Central Government Schemes
Government launched Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana, a scholarship program for school children
On November 3, 2017, Union Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha launched a pan India scholarship program for school children called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana to increase the reach of Philately.
What is Philately?
Philately is the hobby of collection and study of Postage stamps.
Salient Features of Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana:
Abbreviation SPARSH stands for SPARSH(Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby).
Project Saksham – Railways to start 9-month ‘upskilling’ exercise for employees
Indian Railways will start ‘Project Saksham’, India’s largest time-bound ‘upskilling’ exercise, to upgrade the skill sets of its 13 lakh employees. ‘Sakham’ is a Hindi word which translates as ‘capable’ in English.
More Details about ‘Project Saksham’:
‘Project Saksham’ will begin in January 2018 and will continue till September 2018.
The project will be launched on January 12, 2018 (tentative date). This date coincides with the 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
Cabinet introduces ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra’
On November 22, 2017, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave approval for the expansion of schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) under the umbrella scheme “Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women”.
Salient Features of ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra’:
PMSSK will be geared towards empowering rural women through community participation with an aim to create an environment in which they realize their full potential.
State Government Schemes
Road accident victims in Kerala to get free treatment for first 48 Hours
Kerala State Government has decided to formulate a ‘Trauma-Care Scheme’, under which all accident victims in Kerala will be provided necessary emergency care and treatment free-of-cost for the first 48 hours after being admitted to a hospital.
President Ram Nath Kovind launches schemes worth Rs 3,455 crore in Jharkhand
On November 15, 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind launched various schemes and laid the foundation stones of infrastructure projects in Jharkhand. These schemes and projects are to be carried out at an expenditure of Rs 3455 crore. It is to be noted that November 15, 2017 was 17th Statehood Day of Jharkhand.
Schemes launched by President Ram Nath Kovind in Jharkhand:
President Kovind was the chief guest of the statehood day celebrations organized by Jharkhand State Government.
Madhya Pradesh launches Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana
Madhya Pradesh is the partner state of Manipur and Nagaland under ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’ Yojana. Thus, Madhya Pradesh State Government has assigned the task of implementing this scheme to Higher Education Department of State.
i. An 8-member team from Madhya Pradesh has already toured Manipur and Nagaland in this regard.
ii. It has been decided that Madhya Pradesh will participate in Manipur’s Sangai Mahotsav from 21st – 30th November, 2017 and teams of Manipur and Nagaland will take part in Madhya Pradesh’s Lok Rang and Bal Rang programmes.
Odisha to launch new irrigation scheme – Nabakrushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana
On 22nd November 2017, Odisha government decided to launch “Nabakrushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana” to provide irrigation facility to about 55,000 hectare of agricultural land across Odisha.
Nabakrushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana:
i. The scheme, “Nabakrushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana”, has been named after former chief minister and freedom fighter Nabakrushna Choudhury.
ii. The scheme would be implemented with an outlay of Rs 635 crore over a period of three years.
Haryana Government’s New Scheme Offers Domestic Power Connections On EMI
On November 19, 2017, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a new scheme offering Domestic Power Connections in rural areas On Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI).
i.Currently it costs between Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 4000/- to get a domestic power connection.
ii.Under this new scheme, households in rural areas can pay just Rs. 200 and get a domestic power connection. The remaining amount can be paid in easy instalments of Rs. 100 to Rs. 200.
Odisha launches Fish Pond Yojana to increase fish production
On November 27, 2017, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Fish Pond Yojana’ while inaugurating a workshop on ‘Doubling of Farmer Income through Dairy and Allied Farming Practices’ in Bhubaneswar.
Salient Features of ‘Fish Pond Yojana’:
i. Aim of this scheme is to boost fish production in Odisha.
ii. The scheme has been launched with a budgetary provision of Rs 96 crore.
iii. Under the scheme, additional 2200 hectare of fresh water aquaculture farming will be created, for which farmers will be given 50 per cent financial assistance from state government.
SAUBHAGYA Scheme launched in Manipur
On November 28, 2017, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh and N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) in Manipur.
‘SAUBHAGYA’ Scheme – Manipur:
i. SAUBHAGYA scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2017. Objective of this scheme is to achieve universal household electrification in all parts India.
ii.Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC), is the nodal agency for coordinating the implementation of SAUBHAGYA scheme