Central Government Schemes
Prime Minister launches Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’
On 25th September 2017, Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi launched a new scheme, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana –‘Saubhagya’, to carry out electrification of all households in India.
i. The total budget for this project is Rs.16,320 crore. Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) provided is Rs.12,320 crore.
ii. The budget allocated for the rural households is Rs.14,025 crore. For which, GBS is Rs.10,587.50 crore.
iii. Budget allocated for urban households is Rs.2,295 crore. For which, GBS is Rs.1,732.50 crore.
iv. All the States and Union Territories should complete household electrification by 31st December 2018.
v. The beneficiaries for free electricity connection would be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data.
The aim of this Scheme is:
Dr.Harshvardhan launches Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana
On 22nd September 2017, The Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr.Harshvardhan launched ‘Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana’ in Uttarakhand.
Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana:
i. This project has been inspired by teachings and ideals of Pandit Deen Dayal
ii. Department of Science and Technology (DST) has planned to adopt a few clusters of villages in Uttarakhand and make them self-sustainable using the tools of Science and Technology.
iii. The main idea of this project is to acquire local resources and skill sets and transform them using science and technology. So the value addition is imparted to the local products and services, which would develop the rural community.
Government extends FAME India Scheme by six-month
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete mentioned that the government was considering the extension of a scheme to promote electric and hybrid vehicles by another six months.
i. The scheme’s phase-I was introduced from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2017.The phase was subsequently extended by six months till September end.
ii. The scheme extends incentives for purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles in particular
iii. Under the scheme, a total of 150,550 electric and hybrid vehicles were extended the incentive till 26th July 2017.
Government to launch ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ scheme to enroll 80 lakh kids
On 8th September 2017, Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr.Prakash Javadekar announced that Government would implement ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ scheme in 2018, in New
School Chalo Abhiyan:
Cabinet approves implementation of the scheme “Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund”
On September 12,2017, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) approved a “Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund” (DIDF) with an outlay of Rs10,881 crore during the period from 2017-18 to 2028-29.This fund will give new impetus to the dairy industry and to people relying on it.The project will be implemented by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and National Dairy Development Cooperation (NCDC).
The objective of the fund : –
i) Building an efficient milk procurement system by setting up of cold storage infrastructure.
ii) Installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment.
iii) Creation/modernization/expansion of processing infrastructure and manufacturing faculties for Value Added Products for the Milk Unions/ Milk Producer Companies.
Government launches ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’ to boost PMUY
on 23rd September 2017, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr.Dharmendra Pradhan launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’ in Mota Ishanpur village of Gujarat.
i. On this occasion, Mr.Dharmendra Pradhan handed over free LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) connection to a beneficiary of PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) scheme.Gujarat Chief Minister Mr.Vijay Rupani was also present in the occasion.
ii. ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’ will focus on spreading awareness among LPG users about the proper use and benefits of LPG.
iii. This Panchayat will act as an interactive forum for PMUY beneficiaries, officials, LPG distributors and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations).Under one Panchayat, around 100 LPG customers will be clubbed.
vi. The customers can share their experiences with others.The Panchayats will also discuss about safety practices, quality of service provided by distributors and availability of refill cylinders.
State Government Schemes
Karnataka launches unified health scheme ‘Arogya Bhagya’
Karnataka government will merge the existing seven health schemes to launch a unified health scheme- ‘Arogya Bhagya’. It will cover all 1.4 crore households of the state.
i. The main theme of the ‘Arogya Bhagya’ scheme is ”Treatment Firstand Payment Next”.
ii. All the health facilities will be provided through Aadhaar linked Universal Health Card.
iii. Universal Health Coverage scheme would help the card holder to get treatment in all the enroll private hospitals besides government hospitals to get treatment without paying any cash.
iv. The State Cabinet had given administrative sanction for the unified schemes and it will come to effect from 1st of November.
v. The facilities would be provided by categorising the beneficiaries into two groups—A and
Jharkhand Government launches Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana
On September 17,2017 Jharkhand Government launched the “Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana” at Ulihatu Village ,Khunti district of Jharkhand. BJP President Amit Shah along with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched the initiative.
The scheme aims at developing the villages of freedom fighters in the state . Ulihatu Village is the birth place of freedom fighter and Jharkhand’s tribal icon, Birsa Munda.
Benefits of Shaheed Gram vikas yojana:-
i. villages of many tribal freedom fighters will be developed and their habitants will be provided basic amenities. Amit shah gave away gas connections, solar lamps to some of the
ii.136 pucca houses will be built. Development in this area was sluggish due to left wing
Odisha Government launched ‘Sampurna Yojana’
On 24th September 2017, Odisha Government launched ‘Sampurna (Sishu Abond Matru Mrityuhara Purna Nirakaran Abhijan) Yojna’ scheme for pregnant women, in Odisha.
i. Under the ‘Sampurna Yojana’ scheme Odisha government will provide Rs.1,000 as transport cost for pregnant women to travel to the hospital from inaccessible areas arranging their own vehicles.
ii. This schemes covers villages where 102, 108 ambulances or four-wheeler vehicles cannot
iii. The government has launched this scheme to increase institutional deliveries in order to reduce Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Mother Mortality Rate (MMR).
iv. The Odisha Government has planned to spend Rs.6 crore per year on this scheme.
Haryana government scraps Dadupur Nalvi canal scheme
The Haryana Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a proposal of Irrigation and Water Resources Department to announce 1,019.2994 acres of land acquired for construction of Dadupur Nalvi Irrigation Scheme.
i. The scheme was meant to provide water to even those areas which fall under the category of dark zone because of low level of underground water.
ii. This project was launched after long pending demand of the farmers. The primary objective of the project of providing canal irrigation could not be fulfilled.
iii. The Dadupur Nalvi scheme was initiated in the year 1985 and the project was approved by the then government for Rs 13 crore for irrigation and recharging of ground water in the Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Ambala districts.
iv. In october 2005, the project was again approved by the government for Rs 267.27 crore for this scheme in which Shahbad Feeder, Shahbad Distributory and Nalvi Distributory along with off taking channels were to be constructed for utilising 590 cusecs discharge.
Gujarat government launches ‘Gyankunj Project ‘in schools
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has launched “Gyakunj e-class project” from Shahpur primary school in Gandhinagar announced on 4th Sept 2017.
i. Under this initiative, interactive e-class will be launched with smart board.
ii. In the first phase, 550 schools will be covered under the ‘Gyankunj Project’ and gradually standard 5th to 9th of every schools of the state will cover under the project.
iii. ’Gyankunj Project’ covers under total worth of Rs. 35.85 crore.
iv. The objective of the project is to produce world-class students. The project is launched at expenditure of Rs. 222,000/- per school.