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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 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 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

MPLAD SCHEME

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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'

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