Main Objective: To provide support to all start-up businesses in all aspects of doing business in India. Under the scheme, the start-ups will adopt self-certification to reduce the regulatory liabilities. An online portal, in the shape of a mobile application, will be launched to help start-up founders to easily register. The app is been launched on April 1 2016.
Main Objective: To ensure 24/7 power for all. The Government of India will provide financial support of Rs. 45,800 crore over the entire implementation period of IPDS under which strengthening of sub-transmission network, metering, IT application, customer care Services, provisioning of solar panels will be implemented.
Main Objective: To Identify sporting talent among students in the age group of 8–12 years. The scheme is being implemented by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for spotting talented young children in the age group of 8-14 years from schools and nurturing them by providing scientific training.
Main Objective: To distribute free LPG connections to the women belonging to 5 Crore BPL families across the country. According the estimates, about 1.50 Crore BPL families will be benefited under the scheme in the year 2016-17. The scheme will cover 3.5 Crore more BPL families in the next two years. The scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households. This is the first ever welfare scheme by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas which would benefit crores of women belonging to the poorest households.
Main Objective: Encouraging girls for higher technical education and aims to provide a platform that empowers girl students and provides them with better learning opportunities. It is a mentoring and scholarship scheme to enable meritorious girl students to transit from schools to technical education without much difficulty and also aims to enrich and enhance teaching and learning of mathematics and science at senior secondary school level by providing free online resources for all.
Main Objective: To help farmers to improve productivity from their farms by letting them know about nutrient/fertilizer requirements for their farms. The soil health card studies and reviews the health of soil or rather we can say a complete evaluation of the quality of soil right from its functional characteristics, to water and nutrients content and other biological properties. It will also contain corrective measures that a farmer should adopt to obtain a better yield.
Main Objective: Provides drugs/medicines at affordable cost across the country. The scheme is a new version of earlier Jan Aushadhi Yojana, to be renamed as Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana, the scheme aims to open 3000 Jan Aushadhi stores to sell drugs at affordable cost. Under the scheme, over 500 medicines will be sold through Jan Aushadhi stores at price less than the market price. Private hospitals, NGO’s, and other social groups are eligible to open the Jan Aushadhi stores with a onetime assistance of Rs. 2.5 Lakh from the central Government.
Main Objective: Implement the pro-poor welfare schemes in more effective way and reaches out to more poor population across the country. Garib Kalyan Yojana is a Poverty Alleviation Scheme, which is primarily a work shop that you can pay and attend. The effort of the campaign and workshop is to motive and appraise the member of parliaments to help them effectively implement the government run schemes for the welfare of poor in the country.
Main Objective: Irrigating the field of every farmer and improving water use efficiency to provide `Per Drop More Crop’. The scheme is aimed to attract investments in irrigation system at field level, develop and expand cultivable land in the country, enhance ranch water use in order to minimize wastage of water, enhance crop per drop by implementing water-saving technologies and precision irrigation. All the States and Union Territories including North Eastern States are covered under the programme. The government has approved Rs.50,000 crore for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana for next 5 years, i.e. up to 2020.
Main Objective: Provide insurance cover to rabi and kharif crops and financial support to farmers in case of damage of crops. In order to make crop insurance simpler and cheaper for the farmers and to provide them with better insurance services, a Central Sector Scheme of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFSY) was launched by the Government of India replacing NAIS and MNAIS. Under the new scheme, farmers will have to pay a uniform premium of two per cent for all kharif crops and 1.5 per cent for all rabi crops. The scheme will be implemented from the kharif season this year, i.e. 2016.
Main Objective: Provide life insurance cover to all Indian citizens Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana is a government backed life insurance scheme in India aimed at increasing the penetration of life insurance cover in India. The scheme is open and available to all Indian citizens between the age of 18 to 50 years. Under the scheme, the policy holder can get a life insurance cover of Rs. 2 Lakh with an annual premium of just Rs. 330 excluding service tax. All the Indian citizens between 18-50 years of age with a saving bank account are eligible to avail the scheme.
Main Objective: Financial support for growth of micro enterprises sector. Pradhan Mantri MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojana was launched with the purpose to provide funding to the non-corporate small business sector. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) is open and is available from all Bank branches across the country. The small businesses/startups or entrepreneurs can avail loans from Rs. 50 thousand to 10 Lakh to start/grow their business under the three, Shishu, Kishore and Tarun categories of the scheme. As per the official website of PMMY, 27344053 number of loans have been sanctioned under the scheme till 26 February 2016. The amount sanctioned has reached more than Rs. 1 Lakh Crore.
Main Objective: Secure the future of girl child Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is an ambitious small deposit savings scheme for a girl child. Under the scheme, a saving account can be opened in the name of girl child and deposits can be made for 14 years. After the girl reach 18 years of age, she can withdraw 50% of the amount for marriage or higher study purposes. After the girl completes 21 years of age, the maturity amount can be withdrawn including the interest at rates decided by Government every year. The investments and returns are exempt from section 80C of Indian income tax act. The maximum investment of Rs. 1.5 Lakh per year can be made while minimum deposit is Rs. 1000/- per year. In case of more than one girl child, parents can open another account on the different name but only for 2 girl child. Only exception is that the parents have twins and another girl child.
The Atal pension scheme is targeted at unorganised sector workers.Depending upon the contribution, the beneficiary will get guaranteed pension of Rs.1000 to Rs.5000 per month.Govt will contribute 50% of total contribution or Rs.1000 whichever is lower. Age limit: 18-40 years The pension will start at the age of 60 years.
The DDUGJY is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Power. It seeks to achieve rural electrification by providing electricity to all households as well as institutionalizing feeder separation at the national level. This brief seeks to provide an overview of the scheme, including the scope of work, the implementation process and the current status with regards to village electrification. DDUGJY is a Government of India scheme aimed to provide continuous power supply to rural India. It is one of the key initiatives of Modi Government and it aims to supply 24×7 uninterrupted power supplies to all homes. The government plans to invest Rs 75,600 crore for rural electrification under this scheme. The scheme will replace the existing Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana.
Impact of GST on small and medium scale enterprises The Small and Medium Scale enterprises are set to undergo several changes due to the new tax structure, a few of which include: # Widening of the Excise Duty Net: The existing regime requires no excise duty to be paid by a manufacturer having a turnover of less than 1.5 crores, exempting a large number of SMEs from paying this tax. However, the GST regime has expanded the taxable bracket to all manufacturers with a turnover of 20 lakhs (10 lakhs for special category states), making a large proportion of SMEs duty bound to pay excise. # Higher Service Costs: Tax on certain services increases by 3% (from 15% to 18%) in the new system. Service providers in this bracket would be subject to an increase in tax outflow, leading to an increased working capital requirement. # Complete Digitization: The GST system solely technology based, and requires all registrations and returns to be filed through electronic means. While this may involve considerable adjustment for several small businesses, it can initiate the paperless process of taxation, bring down logistical costs, and a much higher standard of accountability. # Impetus to Multi-State Operations: Previously, multiple state-wise VAT payments were to be made when transacting across state borders, resulting in a disincentive for SMEs to expand their businesses. The introduction of a Singular Integrated GST on inter-state trade results in a simplified procedure, with payment only to be made on the value-addition. SMEs may now choose to diversify their customer-base, since they are no longer limited to their state of operation.
Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All- Conserve Electricity, Conserve Energy # Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme was launched on May 1, 2015 to promote efficient use of energy at residential level and enhance consumer awareness on using efficient equipment to reduce electricity bills and help preserve the environment. The scheme promotes the use of LED bulbs as a substitute to incandescent bulbs, tube lights and CFL bulbs. LED bulbs under UJALA are distributed at subsidized rates through special counters only set up at designated places in different cities across the country.
The tangible and intangible impacts of secured housing are numerous and invaluable to both people and the local economy. India is experiencing a high rate of population growth with an increased more than 181 million (17.64%) during the decade 2001-2011. Moreover, with the rapid urbanization and changing socio-economic patterns, there is a significant increase in the housing shortage, especially for the poor and low-income households. The housing sector is considered to be the ‘engine of growth’, which has immense potential of giving a push to the economy because of its link with the construction sector impacting employment and livelihood. Therefore, provision of housing can make a significant difference in the economic well being of the low-income families, both in rural and urban areas. Poverty alleviation efforts, through specific policy measures and programs, were first initiated in the 1970s and remain one of the most prominent goals of the Government till date. Affordable housing is central to such programmes and schemes. The two ministries, Ministry of Rural development and Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation initiate and facilitate housing related schemes in rural and urban areas respectively. In this context, the Central Government has launched the ‘Housing for All by 2022’ Mission on June 25th 2015, to provide “pucca” house for each family by 2022.
According to the Economic Survey 2015-16, fertilizer subsidy forms 0.8 % of the GDP. In the Union Budget 2016-17, fertilizer subsidy amounted to almost 27.9 % of the total subsidy amount. It accounts for the second highest subsidy component after payments for food subsidy. The subsidy is provided on both indigenously manufactured and imported fertilizer. India lacks self sufficiency in the production of fertilizers leading to large imports from foreign sources . Within the subsidy regime a gamut of policies exists for different types of fertilizers. The lack of a uniform policy also contributes to an unwieldy and complex fertilizer subsidy regime.
To transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy #Digital India is a program envisaged by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and was launched by Shri Narendra Modi on July 1, 2015. # Digital India Week is being observed by Centre and States like Telangana, Meghalaya, Jharkhand from July 1 to July 7. # Digital India is aimed at providing thrust towards e-Governance in the country and promote inclusive growth that covers electronic services, products, devices and job opportunities. # Overall costs of Digital India are expected to be around Rs. 1.13 lakh crores with its impact cross cutting, ranging from broadband to all Panchayats, WiFi in universities, job creation, e-Governance and eServices. Digital India is keyed on three key areas – 1. Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen 2. Governance & Services on Demand 3. Digital Empowerment of Citizens Pillars of Digital India – 1. Broadband Highways 2. Universal Access to Phones 3. Public Internet Access Programme 4. e-Governance – Reforming government through Technology 5. e-Kranti – Electronic delivery of services 6. Electronics Manufacturing – Target NET ZERO Imports 7. IT for Jobs 8. Early Harvest Programmes
Road transport is a vital artery to India’s economy. The pace of addition of roads has been very slow in India and the quality wise the network performs in the bottom 50% countries of the world. The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana aims to improve our road infrastructure by providing all weather connectivity to all habitations having population of 500 or more
Saving Our Girls To Save Our Future? #2000 girl children in India are killed every day #92 women in India are raped every day #66% vs. 82% #2011 % of literate women compared to literate men #States with the highest incidence of reported rape case seem to be in the North East #States with the lowest incidence of reported rape case include UP and Bihar #Could under-reporting caused by social and patriarchal hierarchies be a feasible explanation? #Our present Lok Sabha has the highest number of women parliamentarians in history #With 61 women MPs, the highest representation of women parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha what does this mean for gender empowerment across the country? #With a premise to protect and empower the girl child
According to the Census 2011 data, around 67% of the rural households defecated in the open due to lack of access to individual or public toilets. 63% of the rural households did not have any access to waste water drainage.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is a national mission aimed at ensuring access to financial services to the underserved population, primarily in rural areas. It aims to provide a bank account to every household in the country as well as provide additional facilities such as debit card and insurance. It also places a strong emphasis on seeding the Aadhar card of an individual with their bank account.
The Swachh Bharat Mission is a nationwide sanitation programme aims to encourage a demand driven need for sanitation through a concerted attempt to bring about a change in the mindset and approach of people towards sanitation. The World Bank has declared the programme as the country’s largest-ever drive to improve sanitation, and has also given a loan of 1.5 billion dollars for the achievement of the objective.
The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) enables Members of Parliament (MPs) to recommend development-related works based on the local needs of their constituencies. The scheme lays emphasis on the creation of durable community assets of national priority such as drinking water, primary education, public health, sanitation and roads, among others. The scheme is fully funded by the Government of India and allocates a sum of Rs. 5 crore per annum to each MP. The programme is implemented and monitored by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) along with the State Nodal Departments and District Authorities.