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Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) subtopic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Features of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) is a maternity benefit rechristened from erstwhile Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY)

Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY)

Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) In the Budget speech of FY 21-22, ‘Prime Minister AtmanirbharSwasth Bharat Yojana’ (PMASBY) scheme has been announced on 1st February, 2021, with an outlay of about Rs.64,180 Cr over six years (till FY 25-26). This will be in addition to the National Health Mission. The main interventions under the scheme to be achieved by FY 25-26 are: Support for 17,788 rural Health and Wellness Centres in in 10 High Focus States

National AYUSH Mission (NAM)

About National AYUSH Mission (NAM) The government of India is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) through States/UTs for the development and promotion of the AYUSH system of medicine including Homoeopathy. Under NAM, Grant-in-aid is being provided to State/UT Governments for the development and promotion of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) as per their proposed State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs). A specifi

Deep Ocean Mission

Deep Ocean Mission The Deep Ocean Mission is proposed as the multi-ministerial multi-disciplinary programme with an emphasis on the development of deep-sea technology, exploration of deep-sea mineral resources and biodiversity, acquisition of a research vessel for exploration, deep sea observations, and capacity building. Ministry of Earth Sciences is the nodal agency for implementing the programme. The Deep Ocean Mission is proposed to be a Central Sector Scheme and no separate allocat

Support to State Extension Programs for Extension Reforms

Support to State Extension Programs for Extension Reforms About the Scheme: Centrally Sponsored Scheme Popularly known as ATMA Scheme - under implementation since 2005. Not implemented in all of India. Only in 28 states. The scheme promotes a decentralized farmer-friendly extension system in the country. Under the scheme, grants-in-aid are released to the State Governments with the objective to support State Government’s efforts to make available the latest agr

Mission Innovation

Mission Innovation Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 24 countries and the EU launched during the Paris Agreement at COP21 on November 30, 2015. The program focuses on Clean Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) initiatives to accelerate clean energy innovations. Department of Biotechnology is the nodal agency for coordinating national efforts in clean energy R, D & D and implementing various activities in close collaboration with the Department

Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI)

Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI), a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), launched in 2010-11, is being implemented in seven eastern states namely Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Under the programme, assistance is being provided to the farmers for organizing cluster demonstrations on rice and wheat, seed production and distribution, nutrient  mana

Project Mausam: Maritime Routes and Cultural Landscapes

Project Mausam: Maritime Routes and Cultural Landscapes Mausam’ is the initiative of the Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support from the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum. This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, c

Champion Services Sectors

Champion Services Sectors Champion Services Sectors refers to the 12 identified sectors where the Government wants to give focused attention to promoting their development and realizing their potential. These include Information Technology & Information Technology enabled Services (IT& ITeS), Tourism and Hospitality Services, Medical Value Travel, Transport and Logistics Services, Accounting and Finance Services, Audio Visual Services, Legal Servic

Social Security Schemes for Organised and Unorganised sector

Social Security Schemes for Organised and Unorganised As per the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) carried out by the National Sample Survey Organisation of the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,  in the year 2017-18, the total employment in both organized and unorganised sectors in the country was around  47 crores. Out of this, around 9 crores are engaged in the organized sector and the balance of 38 crores is in the unorganized sector. The categor

Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana

Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana is a welfare measure being implemented by the Employee's State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) on a pilot basis for a period of 2 years initially. It has been extended to June 30, 2021. Introduced w.e.f. July 01, 2018, it offers cash compensation to Insured Persons (IPs) when they are rendered unemployed. Eligibility for the scheme is, Employees are covered under Section 2(9) of the ESI Act 1948. IP should have com

PRISM Scheme

PRISM Scheme Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups and MSMEs (PRISM) is an initiative of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) aimed at transforming an individual innovator into a successful technopreneur by promoting, supporting, and funding implementable and commercially viable innovations created for the society. Under the initiative, an innovator of Indian nationality - student, professional and common citizen - is provided technical, strategic, and fin

Stand Up India Scheme

Stand Up India Scheme Stand up India Scheme was launched on 5th April 2016 to promote entrepreneurship at grassroots level focusing on economic empowerment and job creation. This scheme has been extended up to the year 2025. The objective of Stand-Up India is to promote entrepreneurship amongst women, Scheduled Castes (SC) & Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories, to help them in starting a greenfield enterprise in the trading, manufacturing and services sector, by both ready and trainee b

PLI Scheme for White Goods

PLI Scheme for White Goods Taking another important step towards the vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for White Goods (Air Conditioners and LED Lights) with a budgetary outlay of Rs. 6,238 crores. The prime objective of the PLI scheme is to make manufacturing in India globally competitive by removing sectoral disabilities, creating economies of scale and ensu

PLI scheme: 'National Programme on High Efficiency Solar PV Modules'

PLI scheme: 'National Programme on High-Efficiency Solar PV Modules The Cabinet has approved the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy's proposal for the implementation of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme 'National Programme on High-Efficiency Solar PV (Photo Voltic) Modules' for achieving manufacturing capacity of Giga Watt (GW) scale in high-efficiency solar PV modules with an outlay of Rs.4,500 crore. Analysis of PLI Scheme on Solar PV Modules

Lab on Wheels Programme by Delhi Technological University

Lab on Wheels Programme by DelhiTechnological University Delhi Education Minister inaugurated Delhi Technological University (DTU) Lab on Wheels programme. About Lab on Wheels Programme: The Programme aims to impart education in the fields of Mathematics and Science. Especially the students from marginalised and poor economic backgrounds. The programme aims to stimulate their interest in these subjects while pursuing higher education. The programme becomes mutually benef


AIM-PRIME AIM-PRIME (Program for Researchers on Innovations, Market-Readiness & Entrepreneurship) aims to translate science-based deep-tech research to startups & ventures across India. Partners - Atal Innovation Mission has joined hands with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to launch this initiative, which will be implemented by Venture Center, a technology business incubator. Beneficiaries - The program is open to technology developers (early-stage deep t


DSIR-PRISM Scheme DSIR-PRISM Scheme will be aligned with three National Initiatives like Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), Smart India Hackathon (SIH) and Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), IIT Delhi. Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research - Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups and MSMEs (DSIR-PRISM) scheme supports individual innovators enabling inclusive development of India. It aims at transforming an innovator into a technopreneur by promoting and funding implementable

UNDP urges to replicate Aspirational Districts programme of India

UNDP urges to replicate the Aspirational Districts programme in India Aspirational Districts are those districts in India, that are affected by poor socio-economic indicators. It has a vision of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas. It was launched in 2018. The 117 districts were identified from 28 states, at least one from each state. At the Government of India level, the programme is anchored by NITI Aayog. In addition, individual Ministries have assumed responsibility to drive the progress of d

U.P. ranked best under Smart Cities Mission

U.P. ranked best under Smart Cities Mission Uttar Pradesh was ranked the best State, and Indore and Surat were jointly named the best cities by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry for their work under the Smart Cities Mission. Ministry announced that Uttar Pradesh had been ranked one, Madhya Pradesh was second and Tamil Nadu third in the India Smart Cities Awards 2020. Smart City Mission It is an innovative initiative under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Governm

MGNREGA payment through Caste Categories

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) It was started in the 10th five-year plan in 2005. It works under the Ministry of Rural Development. Funding: Centrally Sponsored with the pattern 90:10. Providing provides a legal guarantee of at least 100 days of unskilled manual work in rural areas. Any member > 18 years (Adult members) of a rural household, willing to do unskilled manual

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) It was started in the 10th five-year plan in 2005. It works under the Ministry of Rural Development. Funding: Centrally Sponsored with the pattern 90:10. Providing provides a legal guarantee of at least 100 days of unskilled manual work in rural areas. Any member > 18 years (Adult members) of a rural household, willing to do unskilled manual

Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen – Phase 2

Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen – Phase 2 About Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) SBM (1st phase) was a nationwide campaign in India for the period 2014 to 2019 that aims to clean up the street, roads and infrastructure of cities towns, urban and rural cities and area in India. The objectives of Swachh Bharat include eliminating open defecation through the construction of household-owned and community-owned toilets and establishing an accountable mechanism for monitoring toilet use. R

Jal Jeevan Mission - A Detailed Overview

Jal Jeevan Mission - A Detailed Overview Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is a flagship programme of the Union Government being implemented in partnership with the States with the objective to provide tap water connection in every rural household by 2024. The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through grey water management, water conservation, rain water harvesting. The Jal Jeevan Mission will be based on a community

Digital India Programme

Digital India Programme About Digital India Programme India is amongst the top 2 countries globally, just behind China on many dimensions of digital adoption. By 2022, India’s digital economy is likely to cross $1 trillion. The vision of Digital India Programme Digital infrastructure as Utility to Every Citizen Governance and services on demand Digital empowerment of citizens Objectives of Digital India Programme To prepare India for a knowledge future.

Jal Jeevan Mission UPSC

Jal Jeevan Mission UPSC JJM is a flagship programme of the Union Government being implemented in partnership with the States with the objective to provide tap water connection in every rural household by 2024. The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through grey water management, water conservation, rainwater harvesting. The Jal Jeevan Mission will be based on a community approach to water and will include ext

TRIFED and NITI to partner for Van Dhan initiative in all Aspirational districts of India

TRIFED and NITI AAYOG to partner for implementing the Van Dhan initiative in  Tribal Clusters of all Aspirational districts of India Keeping in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister's call for “Atmanirbhar Bharat” aligned to the slogan of “Be Vocal for Local Buy Tribal”, towards realizing the goal of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, TRIFED will now be partnering with NITI Aayog to implement the Van Dhan Yojana in the districts that have been ide

YUVA-  Prime Minister’s Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors

YUVA-  Prime Minister’s Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors The Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education today launched YUVA-  Prime Minister’s Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors, an Author Mentorship programme to train young and budding authors (below 30 years of age) in order to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally. The launch of YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) is in t

Continuation of National AYUSH Mission

Continuation of National AYUSH Mission India possesses an unmatched heritage represented by its traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa, Unani and also Homeopathy (ASU&H) which are a treasure house of knowledge for preventive, promotive and curative healthcare. The positive features of the Indian systems of medicine namely their diversity and flexibility; accessibility; affordability, broad acceptance by a large section of the general public; comparatively

Critical Analysis of Jal Jeevan Mission UPSC

Analysis of Jal Jeevan Mission  Jal Jeevan Mission has achieved a milestone of providing tap water supply to every household in 1 lakh villages across India, in a short period of 23 months. At the launch of this ambitious programme, out of 18.94 Crore rural households in country, only 3.23 Crore (17%) had tap water connections. Despite Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown disruptions, Jal Jeevan Mission provided 4.49 Crore tap water connections during 23 months and has also made 50 th

National Hydrology Project

NWIC (National Water Informatics Center) to maintain comprehensive water resources data. Under Ministry of Jal Shakti - Headed by Joint Secretary Level Officer. Data will come through India - WRIS (Water Resource Information System). It is a component of the National Hydrology Project (NHP) and in consonance with National Water Mission.  National Hydrology Project, Ministry of Water Resources. It is a Central Sector Scheme.

MGNREGA: A Detailed Overview

Context: This topic is important for UPSC Prelims and GS paper 2. MGNREGA is important for rural development. It plays a critical role in physical and social infrastructure development in rural areas. About MGNREGA - The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, also known as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) is Indian legislation enacted on August 25, 2005. The MGNREGA provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of empl

 MGNREGA: A Detailed Overview

 MGNREGA: A Detailed Overview Context: This topic is important for UPSC GS Paper2 Lowered outlay for MGNREGA, rural guarantee scheme has led to used up allocation and wage delays. That as many as 21 of 35 States/UTs have utilised, by October 29, over 100% of their allocated funds under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for FY2021-22 is not a surprise. In the previous year, the allocations for MGNREGS were increased by ?50,000 crore to meet the

Various Government Measures to Deal Water Scarcity

Context: This topic is important for UPSE Prelims and GS Paper 2. The average annual water availability of any region or country is largely dependent upon hydro-meteorological and geological factors. However, water availability per person is dependent on the population of the country and for India, per capita, water availability in the country is reducing due to an increase in population.  Also due to high temporal and spatial variation of precipitation, the water availability

Delay in MGNREGA Payment

Context: Delay in MGNREGA Payment is an important topic for GS Paper 2. There remain delay in MGNREGA Payment in the stage where the Central government transfers wages to the workers’ accounts Delay in MGNREGA Payment Eight crore MGNREGA wage transactions were pending on Diwali. The People’s Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG) recently released a tracker with important metrics on MGNREGA implementation. It showed that funds allocation this financial year (F


Context: "Will MPLADS be changed for post-pandemic needs?" is an important topic for UPSC GS Paper 2. With the scheme back in force, will the Centre heed MPs’ call to alter norms to buy smartphones, laptops for poor students? The story so far: Under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, every MP is entitled to Rs. 5 crores a year, adding up to Rs. 3,950 crores for the 790 members. The fund is to be utilised for the creation of durab

PM Poshan Scheme to replace Mid Day Meal Scheme

PM Poshan Scheme to replace Mid Day Meal Scheme PM Poshan (Erstwhile Mid-Day Meal) Scheme Cabinet has approved the Prime Minister POSHAN scheme or PM-POSHAN for providing one hot cooked meal in Government and Government-aided schools. The scheme will replace the existing national programme for mid-day meals in schools or Mid-day Meal Scheme (launched in 1995). It has been launched for an initial period of five years (2021-22 to 2025-26) Ministry: Ministry of Education. It


AGNIPATH SCHEME FOR ARMED FORCES Huge protests have been observed throughout the country to roll back the Agnipath scheme AGNIPATH SCHEME It recruits the soldier for short term and long term on an ‘All-India All-Class’ basis. It aims to reduce the salaries and pension and divert resources for the modernization of the military. Those between the age of 17.5 and 21 are eligible for this. The person who gets selected will be known as Agniveers. The recruitment proc


NATIONAL AIR SPORTS POLICY 2022 The Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched National Air Sports Policy to promote sports events like aerobatics, hot-air ballooning, and paragliding. POTENTIAL OF AIR SPORTS ECOSYSTEM IN INDIA. The air sports ecosystem in India has the potential to generate over 1 lakh direct jobs and generate annual revenue of Rs 10,000 crore. Besides the economic benefits, the sector is also expected to boost tourism, travel, infrastructure, and employment, especia


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA The eighth International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21 June 2022 across the world. The Theme for 2022 was ‘Yoga for Humanity. The idea of the International Day of Yoga was given by India during the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly held in 2014. The United nation proclaimed 21st June as the International Day of Yoga by passing a resolution in December 2014. The first Yoga Day was celebrated in 2015 at Rajpath in N


MISSION VATSALYA The Women and Child Development Ministry released guidelines to access central funds and benefits under Mission Vatsalya. About Mission Vatsalya      It is the main scheme for child protection services in the country. The goal of Mission Vatsalya is to secure a healthy and happy childhood for every child in the nation. It promotes family-based non-institutional care of children in difficult circumstances based on the principle o


RANDOMISED CONTROL TRIAL Economist and Nobel laureate Michael R Kremer has said that for a diverse populous country like India Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) must be carried out at multiple sites for better analysis of schemes and to see differences across the various states. RCT was heavily discussed after Kremer and fellow economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo won the 2019 Nobel Prize winner in the area of Economics. They had made use of RCT for their research on pover


RASHTRIYA GOKUL MISSION Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) aims at upliftment of dairy farmers making dairying more remunerative. About RGM Rashtriya Gokul Mission comprises two components namely: 1: the national program for bovine breeding  2: the national mission for bovine productivity The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying has been implementing Rashtriya Gokul Mission. The aim of the scheme is the development and conservation of indigenous bovine breed


MISSION BUNIYAD The Government of Delhi has said that under Mission Buniyaad, held between April and June, students of government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi schools have shown 20%-30% improvement in literacy and numeracy skills. The government is also planning to expand the scheme. About Mission Buniyaad The mission, originally launched in 2018, had an aim to ensure that students of classes 3 to 8 studying in government or MCD schools were able to fluently read let

Mid-day Meal Scheme

Mid-day Meal Scheme There is recent proof that children who receive eggs as part of midday meals have a considerable boost in their growth, according to a study commissioned by the Karnataka government. Image source - Inshitsonindia About the recent study            While the request to include additional districts in the scope of the mid-day meal or PM Poshan program is still pending, eggs are now supplied under this progra

SMILE-75 Initiative

SMILE-75 Initiative To address the enduring issue of destitution and beggary, the Government of India has developed the comprehensive SMILE (Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise) scheme. As part of the "SMILE-75" Initiative, 75 Municipal Corporations (MC) will provide thorough rehabilitation for beggars in the spirit of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. MCs will cover several comprehensive welfare measures for persons who are engaged in the act of begg

NAMASTE Project for manual scavengers

NAMASTE Project for manual scavengers The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is currently getting ready to conduct a statewide survey to count all people involved in dangerous sewer and septic tank cleaning, a practice that has resulted in at least 351 fatalities since 2017. About NAMASTE Project The National Action Plan for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem of the Union government includes an enumeration effort that will shortly be carried out throughout 500 AMRUT cities (

Jan Dhan Yojana Achievements

Jan Dhan Yojana Achievements Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY): Achievements so far Image Source - saran division The National Mission for Financial Inclusion known as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) recently concluded eight years of successful operation. Since its commencement, more than 46.25 crore beneficiaries have deposited money through PMJDY, totalling Rs. 1,73,954 crores. What is Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY)? The Pradhan Mantri The Nati

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana Scheme Recently, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme trained over 3 lakh women, according to information provided to Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Education. Image Source - Affairscloud About PMKVY The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the government's flagship program, is operated under the Skill India Mission, which was introduced by the government in 2015. By 2022, it hopes to have trained more than 40 c

SPARK Program

SPARK Program The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) recently developed the Studentship Program for Ayurveda Research Ken (SPARK) for Ayurveda students enrolled in accredited Ayurveda colleges in an innovative effort to assist the research endeavors of the nation's brightest young brains. About SPARK Program Initiative By Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS). Aim SPARK aims to support the research ideas of young undergra

PM Schools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana

PM Schools for Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana Image Source - pmmodiyojana On National Teachers' Day, the Prime Minister unveiled a new program called PM SHRI Schools (PM ScHools for Rising India). PM-SHRI Scheme It is a brand-new program that is sponsored by the government and will highlight the elements of the National Education Policy, 2020. A centrally sponsored scheme is one where the union government and the states/union territories are expected to split the implemen

Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology

Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology Image Source - Gktoday Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WEST), a new I-STEM (Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map) project, was just introduced. Major Points Women's Empowerment: The WEST initiative will support women with STEM backgrounds and give them the tools they need to participate in the ecosystem of science, technology, and innovation. Offering a separate platform to women who are sci

Poshan Maah 2022

Poshan Maah 2022 Every year, September is observed as Rashtriya Poshan Maah, or National Nutrition Month, throughout the nation. Key themes of Poshan Maah 2022: The month's events will be focused on important issues including gender-sensitive, water conservation, and management, traditional food for women and children in tribal areas, and Mahila and Swasthya, Bachcha and Shiksha - Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi. Message Distribution: The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) is taki

Indira Gandhi Urban Employment Scheme

Indira Gandhi Urban Employment Scheme Image Source - Janataserishta A recent initiative by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan to give families in metropolitan areas 100 days of employment is modelled after the MGNREGA. About Indira Gandhi Urban Employment Scheme Providing work that is available on demand for 100 days per year to help poor and needy families who live in cities. Areas covered Environmental protection, water conservation, heritage preservation, garden u


INSPIRE AWARD The INSPIRE Awards - MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) 9th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC) recently began. The INSPIRE Award is for innovation in science pursuit of inspired research. About: It is being carried out by DST (Department of Science and Technology) in conjunction with National Innovation Foundation - India (NIF), an independent DST agency, and is in line with the "Start-up India" initia

Sparsh Initiative

Sparsh Initiative The Defence Accounts Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bank of Baroda and HDFC Bank, to onboard them as Service Centres under the System for Pension Administration (Raksha) (SPARSH) initiative, across more than 14,000 branches throughout India. About SPARSH     It is a web-based system for processing the pension claims and crediting the pension directly into the bank accounts of defence pensioners without any external in

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day Every year on November 19th, World Toilet Day is observed to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable sanitation in keeping people healthy. " Making the Invisible Visible" is the theme for 2022. What is the significance of World Toilet Day? Since 2013, World Toilet Day has been observed annually. Aim: It is about taking action to address the global sanitation crisis and achieve SDG 6: sanitation and water for all by 2030. This year'

Project Unnati

Project Unnati The Union Rural Development Ministry wishes to tie the labour budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the results of the States under the Unnati initiative. About Initiative Unnati The Unnati project is a skill-upgrading initiative established in 2020 with the goal of enhancing the beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA's skill base and enhancing their quality of life. The Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY), the Rural Self Training Institute (

Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan Scheme The Ministry of Minority Affairs has renamed the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Ko Kaam Karyakram (PMKKK) Scheme as the Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS) Scheme. What are the Scheme's Key Elements? It is a central-sector programme that concentrates on the leadership, entrepreneurship, and skill-building needs of the nation's minority and artisan communities. This integrated programme brings together five former programm

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) The new integrated food security system, which will provide free food grains to Antodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) and Primary Household (PHH) recipients, will be implemented on January 1, 2023. The Union government has dubbed its new free foodgrain scheme, established under the National Food Security Act of 2013, the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). The integrated system is expected to reinforce the provisions of the NFSA, 2013

Sansad Khel Mahakumbh 2022-23

Sansad Khel Mahakumbh 2022-23 The Prime Minister of India recently inaugurated the 2nd phase of Saansad Khel Mahakumbh 2022-23 (18-28 Jan), organised in Basti (UP). The first phase was organised from 10-16 Dec 2022. The Khel Mahakumbh features both indoor and outdoor sporting events, such as chess, carrom, badminton, table tennis, wrestling, kabaddi, football, hockey, volleyball, handball, and more. The Khel Mahakumbh also hosts a number of other competitions, such as those for paintin

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme:

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme: Recently, the Ambala Railway Division's 15 railway stations were chosen to be developed as part of the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme. Amrit Bharat Station Scheme was introduced by the Union Ministry of Railways in December 2022 with the goal of modernizing over 1,000 minor stations during the ensuing years. The plan calls for the continuing growth of stations with a long-term outlook. The plan's objective is to create master plans for railroad stati

Government e-Marketplace (GeM)

Government e-Marketplace (GeM) Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) for the Government e-Marketplace reaches Rs. 1.5 lakh crores. The government's dedication to "Minimum Government, Maximum Governance" has been effectively supported by GeM. About GeM: Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a very audacious move by the government to change how government ministries and departments, public sector undertakings, and other top autonomous organizations of the Central Government ac


PM KUSUM SCHEME By March 2026, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will have installed 30,000 MW of solar power capacity in rural India under  (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam UtthamMahabhiyan)PM KUSUM. About PM KUSUM: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) introduced the PM KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam UtthanMahabhiyan) Scheme in 2019. Its goal was for the nation to install solar pumps, grid-connected solar power

Sagar Parikrama Program Phase III

Sagar Parikrama Program Phase III The Department of Fisheries in Surat, Gujarat's Hazira Port, recently launched the third phase of the Sagar Parikrama Program. More On the News: Sagar Parikrama is an initiative by the Government of India in the water across the coastal belt displaying unity with the fisherfolk, fish farmers, and concerned stakeholders as a spirit of 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Through various fisheries schemes and programs being implemented by the Government

Mission Shakti

Mission Shakti Mission Shakti is a comprehensive program for the safety, security, and empowerment of women, and the Supreme Court has requested further detail information from the government regarding it. This follows worries expressed on a potential scarcity of protection officers to deal with domestic abuse cases. About Mission Shakti: Mission Shakti is a program in mission mode that aims to improve interventions for women's empowerment, safety, and security. By tackl

SWAYATT Initiative

SWAYATT Initiative A celebration of "SWAYATT," a campaign to promote "Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through e-Transactions" (SWAYATT) on the Government E-Marketplace (GeM) in New Delhi, was recently organised. SWAYATT Initiative: What is It? Under the direction of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the programme was started in February 2019. It brings together the important players in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem at the national procurement

Jan Aushadhi Diwas

Jan Aushadhi Diwas On the "5th Jan Aushadhi Diwas," the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare also opened a "NaMo Day Care Center" and signalled the departure of four NaMo Mobile Healthcare Units. Highlight Janaushadhi Diwas, with the subject "Jan Aushadhi-Jan Upyogi," had been held from March 1 to March 7, 2022. The Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, and the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Bureau

PM Suraksha Bima Yojana

PM Suraksha Bima Yojana A goal has been established by public sector banks (PSBs) for the sale of the two most important government insurance programmes, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), in fiscal year (FY) 24. Other financial inclusion programmes like Mudra Yojana and StandUp India Scheme also have goals that they have established. Progress Currently, there are around 8.3 crore and 23.9 crore beneficiaries of PM

Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat) Platform

Prime Minister launched MY Bharat platform for youth of the country at Kartavya Path on the National Unity Day (October 31). It aims to facilitate youth development and youth-led development. It is a 'Phygital Platform' (physical + digital) comprising physical activity along with an opportunity to connect digitally. Mera Yuva Bharat (MY Bharat), an autonomous body, will benefit the youth in the age group of 15-29 years.

Aarambh 5.0

Prime Minister will address the Officer Trainees of the 98th Common Foundation Course at the culmination of Aarambh 5.0. Aarambh was launched in 2019 by bringing together all trainees of the All-India Civil Services and Group-A Central Services. The course provides a first-hand introduction to the ideas, challenges and responsibilities of governance in a large and diverse country, the release said. The 5th edition of Aarambh is being held on the theme of 'Harnessing the power of

Khela Hobe Scheme

It is a scheme to provide employment to the people of West Bengal on the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). It is a 100-day job scheme like MGNREGA.

AAINA Dashboard for Cities

Aim - To encourage Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the country to voluntarily submit key data through a user-friendly data entry form on the portal Initiative of - Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The Ministry through Digital India Corporation will provide handholding support to ULBs in the data submission process.

Yuva Tourism Clubs

The Yuva Tourism Club is a program launched by the Ministry of Tourism as part of the India@75 campaign. The program's goal is to develop young ambassadors for Indian tourism. The program is "of the youth, by the youth, for the youth".

YANTRA platform

The Union Minister of AYUSH has recently participated in the Yoga and Ayurveda in Neurosciences, Therapeutics and Research Approaches (YANTRA) conference, 2023 recently. YANTRA, 2023 is an international conference on Integrative Medicine with a theme on models of integration in healthcare. It was held at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in association with Jignasa, which provides a common platform to address all aspects related to AYUSH systems.

Yuva Sangam

Ministry of Education has recently launched the 3rd phase of Yuva Sangam under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat campaign. Under the programme, the students within the age group of 18 to 30  will get multi-dimensional exposure in 5 broad areas. Paryatan (tourism), Parampara (traditions), Pragati (development), Prodyogik (technology) and Paraspar sampark (people-to-people connect) in the host States. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) is a governmen

Jal Itihas Utsav

Ministry of Jal Shakti to Organize ‘Jal Itihas Utsav’ at Shamsi Talab, Jahaz Mahal in Mehrauli, Delhi recently. Aim - To raise public consciousness about safeguarding water heritage sites, creating a sense of ownership among the masses as well as promote tourism and restoration of such heritage structures.

Transplant Games

For the 1st time, Kerala is organizing Transplant Games, a competitive sporting event for organ transplant recipients and donors. It is to showcase the success of organ transplantation in improving the quality of life and spread the message of organ donation. The World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF) is a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom with representation from more than 70 countries. The WTGF organizes the World Transplant Games (WTG), whic

Drone Didi Yojana

It is a Central Sector scheme to provide drones to 15,000 women's Self Help Groups (SHGs), which will be trained to give it on rent for spraying pesticides and fertilisers. Duration - 2024-25 to 2025-2026. Recently PM has renamed it as ‘Namo Drone Didi'.

Sparsh Bharati

After introducing the Bharati script V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy, a professor in IIT Madras has developed a script for persons with visual impairment named as Sparsh Bharati. This ‘Indian Braille’ can be used across Indian languages. Bharati is a simple and unified script which can be used to write most major Indian languages. It is designed using simplest shapes, often borrowing simple characters from various Indian languages/scripts and English.

Navy Day 2023

Prime Minister recently attended the ‘Navy Day 2023’ celebrations at Maharastra. The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Day on December 4 every year to commemorate "Operation Trident," the Navy's audacious attack on Karachi harbour during the 1971 War.

“ISSA Vision Zero 2023” Award

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) bagged the “ISSA Vision Zero 2023” Award in the recently held 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Sydney, Australia. “Vision Zero” is a transformational approach for prevention of accidents at work places integrating the 3 dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the principal international institution bring

"Nari Adalat"

It is a women only court that address individual cases and also raise awareness about social schemes. Though it does not hold any legal status, has its primary focus on reconciliation, grievance redressal and creating awareness of rights and entitlements. It is an initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development under the Sambal sub-scheme of Mission Shakti.

Build for Bharat Initiative

Announced by - Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) with Google Cloud India, Antler in India, Paytm, Protean and Startup India. Aim- To tackle diverse challenges in digital commerce, promoting industry innovation to develop practical solutions in this space.

4E Wave movement

The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy has launched 4E Wave Movement recently. It is a Student-Led National Movement for Energy Conservation in Jammu & Kashmir. Aim -To promote sustainable practices and instil a sense of responsibility in individuals and communities to save energy.

Poshan Innovation Platform (PIP)

Aim - To improve the nutritional status of mothers and children under five years of age, at the last mile. Launched by - India Nutrition Collaborative in partnership with the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. India ranked 111 of the 125 in the Global Hunger Index 2023.


01 Feb,2024

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