Central Government Schemes
♦ Government to launch new scheme for free treatment of Hepatitis C
From financial year 2018-19, Union Health Ministry will roll out a National Programme for Control of Viral Hepatitis, with a focus on Hepatitis C.
i. Under the programme, an anti-viral treatment for Hepatitis C will be provided free at all government health set-ups.
ii. Rs 600 crore for the next three years has been sanctioned for executing this programme.
iii. In India, about 1.2 crore people are reported to be suffering from Hepatitis C.
iv. Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It primarily affects the liver.
♦ MEITY launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat Yojna to strengthen cyber security
On January 19, 2018, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology. KJ Alphons launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative.
i. Objective of this initiative is to spread awareness about cybercrime and to train and prepare Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT staff of all government departments to effectively deal and neutralize cyber threats.
ii. This initiative has been launched in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and leading companies of Information Technology Industry.
iii. Microsoft, Intel, Redhat, Wipro and Dimension Data are the founding partners while Organisations such as Cert-In, NIC, CISCO, NASSCOM and the FIDO Alliance, and consultancy firms Deloitte and EY are knowledge partners for this initiative.
♦ Government announces 4 new schemes to promote young scientists
On January 24, 2018, Central Government launched four new schemes to promote young scientists and researchers in India. All the schemes focus on empowering, recognising and motivating youth.
1st Scheme - Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) Scheme:
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan stated that this Scheme will connect the educators to leading public funded institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) or national institutions like Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)to pursue research.
2nd Scheme - Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship:
Under this scheme, support will be offered to 100 PhD scholars for training at foreign universities/laboratories up to 12 months during their doctoral research.
3rd Scheme - Distinguished Investigator Award:
Under this scheme, 100 fellowships will be offered to principal investigators of Science and Engineering Research Board/Department of Science and Technology projects.
4th Scheme - Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR):
This scheme aims to encourage science writing.
♦ Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat launched in Jharkhand
On 25th January 2018, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’ at Balijore village, in Dumka district of Jharkhand.
i. Raghubar Das said that, Jharkhand is the first state in India, where beneficiaries are provided stoves along with gas connections.
ii. He said that, Rs 300 crore was alloted in the budget for LPG connection and stove distribution. Out of that, 10 lakh beneficiaries have been provided with connections so far.
iii .He also said that, ‘Adivasi Vikas Samiti’ will be formed in tribal populated areas. ‘Gram Vikas Samiti’ will be established in villages having less tribal count with 7 members in small villages and 11 members in bigger villages.
State Government Schemes
♦ Haryana to implement solar-based micro irrigation schemes in all districts
On January 2, 2018, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar directed the state irrigation department to implement the integrated solar-based micro irrigation scheme in all districts of Haryana.
i. Mr. Khattar has constituted a committee headed by Haryana Renewable Energy
Development Agency (HAREDA) chairman to form a strategy to execute this scheme.
ii. Currently, solar-based micro irrigation scheme is being implemented on pilot basis across 13 districts of Haryana at a cost of Rs 24.65 crore.
♦ Assam Launches ‘Chah Bagichar Dhan Puraskar Mela 2017-18’ Scheme For Tea Garden Workers
On 2nd January 2018, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched ‘Chah Bagichar Dhan Puraskar Mela 2017-18’ at a function held at Sarbananda Singha auditorium in Tinsukia, Assam.
i. During the launch Sarbananda Sonowal distributed cheques to beneficiaries. Under this scheme people belonging to tea community who opened bank accounts during demonetisation will be credited Rs 2500 in their accounts.
ii .In the demonetisation period, 6,58,250 tea community members opened bank accounts. Assam government will spend Rs. 182 crore for giving financial incentives to all the account holders.
♦ J&K Government announces 'Muhafiz' for workers in unorganized sector
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Government has announced to launch ‘Muhafiz’ scheme, a major welfare initiative for providing institutionalized socio-economic security to workers in the unorganised sector of the state:
i. Under this scheme, 3 lakh workers registered with Jammu and Kashmir Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (JKBOCWWB), will be provided accidental, life and disability insurance cover. The premium for the same will be borne by JKBOCWWB.
ii. The registered workers will also be offered Micro Credit facility with a credit limit of Rs 10000. Counter guarantee for the same will be deposited by the JKBOCWWB with the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Bank.
♦ Nitish Kumar launches schemes worth over Rs 200 crore during Vikas Samiksha Yatra
On 13th January 2018, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched schemes worth over Rs.200 crore during his state-wide “Vikas Samiksha Yatra”.
i. Nitish Kumar visited Rohtas and Bhojpur districts for the “Vikas Samiksha Yatra”.
ii. He inaugurated 257 schemes worth Rs. 222 crore, at a village in the Jagdishpur block of Bhojpur.
iii. He also visited a village under Amethi panchayat of the Sanjhauli block of Rohtas, which is the first panchayat in Rohtas to become ODF (Open Defecation Free).
♦ Odisha launches Mukshyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Jojana’ (MMKSJ)
On January 15, 2018, Odisha State Government announced ‘Mukshyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Jojana’ (MMKSJ), under which artists from across the state will get a monthly assistance of Rs 1200.
i. This scheme of giving Rs 1200 per month as artist assistance was announced by Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik.
ii. Around 50000 artists across Odisha will be benefited from this scheme. iv. As per the new eligibility criteria, a male artist can avail assistance under the scheme after attaining the age of 50 years (earlier it was 60 years), while the age criteria for female artist has been reduced to 40 years from 50 years earlier.
♦ Uttar Pradesh launches Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana Gramin
On January 30, 2018, Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet launched ‘Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna Grameen’, a new scheme to construct houses in rural areas.
i. Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana Gramin is for those who have not been covered under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna and those who are not beneficiaries of any other government housing schemes.
ii. Under this scheme, Rs 1.30 lakh financial aid (for constructing houses) will be given to people residing in Naxal-affected areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rs 1.20 lakh to selected beneficiaries.
♦ Manipur CM N Biren Singh launches health assurance scheme for poor & disabled people
On January 21, 2018, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people.
i. Under this scheme, poor people of Manipur will be provided cashless treatment at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.
ii. All eligible families, identified from the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), will be provided Rs. lakh cover for treatment of seven critical identified critical ailments viz. cardiovascular diseases, neurological conditions, kidney ailments, liver ailments, neo-natal diseases, cancer and burns.
♦ Himachal Pradesh launches nutrition scheme for HIV-positive children
On 22nd January 2018, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unveiled a state-level nutrition scheme for HIV-positive children, at a campaign conducted by Himachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society on the eve of National Youth Day, in Shimla.
i. As per this nutrition scheme, nutritional supplement will be provided to boost immunity of more than 400 youth within the age of 18.
ii. Himachal Pradesh has made HIV test compulsory for every expectant mother from 2018. Jai Ram Thakur urged to conduct awareness campaigns in schools and colleges.
♦ Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approves 'one district, one product' scheme
On January 23, 2018, Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet approved 'one district, one product' scheme to promote products indigenous to every district.
i. Decision in this regard was as taken at State Cabinet meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adiatyanth.
ii. Under this scheme, one product indigenous to every district of Uttar Pradesh would be showcased at the three-day UP Diwas event beginning from January 24, 2018.
♦ Punjab CM launches ‘Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ for distressed sections of society
On 26th January 2018, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched the ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ to help the distressed sections of the society.
i. The ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ aims to help the distressed sections of the society socially, economically and psychologically.
ii. Captain Amarinder Singh said that, 10.25 lakh farmers of Punjab coming under the debt waiver scheme will receive the benefits by November 2018.
iii .He also launched the e-POS scheme for fair price shops. This will replace the previous blue card system for distribution of Atta-Dal.