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Central Government Schemes

‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ launched in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

i. On 1st April 2017, Mr. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched, first of its kind “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana” in Nellore; Andhra Pradesh aimed to make life comfortable for senior citizens of India.

ii. This scheme has been launched for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices to Senior Citizens belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category who suffer from age related problems viz. hearing impairment, low vision, dental problems etc.

iii. This scheme was proposed in Union Budget 2015-16 and is fully funded by Central Government. Money required to run this scheme will be drawn from Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund.

Govt launches PowerTex India scheme for powerloom sector

i. Union Textiles Minister, Ms. Smriti Irani launched PowerTex India Scheme on 1stApril 2017 at Bhiwandi in Thane district of Maharashtra. It is a gamut of schemes aimed at development of powerloom sector in India with a special focus on small powerloom weavers. The scheme was simultaneously launched at 45 locations across India.

ii. She also launched PowerTex India helpline for scheme related assistance. For nationwide publicity of scheme, a PowerTex van was also flagged off.

Components of PowerTex India Scheme:

  • In-situ upgradation scheme of Plain Powerlooms: Provides subsidy to financially weak powerloom unit owners for upgradation of looms. As a result of upgradation, productivity and quality of fabrics will improve, which will provide a competitive edge to powerloom fabrics in domestic and international markets.
  • Group Workshed Shceme (GWS): Provides subsidy for construction of worksheds for shutterless looms. This will provide better working conditions in terms of more space.
  • Yarn Bank Scheme: Under this scheme, Government of India will provide Interest-Free corpus fund to Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) or Consortium to purchase yarn at wholesale price. This will benefit weavers by eliminating middlemen’s commission and local suppliers’ brokerage.
  • Common Facility Centre: Government of India will provide Rs. 2 crore subsidy to setup Common Facility Centre having pre-weaving and post-weaving facilities.
  • Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Powerloom weavers: Provides access to affordable credit facility to powerloom units (including SC, ST and Women Entrepreneurs) through Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) and Stand-up India. Under PMMY in context of PowerTex India Scheme, decentralised powerloom unit/weavers will be provided 20% margin money of the project cost, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 1 lakh. They will also get benefit of interest subvention at the rate of 6% per annum on working capital and term loans up to Rs. 10 lakh for 5 years. Under Stand-up India in context of PowerTex India Scheme, SC, ST & Women Entrepreneurs will be provide 25% margin money of project cost, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 25 lakh.
  • Solar Energy Scheme: Provides subsidy to set up on-grid or off-grid Solar Photo Voltaic Plant. This scheme will help weavers to save power cost and will also promote usage of renewable energy.
  • Tax venture Capital Fund: Capital required for expansion will be provided to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises by Ministry of Textiles through SIDBI Venture Capital Fund Ltd. 


Mizoram becomes 27th State to join UDAY scheme

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Government of India (GoI) and Mizoram under the scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The agreement was signed for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department.

♦By this agreement Mizoram would get an overall net benefit of approximately Rs.198 crores by participating in UDAY.

♦This benefit is achieved in the way of cheaper funds, reduction in Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) and transmission losses and interventions in energy efficiency.

Government withdraws subsidy to mild hybrids under FAME scheme

As per a notification issued by Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, benefits to given to mild hybrid vehicles under FAME India scheme have been withdrawn with effect from 1st April 2017. The notification also clarified that decision does not apply to sales of mild hybrid vehicles made to retail purchasers up to 31st March 2017.

  • This news has negatively affected Maruti Suzuki – the largest car maker in India, whose popular models ‘Ertiga’ and ‘Ciaz’ use hybrid technology and were eligible for benefits under FAME India scheme.

Beneficiaries of PM’s Ujjwala Yojana crosses 2 crore mark 

i. The number of people benefitting from the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for providing (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households has crossed 2 crore mark. This feat has been accomplished in less than a year’s time since its launch.

ii. This unparalleled success has been attributed to serious efforts made by Govt. authorities in implementing the scheme.

Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

Union Cabinet has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY). This scheme was launched in 2012 to provide insurance, resettlement expenses and other social security needs of blue collar workers going abroad for work to Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.

  • Very low subscription and no new subscription received for more than a year were the reasons cited for closure of this scheme. Closure of the scheme will save the recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure.

Government reduces number of centrally sponsored schemes to 28

The Government has reduced the number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) from 66 to 28 and effective from the financial year 2016-2017.

i. The GOI has rationalized Centrally Sponsored Schemes based on the recommendation of the sub group of chief ministers.

ii. The minister has mentioned that 6 Schemes have been categorized as Core of the Core 20 Schemes as Core Schemes and remaining 2 as Optional Schemes.

iii. The related Schemes could be merged and implemented as “Umbrella Schemes”to administer the satisfactory component in the line with state specific requirements.

Lucky Grahak Yojana, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana mega draw at Rashtrapati Bhavan

On April 9, 2017, President Pranab Mukherjee will draw lots for Lucky Grahak Yojana (3 Mega Prizes for worth Rs. 1 crore, Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 25 lakh – for consumers) and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (3 Mega Prizes worth Rs 50 lakhs, Rs. 25 lakh, Rs. 12 lakh – for merchants) at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bahvan.

i. These Mega Prize winners will be felicitated by PM Narendra Modi on 14th April 2017 in Nagpur on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti.

ii. Till March 30, 2017, 1350000 lucky consumers and 79,519 lucky merchants have received prizes under these schemes.

Lucky Grahak Yojana (for Consumers):

  • Starting Date: 25th December 2016
  • Daily: Rs. 1000/- each for 15000 lucky winners
  • Weekly: 7000+ lucky winners. Prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 10000 and Rs. 5000
  • Mega Prize: 3 Mega Prize Winners, Prizes worth Rs. 1 crore, Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh.

Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (for Merchants): 

  • Starting From: 25th December 2016
  • Weekly: 7000 lucky winners. Prizes worth Rs. 5000, Rs. 5000 and Rs. 2500
  • Mega Prize: 3 Mega Prize Winners, Prizes worth Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh.
  • For Mega Prizes in both the above schemes, all transactions from 8th November 2016 will be eligible.
  • Implementing Agency: National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI)
  • Eligibility: Transaction within the range of Rs 50/- and Rs 3000/- done through UPI, USSD, Ru Pay cards and Aadhar Enabled Payment System (AEPS). Transactions through credit cards and e-wallets are not eligible.
  • Estimated Expenditure (till 14th April 2017): Rs. 340 crore
  • Methodology to Select Winners: Random draw of digital transaction Ids

Government to launch Rs 6000-crore 'SAMPADA' scheme for food processing

Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has announced that her ministry will soon approach the Cabinet for the approval for an umbrella programme ‘Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA).’


Financial Outlay: Rs. 6000 crore

To be implemented by: FY 2019-20

Proposed Schemes to improve food supply chain:

  1. ‘Creation/ Expansion of Food Processing and Preservation Capacities’
  2. ‘New Agro-Processing Clusters’
  3. ‘Backward and Forward Linkages’

Initiative to create Food Processing Infrastructure: 

Ms. Harsimrat Kaur also mentioned that in order to ensure seamless transfer of food products from production place to consumption centre, Govt. will provide up to Rs 10 crore of subsidy grant or 35% subsidy (whichever is lower) for creating infrastructure at food clusters, agriculture hubs, food labs and cold chains across the country.

UP govt, center sign MOU for Power for All scheme

MOU has been signed between Uttar Pradesh government and Centre for the “Power for All” scheme in the state.


i. The main purpose of this scheme is to provide 24-hour quality power supply in the state by 
October 2018.

ii. To provide electric connection to every house and agriculture field by 2019.

iii. The cost of the project will be 40 thousand crore and 20 thousand crore will be spent till 
iv. UP government has also announced 1912 helpline for the power related complains.Smart meter will also be installed to stop electricity theft.

PM Modi inaugurates maiden Shimla-New Delhi flight under UDAN scheme

On April 26, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged-off first UDAN flight from Shimla to Delhi under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). PM Modi also flagged off UDAN flights from Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) to Hyderabad and Nanded (Maharashtra) to Hyderabad through video conferencing link.

  • While flagging-off the Shimla-Delhi flight from Shimla Airport, PM Modi mentioned that UDAN flights will start operating from 70 airports across India in next one year.

About Shimla-Delhi UDAN Flight: 

Travelling from Delhi to Shimla takes around 10 hours by road journey. Through the UDAN flight this distance will be covered within an hour.

  • Exclusive rights to operate flights in Shimla-Delhi sector has been given to Alliance Air (subsidiary of Air India).
  • Currently the frequency of this flight’s round trip is five times a week.
  •  The fare for 24 seats reserved for UDAN passengers on this 70-seater flight has been fixed at Rs. 2036/- per seat. 3340/- Viability Gap Funding (VGF) per seat will be provided to Alliance Air for next 3 years.

Over Rs 1 lakh-cr investment approved for housing of urban poor 

Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has sanctioned 1, 00,537 houses for urban poor.

Key Facts:

i. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Programme launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA).

ii. Its mission is to make Housing for All by 2022 when the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence.

iii. The Ministry has approved construction of 18, 75,389 houses for Economically Weaker Sections under PMAY (Urban) in 2,151 cities and towns in 34 States/UTs.

iv. Subsidy for beneficiary-led individual house construction /enhancement.

v. Promotion of Affordable Housing for weaker section through credit linked subsidy.

vi. The total investment approved includes central assistance of Rs.29, 409 cr, assistance from State Governments and beneficiary contribution.

State Government Schemes

Haryana extends Accidental insurance cover to all residents

One of the most prominent schemes of Modi government Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) has been implemented by the Haryana government.

Key Points:

i. The scheme is applicable for 1 year and renew after it. It offers accidental death and disability 
ii. To cover to all Haryana residents in the age group of 18-70 years.

iii. All residents of Haryana must have Aadhaar-enabled saving bank accounts that are entitled for this scheme.

iv. In case of Accidental death sum insured would be Rs 2 lakh each and Rs 1 lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye and loss of use of one hand or foot due to accident.

v. Aadhaar would be the primary KYC for the bank account and insurance coverage.

vi. The Premium of Rs 12 per annum will be deducted from the account holder's savings bank account through 'auto-debit' facility in one instalment on or before June 1 of each annual coverage period under the scheme.

'Advanced Farming - Enriched Farmer' scheme announced by Maharashtra Govt

Maharashtra State Govt. has announced ‘Advanced Farming – Enriched Farmer’ scheme, with an aim to increase farmers’ income by cutting production cost and increasing the output.

i. The scheme will be launched in the upcoming kharif season.

ii. Major Tasks to be executed under 'Advanced Farming - Enriched Farmer' Scheme

  1. Raising production of major crops (up to the level of its genetic yield potential)
  2. Diversification of crops
  3. Introducing marketing techniques
  4. Uniting farmers through farm producers’ companies and making them financially stable

iii. Additional measures under 'Advanced Farming - Enriched Farmer' scheme:

♦ Maharashtra Govt. will spend 60% of the fund available for mechanisation of farming on tractors, power tillers, transplanters, and machines for polishing, grading, and packing the 

♦ Maharashtra Govt. has also announced to increase grants for construction of green houses, onion shades and shade nets, among others.

♦ A farmer outreach campaign will also be launched from May 25 to June 8 2017, to inform farmers about the techniques to be used in agriculture ahead of the kharif season.

Bengal government introduces Social Security Yojana converges 5 beneficiary schemes

The Bengal government has launched the scheme for unorganized sectors and selfemployed people.

Key Notes:

  • A common beneficiary programme is prepared for all the sectors and according to that workers from each of the sectors and their family members will be benefitted.
  • Children who will enroll in this scheme will also get education benefits.
  • 5 crore people will get benefit from the Social Security Yojana and around 1 crore will get direct benefit.

The state government has introduced Social Security Yojana by converging five separate beneficiary schemes for workers.People will get more benefit from this new scheme as compared with five earlier schemes.

  1. State Assistance Scheme for Provident Fund for Unorganised Sector
  2. West Bengal Unorganized Sector Workers’ Health Security Scheme
  3. Social Security scheme for Construction Workers
  4. West Bengal Transport Workers Social Security Scheme
  5. West Bengal Bidi Workers Welfare Scheme are being converged. 

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu relaunches Adarana 

The 191st birth anniversary of social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule. It is being celebrated for the first time as a state function. Andhra Pradesh CM relaunches Adarana.

Key Highlights:

  • Chandrababu Naidu announced the re-launch of ‘Adarana’, a scheme for improving traditional occupations.
  • It includes modern tools, technology, marketing, and financial support that are for the artisans.
  • It also provides employment in the rural areas those pursuing traditional occupations to raise their income levels.
  • Financial assistance was being provided under the ‘NTR Unnata and Videsi Vidyadarana’
  • An assistance of Rs. 2.5 lakh was given for those preparing for all-India services, Rs. 30,000 was given for Group II, and Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 19,000 respectively for bank POs and clerks.
  • The Government had allocated Rs. 25,000 crore for the welfare of the Backward Classes (BCs) during the last three years and Rs. 10,000 crore during the year for BC welfare and development.

Uttar Pradesh govt scraps Samajwadi Pension Scheme 

The Uttar Pradesh State Govt., headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has stalled the Samajwadi Pension Scheme of the previous Samajwadi Party Govt. under Akhilesh Yadav. He has ordered the officials to conduct a detailed review of this scheme to ascertain whether the beneficiaries are deserving candidates fulfilling the eligibility criterion. The officials have been given one month’s time to complete this task.

  • This decision was taken during second cabinet meeting in which CM Yogi Adityanath was reviewing various social welfare schemes run by State Welfare Department.

About Samajwadi Pensions Scheme:

  • Samajwadi Pension Scheme was launched in year 2014 with an aim to provide financial assistance to 40 lakh below poverty line (BPL) category families in Uttar Pradesh. This yojana replaced the erstwhile Rani Laxmibai Pension Yojana.''
  •  Under this scheme, BPL families were entitled to monthly pension of Rs. 500 per month for one year. The beneficiary family had to follow other conditions which were related to children education, adult literacy and health standards.
  • Post completion of one year, the pension was to be hiked by Rs. 50 every year, till the total amount reaches Rs. 750 per month. This hike of Rs. 50 was subject to fulfilment of other conditions as listed above. Non-fulfilment of conditions would result in termination of benefits.
  • The scheme was being administered by Uttar Pradesh State Welfare Department. 

 Deendayal Rasoi Yojana launched in 49 districts of MP

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched subsidized meal scheme at Rs.5 in Gwalior. This scheme helps people to get economical nutritious and good quality food under the Deendayal Rasoi Yojana at cheaper rates. It is launched in 49 districts across the 

i. The scheme includes 49 districts in first phase. Under this scheme the poor peple will get four chapattis, one vegetable curry and dal everyday between 11 am to 3 pm.

ii. Breakfast will be served at Rs 5 and lunch will be served at Rs.8. All these arrangements will be done by Level Coordination And Monitoring Commiittee in which they will monitor all aspects of scheme and at least 2000 people will serve every day.

iii. The budget of this scheme is Rs 10 crore and it will be funded by Corporate Sector Under Corporate Social Responsibility.


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