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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - November 2020

Nov 2020

Mar 16, 2021

Rajya Sabha Passes Bill to Declare 2 Food Tech Institutes as National Ones

  • The Rajya Sabha approved a Bill that declares two food technology institutes at Kundli in Haryana and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu as National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management.
  • The Bill makes the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli, and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur, national institutes.
  • This Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in February 2019. Thereafter, it was referred to the Standing Committee. There were certain amendments there that were approved by the Cabinet. 

Bill in Lok Sabha to Give Delhi L-G more Power

    • The Union government introduced a bill in Parliament that seeks to give overarching powers over Delhi's daily functions to the Centre-appointed Lieutenant Governor (L-G). The bill has prompted protests from the Delhi government and revived the power tussle for control of the Capital.
    • Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy introduced the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, in the Lower House, where the government has a comfortable majority.
    • The bill says the "government" in Delhi will mean the L-G in the context of all legislation passed by the city-state's assembly.
    • It makes it mandatory for the city government to seek the L-G's opinion before any executive action.

Mar 15, 2021

Jharkhand Approved to Reserve 75 per cent of Jobs

  • The Jharkhand cabinet has approved the employment policy of mandating the private sector units to reserve 75 per cent of jobs, with the salary up to Rs. 30,000 per month, for local people. Before Jharkhand, Haryana government had also approved a similar policy.
  • This new policy mandating 75% reservation will be announced by the Chief Minister Hemant Soren in the Assembly session. This decision was taken by CM after he visited Delhi to discuss the draft Jharkhand Industrial & Investment Promotion Policy, 2021.
  • The unemployment rate in the Jharkhand had gradually fell to 11.3 per cent in the month of January 2021. The economic survey report also states that, the unemployment rate was increased to 59.2% in the month of May 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic cases were at the peak. The unemployment rate was 10.6% in the month of January 2020. 

Government Launches 'Mera Ration' App

  • Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution launched "Mera Ration" Mobile App for those ration cardholders who migrate to new places in search of livelihood.
  • Currently, 32 States and Union Territories are covered under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) and the remaining four States and UTs are expected to be integrated into the scheme in the next few months.
  • The One Nation One Ration Card system covers almost 69 crore National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries in the country. The scheme has proven to be of tremendous value-added service to each NFSA beneficiary during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially migrants, as it allowed them to avail the benefit of subsidised food grains.

Mar 13, 2021

Delhi to Launch Doorstep Ration Delivery Scheme

  • The Delhi government is prepared to launch its flagship doorstep ration delivery scheme with a limited number of households in Seemapuri from March 25.
  • The 'Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna' for doorstep delivery of rations will be launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
  • The scheme will initially involve 100 households in Seemapuri.
  • It will be expanded to cover all eligible households in Seemapuri and other areas from April. 

Mar 12, 2021

Labour Minister Launches Convergence of ESI Scheme with Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY

  • Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar launched the convergence of the ESI Scheme with Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat PMJAY).
  • According to State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), the move will help 1.35 crore insured workers and their dependent family members to get cashless medical care services in the Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY-empanelled hospitals without any referral, the Employees.
  • As part of the convergence, the beneficiaries of PM-JAY will also be able to avail cashless treatment at 15 underutilized ESIC hospitals and medical colleges in Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Parliament Passes Arbitration Amendment Bill

  • Parliament approved a Bill to amend the arbitration law that would ensure all stakeholders get a chance to seek an unconditional stay on enforcement of arbitral awards where an agreement is induced by fraud or corruption.
  • The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was passed by voice vote in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in February.
  • It will replace an Ordinance issued on November 4, 2020.
  • Section 36 of the Act provides that the arbitration award would be set aside if it is against the public policy. The contracts or agreements induced with corruptions and frauds would be considered 'against public policy.

Mar 11, 2021

Union Cabinet Approves Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN), as a single non-lapsable reserve fund.
  • This has been approved for the share of Health from proceeds of Health and Education Cess which is levied under the Section 136-b of Finance Act, 2007.
  • PMSSN is a non-lapsable reserve fund for the Health in the Public Account. This fund will comprise the proceeds from the share of health in the Health and Education Cess. This revenue in the fund will be used for the flagship schemes of the Health Ministry including the National Health Mission, Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana and for the emergency & disaster preparedness and responses in cases of health emergencies.
  • The fund will be administered and maintained by the Ministry of Health & Family welfare.  The fund also includes the emergency & disaster preparedness & responses during the health emergencies. It also seeks to achieve the progress towards Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the National Health Policy 2017. In any financial year, the expenditure on schemes will be incurred from the fund initially and later from the Gross Budgetary Support.
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