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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - January 2021

Jan 2021

Aug 02, 2021

Rajasthan Govt. Launches 'Mission Niryatak Bano' to Foster Exports from State

  • The Rajasthan government's industries department and the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) have launched the 'Mission Niryatak Bano' campaign to promote aspiring exporters in the state. The campaign is aimed at registering and handholding the local traders willing to expand their business to foreign countries, in six steps. This shall cover assistance from training, securing necessary documentation, registration in Rajasthan Export Promotion Council and even support in exports and trade operations.
  • The state government in consideration of the challenges of small businesses had waived off the need for several state-level clearances for the initial three years of upcoming businesses. The exporter assistance campaign shall be another step in helping the local business develop understanding towards the procedures and increase their business.

Aug 01, 2021

Kerala Police Launches 'Pink Protection' Project for Women Safety

  • The Kerala Police launched a new initiative called the Pink Protection project for the protection of women in public, private and digital spaces. The Pink Protection project aims to prevent dowry-related issues, cyber-bullying & humiliation in public places. It has 10 components, one of which is activating the existing Pink Police Patrol system, named Pink Janamaithri Beat.
  • They will collect information from panchayat members, neighbours and other locals and hand it over to the Station House Officers for further action.
  • The Pink Beat system, in which specially trained women police officers have been deployed, will be present at Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private buses and in front of schools, colleges and other public places including bus stops.
  • Pink control rooms have been set up in all 14 districts to coordinate the activities.
  • The Pink Shadow Patrol team will also be deployed to detect the presence of anti-socials in crowded areas and to take action.
  • A bullet patrol team of woman police officers called "Pink Romeo" was also launched as part of the project.

Delhi Assembly Passes GST Amendment Bill

  • The Delhi Assembly passed the 'Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2021' to smoothen the GST filing process and to prevent tax evasion, amid opposition from the BJP over its introduction and passage on the same day.
  • Small changes have been made in 15 sections of the Delhi GST Act. These have been incorporated on the basis of experiences and feedback from traders, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said while introducing the bill on the second and last day of the monsoon session.

Jul 30, 2021

Lok Sabha Passes AERA Amendment Bill

  • The Lok Sabha passed the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) Amendment Bill paving the way for privatisation of a small loss making airport by clubbing it with a larger airport.
  • .The amendment bill was introduced by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and passed amid din in the lower house. It proposes to modify the definition of a major airport under the AERA Act 2008 and will have to be passed by the Rajya Sabha for the amendment to come into effect.
  • .The move to club smaller loss-making Airport Authority of India (AAI)-run airports with larger ones is being undertaken following criticism of the existing policy. It was felt privatising larger airports would leave AAI saddled with only small loss-making airports.
  • The government has already decided to privatise AAI airports at Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar, Indore, Raipur and Tiruchirapalli, but is yet to finalise smaller airports that can be paired with them for disinvestment.

Jul 29, 2021

Govt. Clears Amendments to LLP Act

  • Continuing efforts to foster ease of doing business as well as encourage startups ecosystem, the government approved amendments to the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act, including decriminalising 12 offences under the law.
  • Besides, a new definition for small LLPs will be introduced under the amended Act, which is being implemented by the corporate affairs ministry.
  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the amendments to the LLP Act. This will be the first time that changes are being made to the Act since it came into effect in 2009.
  • Currently, there are 24 penal provisions and 21 are compoundable offences, while 3 are non-compoundable ones.
  • With the proposed amendments, the total number of penal provisions under the LLP Act will be reduced to 22, compoundable offences will be 7, non-compoundable offences will be 3 and the number of defaults to be dealt under the In-House Adjudication Mechanism (IAM) will be only 12.

MP Government Made Devaranya Scheme to Promote Ayurveda

  • In order to promote AYUSH in Madhya Pradesh and to link it with employment, the government has made the Devaranya Scheme. The scheme has been made to provide employment to the people living in the tribal areas of the state. A complete value chain for the production of AYUSH medicines will be developed in the state through Devarnya Yojana. Self-help groups will also play an important role in this work.
  • In this, Agriculture Producer Organization, AYUSH Department, Forest Department, Rural Development Department, Horticulture Department, Tourism Department, Agriculture Department, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Department, Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion Department and Tribal Affairs Department will work together in mission mode. For this, medicinal plants should be cultivated in the beautiful plains of the villages. AYUSH and tourism will be brought together.

Jul 28, 2021

Lok Sabha Passes National Institutes of Food Technology Bill

  • The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 was passed in the Lok Sabha.
  • This bill was moved by Pashupati Kumar Paras who is the Food Processing and Industries Minister.
  • This bill lays down various provisions for institutes of food technology, management and entrepreneurship.
  • This bill got introduced and passed in a time of just 8 minutes making it a record.
  • This bill also seeks to declare the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology which is located at Thanjavur and the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management which is located at Kundli as institutions of national importance
  • This bill also seeks to provide for research and instructions in these fields.
  • This bill had already been passed in the Rajya Sabha in the month of March.

Lok Sabha Passes Factoring Amendment Bill

  • The Lok Sabha passed the Factoring Amendment Bill to amend the Factoring Regulation Act 2011. This bill will broaden the scope of the entities which can participate in the factoring business and also will ensure that strong oversight and regulatory mechanisms are put in place. Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister of India, stated that the changes are being made to help the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector.
  • In September 2020, this was introduced in the Lok Sabha. This bill will help the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sectors of the country to settle their issue regrinding delayed payments.
  • The bill is will also enhance traction on the TReDS platform which was introduced by the Reserve Bank of India in the year 2014 for the entrepreneurs so that they can unlock working capital which is tied to their unpaid invoices.

Rajya Sabha Passes Maritime Bill

  • The Parliament passed the Marine Aid to Navigation Bill, 2021, with the Rajya Sabha clearing it amid din caused by the members of Opposition parties. The Opposition benches indulged in sloganeering and held placards at the time of passage of the Bill in spite of persuasion by the Chair against the disruptions.
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