Thursday, 21 February 2019

Important Government Schemes January 2019

1. Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana register a refill rate of 80%.

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that provides LPG connections to the women member of the BPL households with a support of Rs 1600 per connection has registered a refill rate of 80% as per the current data.
  • The data provided by the Ministry of Petroleum states that around 6 crore connections were disbursed, and 23 crore refills were done under the Ujjwala Scheme. Almost 80% of the recipients opted for the refill of LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) cylinders.
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana launched in the year 2016, intends to safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel so that their health doesn’t get compromised.
  • The identification of the BPL (Below Poverty Line) families is done through 2011 Socio- Economic Caste Census.

2. Government of Maharashtra introduces Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana

  • Government of Maharashtra has introduced the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana to reduce losses due to non-payment of electricity bills and promote solar energy.
  • Under the provisions of the scheme the government of Maharashtra has decided to give 2 LED bulbs, a DC fan and mobile charging socket as freebies to farmers of the state.
  • The above scheme also provides a subsidy of 95% to the farmers on solar pump sets.
  • Eligibility: Farmers with less than 5 acres of land will have to pay 5% of the cost of a 3 HP solar pump set while farmers with more than 5 acres of land will get a 5 HP solar pump for Rs 30,000.
  • The implementing agency for the scheme is Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL).

3. Prime Minister Launches Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana

  • Under this scheme, a group of Indian origin people will be taken on a state- sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.
  • Indian-origin people in the age group 45 to 65 can apply for the scheme.
  • The government will bear all the expenses including the airfare from their country of residence.
  • The Scheme accords first preference to people from Girmitiya countries such as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

4. Three New AIIMs to be set up by the Government

  • The union cabinet headed by Prime Minister approved the setting up of 3 new AIIMS institutions under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana at Vijaynagar in  Samba of Jammu Region, Awantipora in Pulwama of Kashmir Region and Rajkot in  Gujarat.
  • The two new AIIMS for Jammu region and Kashmir region were announced by the  Prime Minister under the Prime Minister’s Development Package and the AIIMS in  Rajkot, Gujarat was announced by the Finance Minister in his budget speech.
  • Each new AIIMS will add 100 UG MBBS seats and 60 BSc nursing seats, and the new  AIIMS will have 15-20 super speciality departments.
  • Setting up new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super-speciality  healthcare centres to the population closer to their homes and help in creating a large  pool of doctors and other health workers in these regions to strengthen the primary  and secondary level institutions and facilities being created under the National Health  Mission (NHM).

5. Government of Odisha announced a hike in pension under the  Madhu Babu Pension Yojana

  • The government of Odisha announced a hike of Rs 200 per month for the beneficiaries  of the social security pension scheme Madhu Babu Pension Yojana.
  • The Madhu Babu Pension Yojana is a pension scheme in Odisha under the Department  of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the disabled, old  age persons.
Beneficiaries of the scheme are:
I. Persons with age of 60 years and above.
II. A Widow irrespective of age
III. A Widow patient with AIDS
IV. A Leprosy patient with visible deformity
V. A person of age 5 years and above and unable to do normal work due to deformity or disability.
VI. An AIDS patient identified by identified by the district/state AIDS control society or AIDS prevention control unit.
VII. An unmarried woman of age 30 years or above from the BPL family
Conditions for the Beneficiary:
Individual Income from all sources should not exceed Rs 24,000 per annum.
Family Income not exceeding Rs 24,000 per annum.
Is a permanent resident of Odisha.
Not been convicted of any criminal offence.
Increased pension would benefit nearly 48 Lakh beneficiaries.

6. Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana announced 3 implementation models.

  • Three models have been announced under which the states can implement the  Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
  • The three models are:
  • Insurance Model – Under this model, the premiums paid for the health insurance  scheme are paid to the insurance company which pays the health claim.
  • Truth-Based Model – Under this model, each state is supposed to form its own trust  to manage the scheme and health claims are supposed to be disbursed from the  corpus created from centre and state government contributions.
  • Hybrid Model – Under this model, a part of the health claim comes under insurance  model while the remaining part comes under the state and central government trust.
  • Under the PM-JAY scheme about 10.74 crore poor, deprived rural families and  identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-  Economic Caste Census (SECC) data (approx. 50 crore beneficiaries) will have health  benefit cover of Rs Five Lakhs per family per year at free of cost.

7. Madhya Pradesh Government announced Yuva Swabhimaan  Yojana

  • The government of Madhya Pradesh announced the Yuva Swabhimaan Yojana to provide employment to the unemployed youth from the economically weaker section  in the state.
  • The scheme intends to provide employment to the unemployed youth mainly in the urban areas of the state.
  • The scheme aims to provide employment to the weaker sections for nearly 100 days of the year.
  • The youth will also be given skill training by the government of the state.
  • With this scheme the government of the state intends to cover the people who are not covered under MGNREGA.


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