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:
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of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, benefits to given to mild hybrid vehicles under FAME India scheme have been withdrawn with effect from 1st April 2017.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.
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.
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):
Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (for Merchants):
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
About Samajwadi Pensions Scheme:
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.