Steel Ministry announces pension scheme

The steel ministry has agreed to introduce a pension scheme for its CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises) like SAIL and RINL. The pension scheme is estimated to cost an additional financial burden of Rs 540 crore. The pension scheme will be subject to factors like affordability, capacity to pay and sustainability by the CPSEs. The current Steel Minister is Chaudhary Birender Singh

Govt to deliver 11 Crore Ayushman Cards

The government will be printing and delivering 11 crore Ayushman Bharat ‘family cards’ by organizing public contact programme called ‘Ayushman Pakhwaras’. The CEO of Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) is Indu Bhushan. The scheme was announced by Union Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget 2018 and is expected to be the world’s largest health coverage scheme.

Use of Aadhaar only ‘desirable, not must’

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that furnishing Aadhaar as an identity proof for availing benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme is “desirable and not must.” It also said that there shall be no denial of benefits for the want of Aadhaar. The scheme, launched under the National Health Protection Mission was announced during the 2018-19 budget and will be launched on August 15.

Govt launches LAP and TPS for 25 smart cities

To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country. Under which the ministry will provide ` 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion. The LAP and TPS has been formulated under AMRUT.

Gujarat’s Jews gets religious minority status

The Gujarat government has granted religious minority status to the Jewish community in the state. The notification to this effect was issued on July 6 by the state’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. They shall get benefits of welfare schemes formulated for religious minority communities within the jurisdiction of Gujarat.

‘One farmer one transformer’ scheme

In order to reduce electricity losses, the Maharashtra government will launch a new scheme allocating one transformer per farmer. The scheme, “one farmer one transformer”, will be unveiled on August 15. Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply

CM approves yatra scheme

The Delhi government would send 77,000 senior citizens along with one adult attendant each on all-expenses paid pilgrimages every year. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the Mukhyamantri Tirth yatra Yojana. The government would also pay for one attendant over the age of 18 years to accompany each senior citizen. The pilgrims would be selected through a draw of lots.

51 lakh houses approved in 3 years under PMAY

More than 51 lakh dwelling units have been sanctioned by the government under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban) in last 3 years. This jump is a huge one in comparison to the erstwhile housing scheme, under which only 12.4 lakh houses were approved in 9 years. Out of these 51 lakh houses, over 8 lakh houses have already been completed.

UK launched new visas to Indian scientists

The UK has launched new visas that will be open to overseas scientists and researchers, including Indians. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Science, Research, and Academia scheme is being added to the already existing Tier 5 visa route. UKRI along and other organisations such as the Natural History Museum will now be able to directly sponsor highly skilled individuals.

Small savings interest rates unchanged

The government has kept the interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, unchanged for the July-September quarter. PPF and NSC will fetch annual interest rate of 7.6% while KVP will yield 7.3% and mature in 11 months. The move is aimed at matching the hardening interest rates in the banking sector.