Central Government Schemes
Lakshadweep joins UDAY scheme
On 28th February 2018,The Union Territory of Lakshadweep and the Government of India signed a MoU under the UDAY Scheme. This will ensure operational turnaround of Lakshadweep’s Electricity Department.
Lakshadweep will receive an overall net benefit of around Rs. 8 crore through the UDAY Scheme.
KUSUM scheme to install grid connected solar plants in rural India
On March 15, 2018, R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Power and New & Renewable Energy informed Lok Sabha that Central Government is in the process of formulating a ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ scheme.
i. KUSUM scheme envisages, installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas and installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid.
ii. Under KUSUM, farmers will be able to sell surplus solar power generated to power distribution companies (DISCOMs) and get extra income.
iii. Besides, KUSUM is also aimed at solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.
Prime Minister launches National Nutrition Mission (NNM)
On 8th March 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched the National Nutrition Mission at an event held at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.
i. The National Nutrition Mission (NNM) has been formulated with a 3 year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore starting from 2017-18.
ii. NNM aims in improving nutrition level in India on an urgent basis. It includes several schemes working on reducing malnutrition, incentivizing States/UTs to reach goals, incentivizing Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) to use IT based tools, etc.
iii. NNM aims to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively. It will work to achieve reduction in stunting from 38.4% to 25% by 2022.
PM Modi launches number of schemes for poor in Varanasi
On March 12, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a number of schemes for the poor in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
i. Firstly, PM Modi inaugurated a 101-megawatt solar power plant in Mirzapur along with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
ii. PM Modi announced Ayushman Bharat scheme to ensure better healthcare facilities for the poor.
iii. Besides, he also launched Pradhan Mantri Poshan Mission Yojana to ensure nutrition to children, especially girls.
iv. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth over Rs. 800 crore and flagged off a new train - Kanshi-Patna Jan Shatabdi Express - between Varanasi and Patna
State Government Schemes
Karnataka unveils healthcare scheme Arogya Karnataka
On March 2, 2018, Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah unveiled ‘Arogya Karnataka' (Healthy Karnataka), a healthcare scheme to provide quality primary, secondary and tertiary treatment to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families in Karnataka.
i. Under this scheme,BPL households in the state will get free treatment at government hospitals.
ii. For APL households, the State Government will bear about 30 per cent of the treatment cost.
Odisha launches scheme 'KHUSHI' to provide free sanitary pads
On 26th February 2018, the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme 'Khushi'. This will offer free sanitary pads for girl students from Class 6 to 12 studying in all government and government-aided schools of Odisha.
i. He said that, this scheme will help in improving health and hygiene of adolescent girls and in higher retention of girl students in school.
ii. Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena said that, Odisha government will also provide sanitary pads at a subsidised price to rural women through ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers.
Assam govt to construct 1 lakh toilets across state under Mission Sambavh
On March 26, 2018, Assam State Government launched a special programme to build one lakh toilets across the state under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
i. This special programme is named ‘Mission Sambavh’ (Mission Possible ), under which, construction works will be completed within 10 days.
ii. The programme was launched at Morigaon district, in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal.
iii. Assam State government has set a target to make the state Open Defecation Free (ODF) during 2018.
iv. It is to be noted that five districts in Assam have already been declared ODF.