Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana: PMRPY was launched in 2016 under which the Government pays 8.33% contribution of the Employers to Employee’s Pension Scheme in respect of new employees joined on or after 1st April 2016 provided such employers have Universal Account Number. The employees must be earning Rs 15,000 per month. The scheme was in news because the cabinet has approved enhancing of the coverage of the scheme.
Integrated Scheme on Education: The government has approved an integrated scheme on school education for period 2018 to 2020. The scheme will subsume existing schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Techer Education. It will have an allocation 20% above the existing allocations. The scheme will give holistic approach to education and will focus on strengthening institutions like SCERTs and DIETs to improve the quality of education.
Credit Guarantee Fund for Education Loan Scheme: CGFEL scheme provides guarantee for education loans under Model Education Laon Scheme of Indian Banks' Association. It is disbursed by banks without seeking any collateral security and third-party guarantee for maximum loan amount of Rs 7.5 lakhs. The scheme was in news because the cabinet has approved the continuation of the scheme for the period 2017-2020.
Study in India Programme: The Human Resource Ministry has approved 'Study in India' programme to attract foreign students to pursue higher education in India. The government has approved the expenditure of Rs. 150 crore for the scheme for two years which will primarily for brand promotion activities.
Saubhagya Scheme: Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana aims at achieving universal household electrification in all parts of the country. The scheme primarily benefits rural areas, which have vast majority of households without power connections. The identification of the beneficiaries will be done on the basis of 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census. The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited under Ministry of Power is the nodal agency for the operationalisation of the scheme throughout the country. To ensure on-the-spot registration, mobile applications will be used. Gram Panchayat and public institutions in the rural areas will be authorised to carry out billing and collection tasks. The scheme was in news as Ministry of Power has partnered with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to train manpower in six states for speedy implementation of the scheme. The 6 states are Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
National Conference on Down Syndrome: The National Conference on Down Syndrome was held in New Delhi. It was organised by the National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition associated with intellectual and learning disabilities. It leads to delayed development and behavioural problems in children suffering with it.