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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).

  • Under this scheme annual scholarships will be awarded to children of Standard VI to IX who have good academic record and are also pursuing Philately.
  • The amount of Scholarship will be Rs. 6000/- per annum @ Rs. 500/- per month.
  • Total 920 scholarships will be awarded across India.

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.

  • Railway General Managers have been directed to identify training needs, divide their subordinates into small groups and communicate the entire training plan to Union Railway Ministry by December 31, 2017.

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”.

  • The expansion has been approved for a period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with financial outlay of 3636.85 crore. Central Share will be approximately Rs.3084.96 crore.
  • Government is planning to establish One Stop Centres (OSCs) to provide comprehensive support to women affected by violence and deployment of Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs) to create public-police interface.
  • Pan-India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao yojana to cover all 650 districts has been approved by CCEA.
  • Besides, a new scheme called ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra’ (PMSSK)’, which will empower rural women through community participation, has also been approved.

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.

  • Under Union Budget 2017-18, corpus of Rs 500 crore was announced for setting up Mahila Shakti Kendras in 14 lakh Anganwadi Centres at village level.
  • Most important will be the block level initiatives, under which community engagement through Student Volunteers is envisioned in 115 most backward districts.
  • More than 3 lakh student volunteers from local colleges will strive to generate awareness about various important government schemes/ programmes as well as social issues.

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.

  • Firstly, he launched Rs 290-crore ‘108 Ambulance’ service in the state.
  • Thereafter, President Kovind launched Jharkhand State Government’s JOHAR (Jharkhand’s Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Development) scheme. Financial outlay for JOHAR is Rs. 1500 crore.
  • Kovind also launched Mukhyamantri Swasth Bima Yojana. Under this scheme, 57 lakh households in Jharkhand whose annual incomes are less than Rs 72000 will be provided premium free medical insurance cover.
  • During the course of this visit to Jharkhand, President Kovind also distributed 40000 tablets to the teachers under Manki Munda and e-Vidya Vahini scheme. He also unveiled a commemorative stamp on the terracotta temple complex in Maluti village in Dumka.

​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

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