Central Government Schemes
Modi launches Rs 1000-cr development schemes for Daman & Diu
On February 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched development schemes worth Rs 1000 crore for Daman and Diu.
i. On February 24, 2018, PM Modi launched the Pawan Hans helicopter service between Diu and Daman. Diu and Daman are separated by Gulf of Khambhat and it takes 16 hours to commute between these two places by road. The chopper service will reduce the commute time to an hour.
ii.PM Modi also launched Ahmedabad-Diu flight service under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik–let the common citizen of the country fly), Regional Air Connectivity scheme.
iii. In Daman, PM Modi laid foundation stones for several projects, including a water treatment plant, an electric sub-station, a gas pipeline, a municipal market and a foot-bridge.
Government to launch Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme
On February 2, 2018, Power and Renewable Energy Minister, R K Singh stated that, government will implement a Rs 140000-crore Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme as announced in Union Budget 2018.
i. KUSUM is aimed at promoting use of solar energy for pumps and encourage use of barren land for setting up decentralised solar power plants.
ii. This scheme will not only lead to increase in farmers’ income by giving them option to sell additional power to the grid but will also reduce their dependence on diesel pumps.
iii. The scheme envisages setting up 10000-mw solar plants on barren lands and incentivising discoms to buy the produced electricity, solarising existing pumps of 7250-mw and government tube wells of 8250-mw capacity and distributing 17.5 lakh solar pumps.
iv. A central financial assistance of Rs. 48000 crore (in phased manner) has been announced for this project in Union Budget 2018.
Government extends anti-narcotics scheme for 3 more years
Central Government has extended the 'Assistance to States and UTs for Narcotics Control' scheme for three more years.
i. Under this scheme, Union Home Ministry provides financial assistance to state governments and Union Territories which are contributing in controlling the inter-state and cross border drug trafficking.
ii. Funds procured under this scheme will be used for strengthening enforcement capabilities of anti-narcotics agencies and for all capacity building activities, including training of personnel.
iii. The scheme has been extended for a period of 3 years, from 2017-18 to 2019-20, with an estimated budget of Rs 21 crore.
iv. Narcotics Control Bureau is the nodal drug law enforcement and intelligence agency of India.
vi.'Assistance to States and UTs for Narcotics Control' scheme was first launched on October 24, 2004 for a period of five years.
IITs to get 25 % of govt loans for higher education institutes under RISE scheme
23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be getting the largest portion of loans on offer under Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) scheme.
i. During Union Budget 2018 speech, Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley had announced RISE scheme with a corpus of Rs 100000 crore.
ii. Under this scheme, all centrally-funded institutes (CFIs), including central universities, IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and IISERs, can borrow funds from the corpus over the next four years to expand and build new infrastructure.
iii. Rs 25000 crore, out of above stated Rs. 100000 crore corpus will be set aside exclusively for the 23 IITs.
iv. Central Universities will be getting second largest share of Rs 20000 crore. National Institutes of Technology (NITs) can borrow up to Rs 11300 crore, new IIMs will get Rs 4500 crore while five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) can borrow Rs 5000 crore.
State Government Schemes
Parivartan scheme launched in Haryana
On February 21, 2018, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched ‘Parivartan’, a scheme designed to address 10 issues in 46 developmental blocks of the state.
i. 10 Issues to be addresses under ‘Partivartan’ Scheme: facilitation of financing, improving health services, making agriculture profitable and sustainable, implementing Swachh Bharat, engaging the youth, decongesting market areas, checking air pollution, effective policing, ensuring availability of identity-related services and ensuring road order and conduct.
ii. 46 top officials of the state, including those from the IAS, IFS and IPS cadres, have been allotted one block each, wherein they will undertake work related to the above stated 10 issues.
iii. Performance of officials will be based on 38 parameters placed under these 10 issues.
Maharashtra to launch cheap sanitary pad scheme, “Asmita Yojana” for rural women
On March 8, 2018 (International Women’s Day), Maharashtra State Government will launch “Asmita Yojana” aimed at providing subsidised sanitary pads to girl student and women in rural areas.
i. Under this yojana, girls in Zilla Parishad schools will get a sanitary napkin packet at Rs 5 while rural women can avail it at a subsidised rate of Rs 24 and Rs 29.
ii. “Umed’- the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission will be the nodal agency for implementation of this scheme.
iii. Task of procurement and sale of sanitary pads and counselling the girls and women has been entrusted to Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) while beneficiary girls will be given “Asmita Cards”, for availing subsidised sanitary pads.
West Bengal becomes first state to opt out of 'Modicare'
On 13th February 2018, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that, West Bengal has opted out of National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) also known as 'Modicare'.
i. The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) also known as 'Modicare' was announced in the Union Budget 2018-19.
ii. The NHPS would cover 10 crore poor families. It provides insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh per annum. It is said to be the world’s largest government healthcare scheme.
iii. Mamata Banerjee said that, the NHPS is similar to West Bengal’s existing ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme. The ‘Swasthya Sathi’ scheme has already covered 45 lakh families amounting to 2.5 crore people of West Bengal
PM Modi Launches Amma 2 Wheeler Scheme in Tamil Nadu
On February 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launched ‘Amma’, subsidised 2 Wheeler Scheme for working women in Tamil Nadu.
i. This scheme was launched to mark 70th birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa , the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
ii. Under ‘Amma’ 2 Wheeler Scheme, every year, one lakh working women in Tamil Nadu will be given 50% of the cost of a two- wheeler or a grant of Rs. 25000.
iii. PM Modi launched this scheme in presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
Maharashtra launches four schemes in agriculture and allied sectors
On February 2, 2018, Maharashtra State Government launched four schemes aimed at the below schemes.
i. One of the scheme is about extending loan along with interest subsidy while second scheme is for promoting group farming.
ii. Third scheme is for group projects related to agro-industries and small and medium scale entrepreneurs while fourth scheme relates to skill development training in agriculture under which, training will be imparted to 2.5 lakh youths across rural Maharashtra.
iii. Beneficiaries of all the above stated schemes would be in 18 - 41 years age group.
iv. Annasaheb Patil Arthik Backward Development Corporation (APABDC) will be the nodal entity for implementation of these four schemes.
Telangana CM announces five lakh rupees health-cum-life insurance scheme for farmers
On February 26, 2018, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced five lakh rupees health-cum-life insurance scheme for farmers in the state.
i. Announcement in this regard was made by K Chandrasekhar Rao while addressing the regional conference of Farmers’ Coordination Committees in Karimnagar, Telanagana.
ii. Over 70 lakh farmers across Telangana will be covered under this scheme. In case of death of farmer, amount will be paid to families of farmers. Health insurance will be provided in case of hospitalisation.
iii. Entire premium for the insurance will be borne by the Telangana State Government. Rs. 500 crore has been allocated for implementation of this scheme.