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Ministry of Finance has made Aadhaar mandatory for beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

Ministry of Finance has made Aadhaar mandatory for beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY).
• The Ministry has issued the notification under Aadhaar Act, 2016.
• Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) was launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Finance. 


Month: Current Affairs – December 2019
Categories: National News
Important Points : Ministry of Finance, Aadhaar mandatory, Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana, Aadhaar Act, 2016, Goods and Services Tax, Life Insurance Corp

Cabinet released Rs 627.40 crore fund for 10 projects under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has released the funds of Rs 627.40 crore for 10 projects sanctioned during 2018-19 under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
• Meanwhile, cabinet also approved Rs 1854.67 crores for sanctioning new projects during 2019-20 under this scheme.

Month: Current Affairs – December 2019
Categories: National News
Important Points : Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Central Sector Scheme, Ministry of Tourism, Tourist reception Centers, last mile connectivity, Way side Amenities, Solid Waste Management 

Eight railway services are merged

Union Cabinet has approved the reforms into the management of railways.
Reforms are:
• Merger of 8 “Group A” services: The services of Group A cadre are being merged to bring effectiveness in the management and to also to end ‘departmentalism’.

Month: Current Affairs – December 2019
Categories: National News
Important Points : Union Cabinet, departmentalism, Indian Railway Management Service, Indian Railway Medical Service, Indian Railway Health Service, Chief Executive Officer, Parivartan Sangoshthi, Prakash Tandon Committee, Rakesh Mohan Committee, Sam Pitroda Committee, Bibek Debroy Committee

Cabinet approved funds for Census and NPR

Union Government has approved Rs 8,754 crore for conducting Census of India, 2021 (1st digital census of India) and Rs.3,941 crore for updating National Population Register (NPR).
• Registrar General and Census Commissioner (operating under Ministry of Home Affairs) is responsible for preparing and maintaining the census.

Month: Current Affairs – December 2019
Categories: National News
Important Points : Union Government, Census and NPR, National Population Register, Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Identity Cards

Good Governance Index released

Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and the Centre for Good Governance have released the “Good Governance Index 2019” which ranks the states and UTs on the basis of 10 sectors (which are sub-divided into 50 indicators).
• The index divides states and UTs in 3 categories – ‘big states’, ‘north-eastern & hilly’ areas and ‘UTs’.

Month: Current Affairs – December 2019
Categories: National News
Important Points : Good Governance Index, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Centre for Good Governance, Objectives of GGI, State of Governance , Atal Bhujal Yojana, Atal Tunnel

AIIB gave a loan of $210 million to India for irrigation and solar energy projects

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has given a loan of $210 million to India for irrigation and solar energy projects.
$145-million will be used to improve the irrigation facility and strengthen flood risk management in West Bengal and, $65-million will be used for 250 MW solar power project in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Month: Current Affairs – December 2019
Categories: Banking & Economy
Important Points: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, solar power, Board of Governors, Governance of AIIB, Board of Director, Senior Management TeamSovereign-Backed Financing