March Spotlight 2019


🗓️ March 2019

NATIONAL NEWS

1. SHREYAS (Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills) was launched by Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

The programme promotes apprenticeship as an important part of education and integrates the government’s employment building efforts into the education system.

2. The govt. has approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 which will bring persons living in remote and inaccessible areas under reservation ambit.

It would pave the way for extend reservation in jobs, promotions and education to people living 10 km from the International Border (IB) in Jammu.

Article 35A of the constitution empowers J&K legislature to define state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges.

Article 370 guarantees special status to J&K, restricting Union’s legislative powers over three areas: Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communications.

3. ‘Mera Kam-Mera Abhiman’ – Employment generation programme will be launched for the urban youth in Punjab which will “ensure dignity of labour”.

The programme is part of the State government’s ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobar’ mission.

The aim of this mission is to provide one job for each family in a time-bound manner and the scheme would certainly reach out to every household.

4. NITI Aayog and Adobe as a part of Atal Innovation Mission have signed a Statement of Intent to collaborate on enhancing digital literacy and creativity skills.

Under the agreement, they will open Digital Disha Programme across 100 schools under the Atal Tinkering Labs.

Under the Adobe Digital Disha Programme, the Adobe would provide Adobe Spark application, a fun and frictionless storytelling Creative Cloud application free of charge for education and skill development.

5. A new world record has been set up by The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by carrying out Modern Artificial Limbs (Legs) implantation of 260 people in record eight hours.

The department is under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

6. Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched the “Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana”.

It aims to provide financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feedstock.

Lignocellulosic biomass (or LC biomass) refers to plant biomass that is composed of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin.

7. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched IRCTC iPay, its own payment aggregator system which is a step to promote government’s Digital India initiative.

It provides payment options like credit card, debit card, UPI (Unified Payment Interface), International Card and an option of IRCTC prepaid card cum wallet, auto debit will also be available soon.

8. “Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi” scheme was launched in Haryana.

It is primarily meant for farmers of the state who cultivate on land with areas up to five acres and the families with an income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month.

Each beneficiary family would be eligible for a financial assistance of Rs. 6,000 every year and each family will have to nominate a member to avail this benefit.

The scheme provides insurance facilities of- Rs. 2 lakh on natural death, Rs. 2 lakh for accidental death, Rs. 2 lakh for permanent disability and Rs. 1 lakh for partial disability.

There are two categories –
Category 1: Age 18 to 40 years – 4 optionsOption 1 Financial assistance Rs 6000 per year in 3 instalments of rs 2000Option 2 Beneficiary Nominated member by the family will get Rs 36,000 after 5 years of joining  Option 3 On age of 60 year, beneficiary will get pension between Rs 3,000 and Rs 15,000 on a monthly basis.Option 4 Family elected member will be get Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 after 5 years. Option of Insurance cover (state government will pay the premium)

Category 2: Age 40 to 60 years – 2 optionsOption 1 Rs 6,000 per year in 3 instalments of Rs 2,000Option 2 Rs 36,000 after 5 years.

9. Gram Samridhi Yojana is being worked upon by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries to strengthen the unorganized food processing sector concentrated in rural areas – Cottage Industry, Farmer Producers’ Organization and Individual Food Processors.

Its Rs 3,000 crore scheme funded by the World Bank (Rs. 1,500 Crore) and Government of India (Rs. 1,000 Crore) while the state govts. will put in Rs 500 Crore.

The scheme will be run in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab for a five-year period in the initial phase and thereafter in other states of the country.

10. Karnataka state govt. has launched new water conservation scheme – ‘Jal Amrutha’

The scheme plans to make people aware about the importance of conserving water.

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