April Spotlight 2020

🗓️ April 2020


1. Andhra Pradesh government has issued modified guidelines for distributing 25 lakh house sites to the poor in urban and rural areas under Navaratnalu – Pedalandariki Illu (houses for all the poor) scheme of the state.

  • Under the scheme, house sites will be allotted at Re 1 (total Rs 20 will be collected from beneficiaries – Rs 10 for stamp paper and lamination each) to the poor with white ration cards.
  • Beneficiaries will use these sites to construct houses that they cannot sell until they occupy the house for 5 years.
  • Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the 9 Navaratna schemes (Navaratnalu) in the state.

2. Govt has extended the benefit of a 2% interest subvention scheme and a 3% prompt repayment incentive to all farmers for all crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh.

  • The benefit will be granted to the beneficiaries whose loans have become due or are going to become due on March 1 and May 31, 2020.

3. Jharkhand has launched PRAGYAAM mobile app to issue e-passes to everyone who delivers essential services during the national lockdown.

4. Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has decided to extend the existing foreign trade policy (2015-20) for one year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • The validity of various import-linked export schemes, for example, Duty-Free Import Authorization (DFIA) and Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) has also been extended by one year.

5. Central Government has announced new domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir.

  • New Definition – A person residing in the Union Territory of J&K for at least 15 years or studied in J&K for 7 years and appeared in Class 10 or 12 examinations will now be a permanent resident of the UT.
  • This new rule was issued under Section 3A of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Adaptation of State Laws Order 2020 under the Jammu and Kashmir civil services decentralization and recruitment Act, 2010.
  • Also, children of central government officials who have served in the UT of J&K for 10 years at least are also eligible to be permanent citizens.
  • Apart from this, the govt has decided to repeal the perks and privileges given to former Chief Ministers of J&K under section 3-C of the State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984. Domicile law contains the rules related to the permanency of citizens in a territory or country.

6. IISc-Bengaluru has developed indigenous ventilators under “Project Prana” to save lives.

7. Govt has formed a Science and Technology Empowered Committee for COVID-19 response, under the chairmanship of Vinod Paul (NITI Aayog member) and K Vijay Raghavan (Principal Scientific Adviser to the government).

8. Department of Revenue has deferred the implementation of uniform stamp duty on capital market instruments (such as transfer of shares, debentures, futures, options, currency, and other) by 3 months to 1 July 2020.

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