August 2019
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[pib] Modernization of Khadi Units via SFURTI. How?

  1. SFURTI is a Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries
  2. Ministry of MSME has launched this scheme in the year 2005 with the view to promote Cluster development.
  3. KVIC is the nodal Agency for promotion of Cluster development for Khadi as well as for V.I. products.
  4. The Revamped SFURTI Cluster will intensify the sustainability of the programme beyond the project period through creation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)

[pib] What is Mission Raftar?

  1. Mission Raftar has been announced in the Railway Budget 2016-17
  2. The mission envisages the target of doubling of average speed of freight trains and increasing the average speed of all passenger trains by 25 kmph. Time Frame: 5 years
  3. It is  apart of the 7 mission mode activities under Avataran
  4. Mission 25 Tonne: It aims to increase revenue by augmenting carrying capacity
  5. Mission Zero Accident: Elimination of unmanned level crossings & TCAS (Train Collision Avoidance System)
  6. Mission PACE: Procurement and Consumption Efficiency
  7. Mission Hundred: This mission will commission at least a hundred sidings in the next 2 years
  8. Mission beyond book-keeping: It will establish an accounting system where outcomes can be tracked to inputs
  9. Mission Capacity Utilisation

[pib] Setting up of Industry Driven SRTMI. What’s that?

  1. Ministry of Steel is facilitating an Industry driven institutional mechanism namely Steel Research & Technology Mission of India
  2. Aim: facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the iron & steel sector in India
  3. Initial corpus for setting up of SRTMI is Rs. 200 crore of which 50% is to be provided by Ministry of Steel and the balance by the participating steel companies.
  4. SRTMI is an industry driven initiative which has been setup as a Registered Society and Ministry of Steel is a facilitator.
  5. Concern: The R&D investment of the leading steel companies in India in terms of percentage of their turnover ranges from 0.05 to 0.5% vis-à-vis upto 1% in leading steel companies internationally

[pib] What is Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for SC?

  1. Aim: To promote entrepreneurship amongst the Scheduled Castes, by providing Credit Enhancement Guarantee to Banks and Financial Institutions (FIs)
  2. This is a scheme of Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  3. Under the Scheme, Companies, Partnerships, Societies & Proprietorship firms belonging to Scheduled Castes are eligible for loans.
  4. IFCI Ltd is the Nodal Agency under the Scheme, to issue the guarantee to the Banks & FIs.
  5. What’s IFCI? It is an Indian government owned development bank to cater to the long-term finance needs of the industrial sector
  6. It was the first Development Financial Institution established by the Indian government after independence

[pib] Know more about the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-UDAN

  1. 2 Aims: To promote regional air connectivity in the country including North Eastern region and creating additional infrastructure by revival of unserved and underserved airports/airstrips
  2. This scheme also includes Defence airports
  3. How are we making air connectivity more affordable?
  4. By providing concessions by Central & State Gov. and airport operators to reduce the cost of airline operations on regional routes
  5. A Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) has been created for Financial support (Viability Gap Funding or VGF) to meet the gap
  6. The Central Government has decided to impose a levy on the scheduled flights being operated within India to fund the RCF

[pib] What is Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan?

  1. Aim: To provide fixed-day assured, comprehensive and quality antenatal care universally to all pregnant women on the 9th of every month
  2. A package of antenatal care services would be provided to pregnant women in their 2nd / 3rd trimesters
  3. Support from private sector doctors to supplement the efforts of the government
  4. IMP: Identification and follow-up of high risk pregnancies and red stickers would be added on to the Mother and Child Protection cards of women with high risk pregnancies
  5. OBGY specialists / Radiologist/ Physicians working in the private sector are encouraged to volunteer for the campaign. Just encouraged. No coercion.
Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

[pib] Learn about Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY)

  1. This brand new scheme was announced in the Budget for 2016-17
  2. Objective: To incentivize employers registered with the EPFO for job creation by the Government paying the 8.33 per cent contribution of employers to the Employee Pension Scheme (EPS)
  3. The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment
  4. The PMRPY scheme is targeted for workers earning wages upto Rs. 15,000/- per month
  5. It would be encouraging employers including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to avail benefits.

[pib] What is Swachh Iconic Places initiative?

  1. Swachh Iconic Places is an initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Swachh Bharat Mission
  2. Aim: To achieve a distinctly higher level of sanitation / cleanliness at 10 special places
  3. You can’t remember all the names but still, here’s the list:
  4. Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir, Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, Golden Temple in Punjab, Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan
  5. Jagannath temple in Orissa, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Maharashtra, Manikarnika Ghat in Uttar Pradesh, Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu and Kamakhya Temple in Assam.
  6. Ministry is taking help of experts from World Bank to make this project successful.

Learn about HRIDAY scheme

With 32 UNESCO recognized natural and cultural heritage sites, ranking second in Asia and fifth in the world

  1. The National Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) aims to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country.
  2. Ministry: Urban Development
  3. It seeks to promote an integrated, inclusive and sustainable development of heritage sites
  4. This will focusing not just on maintenance of monuments but on advancement of the entire ecosystem including its citizens, tourists and local businesses
  5. The tourism potential of the country is still to be fully harnessed and this scheme will help in this regard
  6. The 12 cities selected for the scheme are Ajmer, Amritsar, Amravati, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Warangal, Puri, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Varanasi and Velankanni
Urban Transformation – Smart Cities, AMRUT, etc.

What is Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation?

  1. AMRUT is the new avatar of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
  2. AMRUT adopts a project approach to ensure basic infrastructure services relating to water supply, transportation and development of green spaces.
  3. Under this mission, 10% of the budget allocation will be given to states and union territories as incentive based on the achievement of reforms during the previous year.
  4. AMRUT will be implemented in 500 locations with a population of one lakh and above.
  5. Central assistance will be to the extent of 50% of project cost for cities and towns with >10 lakh population.
Urban Transformation – Smart Cities, AMRUT, etc.

National Urban Information System (NUIS)

Within 1 year, after the completion of geospatial thematic database, NRSC has hosted the database on Bhuvan Geoportal and developed Bhuvan-NUIS application.

  1. NUIS is the project of Ministry of Urban Development with Survey of India as the focal point.
  2. At the behest of Ministry of Urban Development, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of ISRO has prepared geospatial thematic database.
  3. For 152 towns on 1:10,000 scale and carried out Aerial survey of 132 towns at 1:2,000 scale for Survey of India.
  4. Under its Disaster Management Programme, ISRO has provided the flood inundation maps using satellite data extensively during the recent floods of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Urban Transformation – Smart Cities, AMRUT, etc.