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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - February 2020

Feb 2020

Feb 24, 2021

Govt. Launches National Urban Digital Mission

  • The Central government launched the National Urban Digital Mission to create a digital infrastructure for cities in the country.
  • The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry (MoHUA) said that the move will institutionalise a citizen-centric and ecosystem-driven approach to urban governance and service delivery in cities by 2022, and across all cities and towns by 2024.
  • Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the National Urban Digital Mission' (NUDM) at a virtual event.
  • Other initiatives -- India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX), SmartCode, Smart Cities 2.0 website, and Geospatial Management Information System (GMIS) -- were also launched at the event.

Delhi Govt. Makes Regulatory Process Easier for pvt Schools to Gain Recognition

  • The Delhi government has made it slightly easier for private schools to get recognition or extension of their provisional recognition, reducing the number of regulatory compliance parameters from 91 to 73.
  • At present, private schools' requests for recognition, upgradation or extension of provisional recognition are examined on 91 compiled checkpoints by the Directorate of Education.
  • Now, these checkpoints have been clubbed to make the process easier, and minimising regulatory compliance burden.
  • Now onwards, all cases of recognition, upgradation, extension of provisional recognition of private schools shall be examined as per clubbed 73 checkpoints.
  • The checkpoints on basis of which schools are examined include number of classrooms, library and laboratories facility, playgrounds, drinking water supply, separate toilets for boys and girls, among other criteria.

Feb 21, 2021

Go Electric Campaign Launched in India

  • Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways along with R. K. Singh, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, launched the "Go Electric" Campaign to spread awareness on the benefits of e-mobility and EV Charging Infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India.
  • The Go Electric Campaign is an initiative aimed at reducing the import dependence of our country in the coming years and has also been projected as an important step towards a cleaner and greener future. The campaign is aimed at creating awareness at PAN-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of Electric Vehicle manufacturers.

Feb 20, 2021

Cabinet Approves PLI Scheme for Telecom Sector

  • The Union Cabinet approved a Rs. 12,195-crore Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for domestic manufacturing of telecom and networking products such as switches, routers, radio access network, wireless equipment and other internet of things (IoT) access devices.
  • The core component of this scheme is to offset the huge import of telecom equipment worth more than Rs. 50,000 crore and reinforce it with 'Made in India' products, both for domestic markets and exports. Currently, India imports over 80 per cent of its telecom and wireless networking equipment.
  • With the inclusion of telecom equipment manufacturing under the ambit of PLI schemes, the total number of sectors under such programmes stands at 13. All the sectors included under the various PLI schemes are mostly labour-intensive and aim to attract global manufacturing giants into the Indian manufacturing space. 

Feb 19, 2021

Prime Minister Modi Launches 'Mahabahu-Brahmaputra' Initiative, Lays Foundation Stone of Two Brid...

  • PM Modi on February 18, 2021, launched 'Mahabahu-Brahmaputra' and laid the foundation stone of the Dhubri Phulbari bridge via video conferencing. Prime Minister also performed Bhūmi pujan for the construction of Majuli Bridge.
  • While sharing the news of various projects in the state, PM Modi in a tweet mentioned that it will be a landmark day for the development journey of Assam as the Mahabahu-Brahmaputra initiative will be launched.
  • The Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya; the Minister of Roads Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari; the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma; the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh were present during the event.

Feb 18, 2021

Cabinet Nod to Juvenile Law

  • The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the juvenile justice law to increase the scrutiny of child care institutions and enhance the role of district magistrates to ensure the set-up works in the best interests of children.
  • District magistrates (DMs) along with additional district magistrates (ADMs) will monitor the functioning of various agencies under the JJ Act in every district.
  • Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said that a bill in this regard would be brought in Parliament to amend The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, that will expand its purview.
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