Central Government Schemes
Government launches special course for untrained teachers
On 4th October 2017, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry started a special training course for untrained teachers, designed by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), called Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed).
Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed):
i. The HRD Ministry had announced that ‘untrained teachers’ have to complete the Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) course, within 2019.
ii. This course would be offered through ‘Swayam’, a platform for online education and knowledge through Dish TV. A mobile application has also been launched to help with clarifications.
Centre launches six-year secure Himalaya project
On October 2, 2017, Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched SECURE Himalaya project for conservation of biodiversity, land and forest resources in the high Himalayan
Salient Features of SECURE Himalaya Project:
Landscapes-States to be covered under SECURE Himalaya:
|Changthang||Jammu & Kashmir|
|Lahaul-Pangi and Kinnaur||Himachal Pradesh|
|Gangotri-Govind and Darma-Byans Valley in Pithoragarh||Uttarakhand|
|Kanchenjunga – Upper Teesta Valley||Sikkim|
National Wildlife Action Plan for the period 2017-2031 and Global Wildlife Programme conference
On October 2, 2017, during the inaugural day of Global Wildlife Programme conference in New Delhi, Harsh Vardhan also launched India Wildlife mobile App and released National Wildlife Action Plan for the period 2017-2031.
Through 103 wildlife conservation actions and 250 projects, National Wildlife Action Plan for the period 2017-2031, which is India’s third National Wildlife action plan will focus on preservation of genetic diversity and sustainable development across the India
Cabinet approves SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission
In a bid to provide a boost to ‘Skill India Mission’, on October 11, 2017, Union Cabinet approved two new skill development schemes named Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) and Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE). Both these schemes are result oriented programmes focusing on vocational education and training.
Salient Features of Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Scheme:
SANKALP is a centrally sponsored scheme having financial outlay Rs 4,455 crore out of which 3300 crore will be in the form of a loan from World Bank.
Salient Features of Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) Scheme:
STRIVE is a central sector scheme having financial outlay Rs 2200 crore out of which half the amount will be in the form of loan assistance from World Bank.
Department of Post launches Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana
On 13th October 2017, the Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance
SBG Plan & for expansion of clientele base of PLI:
i. Under Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana, at least one village (having a minimum of 100 households) will be identified in each of the revenue districts India.
ii. All households of that identified village will be covered with a minimum of one RPLI (Rural Postal Life Insurance) policy each.
iii. Under the expansion of clientele base of PLI, benefits of PLI will not be confined to Government and semi-Government employees anymore.
VAJRA faculty scheme – 260 applicants for government’s visiting researcher programme
Central Government has received 260 applications from foreign scientists for Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty scheme. Out of these 260 applications, 70 will be shortlisted for this year.
About Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty scheme:
VAJRA Faculty scheme is a pilot project by the Department of Science and Technology (Under Union Ministry of Science and Technology) which was launched in May 2017.
State Government Schemes
Uttar Pradesh government launches ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’
On October 3, 2017, Uttar Pradesh State Government launched a mass marriage scheme called ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’.
Details of ‘Mukhyamantri Samoohik Vivaah Yojana’
i. Under the scheme, Uttar Pradesh social welfare department will conduct mass marriages.
ii. In order to avail the benefits of this scheme, parents of the brides have to be residents of Uttar Prdaesh and should be from below poverty line category. The scheme will also cover widows and divorced women.
HP Cabinet approves Heritage Tourism policy & ‘Mukhya Mantri Rural Road Repair Scheme’
On October 4, 2017, Himachal Pradesh Cabinet under Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh approved ‘Heritage Tourism Policy 2017’ & ‘Mukhya Mantri Rural Road Repair Scheme’ along with other developmental and welfare initiatives.
‘Himachal Pradesh Heritage Tourism Policy’ 2017:
i. This policy has been approved with an aim to offer an experience of the culture and heritage of Himachal Pradesh.
‘Mukhya Mantri Rural Road Repair Scheme’:
This scheme has been approved under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for rural roads.
♦ The roads to be renovated would be selected by the concerned panchayats after approval in gram Sabha.
Madhya Pradesh launches ‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme
On October 1, 2017, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched ‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme. Under this scheme, the money will go directly into the account of the beneficiaries.
‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme and “Shataayu Award” by Madhya Pradesh Government:
L-G Anil Baijal approves Delhi government education loan scheme
On 5th October 2017, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved the Delhi government’s students higher education loan scheme, in New Delhi.
Approval for Delhi government’s higher education loan scheme:
i. The Delhi government’s students higher education loan scheme would help thousands of students and parents.
ii. The Delhi government had started this scheme 2 years back, to provide loans to students for higher education, even if they didn’t have any property or land as security.
Karnataka launches ‘Mathru Purna’ scheme for pregnant women
On 2nd October 2017, Karnataka Chief Minister Mr.Siddaramaiah launched ‘Mathru Poorna’ scheme, for nutritional wellness of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas, at Vidhan Soudha, in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
i. The ‘Mathru Purna’ scheme, aims at providing pregnant and lactating poor women in rural areas with one nutritious meal daily, for 25 days in a month.
ii. A full meal, of rice, dal with vegetables or sambar, one boiled egg and 200ml of milk, will be given to pregnant women, through anganwadis. Two varieties of sprouts will be provided to vegetarians instead of egg.
iii. This will meet 40-45% of the daily nutrition requirement of pregnant and lactating mothers. Each meal would cost around Rs.20.
Uttarakhand Govt. launches ‘Solar Briefcase’ to provide electricity in remote areas
On October 8, 2017, Uttarakhand State Government and a charitable funding agency named Swan Cultural Center and Foundation, launched ‘Solar Briefcase’ in Kedarnath Dham.
i. This initiative aims to provide electricity to far flung areas in Uttarakhand.
ii. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has stated that around 47 villages and 1,40,000 families in Uttarakhand do not have access to electricity. Moreover there are 60 villages in the state where electrification has not yet been done due to the difficult terrain.
President Ram Nath Kovind launches Rs.100 crore clean water initiative
On 8th October 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind launched Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM)’s, ‘Jivamritam’ filtration system, a clean water initiative, in Vallikkavu, Kollam district of Kerala.
‘Jivamritam’ filtration system:
i. ‘Jivamritam’ filtration system aims at providing filtration for clean drinking water to 1 crore villagers. The first phase of this project is to install ‘Jivamritam’ filtration systems for clean drinking water in 5,000 villages all over India.
ii. This project will be funded by MAM for Rs.100 crore.MAM has planned to implement all 5,000 Jivamritam systemswithin 1 year. Each Jivamritam system would filter daily drinking-water supply for around 400 five-member families.
iii. The Jivamritam system was conceptualised and designed by faculty and students of MAM’s university, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University).
Maharashtra govt approves climate change adaptation policy
On October 10, 2017, Maharashtra State cabinet approved a climate change adaptation policy that will focus on developing environment-friendly villages and cities.
Decisions taken by Maharashtra State Cabinet:
Maharashtra State Government will set up a special cell under the state Environment department for the effective implementation of this policy of developing environment-friendly villages and cities.
Maharashtra launches web portal with information on new government schemes
On October 10, 2017, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnacis launched a web portal that will help people get information about all the government schemes. The portal has been named ‘MahaLabharthi‘.
Himachal Pradesh implements Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS)
On 9th October 2017, Himachal Pradesh government implemented the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS), in Shimla.
Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS):
i. SCHIS has been introduced to provide easy access to curative old age related health care services through additional cover.
ii. The scheme would increase coverage of Rs.30,000 per senior citizen to all existing Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) smart card holders.This would be in addition to the basic coverage of Rs.30,000 in Trust and Society mode.
iii. The beneficiaries of this scheme would be RSBY enrolled people aged 60 years and above. But, senior citizens who are eligible for RSBY but not currently enrolled in this scheme, will not get the benefit of SCHIS.
Assam approved new IT policy
On October 17, 2017, Assam State Government approved a new Information Technology (IT) Policy.
More Details about Assam Govt’s ne IT Policy:
i. Under the new IT policy, companies involved in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO),companies engaged in software development and firms carrying out research will be provided financial support.
ii. Call centres will receive one-time incentive of Rs. 1.20 lakh per employee, with minimum intake of 100 employees.
iii. Companies engaged in software development will receive one-time support of Rs 1.50 lakh per
Assam govt rolls out new Tourism policy
On October 19, 2017, Assam State Government rolled out ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017’ with an aim to increase tourist inflow in the state by at least two to three times within next five years.
Details about ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017’:
‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017’ will be effective from January 2018 to December 2022.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister launches Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana
On October 16, 2017 Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the ambitious ‘Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojna’ in the presence of the farmers at the Krishi Upaj Mandi in Khurai, Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.
Under this scheme, farmers will be compensated the difference between Minimum Support Price (declared by Union Government) and the actual sale price or Model Price, whichever is higher.
Chhattisgarh government reduces interest on loan under Saksham Yojna
Chhattisgarh State Government has reduced the rate of interest on loan given to women and their self help groups (SHGs) under ‘Saksham Yojna’ from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
i. This decision was taken by Chhattisgarh Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu while chairing a meeting of ‘Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh’ (CMK)’.
ii. Through various schemes, ‘Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh’ (CMK) disburses easy term loans to women and SHGs in Chhattisgarh.
iii. Saksham Yojana too is operated by Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh, under which loans to the tune of Rs 72 lakh had been distributed to about 111 SHGs during current fiscal year 2017-18.
Maharashtra government releases Rs 4,000 crore in phase 1 of loan waiver scheme
On October 18, 2017, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis announced that the State Government has released a sum of Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the farm loan waiver scheme.
Details about First Phase of Farm Loan Waiver Scheme in Maharashtra:
i. Out of Rs 4000 crore which has been released under Phase I, Rs 3200 crore is for writing off the loans of 4.62 lakh farmers and Rs 800 crore will be distributed as incentive for 3.78 lakh farmers who are paying their loans on time.
ii. It is to be noted that total farm loan waiver (announced in June 2017) which will be provided to the farmers has been estimated at Rs. 34000 crore.