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Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY)

Tamil Nadu topped in micro-irrigation- Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II-Governance The state of Tamil Nadu has topped the all-India level for micro-irrigation (MI), under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), with coverage of 2,06,853.25 ha for the year financial year 2019-20. The state is followed by Karnataka and Gujarat with 1,41,103.56 Ha and 1,08,322.00 Ha of coverage respectively. On the other han

Swachhata App and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Swachhata App and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched a revised version of the existing Swachhata-MoHUA App to handle queries specific to Covid-19. Swachhata-MoHUA is the official platform for Swachh Bharat Mission built in partnership with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The app enables a citizen to post

PMUY beneficiary under Pradhan Mantri Kalyan Yojana- Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana

PMUY beneficiary under Pradhan Mantri Kalyan Yojana- Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) To date, oil marketing companies have initiated the transfer of Rs 5,606 crore to 7.15 Crore Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana beneficiary accounts for availing free delivery of LPG cylinder under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package. Booking of 1.26 Crore cylinders has been done in this month by the beneficiaries, out of which about 85 l

HRD ministry launches portal “yukti”

HRD ministry launches portal “yukti” Minister for Human Resource Development has launched a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) in New Delhi today. The portal and dashboard will monitor and record the efforts and initiatives of the Ministry of HRD. It intends to cover different dimensions of COVID-19 challenges in a holistic and comprehensive way. In the wake of COVID-19 threat, the primary aim is to keep the academic communi

Analysis of - Van Dhan Scheme

Analysis of - the Van Dhan Scheme The Van Dhan Scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED.  It was launched on 14th April 2018 and seeks to improve tribal incomes through the value addition of tribal products. The scheme will be implemented through the Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level. At the State level, the State Nodal Agency for MFPs and the District collectors are env

COVID-19 and TRIFED-Tribal rights

COVID-19 and TRIFED-Tribal rights Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) TRIFED asks state implementing agencies to initiate procurement of MINIMUM FOREST PRODUCE at MSP. The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) which functions under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, has asked the State Nodal Departments and Implementing Agencies to initiate procurement of Minor Forest Produces (MFPs) at Minimum Support Price (MSP) from the a

Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme-MPLAD

Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme-MPLAD Part of: GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) It was announced in December 1993 under the control of the Ministry of Rural Development. Later, in October 1994, it was transferred to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Objectives: To enable MPs to recommend works of developmental nature with emphasis on the creation of durable community assets based on the loca

'one nation, one ration card' scheme

'one nation, one ration card' scheme for migrant workers, EWS Part of: GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST)   The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to consider the feasibility of temporarily adopting the 'one nation, one ration card' scheme during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown period to enable the migrant workers and economically weaker sections (EWS) to get subsidised foodgrain. A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai, in an

MHA issued guidelines to allow inter-State movement of stranded migrant workers

MHA issued guidelines to allow inter-State movement of stranded migrant workers Part of: GS-III- Economy (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) More than a month after the countrywide lockdown owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued guidelines to allow inter-State movement of stranded migrant workers, and tourists, pilgrims, students and others.   Important points Public transport, including trains and buse

Govt extends lockdown for two more weeks-COVID-19

Govt extends lockdown for two more weeks Part of: GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Here's what all will not be allowed under the new guidelines issued today irrespective of the zone Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road Running of schools, colleges and other educational, training, coaching institutions Hospitality services including hotels and restaurants Places of large public gatherings such as cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes

Drone Regulation in India

Drone Regulation in India Part of: GS-II- Governance  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) The guidelines (Drone Regulations 1.0) issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the commercial use of drones or remotely operated aircraft came into force on December 1, 2018. Drone Regulation 1.0 Under this regulation, the Digital Sky Platform will enable online registration of pilots, devices, service providers, and NPNT (no permission, no take-

Post-lockdown guidelines | Work from home may stay for government staff

Post-lockdown guidelines | Work from home may stay for government staff In a post-lockdown scenario, the Centre will continue with staggered and variable work hours and the Personnel Ministry has floated a draft consultation paper to adopt the best work from home practices for Central government employees. Draft guidelines The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) may provide an option for work from home to the eligible officers/staff for 15 days in a year as a matter of policy

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Programme launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), in Mission mode envisions provision of Housing for All by 2022, when the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence. The Mission seeks to address the housing requirement of urban poor including slum dwellers through following programme verticals: Slum rehabilitation of Slum Dwellers with participation of private developers us

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Context As part of the economic response to COVID-19, the Government of India has launched a pro-poor scheme “Pradhan Mnatri Garib Kalyan Package” (PMGKP), Under this scheme, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is providing free of cost LPG cylinders to over 8 crore PMUY beneficiaries for 3 months w.e.f 1.4.20. During April, 2020, Oil Marketing Companies(OMCs) have delivered 453.02 lakh cylinders to PMUY beneficiaries under PMGKP. About Pradha


UMANG App UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) is envisaged to make e-governance. It is developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to drive Mobile Governance in India. It provides a unified approach where citizens can install one application to avail of multiple government services. The app services include Aadhaar, DigiLocker, and Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). Etc.

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA)

Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) The PMSMA programme was launched in 2016 under the ministry of health and family welfare. It aims to ensure free comprehensive and quality antenatal check-ups for pregnant women for ensuring safe pregnancy. The programme is carried out across India with the participation of private doctors.


Saksham Saksham is a capacity-building program under the Ministry of Rural development. It is a training module which focuses on the use of Remote Sensing and GIS tools for project planning and monitoring components like watersheds, groundwater and geohydrology. **It is not to be confused with project Saksham of the Railway Ministry. Project Saksham It is the nation’s largest time-bound “Upskilling” exercise for its employees to boost their efficiency. Under Project

Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy (2020)

Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy (2020) GS-PAPER-2 Defence procurement policy (Mains) Recently, the Ministry of Defence formulated a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020). The DPEPP 2020 is envisaged as an overarching guiding document to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. Goals and Objectives: To achieve

Gratuity amendment bill

Gratuity amendment bill Gs-Paper-2 Labour and Laws (PT-MAINS) The Union Cabinet has given approval to the introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament. Gratuity is a sum of money paid to an employee at the end of a period of employment. The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons. It considers the inflation and wage increase even in the case of employees engaged in the private sector. With the implementation

New Code on Wages

New Code on Wages GS-PAPER-2 Labour and Labour Code (PT-MAINS) The Centre will soon notify the rules that will create the mechanisms to fix a floor wage that would then undergird the minimum wages for different categories of workers — unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled — that the States and Central government would have to set and enforce. This is in accordance with the Code on Wages, 2019. Constitutional Provisions

Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) initiative

Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) initiative The Pune Rural Administration has been able to implement the Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) initiative amid the Covid-19 pandemic. About PURA: PURA was mooted by former President Dr. Abdul Kalam in January 2003 as a way of empowering and accelerating rural development. The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) implemented the PURA scheme on a pilot basis in seven clusters for a period of three yea

How kala-azar was eliminated from a highly endemic district in Bihar

How kala-azar was eliminated from a highly endemic district in Bihar Kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a tropical disease characterised by irregular fever, weight loss, anaemia and swelling of the spleen and liver. It is caused by a protozoan Leishmania parasite and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected female sandflies. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, about 7 to 10 lakh new cases occur annually. WHO initiative India account

Budget as an instrument of politics

Budget as an instrument of politics Upcoming infrastructure projects in election-going states The largesse to the election-going States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam in the Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday was unmistakable. The massive outlay of? 65,000 crore for the development of the NH 66 corridor in Kerala, as well as the announcement of the second phase of the Kochi Metro and the development of the Kochi fishing harbour as a commerc

One Nation One Standard

One Nation One Standard Mission "One Nation One Standard" would make India the leader in setting global benchmarks in setting standards. This mission was established in 2019 to ensure quality products and services to consumers in the country. While all areas of production and services be included in this mission, bringing a national uniformity and standardization in all kinds of public procurement and tendering can be an immediate deliverable. The Bureau of Indian Standards

Analysis of Jal Jeevan Mission

Analysis of Jal Jeevan Mission Only half of the government schools and anganwadis have tap water supply, despite a 100-day campaign for 100% coverage being launched by the Jal Shakti Ministry in October 2020, according to information provided to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources. Jal Jeevan Mission It envisages a supply of 55 litres of water per person per day to every rural household through Functional Household Tap Connections

Jal Jeevan Mission Extended Till 31st March, 2021

Jal Jeevan Mission Extended Till 31st March 2021 The Ministry of Jal Shakti is overseeing the implementation of the mission at the national level. Har Ghar Nal Se Jal by 2024. JJM aims at providing potable water at the service level of 55 litres per capita per day (lpcd) to every rural household through Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) by 2024. The fund sharing between the Centre and states is 90:10 for Himalayan and North-Eastern States,&n

Umbrella Schemes of Women and Child Development Ministry

Umbrella Schemes of Women and Child Development Ministry Women and Child Development Ministry have classified all its programs under 3 umbrella schemes - Mission Shakti, Poshan 2.0, and Vatsalya. Mission Shakti is a Mission for the Protection and Empowerment of Women. It will cover policies and schemes like, SAMBAL (One Stop Centre, Mahila Police Volunteer, Women's Helpline/Swadhar/Ujjawala/Widow Homes etc.) SAMARTHYA (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Creche, PM Matru Vandana Yojana/ Gen

Project REHAB

Project REHAB Khadi and Village Industries Commission(KVIC) has launched a unique project called Project REHAB (Reducing Elephant – Human Attacks using Bees). About Project REHAB: Project RE-HAB stands for Reducing Elephant-Human Attacks using Bees. It is an initiative of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The project has been launched as a sub-mission of KVIC’s National Honey Mission. It intends to create “bee fences” to thwart elephant a

Digital Repository on Health, Nutrition- Poshan Gyan- Released

Digital Repository on Health, Nutrition- Poshan Gyan- Released NITI Aayog has launched a platform named “Poshan Gyan”. About Poshan Gyan: Niti Aayog launched Poshan Gyan in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change, Ashoka University. It is a National Digital Repository on health and nutrition. Key Features: It is a comprehensive online resource for anybody working in the nutrition sector in India. It

Eatsmart Cities Challenge and Transport 4 All Challenge by Govt

Eatsmart Cities Challenge and Transport 4 All Challenge by Govt The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has recently launched the EatSmart Cities Challenge and Transport 4 All Challenge. About EatSmart Cities Challenge: EatSmart Cities Challenge is organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The challenge is organised in association with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It aims to motivate Smart

Solution for Water crisis in India

Solution for Water crisis in India Steps taken by the Central Government to control water depletion and promote rain water harvesting / conservation are as under: 1) Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA) JSA was launched in 2019, a time bound campaign with a mission mode approach intended to improve water availability including ground water conditions in the water stressed blocks of 256 districts in India having overexploited groundwater levels. In addition, ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan &ndas

Drone Rules in India

Drone Rules in India The Civil Aviation Ministry has notified the Drone Rules, 2021, under which the weight of a fully loaded unmanned aircraft system has been increased from 300 kg to 500 kg to include heavy payload-carrying craft for use in the logistics and transportation sectors. The rules will also cover drone taxis. In aviation and in space, a drone refers to an unpiloted aircraft or spacecraft. The key features of these rules include the development of drone corridors for cargo

National Policy on Electronics, 2019

The objective of National Policy on Electronics, 2019 The Policy envisions positioning India as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing - (ESDM) by promoting domestic manufacturing, skill development, start-up, export eco-system and improving ease of doing business for the ESDM industry. It aims to achieve a turnover of $400 billion and generate 1 crore jobs in the ESDM sector by 2025. Salient features of National Policy on Electronics, 2019 Creating eco-s

National Software Products Policy

National Software Products Policy Missions of the Policy To promote the creation of a sustainable Indian software product industry, driven by intellectual property (IP), leading to a ten-fold increase in share of the Global Software product market by 2025. To nurture 10,000 technology startups in the software product industry, including 1000 such startups in Tier-II and Tier-III towns & cities and generate direct and indirect employ

PLI Scheme for Automobile & Auto components

PLI Scheme for Automobile & Auto Components The Government has issued a Notification regarding Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Automobile & Auto components. The PLI Scheme for the auto sector envisages overcoming the cost disabilities of the industry for the manufacture of Advanced Automotive Technology products in India. The incentive structure will encourage the industry to make fresh investments in the indigenous global supply chain of Advanced Automotive

PLI Scheme on Pharmaceuticals

PLI Scheme on Pharmaceuticals The PLI Scheme for Pharmaceuticals is based on the strategy of “Atmanirbhar Bharat- Strategies for enhancing India’s manufacturing capabilities and enhancing exports in ten sectors”, which had been approved by the Union Cabinet on 24.02.2021.  The objective of the Production linked incentive scheme is to enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities by increasing investment and production in the sector and contributing to produ


DIGIYATRA The Consultative Committee meeting of the Ministry of Civil Aviation was held in New Delhi. The topic for discussion was ‘DIGI YATRA’ to make certain valuable suggestions about the project. ABOUT DIGI YATRA Digi Yatra is the initiative by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Air travellers can use facial recognition technology to enter any airport in the country. This initiative is taken to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel  There will be one-time


BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING It is observed from 1st to 7th August 2022. World Breastfeeding Week theme for 2022 is "Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support. It is also the celebration of Motherhood and the healthy life of the newborn. World breastfeeding week 2022 will focus on strengthening the capacity of actors that have to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding across different levels of society. Government, health system, workplace, and communities will

Goa becomes the first Har Ghar Jal Certified State

Jal Jeevan Abhiyan: Goa becomes the first Har Ghar Jal certified state. Goa and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (D&NH and D&D) recently earned the distinction of being the nation's first "Har Ghar Jal"-certified States and UTs, respectively. A Gram Sabha resolution certifying that all homes in the villages have access to safe drinking water from taps has led to the declaration of each village as Har Ghar Jal by its residents. All 378 villages in

Kerala Savari

Kerala Savari: India's first online taxi service as a public option To guarantee fair and courteous service to customers as well as fair compensation for auto-taxi workers, Kerala has launched "Kerala Savari," the nation's first online taxi service run by a State government. The necessity and the goals Governments are quite concerned about the alleged unfair business practices and violations of consumer rights by private, app-based taxi aggregators. As a result,

Social Audit of Social Sector Scheme

Social Audit of Social Sector Scheme The Rajasthan government has made the first-ever decision in the nation to create a specialized social and performance audit authority to undertake social audits of initiatives. What does this decision mean, exactly? Make public accountability a priority: In addition to conducting performance evaluations of the implementing agencies, the authority will ensure public accountability, openness, and citizen participation in the execution of gov

Midday Meal Scheme

Midday Meal Scheme The Ministry of Finance has approved an increase in the cost of cooking for each child participating in the Mid-Day Meal Program by 9.6%. Cooking expenses per kid have been Rs 4.97 in primary classes (class I–V) and Rs 7.45 in upper primary schools (class VI-VIII) since the recent increase in early 2020. The allocation at the primary level and higher primary levels will be Rs 5.45 and Rs 8.17, respectively after the increases take effect. What is the

Kashi-Tamil Sangamam: Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

Kashi-Tamil Sangamam - Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat The Government of India recently launched the 'Kashi-Tamil Sangamam,' a month-long initiative designed to "strengthen" and "rekindle" the cultural and civilizational tie between Tamil Nadu and Varanasi. This programme would be part of the project Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat. What is the meaning of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat? It was started in 2015 to promote participation among the people

Ganga Utsav 2022

Ganga Utsav 2022 The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the Ministry of Jal Shakti recently organised Ganga Utsav—The River Festivals 2022. What is the 2022 Ganga Utsav?  To improve the Public - River Connection, the NMCG celebrates the event each year. The National Ganga Council (NMCG) was established in 2016 to take the role of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NRGBA). On the first day of Ganga Utsav 2021, the NMCG was listed in the Guinness Boo

Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS)

Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) The Union government is pushing for the establishment of 740 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) for tribal children.  Issues with Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS): In 1997-98, the EMRS model was first introduced. Aim: To provide tribal students with quality education and residential facilities in remote areas. To construct schools comparable to Jawahar Navoday Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas. Prior to 2018

Old Pension Scheme

Old Pension Scheme In various jurisdictions, a few political parties have pledged to reinstate the Old Pension Scheme. About The Old  Pension Scheme: The plan guarantees a post-retirement income for life. Employees under the previous plan receive a pension based on a pre-established formula that is equal to 50% of the last wage received. Additionally, they benefit from the twice-yearly modification of the Dearness Relief (DR). There was no salary deduction and the co

Nai Chetna- Pahal Badlav Ki

Nai Chetna- Pahal Badlav Ki The Ministry of Urban Development recently launched "Nai Chetna-Pahal Badlav Ki," a community-led national campaign against gender discrimination. The campaign was also launched in Kerala under the auspices of the Kudumbashree Mission. What is the Nai Chetna-Pahal Badlav Ki Campaign all about? It is a four-week campaign aimed at empowering women to recognise and prevent violence, as well as making them aware of their rights. The them

Vishwa Hindi Diwas

Vishwa Hindi Diwas Every year on January 10th, Vishwa Hindi Diwas (VHD) or World Hindi Day (WHD) is observed to promote the Hindi language throughout the world. Whereas Hindi Diwas is observed annually on September 14th and focuses primarily on the recognition of the Hindi language in India. What  is Vishwa Hindi Diwas?     It was established in 2006 to mark the 10th anniversary of the inaugural World Hindi Conference, which was held in Nagpur on Janu

Convention for the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

Convention for the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas On January 9, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is observed to recognise the contribution of the community of Overseas Indians to the advancement of India. In Indore, Madhya Pradesh, the Prime Minister opened the 17th three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention as well as a digital display on the role of the diaspora in the freedom movement. On this occasion, he also issued the commemorative stamp "Surakshit Jaayen, Prashikshit Jaayen.&qu

Trans-fats in Foods and their Risks

Trans-fats in Foods and their Risks According to the WHO, exposure to trans fats puts nearly 5 billion individuals at risk of developing heart disease. About the report: Trans fats, like saturated or animal fats, cause clogged arteries. Your chance of having a heart attack and a stroke increases if you have clogged arteries, an indication of heart disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a new analysis that revealed that nearly 5 billion people worldwide a

National Girl Child Day

National Girl Child Day India observes National Girl Child Day on January 24 each year. About National Girl Child Day: The purpose of National Girl Child Day is to increase public awareness of the injustices, discrimination, and exploitation that girls suffer in society. The Ministry of Women and Child Development originally established National Girl Child Day in 2008. The major goals are to alter how society views females, reduce female feticide, and raise awareness of the decli

Eklavya Model Residential Schools

Eklavya Model Residential Schools Tableau in the Republic Day Parade created by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs demonstrates how Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRs) promotes tribal wellbeing by providing high-quality education. More about the news: The Ministry's focus on "Nari Shakti," a symbol of girl education that ensures equal enrollment of tribal boys and girls at EMRSs, was highlighted in the tableau's front section. Eklavya's bow and arr

Uttarakhand’s Anti Cheating Law

Uttarakhand’s Anti Cheating Law On February 11, 2023, a demonstration in Dehradun against paper leaks and recruiting scams descended into violence. The Uttarakhand Competitive Examination (Measures for Control and Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Ordinance, 2023, which prohibits the use of unfair means in tests, received the governor's approval the following day. What are the provisions pertaining to the anti-cheating laws in Uttarakhand? The rule inclu

Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning

Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning As part of an agreement under the Indo-Norway Integrated Ocean Initiative, Puducherry has unveiled the nation's first Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) framework. After a 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Norway, Puducherry and Lakshadweep were selected as the coastlines to launch the MSP program. About Marine Spatial Planning (MSP); MSP, an ecosystem-based spatial planning process, analyses present and future ocean

Maternity leave for women in Armed Forces

Union Defence Minister has approved a proposal to grant maternity, child care and child adoption leave to women soldiers, sailors and air warriors on par with their officer counterparts. At present, the women officers get maternity leave of 180 days with full pay for each child, subject to a maximum of 2 children. Childcare leave of 360 days is granted in total service career (subject to the child being less than 18 years of age) to women officers. Child adop

Advocates Amendment Bill, 2023

Recently, Advocate amendment bill 2023 was passed in Lok Sabha which amends the Advocates Act 1961 and Legal Practitioners Act 1879. What is Legal Practitioners Act 1879? Aim- To consolidate and amend the law relating to Legal Practitioners in certain provinces. Application- The Act initially extended to areas in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Orissa, and Delhi. Any state government could, by notification in the Official Gazette, extend

Operation ‘Nanhe Farishtey’

Operation Nanhe Farishte is a Railway Protection Force (RPF) initiative to reconnect children who have been lost or separated from their families. The operation also rescues children who come into contact with Indian Railways and need care and protection. The children are then handed over to authorities and returned to their families.

The Post Offices Bill, 2023

Rajya Sabha has recently passed the Post Office Bill, which repeals and replaces the Post Office Act, 1898. Why there is a need for new bill? To provide a simple legislative framework for post offices, facilitating their evolution into a network for citizen-centric services. To ensure the effective functioning of the Postal Department as a messenger service. To enhance the post offices as a provider of banking facilities. 660 post offices were closed ea

‘Mission Antarctica’

Union Minister of State for Defence flagged in a team of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling that carried out ‘Mission Antarctica’ in New Delhi Recently. The team hoisted the national flag atop Mt Rhenock in Sikkim Himalayas, recorded in the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records. During the expedition, the team also displayed the Tri-colour over Mount Vinson Peak, which is the highest peak of the South Pole.


Pradhan Mantri Anusuchit Jaati Abhyuday Yojana is a 100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the welfare of Scheduled Caste (SC) population. Launched in – 2021-22. Launched by – Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. It has been framed after merging the 3 erstwhile schemes Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCA to SCSP) Babu Jagjivan Ram Chatrawas Yojana (BJRCY) Object


Recently, Indian government has launched new learning programmes for government servants in line with good governance day. December 25 is celebrated as the ‘Good Governance Day’ to mark former PM Vajpayee’s birth anniversary since 2014. It is meant to foster awareness among citizens about government accountability and administration, and inculcate “good governance” as a habit for civil servants. Vikas – Variable and Immersive Karma

Promotion for disables in Group A

The Union government recently issued an order for Persons with Disabilities to be considered for reservation in promotions up to the lowest rung of Group A posts in the Central government. The reservation is in retrospective effect from June 30, 2016.


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