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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - February 2020

Feb 2020

Jul 23, 2021

CM KCR to Launch 'Telangana Dalit Bandhu' from Huzurabad

  • Telangana Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao will launch his government's new Dalit empowerment scheme, now christened Dalita Bandhu, on a pilot basis from the Huzurabad assembly constituency. The scheme, which was to be called Dalit Empowerment Scheme, has now been renamed as Dalita Bandhu scheme. As part of the scheme, eligible Dalit families would be given Rs. 10 lakh in cash directly to their accounts. The sanctioned amounts will be deposited in the bank accounts of eligible beneficiaries.
  • Poll-bound Huzurabad constituency has five mandals and the total number of Dalit families in this constituency stands at 20,929. All these families will be scrutinised before the final beneficiary list is made. All those found eligible will be extended the benefits of the scheme. Huzurabad constituency has only a total of around 2 lakh voters. Out of the total, CM KCR's scheme will benefit nearly 21,000 families, which accounts for around 60,000 to 80,000 people, if this scheme is implemented soon.

Jul 21, 2021

GoI Extends 'Stand Up India Scheme'

  • The Government of India has extended the duration of the 'Stand Up India Scheme' up to the year 2025. The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on 05 April 2016 to facilitate loans to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and women borrowers, to promote entrepreneurship among them.
  • The scheme offers bank loans to women and SC & ST communities to encourage them in setting up a greenfield enterprise, outside the farm sector, that is in the manufacturing, services or trading sector.
  • A total of 1,16,266 loans amounting to Rs. 26204.49 crore has been extended under the Scheme since its inception. The loan under Stand Up India Scheme is extended by Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs.1 crore.

Jul 20, 2021

Haryana to introduce 'One Block, One Product' scheme

  • To encourage and promote small industries in the rural areas, the Haryana government will soon introduce the 'One Block, One Product' scheme, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala said.
  • Under the scheme, the state government plans to connect every block of the state with some industrial vision and the government is working expeditiously on this scheme, he added.
  • The Deputy Chief Minister informed that in the last one year, Haryana's 'One District, One Product' Scheme which is being implemented under MSME, has come up as a model across the country.

Jul 19, 2021

Digital Platform "Kisan Sarathi" Launched

  • In order to facilitate farmers to get 'right information at right time' in their desired language, a digital platform namely 'KisanSarathi' was launched jointly by Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • This initiative of KisanSarathi empowers farmers with technological interventions to reach farmers in remote areas.
  • The ICAR Scientists to take-up research on new technological interventions in the area of transportation of farmer's crop from their farm gate to warehouses, markets and the places where they want to sell with minimum damage.
  • Union IT Minister assured that Ministry of Electronics and IT and Ministry of Communications will always be ready to provide all necessary support to Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying for Empowerment of Farmers. He also mentioned that the Ministry of Railways is making a plan to minimise the time taken for the transportation of crops.

Maharashtra Launches New EV Policy 2021

  • In a big push to electric vehicles in India, the Maharashtra govt launches the new Electric Vehicle Policy -2021.
  • The policy announced by the State Environment Minister, Aaditya Thackeray aims to accelerate the adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles in the country.
  • The new EV policy introduced in Maharashtra is a revision of the 2018 policy. It is introduced with an aim to make Maharashtra the "topmost producer of battery-powered electric vehicles in India."
  • It also aims for electric vehicles (EVs) to make up 10 percent of all new vehicle registrations, by 2025. For this ambitious mission, the state government has rolled out a Rs. 930 crore policy, valid up to 31st March, 2025. To make this success, EVs will be exempted from road tax and registration charges.

Jul 18, 2021

CJI NV Ramana's Innovation to Ensure 'FASTER' Release of Prisoners Granted Bail

  • Chief Justice N V Ramana-led bench of the Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern that even in the era of internet and Information Technology boom, it seemed jail authorities are relying on ancient mode of communication through pigeons.  
  • The Supreme Court has asked Secretary General of the Supreme Court Sanjeev S Kalgaonkar to consult amicus curiae and senior advocate Dushyant Dave and SG Tushar Mehta for devising a secure direct electronic mode of communication from SC to jails. 
  • Christened as FASTER (Fast and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records), the innovative scheme is conceived for delivery of orders to concerned prisons, District Courts, High Courts, as the case may be, for instantaneous delivery of orders passed by apex court through a secure communication channel. 

SC Directs States to Reveal Criteria for Release of Prisoners

  • The Supreme Court directed that prisoners granted bail or parole as a measure to decongest jails need not surrender till further orders as the threat of the Covid-19 third wave looms large.
  • The order was passed by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana while dealing with a suo motu petition on containing the spread of Covid-19 in prisons.
  • The bench also directed states to inform within a week on the criteria adopted by the various state high powered committees (HPC) to release prisoners.
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