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10.	SCHEMES	IN	NEWS	
10.1.	ATMANIRBHAR	BHARAT	ROJGAR	YOJANA	(ABRY)	
Why in News? 
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for Atmanirbhar Bharat RojgarYojana (ABRY). 
About Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) 
Objective  Key feature 
• To boost 
employment in 
formal sector and 
incentivize 
creation of new 
employment 
opportunities 
during the Covid 
recovery phase 
under 
Atmanirbhar 
Bharat Package 
3.0. 
o Scheme 
proposes to 
incentivise 
employers, 
registered 
with EPFO, for 
giving 
employment 
to new 
employees 
and re-
employing 
persons from 
low wage 
bracket who 
lost their job 
during COVID-
19 pandemic. 
• Benefits: 
o For establishments employing upto 1000 employees, Government will pay both 12% 
employees' and 12% employers' contribution of wages towards Employees' Provident Fund 
(EPF) i.e.  24% of wages towards EPF in respect of new employees for two years (on or after 
October 1, 2020, and up to June 30, 2021). 
o For establishments employing more than 1000 employee, Government will pay only 
employees' EPF contribution i.e., 12% of wages in respect of new employees for two years. 
• Beneficiaries under Scheme  
o An employee drawing monthly wage of less than Rs. 15000/- who was not working in any 
establishment registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) 
before 1st October, 2020 and did not have a Universal Account Number or EPF Member 
account number prior to 1st October 2020.  
o Any EPF member possessing Universal Account Number (UAN) drawing monthly wage of 
less than Rs. 15000/- who made exit from employment during Covid pandemic from 
01.03.2020 to 30.09.2020 and did not join employment in any EPF covered establishment 
up to 30.09.2020. 
• Eligibility criteria for Establishments 
o Establishments registered with EPFO if they add new employees compared to reference 
base of employees as in September, 2020 as under: 
§ minimum of two new employees if reference base is 50 employees or less. 
§ minimum of five new employees if reference base is more than 50 employees. 
• The subsidy support to get credited upfront in Aadhaar seeded EPFO Account (UAN) of eligible 
new employee. 
• EPFO shall work out modality to ensure that there is no overlapping of benefits provided under 
ABRY with any other scheme implemented by EPFO. 
• The scheme is to be operational for the period 2020-2023. 
o Registration for the scheme will be effective from October 1, 2020 to June 30,2021  
• The scheme will cost the government Rs 22,810 crore 
• Note: A similar scheme Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Prohatsan Yojana, launched in 2016 and valid 
till 2019, had created 1.21 crore formal jobs. However, under this the government was 
reimbursing just 12% of the employers share only. 
10.2.	JAL	JEEVAN	MISSION	(JJM)	
Why in news? 
Recently, National Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in partnership with Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal 
Trade launched Innovation Challenge for developing portable devices for testing water. 
About Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) 
Objective  Key Features 
• JJM aims at providing 
Functional Household 
Tap Connection (FHTC) 
to every rural household 
by 2024. 
o FHTC – Functionality 
of a tap connection is 
• JJM is an upgraded version of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) 
that was launched in 2009. 
• Components under JJM: 
o development of in-village piped water supply infrastructure 
o development of reliable drinking water sources and/or augmentation of existing 
sources to provide long-term sustainability of water supply system 
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10.	SCHEMES	IN	NEWS	
10.1.	ATMANIRBHAR	BHARAT	ROJGAR	YOJANA	(ABRY)	
Why in News? 
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for Atmanirbhar Bharat RojgarYojana (ABRY). 
About Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) 
Objective  Key feature 
• To boost 
employment in 
formal sector and 
incentivize 
creation of new 
employment 
opportunities 
during the Covid 
recovery phase 
under 
Atmanirbhar 
Bharat Package 
3.0. 
o Scheme 
proposes to 
incentivise 
employers, 
registered 
with EPFO, for 
giving 
employment 
to new 
employees 
and re-
employing 
persons from 
low wage 
bracket who 
lost their job 
during COVID-
19 pandemic. 
• Benefits: 
o For establishments employing upto 1000 employees, Government will pay both 12% 
employees' and 12% employers' contribution of wages towards Employees' Provident Fund 
(EPF) i.e.  24% of wages towards EPF in respect of new employees for two years (on or after 
October 1, 2020, and up to June 30, 2021). 
o For establishments employing more than 1000 employee, Government will pay only 
employees' EPF contribution i.e., 12% of wages in respect of new employees for two years. 
• Beneficiaries under Scheme  
o An employee drawing monthly wage of less than Rs. 15000/- who was not working in any 
establishment registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) 
before 1st October, 2020 and did not have a Universal Account Number or EPF Member 
account number prior to 1st October 2020.  
o Any EPF member possessing Universal Account Number (UAN) drawing monthly wage of 
less than Rs. 15000/- who made exit from employment during Covid pandemic from 
01.03.2020 to 30.09.2020 and did not join employment in any EPF covered establishment 
up to 30.09.2020. 
• Eligibility criteria for Establishments 
o Establishments registered with EPFO if they add new employees compared to reference 
base of employees as in September, 2020 as under: 
§ minimum of two new employees if reference base is 50 employees or less. 
§ minimum of five new employees if reference base is more than 50 employees. 
• The subsidy support to get credited upfront in Aadhaar seeded EPFO Account (UAN) of eligible 
new employee. 
• EPFO shall work out modality to ensure that there is no overlapping of benefits provided under 
ABRY with any other scheme implemented by EPFO. 
• The scheme is to be operational for the period 2020-2023. 
o Registration for the scheme will be effective from October 1, 2020 to June 30,2021  
• The scheme will cost the government Rs 22,810 crore 
• Note: A similar scheme Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Prohatsan Yojana, launched in 2016 and valid 
till 2019, had created 1.21 crore formal jobs. However, under this the government was 
reimbursing just 12% of the employers share only. 
10.2.	JAL	JEEVAN	MISSION	(JJM)	
Why in news? 
Recently, National Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in partnership with Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal 
Trade launched Innovation Challenge for developing portable devices for testing water. 
About Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) 
Objective  Key Features 
• JJM aims at providing 
Functional Household 
Tap Connection (FHTC) 
to every rural household 
by 2024. 
o FHTC – Functionality 
of a tap connection is 
• JJM is an upgraded version of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) 
that was launched in 2009. 
• Components under JJM: 
o development of in-village piped water supply infrastructure 
o development of reliable drinking water sources and/or augmentation of existing 
sources to provide long-term sustainability of water supply system 
	
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defined as having 
infrastructure, i.e. 
household tap 
connection providing 
at least 55 lpcd (litre 
per capita per day), of 
prescribed quality, 
i.e. BIS:10500 
standard, on regular 
basis. 
• To provide functional 
tap connection to 
Schools, Anganwadi 
centres, GP buildings, 
Health centres, wellness 
centres and community 
buildings 
• To monitor functionality 
of tap connections. 
• To empower and 
develop human 
resource in the sector 
such that the demands 
of construction, 
plumbing, electrical, 
water quality 
management, water 
treatment, catchment 
protection, etc. are 
taken care of in short 
and long term 
• To bring awareness on 
various aspects and 
significance of safe 
drinking water and 
involvement of 
stakeholders in manner 
that make water 
everyone's business 
o  technological interventions for removal of contaminants where water quality is an 
issue 
o greywater management (domestic non-faecal wastewater) 
o development of utilities, water quality laboratories, water quality testing & 
surveillance, R&D, knowledge centre, capacity building of communities, etc 
• Community driven approach: The 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India has 
placed the subject of drinking water in the 11th Schedule. So, under JJM, Gram 
Panchayats and local community play the pivotal role 
• Fund sharing pattern: 90:10 for Himalayan and North-Eastern States; 50:50 for other 
States and 100% for UTs. 
• Institutional Mechanism for implementation: 
o National Jal Jeevan Mission: provide policy guidance, financial assistance and 
technical support to States  
o State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM): finalization of State Action Plan (SAP), 
financial planning etc. 
o District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM): headed by Deputy Commissioner/ 
District Collector (DC), it is responsible for overall implementation of JJM.  
o Gram Panchayat and/ or its sub-committees: provide FHTC to every existing rural 
households, ensure preparation of Village Action Plan (VAP) etc 
• Implementation strategy: 
o Time bound completion of schemes has been proposed 
o Priority to cover water quality affected habitations will be given 
o No expenditure like electricity charges, salary of regular staff, and purchase of land, 
etc, will be allowed from the central share 
o 'Utility-based approach': this will enable institutions to function as utilities and 
focus on drinking water supply services and recover water tariffs from all kinds of 
consumers. 
o Convergence: convergence with existing schemes such as MGNREGS to implement 
measures like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge etc. 
o Incentive for community: 
community would be 
rewarded to the tune of 
10% of the capital 
expenditure on their 
respective in-village 
water supply scheme 
• Water Quality Monitoring & 
Surveillance (WQM&S): 
includes setting up and 
maintenance of water quality 
testing labs and surveillance 
activities by community 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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