Power for All Scheme – It is a joint initiative of the central government and the state governments. It intends to provide 24X7 electricity to all households, industry, commercial business and other electricity consuming entities within the time span of 4 years. Uttar Pradesh has become the last state to sign the “Power for All” agreement with Union Government.
Cashless Townships – PM has launched cashless townships across 12 states. The model township will be developed by Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) under NITI Aayog. The chosen 81 townships belonged to that of Central Public Sector Companies such as ONGC, Indian Oil, NTPC, SAIL, BHEL, NMDC etc.
Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) – is a self-regulatory, voluntary, non-government body of the advertising industry that was founded in 1985. It intends to enhance Public’s confidence in advertising and ensure that all advertising material is truthful, legal, honest, decent and not objectifying women and fair. Recently, it was in news to bring out guidelines for celebrities and personalities for appearing in advertisements.
Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana or PMMY – PMMY was recently in news as it crossed its loan targets. The scheme had objective to launch a Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency or MUDRA Bank to support entrepreneurs of SC, ST and OBCs in the MSME sector. The loan can be availed for non-agricultural activities up to 10 lakhs and for activities allied to agriculture such as dairy, poultry, bee keeping etc. There are 3 categories of loans starting from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh. Sishu category for loans up to Rs 50,000. Kishore category for loan between Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh and Tarun category for loan between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.
Operation Durga – It is an operation launched by Haryana Government, similar to ‘Anti-Romeo Squad’ of UP. It intends to ensure women safety. Under this operation, teams formed under the CM’s Flying Squad visited public places such as schools, colleges, bus stands and railway stations and caught people indulging in crime against women like eve-teasing, stalking, harassment and other such activities.
New Taxi Policy Guidelines – The guidelines focus on cab safety measures for women and was released by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Important recommendations included GPS panic devices in Taxis, disallowing of central locking systems in taxis, sharing of seats in taxis exclusively the prerogative of the passenger, photo identification of the drivers.
Number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes has been reduced to 28 by the Union Government. The 28 CSS has been further classified into Core of the Core Schemes, Core Schemes and Optional Schemes with individual number of schemes as 6, 20 and 2 respectively. The core of the core scheme are fully funded by the Union Government and includes examples like MGNREGA, NSAP etc. Core scheme shall have funding sharing between Centre and State as 60:40 respectively for general category states and 90:10 for special category states. The optional schemes will have funding pattern as 50:50 between Centre and State governments for general category states and 80:20 for special category states.