Central Government Schemes
Vice President Naidu launches Deen Dayal Divyangajan Sahajya Scheme in Assam
On December 3, 2017, on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched Deen Dayal Divyangajan Sahajya Scheme in Guwahati, Assam.
i. Under this scheme, every differently abled person in Assam would be entitled to a one-time grant of Rs 5000 for their treatment.
Cabinet approves continuation of NLCPR scheme for North East till March 2020
Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the current Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme for North Eastern India.
NITI Aayog proposes scheme for saving jobs from automation
NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Rajiv Kumar has stated that Central Government should consider setting up a labour utilisation fund in order to handle the challenge of growing redundancy of low-skilled labour in India with increase of automation and advent of artificial intelligence.
i. The fund should be used for improving skills of workforce and increase its cost competitiveness. This will encourage businesses to hire more such human resource. ii. This should be done by imparting relevant training. Besides, the fund can also be utilised for paying provident fund contribution and for covering the health costs of low-skilled workforce.
Government to roll out ‘Condonation of delay scheme’
In order to provide relief for disqualified directors of companies, Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs will roll out ‘Condonation of Delay Scheme’, which will be operational from January 1 to March 31, 2018.
i. Earlier, in a bid to clamp down on illicit fund flows, Union Corporate Affairs Ministry had disqualified more than 3.09 lakh directors of companies, who failed to submit annual filings for a long time.
ii .Following this, concerns were raised that many directors of genuine companies have also been disqualified. Some of the disqualified individuals also resorted to litigation.
iii .In order to address these concerns, Ministry of Corporate Affairs decided to come up with this scheme, under which, post submission of filings, the company concerned would have to file a separate form seeking condonation of the delay along with a fee of Rs. 30000.
State Government Schemes
Jammu & Kashmir government launches SAUBHAGYA to provide free electricity
On 11th December 2017, the Jammu and Kashmir government launched SAUBHAGYA (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna) with an aim to provide free electricity connections to poor people in the state.
i. SAUBHAGYA, an initiative taken by the prime minister, seeks to provide electricity to 4 crore families across India by December 2018. Jammu & Kashmir’s Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh launched the scheme.
ii. He said electric connections would be given to poor people, identified by the Socio Economic and Caste Census of 2011 and others sections for Rs 500, payable in 10 installments in the bill. The scheme also provides on-the-spot registration of applicants.
Bihar launches scheme for checking crimes against women at public places
On December 11, 2017, Bihar State Government approved a "Safe City Surveillance" scheme for curbing eve-teasing, harassment and other crimes against women at public places.
i. Decision to launch this scheme was taken at State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
ii .The scheme envisages installation of CCTV cameras at public places across the state.
SDMC launches Atal Jan Aahar Yojana for poor
On 25th December 2017, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) launched ‘Atal Jan Aahar Yojana’ for poor people to provide them meal at Rs 10, marking the Good Governance Day.
i. The Atal Jan Aahar Yojana was launched by South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Chairman of the civic body's Standing Committee Bhupender Gupta and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Matiala at Matiala Chowk.
ii. The Atal Jan Aahar Yojana scheme has been started at 5 outlets in different locations of south Delhi. Its aim is to provide nutritious meal to the poor and needy.
iii .The menu includes puri, chapattis, rice, rajma, vegetables, chhole, and halwa. The meal is provided for Rs 10 from 11 am to 2 pm every day.
Haryana govt launches 'Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana' for vegetable growers
On December 30, 2017, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana from Karnal district.
i. Under this scheme, farmers will be compensated by state government, whenever the market prices of the stipulated produce go below the mentioned prices.
ii. Haryana State Government will constitute a separate fund for this purpose.
iii. This scheme for compensation will also apply for tomato, onion, potato and cauliflower.