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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - October 2019

Oct 2019

Oct 31, 2019

OCI Can Now Apply For National Pension System

  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) will now be eligible to apply for the National Pension System at par with Non Resident Indians (NRIs). Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has permitted Overseas Citizen of India to enrol in NPS. 
  • OCI may subscribe to NPS, provided such person is eligible to invest as per the provisions of the PFRDA Act and the accumulated saving will be repatriable, subject to Foreign Exchange Management Act guidelines.

Nagaland Govt Launches Ex-Gratia Scheme For Students

  •  Nagaland Government launched the Nagaland Ex-gratia Scheme for Students Studying outside Nagaland belonging to any recognized scheduled tribes and indigenous inhabitants of the state.
  • The scheme is targeted for students who die outside the state while pursuing secular, technical, professional, diploma and theology courses.
  • Launching the scheme at the Directorate of Higher Education in Kohima, Minister of Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along, said it is a historic day for the state and a visionary step taken towards the students' community.
  • The Minister also assured that the scheme will be implemented in a transparent manner.

Oct 30, 2019

Free Bus Ride Scheme Might Be Extended To Senior Citizens

  •  The free-ride scheme for women on Delhi public buses might be extended to senior citizens, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said as the initiative took off.
  • This scheme will help in women empowerment by bridging the gender gap that exists in society, the chief minister said on his mobile application 'AK App'.
  • Bus rides for senior citizens and students might be made free too in the coming days, Kejriwal said on the app, which was launched by him ahead of the assembly polls.

New Odisha Initiative: Meal In Exchange For Plastic Waste

  •  In an effort to raise awareness about the perils of using plastic, the Kotpad Notified Area Council (NAC) in Koraput district is providing free meals to the poor in exchange for a kilogram of plastic waste.
  • The programme entails a meal for anyone who brings a kilogram of used polythene bags, plastic bottles and cups, adding, it is being carried out under the State government's 'Aahar' scheme.

TN Becomes First State To Enact Law On Contract Farming

  •  Tamil Nadu has become the first State in the country to enact a law on contract farming with President Ram Nath Kovind giving assent to the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act.
  • The law would safeguard interests of farmers during times of bumper harvest or fluctuating market prices. The farmers would be paid at a pre-determined price, which had been arrived at the time of signing agreements with buyers.

Oct 29, 2019

Women in Delhi to Get Free Rides on Public Buses

  •  Women in Delhi will get free rides in public buses as the AAP government is all set to fulfil its promise months ahead of the assembly polls in the national capital.
  • As per the plan, conductors will distribute pink tickets having face value of Rs 10 each to women passengers for free-travel.
  • The government will then reimburse the transporters based on the number of such tickets issued.
  • There are around 3,700 DTC buses and 1,800 buses under the cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS).

Oct 28, 2019

Gandhinagar Becomes First Kerosene-free District of Gujarat@BJP4India

  •  Gandhinagar district of Gujarat has become the first Kerosene-free district of the state. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has allotted one thousand LPG connections to the women beneficiaries of Gandhinagar district on 27 October, 2019.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shah said that cooking gas connections to the rural women have been allotted under the UjjwalaYojana. ONGC has completed this scheme at the cost of 6.13 crore rupees covering more than 75 thousand beneficiaries.
  • The Home Minister also handed over 480 middle-income group houses to the beneficiaries at Kudasan near Gandhinagar. These houses have been built by the Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority - GUDA.

Oct 26, 2019

Govt To Grant 75 Per Cent Subsidies For Food Processing Industries In North-Eastern States

  •  Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Rameswar Teli said the Central Government will grant 75 per cent subsidies for food processing industries in the North-Eastern states.
  • The Minister was visiting Tripura Mega Food Park at Tulakona Industrial Area under West District. Mr.Rameswar hoped that the Park would benefit large scale of farmers and also can generate employment to thousands of youths which will ultimately boost the personal economy as well as the economy of the state. 
  • Addressing a media conference at the state BJP Party head office, Mr.Rameswar said the central government has decided to set up 42 new food parks all over the country, out of which two will be set up at Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Minister said the central government is eager to put emphasis on the food processing based industries in Northeast as the region has huge potential to work upon in the field.

Social Welfare Initiative 'Odisha-Mo Parivar' Set in Motion

  •  Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik launched 'Odisha-Mo Parivar', a social service initiative of the party aimed at encouraging environment protection, blood donation and the welfare of Odias in distress.
  • The Chief Minister said that under the programme, party leaders will dedicate themselves to protect the environment and undertake extensive planting of trees, and create awareness among the public. 
  • "About 4.5 crore Odias are my family. I have always been working for their welfare. In order to take it ahead, I am launching the 'Odisha-Mo Parivar' programme," he said and added that the initiative will also come to the rescue of Odias stranded in foreign countries.
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