Indian Enterprise Development Services: IEDS will be formed under the Ministry of Micro, Medium and Small Industries. It aims at strengthening the organization of micro, medium and small industries besides it will also help in recent government initiatives like Start-Up India, Stand-Up India and Make In India.
National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS): The Prime Minister has launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme recently in Kanpur. The scheme will be implemented by Director General of Training under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The scheme aims to provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youths along with financial incentive to the employers to engage actively in apprenticeship programme.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY): It was published that the scheme has met its anticipated target this week. The tagline of the scheme is Swatchh Indhan, Behtar Jeevan. This is the first ever social welfare scheme by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The scheme considered the woman as the head of the household and relied on Socio-Economic Caste Census Data. The social welfare dimension of the scheme can be seen in the fact that SCs and STs households have been given the largest share of the scheme besides woman being considered the head of the household.
Payment of Wages (Amendment) Ordinance 2016: The ordinance enables industries to pay wages through cheque or credit into the accounts of the worker. This is a move towards cashless economy and will amend the Payment of Wages Act, 1936. The ordinance allows the industires to directly pay the wages into the bank accounts of the workers earning up to Rs 18,000 per month without their prior consent.
Swatch Swasth Sarvatra Initiative: Lauched as part of Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission, the intiative focuses on strengthening of health centres in open defecation-free (ODF) blocks to enable them to achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene. Under it, financial assistance of 10 lakh rupees will be given to the community health centres so that they can be strengthened to meet the standards of sanitation, hygiene and infection control.