power plants connected to agriculture feeders in Maharashtra. Highlights: ♦ The smart meters are operational in Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. ♦ The aim of the programme is to bring efficiency in the distribution system leading to better service delivery.  ♦ In every substation, the capacity of the solar power plants ranges from 0.5 MW to 10 MW.  ♦ The programme is being implemented through Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). ♦ The SMNP aims to replace 250 million conventional meters in India with smart meters. EESL: EESL is an energy service company of GoI. It functions under the Ministry of Power, India.  Minister responsible: R. K. Singh Chairman: Rajeev Sharma MD: Saurabh Kumar It is a joint venture of state-owned NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation, and POWERGRID. 

    Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission completed 4 years

    161 days ago
    The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the 4th Anniversary celebration of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi on 24 February. The theme of the event was 'Aatma Gaon Ki, Suvidha Sheher Ki'. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission: ♦ The Mission was launched on 21 February 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ♦ The aims of the mission are to deliver catalytic interventions to rural areas on the threshold of growth.  ♦ The focus is to develop the clusters by providing all the basic amenities, infrastructure, and economic development opportunities in an integrated and time-bound manner. ♦ Under the mission, 300 clusters have been allocated by the Ministry out of which 296 have been approved so far.  ♦ The mission leads to convergence of the schemes of Union and State government that leads to the overall development of the region in a planned and organized manner.  ♦ The mission has provided good employment opportunities, basic and urban facilities to rural India such as waste management, smart classrooms, piped water supply, Roads, Agro-processing and value addition to primary produce, etc. It is critical for holistic development.

    PM-KISAN completed the first year on 24 February

    162 days ago
    Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) celebrated the first anniversary of the new Central Sector Scheme on 24 February 2020. The Central Government has released more than Rs.50850 crores so far. The total number of beneficiaries covered under the scheme, based on estimates of the Agriculture Census 2015-16, is about 14 crore. PM-KISAN scheme: ♦ The scheme was aimed to augment the income of the farmers, with less than 2 hectares of land, by providing income support to all landholding farmers' families across the country.  ♦ The scheme will enable the farmers to take care of expenses related to agriculture and allied activities and domestic needs.  ♦ Under the Scheme, an amount of Rs.6000 per year is transferred in three 4-monthly installments of Rs.2000. The amount will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the farmers, subject to certain exclusion criteria relating to higher-income status.  ♦ The PM-KISAN Scheme was formally launched on 24 February 2019 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. ♦ The scheme was announced in Piyush Goyal's interim budget 2019-20 and is completely funded by the central government. ♦ The State/UT Governments are responsible for the identification of beneficiaries. A special web-portal has been launched for the Scheme.  ♦ The financial benefits are released to the beneficiaries on the basis of the data of farmers prepared and uploaded by the state/UT governments on the PM-Kisan web-portal.

    TN CM announces 5 schemes for children living in government-run homes

    162 days ago
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced 5 schemes for children living in government-run homes on the birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa. The aim is to honour the late leader CM J. Jayalalithaa's birthday. 5 Schemes: ♦ The state government announced special financial assistance for girls who face difficulties after leaving government-run homes on completion of 18 years of age. The scheme will ensure the social and financial safety of the girls.  ♦ The TN State Government has increased the monthly amount paid to the foster parents of the girls to Rs.4,000 from Rs.2,000. ♦ The state government will deposit Rs.2 lakh to an orphan girl residing in government-run homes when she completes 21 years of age. The aim is to help them get a better life in society after they leave government homes. ♦ The government also announced employment for the destitute children from government homes in social welfare, social justice, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) departments, the categories of C and D, which would not fall in the purview of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. From now, they will also be prioritized in jobs in noon meal centres and anganwadis. ♦ The govt would award gold, silver and bronze medals and certificates to three district collectorates who improve child sex ratio, given that ratio was lesser than the average in those districts. ♦ The state has also announced a 50% subsidy for "Ulemas" to buy two-wheelers, and increase their pension to Rs.3,000. Tamil Nadu: Formed on: 1 November 1956 Governor: Banwarilal Purohit Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami Capital: Chennai Literacy (2011): 80.33%

    Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban Mission completed four years on 21 February

    163 days ago
    The fourth Anniversary of the launch of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) was observed on 21 February 2016.  Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission: ♦ The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The aim of the vision is to deliver catalytic interventions to rural areas on the threshold of growth.  ♦ The Mission was aimed to transform the Rurban clusters by stimulating local economic development. ♦ It also focused on enhancing basic services and creating well planned Rurban clusters.  ♦ This will lead to the holistic development of the region and encourage integrated and inclusive rural development.  ♦ Upon the successful implementation of Rurban clusters, NITI Aayog has recently proposed a new and extended programme for over 1,000 clusters in the next three years. In Sikkim, three such clusters are being developed in the South, East and West districts.

    Haryana government to open Atal Kisan-Majdoor canteens to provide meals

    163 days ago
    Haryana state government is to open Atal Kisan-Majdoor canteens in all mandis and sugar mills across the state. The announcement was made by Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya at the Budget Session of State Assembly which commenced in Chandigarh. Atal Kisan-Majdoor canteens: ♦ The aim of the move is to provide affordable and cheap meals to farmers and labourers at a concessional rate of Rs.10 per plate. ♦ 25 Atal Kisan-Majdoor canteens will be established in 2020 in the state. ♦ Haryana government will also provide free and concessional travel facility to 41 different categories of residents in the ordinary buses of Haryana Roadways. ♦ Also, under a new initiative, the women and girls belonging to 11 lakh BPL families will be given sanitary napkins free of cost during the year 2020-2021.

    Soil health card Scheme completes 5 years as on 19 February

    169 days ago
    Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare reported that so far 6954 villages have been identified by the States/UTs in which against the target of 26.83 lakh samples, 20.18 lakh samples have been collected, 14.65 lakh samples have been analyzed and 13.54 lakh cards have been distributed to farmers. The Soil health card scheme completes 5 years on 19 February 2019.  Soil health card scheme: ♦ Soil health card scheme was launched by PM Modi on 19 February 2015.  ♦ The scheme aims to assess the nutrient status of every farm holding in the country. ♦ So far, a total of Rs.751.42 crore has been released under the scheme.  ♦ The scheme aims to issue soil health cards to farmers every 2 years so as to provide a basis to address nutritional deficiencies in fertilization practices. ♦ Soil testing is developed to promote soil test based on nutrient management. ♦ The scheme will assist State Governments to issue soil health cards to all farmers in the country.  ♦ Soil health will lead to Sustainable Farming. ♦ Soil health card provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrients to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility.

    UP to introduce Internship scheme for students

    176 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh state government is to introduce an internship scheme for students of class 10th and 12th and those pursuing graduation. The announcement was made by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on 9 February at a job fair organized by the Department of Labour and Employment Exchange at Gorakhpur University Internship scheme: ♦ Under the scheme, the students will be linked to various technical institutes and industries. ♦ The students who do an internship for 6 months and 1 year will be given Rs.2,500 as honorarium every month, out of which Rs.1,500 will be given by the central government and Rs.1,000 by the state government. ♦ After the completion of the internship, the government will help the youth in getting jobs.  ♦ An HR cell will be created for this purpose. ♦ The state government announced that 20% of girls will be compulsorily recruited in the police department in the state so that they can contribute towards the state's security. ♦ Also, the UP government is taking various measures to open an ITI and skill development centre in each tehsil. The centre will give a platform to the youth for their skills.

    Govt approved proposals under Atal Bhujal Yojana

    179 days ago
    Government has approved proposals for Atal Bhujal Yojana for sustainable management of groundwater resources with community participation in water-stressed blocks of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti & Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria. Atal Bhujal Yojana: ♦ Atal Bhujal Yojana is a groundwater management scheme of the Central government. ♦ It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 December 2019. ♦ Government allocated Rs.6000 crore for the Scheme. ♦ The scheme will be implemented from 2020-21 to 2024-25. ♦ The financial assistance is provided by the World Bank with a sharing pattern of 50:50 between the Indian Government and the World Bank. ♦ There are two components under the scheme namely: 1) Institutional Strengthening & Capacity Building component with an outlay of Rs.1400 crore 2) Incentive component with an outlay of Rs.4600 crore

    Karnataka government launched the Janasevaka scheme

    180 days ago
    The Karnataka State government has launched the Janasevaka scheme in a few municipal corporation wards on 4 February. The scheme was earlier implemented in Dasarahalli area on a pilot basis. It will be extended to Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli and Rajajinagar areas. Janasevaka scheme: ♦ Janasevaka scheme was launched by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. ♦ The scheme will ensure home delivery of various services like ration cards, health cards, and senior citizen identity.  ♦ The scheme will pertain to 53 services and involve 11 departments. The programme aims to avail the benefits of government schemes at the doorstep.  ♦ The scheme aims to make the lives of the citizens of Karnataka easy by launching this scheme. ♦ It will ensure the on-time delivery of government services to citizens by practising innovative and efficient management systems through capacity. ♦ The scheme will benefit the senior citizens in the state. ♦ Under the scheme, one volunteer will be allocated for each ward. These volunteers have been outsourced.  ♦ A toll-free helpline was set up for the scheme. It will work from 8 am to 8 pm.  ♦ Under the scheme, Rs.115 will be charged to provide the home delivery services.  ♦ The Karnataka government has decided to seek information under the RTI Act easy by making it online. People can now apply from home by paying the fee online. This will make the process hassle-free.

    Centre to introduce new scheme to empower NGOs to provide care to the senior citizens

    180 days ago
    The government is to introduce a new programme which will allow the NGOs to take care of senior citizens, who are living alone, in their homes. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot on 5 February 2020. The new law is different from the Maintenance and Welfare of Senior Citizens (MWPSC) Act, 2007 and Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) which has the provision for taking care of all senior citizens. A New Scheme for Senior Citizens: ♦ As per the 2011 census, there are about 10.38 crore senior citizens in the country. ♦ The new law will ensure the senior citizens who are living alone will be taken care of in a better way. ♦ Daycare centres will be set up for these purposes under the law. ♦ These centres will have a canteen, libraries, and other facilities. Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY): Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana was launched in March 2017. Under the scheme, Rs.7,000 will be provided to each person. So far, 1,24,142 senior citizens have been covered under the scheme. The government aims to reach out to 5.20 lakh beneficiaries under the scheme.  

    Karnataka launches Janasevaka program to provide Govt services at Home Delivery

    181 days ago
    The Karnataka government on 4th February propelled the Janasevaka scheme in a couple of metropolitan organization wards to guarantee home conveyance of different administrations like proportion cards, senior resident personality, and wellbeing cards.  The plan, which was propelled by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, will relate to 53 administrations, including 11 divisions.  Janasevaka Janasevaka, under the Sakala Plan, is a program to profit the advantages of government plans at the doorstep, especially for the assistance of Senior Residents. Chief Minister referenced that the goal is to make the lives of the residents of Karnataka simple by propelling this plan. Sakala intends to guarantee in-time conveyance of taxpayer driven organizations to residents by rehearsing inventive and proficient administration frameworks through limit working in government and enabling residents to practice their entitlement to support.  On the off chance that the plan functions admirably, it will be executed across Bengaluru in all the 27 get together fragments, Kumar stated, including that based the analysis in Bengaluru, it will stretch out to Mysuru, Mangaluru, and Hubballi-Dharwad.  Under the plan, there will be one volunteer in each ward. These volunteers have been re-appropriated.  Cost Free Help Line A cost-free helpline planned to set up for this plan, which will work from 8 am to 8 pm. An entirety of Rs 115 charged to give the home delivery administrations. Notwithstanding it, the Karnataka government has likewise chosen to look for data under the RTI Act simple by making it on the web. Individuals can apply from home by paying the charge on the web. This will make the procedure bother free, as mentioned by the Chief Minister.

    Current Affairs: Maharashtra government launched Shiv Bhojan scheme

    190 days ago
    Maharashtra government launched the "Shiv Bhojan" scheme on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day on 26 January 2020. It has been launched on a pilot basis. Aim: Shiv Bhojan scheme aims to provide a meal to the poor for just Rs.10. Shiv Bhojan scheme: ♦ Under the Shiv Bhojan scheme, the thalis or lunch plates will be available to people at designated centres and canteens during a stipulated time in all the districts. ♦ District Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh inaugurated the Shiv Bhojan Thali canteen at the civic-run Nair Hospital in Mumbai. ♦ Another centre was inaugurated by Tourism Minister and Mumbai suburban district Guardian Minister Aaditya Thackeray at the Collector's office in Bandra. ♦ Under the scheme, at least one canteen has been started at district the headquarters the state on a pilot basis.

    India joins Reskilling Revolution scheme at the WEF annual meet

    194 days ago
    India joined the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Reskilling Revolution on 22 January which is being held in Davos, Switzerland. The 50th WEF Annual Meeting is being held from 21-24 January 2020.  Aim: The Reskilling Revolution scheme aims to train workers from technological change and help economies by providing new skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. WEF's Reskilling Revolution: ♦ The scheme will act as a public-private platform to generate new employment opportunities. ♦ The initiative plans to provide one billion people with better education, skills, and jobs by 2030. ♦ WEF released a report titled Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy. ♦ LinkedIn will act as a data partner for the Reskilling Revolution scheme. WEF: The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971. It is located in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland. WEF aims to improve the state of the world by engaging business, academic, political, and other leaders of society to shape regional, global, and industry agendas. WEF hosts an annual meeting in the month of January in Davos.  The founding governments of WEF include India, Brazil, France, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the UAE, and the US. The Business partners include Salesforce, PwC, Infosys, The Adecco Group., ManpowerGroup, LinkedIn, and Coursera Inc.

    UP govt. to provide financial assistance under Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana

    195 days ago
    Uttar Pradesh state Government has launched Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana. The scheme was launched after the cabinet meeting which was held on 21 January 2020. The announcement was made by the UP Power Minister Shrikant Sharma. The government also announced that it is to implement Mukhyamantri Paryatan Samvardhan Yojana. Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojana: ♦ The scheme will provide financial assistance of Rs.5 lakh to the family of farmers who die or become handicapped while working in fields. ♦ The scheme also includes Bataidars for the first time. ♦ The scheme will cover farmers and their family members in the age group of 18-70 years. ♦ The scheme was implemented on 14 September 2019 in the state. Mukhyamantri Paryatan Samvardhan Yojana: ♦ The scheme aims to boost tourism in the state.  ♦ Under the scheme, one tourist point will be developed with a fund of Rs.50 lakh in each and every assembly segment of the state. Note: Bataidars are people who work in the field of other persons and share the crop after it is harvested.

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