Gaj Yatra launched in Garo Hills of Meghalaya
▪️Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) rolled out ‘Gaj Yatra’, an awareness campaign to protect elephants from Tura in Garo Hills of Meghalaya.
▪️It was organised by the Wildlife Trust of India in collaboration with the State Forest Department.
▪️Under this campaign, an elephant mascot will be taken across districts frequented by jumbo herds for generating awareness among the people.
▪️It was launched to acknowledged good gesture of villagers from Garo Hills who had set aside part of their community-owned land to create village reserve forests for human-elephant harmony.
✔️ Gaj Yatra
▪️Gaj Yatra is 18-month-long national campaign aimed to protect elephants, India’s national heritage animal in 12 elephant range states. For Daily Updates Join Telegram Channel DailyGkZone
▪️It was launched in August 2017 by Environment and Forest Minister Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of World Elephant Day 2017 (observed on August 12).
▪️The campaign is being led by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). It aims to involve people from all walks of life in conservation of elephants.
▪️Under this campaign, WTI is securing 101 elephant corridors across in 12 elephant range states through its Right to Passage project, in partnership with Union government’s Project Elephant, state forest departments and various NGOs.
▪️The aim this project is to rehabilitate people affected by man-elephant conflict in corridor areas while ensuring uninterrupted movement of elephants between key habitats.
Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana: Odisha’s Health Insurance Scheme for Journalists
▪️Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana is a new Health Insurance Scheme for the journalists launched by the state government in Odisha. This scheme provides Rs. 2 Lakh per annum health insurance cover to all working journalists of the state.
✔️ Key Facts
▪️Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana has come into effect from June 1, 2018 and will initially cover around 3200 journalists and their family members from various media groups.
▪️The insurance coverage will be applicable for cashless treatment in government and private hospitals.
▪️The scheme will also cover the injuries and illness faced by journalists while performing their duties.
✔️ Name of Scheme
▪️The scheme has been named after Gopalbandhu Das (1877-1928) a prominent social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist of Odisha.
▪️His contribution to art, culture and society to Odisha earned him the epithet of Utkalmani (jewel of Odisha).
▪️His contribution to journalism in the state was short but remarkable. In the decade of 1910, he had launched a monthly literary magazine called Satyabadi through which he tried to educate the masses.
- The Union Ministry of Culture on June 1, 2018 introduced a new scheme called ‘SevaBhojYojna’ to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on items for food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by charitable religious institutions.
✔️ About the Yojana:
- The scheme seeks to reimburse the central government’s share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta, maida, rava, flour, rice pulses, sugar and jaggery, which go into preparation of food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by religious institutions.
- The main objective of the scheme is to lessen the financial burden of such charitable religious institutions, which provide free of cost without any discrimination to the general public and devotees.
- The charitable religious institutions including temples, gurudwara, mosque, church, dharmik ashram, dargah, monasteries, which fulfill the following criteria are eligible for the grant:
- The institutions that have been in existence for at least five years before applying for financial assistance/grant.
The institutions that serve free food to at least 5000 people in a month.
- The institutions covered under Section 10( 23BBA) of the Income Tax Act or those registered as Society under Societies Registration Act ( XXI of 1860) or as a Public Trust under any law for the time being in force of statuary religious bodies constituted under any Act or institutions registered under Section 12AA of Income Tax Act.
PM Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan
Why in news?
The Union Government has launched Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals.
What is PM Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan?
• PMSMA aim to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) through safe pregnancies and safe deliveries.
• Target Beneficiaries: All pregnant women who are in their 2nd and 3rd Trimesters of pregnancy. It is expected to provide free antenatal care to about 3 crore pregnant women across the country.
• The services would be provided by gynecology specialists/ physicians with support from private sector doctors.In addition to antenatal checkups, services like ultrasound, blood, and urine tests will be provided to the beneficiaries.
Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana
▪️PMSSY was announced in 2003. Its objectives are correcting regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services and augment facilities for quality medical education in country.
▪️It establishes AIIMS in various regions of India apart from different government colleges. It is funded from different centrally sponsored schemes relating to creating infrastructure on health.
▪️Under PMSSY, Government is planning to set up 20 AIIMS across the country. So far AIIMs have been established in Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Raipur (Chattisgarh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) and Patna (Bihar).
Work of AIIMS Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh) is in progress. Construction work also has been awarded for AIIMS, Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh). AIIMS have also been sanctioned in Bathinda (Punjab), Guwahati (Assam), Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh).
🐥Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan(PMDISHA)
🐥Objectives : To make 6 crore rural households digitally literate
🐥Salient Features : 1.It is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. 2.Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17; 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18; and 300 lakh in the FY 2018-19. 3.To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.
🐥Nodal Ministry : The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
💁♀️Objectives : -Nirbhaya Fund is an Indian rupee 10 billion corpus announced by Government of India in its 2013 Union Budget. -According to the then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, this fund is expected to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in India. -Nirbhaya (fearless) was the pseudonym given to the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim to hide her actual identity.
🥚It was launched on 8th March 2018 by the Prime Minister.
🥚 POSHAN Abhiyaan has been set up with a three-year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18. All States and Union Territories to be targeted in a phased manner.
🥚The Abhiyaan targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.
🥚The target of the mission is to bring down stunting among children in the age group 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by 2022.
🥚National Council on India’s nutritional challenges under chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, has also been set up under the POSHAN Abhiyaan.
🥚The Council shall submit report to the Prime Minister every 6 months
The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) was announced in 2003 with objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/ reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country.
The scheme has two components: Setting up of new AIIMS and upgradation of government medical colleges.
Under this scheme, AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress. Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) have been sanctioned in 2015 and two AIIMS have been sanctioned at Bathinda and Gorakhpur in 2016.
The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi launched the Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED on 14th April, 2018 during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur, Chattisgarh.
The Himachal Pradesh government has implemented the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS) to provide easy access to curative geriatric health care services .
Veteran Marathi writer and journalist Arun Sadhu passed away in Mumbai .
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the YUVA – a skill development programme.
‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Programme, an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students was launched in Kochi.
The Government of India will soon launch a new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today launched Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra an initiative providing job opportunities to unemployed youth in Mumbai.
The Punjab government has recently launched its flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme for jobless youth.
The Union Finance Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a pension scheme exclusively for senior citizens aged 60 years and above. Under this scheme, senior citizens will get a guaranteed interest of 8% for 10 years depending upon the investment made by them.
The Union Ministry of Rural Development will launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY), a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). AGEY aims to provide an alternative source of livelihood to members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) by facilitating them to operate public transport services in backward rural areas.
Swayam will host courses taught in classrooms from Class IX to postgraduation, which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time.
Swayam Prabha is the platform of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programmes 24X7 using GSAT-15 satellite.
‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ launched by the AYUSH Ministry to promote health and health education in villages
In a move to boost Swachh Bharat mission started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Central government has planned to deploy around 600 ”young professionals” in each district of India. The professionals will be called “Zila Swachh Bharat Preraks (ZSBPs)”.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan in New Delhi.
Prime Minister to launch Pradhanmantri Grameen Awas Yojna to provide 3 crore affordable housing units across country.
The Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan has been launched by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India to provide fixed-day assured, comprehensive and quality antenatal care universally to all pregnant women on the 9th of every month.
The Shaala Darpan initiative launched in the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) with effect from June 05th, 2015 is intended to serve as a single integrated platform to address academic and administrative requirements of various stake holders such as students, teachers, school management and parents. The services of Shaala Darpan help the parents to keep them informed of the attendance of their wards in school