Government Schemes Current Affairs

Government Schemes and latest Development, Important for Competitive Exams. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Logistics Policy (NLP).

  • Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the National Logistics Policy (NLP) on 17th September at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • The objective of the National Logistics Policy is to promote smooth movement of goods across India and to promote the competitiveness of Indian goods in domestic & international markets.
  • It aims to reduce logistics cost, which in turn will improve the efficiency of various sectors of the economy, promote value addition & economic growth.
  • The policy was announced for the 1st time in the Union Budget 2020.

BJP is organizing a Seva Pakhwada on birthday of PM Modi across the country.

  • The BJP is going to celebrate the birthday of PM Narendra Modi by organizing Seva Pakhwada (Service Fortnight) across the country from 17th September to 2nd October.
  • BJP has been celebrating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday as ‘Seva Diwas’ since 2014 and organizes service related activities on the occasion.
  • During the Pakhwada, party workers will give their services in various activities like blood donation, free health check-up of needy people will also be conducted across the country & various equipments will be given to persons with disabilities, Vaccination campaign will also be conducted.
  • Several programs have been organized to celebrate the 73rd birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state of Gujarat.

‘Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan’ to eliminate TB by 2025

  • The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan on September 9, 2022.
  • The Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan has been envisioned to bring together all community stakeholders to support those on TB treatment and accelerate the country’s progress towards TB elimination by 2025.
  • The President also launched the Ni-kshay Mitra initiative to ensure additional diagnostic, nutritional, and vocational support to those on TB treatment, and encouraged elected representatives, corporates, NGOs, and individuals to come forward as donors to help the patients complete their journey towards recovery.

ABOUT THE NTEP

The National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP), previously known as Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), aims to strategically reduce TB burden in India by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, the RNTCP was renamed as the National TB Elimination Program (NTEP) to emphasize the aim of the Government of India to eliminate TB in India by 2025.

Qns : Who launched the Prime Minister’s TB Free India Campaign on 9th September 2022?

Ans : The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan on 9th September 2022.

Cabinet approves PM SHRI (PM Schools for Rising India) Scheme

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 7th September approved a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme – PM SHRI School (PM School for Rising India).
  • This will be a new scheme for the development of more than 14500 schools across the country as PM SHRI Schools by consolidating selected existing schools managed by the Central Government/State/UT Government/Local Bodies.
  • PM SHRI Schools will provide quality teaching for cognitive development of the students and strive to create and nurture holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key skills of the 21st century.

Features :

  • PM SHRI will provide high quality education in an equitable, inclusive and joyful school environment that takes care of the diverse backgrounds, multilingual needs and diverse academic abilities of children and makes them active participants in their learning process in accordance with the vision of NEP 2020.
  • PM SHRI will provide leadership to other schools in their respective areas by providing school mentorship.
  • Each class will focus on the learning outcomes of each child. Assessment at all levels will be based on conceptual understanding and application of knowledge in real life situations and competency.

Central government has new changes in Atal Pension Yojana.

  • The central government has made some changes in the Atal Pension Yojana, which was started in 2015 with the aim of providing pension facilities to those working in the unorganized sector.
  • The Finance Ministry has now decided not to allow income tax payers to apply for the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) scheme.
  • The new order issued by the Finance Ministry will be effective from 1st October 2022.
  • Any citizen who is or has been an income tax payer as per the Income Tax Act will not be eligible to join Atal Pension Yojana from 1st October 2022.
  • As per the current APY rules, any Indian citizen in the age group of 18-40 years and having a savings account in any bank or post office can apply for this scheme.

Qns : Which new changes Central government has new changes in Atal Pension Yojana?

Ans : The new order issued by the Finance Ministry will be effective from 1st October 2022.
Any citizen who is or has been an income tax payer as per the Income Tax Act will not be eligible to join Atal Pension Yojana from 1st October 2022.
As per the current APY rules, any Indian citizen in the age group of 18-40 years and having a savings account in any bank or post office can apply for this scheme.

Union Cabinet approves of PMAY-Urban till 31st December 2024

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) – Housing for All Mission till 31st December 2024.
  • Financial assistance is being provided to complete over 122 lakh houses already sanctioned by 31st March 2022.
  • This scheme is one of the major flagship programs being implemented by the Central Government through the States, Union Territories and Central Nodal Agencies to provide all-weather pucca houses to all the eligible beneficiaries in the urban areas of the country.
  • The central assistance sanctioned since 2015 is two lakh three thousand crore rupees as against 20 thousand crore rupees in 2004-2014.

Qns : The Union Cabinet (in Aug-2022) approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) till which year?

Ans : The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) – Housing for All Mission till 31st December 2024.

‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ a campaig to hoist the flag at homes from 13th to 15th August 2022.

‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ is a Indian Government campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and to hoist it from 13th to 15th August 2022 to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.

The idea behind the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ initiative is to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the people and to promote awareness about the Indian National Flag.

Qns : What is “Har Ghar Tiranga”?

Ans : ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ is a Indian Government campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and to hoist it from 13th to 15th August 2022 to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.

Prime Minister Vaya Vandana Yojana completes 5 years

  • Prime Minister Vaya Vandana Yojana completes five years on 21st July.
  • The scheme was formally launched on this day in 2017.
  • The scheme is a social security scheme for senior citizens which aims at giving them an assured minimum pension on the basis of assured return on purchase price or subscription amount.
  • In this scheme, the minimum investment has been made 156658 rupees for the pension of 12000 per year and 162162 rupees to get the minimum pension amount of 1000 per month.
  • The scheme which was being implemented till 2020 has been extended for a further 3 years till 31st March, 2023.

Qns : When was Launched Prime Minister Vaya Vandana Yojana?

Ans : Prime Minister Vaya Vandana Yojana completes five years on 21st July 2022. The scheme was formally launched on this day in 2017.

One Nation One Ration Card scheme has been successfully implemented in all 36 states & union territories.

Assam has become the 36th state/UT in the country to implement One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC). With this, the ONORC scheme has been successfully implemented in all 36 States and Union Territories, making food security implemented across the country.

One Nation One Ration Card

During the last 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ONORC scheme has contributed significantly in ensuring subsidized food grains to the beneficiaries of NFSA (National Food Security Act), especially migrant beneficiaries. This is a one-of-its-kind citizen centric initiative in the country, which has been rapidly implemented in a short span of time, covering around 80 crore beneficiaries, since its launch in August 2019.

The objective of this beneficiary centric highly effective scheme is to empower all NFSA beneficiaries with the objective of becoming self-reliant to ensure their food security, wherever they are in the country, thereby enabling them to access any appropriate facility of their choice through portability of their existing ration cards. Can freely pick up the subsidized food grains (partial or full) of his right from the price shop. It enables the family and members of the beneficiaries to lift the balance/required quantity of food grains on the same ration card from the FPS of their choice at their native place or any other place.

Qns : What is the Scheme of One Nation One Ration Card?

Ans : ONORC (One Nation, One Ration Card), beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) can get their quota of subsidised foodgrains from any electronic point of sale device (ePoS)-enabled fair price shops of their choice by using their existing ration cards with biometric authentication.

Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan completes 2 years on 20th June 2022.

Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (GKRA) completes 2 years on 20th June 2022.
The Government of India launched GKRA on 20 June 2020 for a period of 125 days with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore to boost employment & livelihood opportunities for the returning migrant workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan

The objectives of the Abhiyaan were to provide immediate employment & livelihood opportunities to the distressed, to saturate the villages with public infrastructure and to create public assets to boost the income generation activities & enhance long term livelihood opportunities by giving focus on 25 works in 116 selected districts across 6 states Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh. A total of 12 Ministries & Departments of Government of India participated in the Abhiyaan. A total of 50.78 crore person-days employment was generated during the Abhiyaan.

Qns : What is Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan?

Ans : The Government of India launched GKRA on 20 June 2020 for a period of 125 days with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore to boost employment & livelihood opportunities for the returning migrant workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.