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Schemes Current Affairs November 4th Week 2020

Union Education Minister Holds A Review Meeting On UBA:

A review meeting on the progress of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Plan (UBA) was held by the Union Education Minister via video conference. Driven by the vision of fundamental change in the process of rural growth, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan uses information organisations to help create an inclusive Indian architecture.
♦ UBA was launched by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to connect higher education institutions with local communities, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). Cooperation to resolve development challenges through appropriate technology.
♦ The plan`s mission is to encourage higher education institutions to work with people in rural India to jointly recognise the challenges of development and to develop effective solutions to accelerate sustainable growth.
♦ It also aims to build a virtuous circle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing the emerging industries with information and practises, and to enhance the ability of the public and private sectors to respond to rural development needs in India.
♦ Currently, 2,474 research institutes have adopted 13,072 villages, according to the UBA programme.
♦ The technological measures under the plan were able to improve the village`s living conditions.
♦ Technical interventions under UBA cover different topics, which are roughly classified as follows:
-Sustainable agriculture
-Water resources management
-Craftsmen, industry and people`s livelihood
-Infrastructure (infrastructure and services) and rural energy system
♦ Various new and old innovations have been built by involvement in the fields mentioned above, which have changed the living conditions in the countryside.

National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) Review By Union Health Minister:

Union Health Minister reviews implementation of the National Digital Health Mission and Ayushman Bharat – PMJAY. The National Health Mission (NHM) was launched by the government of India in 2013.
National Health Mission:
The National Health Mission (NHM) was launched by India`s government in 2013, replacing the National Rural Health Mission and the National Urban Health Mission. It was extended further in March 2018, to last until March 2020. It is directed by the Director of the Mission and monitored by the appointed National Level Monitors of the Government of India.
Some of the Objectives of the National Digital Health Mission:
-Establishment of Digital Health Systems.
-Creation of Registries
-Enforcement of adoption of open standards by all national digital health stakeholders
-Establishment of Standardized personal health records
-Enterprise-class health application systems.
Salient Features of National Digital Health Mission:
1.The institutional framework of the mission runs at different levels starting from the apex level, followed by the board of directors, CEO and operations.
2.It is an IT-enabled healthcare infrastructure system
3.Health ID-It will be a directory of all the information relevant to health. Every participating stakeholder will be part of this health ID system on a voluntary basis, including healthcare providers and Indian residents. Each citizen interested in accessing the benefits of this mission will establish a unique health ID.
4.Health data consent managers will be linked with unique health IDs of the patients; who will aid the seamless exchange of the health records between the patient and the doctors.
5.The healthcare services will be provided through a mobile app or through an official website.
6.He/she will be the one responsible for delivering health services throughout the region. Digi Doctor. As a remote doctor, an interested healthcare professional will act to offer prescriptions to patients sitting in a different position altogether. Free digital signatures that can be used to administer medications will be assigned to him or her.
Ayushman Bharat Programme:
The Ayushman Bharat programme was launched in 2018 to address health issues at all levels – primary, secondary, and tertiary. It has two components: i) Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana (PM-JAY), earlier known as the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) ii) Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs)
An integrated solution comprising health insurance and primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare is Ayushman Bharat. The HWCs are aimed at increasing access at the primary level to cheap and quality healthcare services. PM-JAY will cover financial insurance at the secondary and tertiary level for the use of health care facilities. With over 50 crore recipients, Ayushman Bharat is the largest government-funded healthcare programme in the world. It was dubbed `Modicare`.
Need for Ayushman Bharat:
♦ The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO71st )`s round revealed several grim statistics about the healthcare system in the country.
♦ About 86% of rural households and 82% of urban households do not have access to healthcare insurance.
♦ Over 17% of the country’s population spend a minimum of 1/10th of their household budgets on availing health services.
♦ Unexpected and serious healthcare problems often lead families to debt.
♦ Over 19% and over 24% of urban and rural households, respectively, meet their financial needs for healthcare by borrowing.
♦ To address these serious concerns, the government launched the Ayushman Bharat programme along with its two submissions, PMJAY and HWCs, under the National Health Policy 2017.



Schemes Current Affairs November 3rd Week 2020

PLI Scheme Extended to 10 Key Sectors:

Union Cabinet has revealed the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme to encourage domestic manufacturing investments in ten key sectors.
♦ PLI centres to support homegrown assembling and cut down on imports by giving money motivators on gradual deals from items made in the nation.
♦ Other than welcoming unfamiliar organizations to set shop in India, the plan means to urge neighbourhood organizations to set up or extend, existing assembling units. 
♦ 10 new areas added. The ten areas have been recognized based on their capability to make occupations and make India confident, which include:
- Advance ChemistryCell (ACC) Battery
- Electronic/Technology Products
- Automobiles& Auto Components
- Pharmaceuticals drugs
- Telecom & Networking Products
- Textile Products: MMF segment and technical textiles
- Food Products
- High-Efficiency Solar PV Modules
- White Goods (ACs & LED)
- Speciality Steel

Schemes Current Affairs November 2nd Week 2020

Fund released by Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP):

In the name of the Prime Minister`s Jobs Generation Program (PMEGP), the Ministry of MSME, the Government of India, has alerted the general public and potential entrepreneurs against cheating.
♦ The PMEGP is a scheme introduced in 2008 for the central sector. The Ministry of Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) manages it.
♦ The PMEGP programme is being introduced by the KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) at the national level. It is the key cortical unit for the execution of the Programme.
♦ The Scheme is implemented by lenders, District Industries Centres (DICs), State KVIC Directorates and Khadi State and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) at the state level.
♦ Individuals over the age of 18, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Cooperative Societies involved in the establishment, and establishments enrolled under the 1860 Societies Registration Act are eligible for benefits under this programme. When setting up the undertaking, there is no pay wall. 
♦ New units, units that have benefited from government appropriations under either state or central government plans, are given assistance separately; existing units are not eligible for PMEGP subsidies.
♦ At least 75 activities will be awarded to each region to achieve the nation`s comprehensive growth. 
♦ Physically challenged, a higher rate of appropriation is qualified for OBC, SC / STs, ladies, northeastern local candidates in rural regions. 
Five Year Completion of One Rank One Pension:
Through the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, which was announced 5 years earlier in 2015, the Union government has allocated more than Rs. 42,700 crore to 20.6 lakh resigned defence workers.
♦ OROP provides uniform benefits to be given to military officials in similar situations for a term of service of similar duration, regardless of the actual of the date of retirement. 
♦ OROP reveals that any issues can be fixed at periodic intervals between staff members retirees` pension rates.
♦ Prior to OROP, ex-servicemen used to claim compensation when they retired, according to the Pay Committee`s decisions.
♦ The most prominent number of OROP recipients is found in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Military personnel who have retired are covered by it until 30 June 2014. 
♦ The plan`s implementation focused on the Koshiyari board `s proposal, a 10-part all-party parliamentary board framed under Bhagat Singh Koshiyari `s presidency. 
♦ The decision to update the OROP was taken in November 2015 by a submission, the benefit being convincing as of July 2014. This has been a long-standing interest of the nation`s retired servicemen.
♦ Under this Order, military personnel resigned before 30.06.2014 were covered. OROP means that any soldier who resigns in a similar role earns a similar pension, irrespective of his retirement date.

Schemes Current Affairs November 1st Week 2020

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP):

A progress report of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is being conducted by the Union Cabinet Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda. In 2008, the Department of Pharmaceuticals launched PMBJP (Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana) under the Janaushadi Campaign, which was renamed as PMBJP in 2015-16.


♦ PMBJP scheme has achieved sales of Rs. Three hundred fifty-eight crores worth of pharma products through 6600 Janaushadhi Kendras during the first seven months of the fiscal year 2020-21 (till October 31) and is likely to surpass Rs` sales. 600 crore for the entire year.

♦ The sales figure has seen a drastic increase from Rs 7.29 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 433 crore in 2019-20. 

♦ The BPPI (Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India) was appraised for ensuring the supply of medicines, drugs, and other pharma products like masks to people at affordable rates during the Covid-19 pandemic.

♦ The implementing agency of the PMBJP is BPPI. BPPI was established in December 2008 under the Department of Pharmaceuticals and registered as an independent society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. 


The scheme plans to increase the coverage of quality generic pharmaceutical products, thus lowering out-of-pocket medication spending and redefining the unit cost per person of care. Via education and publicity, PMBJP also aims to raise awareness of generic medicines so that quality is not synonymous with a high price.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras:

It is also known as Janaushadhi Kendras, which was set up to provide generic drugs across the country under the PMBJP. Instead of a brand name, generic drugs are sold under an official name. Under this scheme, all procured drugs are checked at NABL (National Accreditation Board Laboratories) certified laboratories for quality assurance and comply with the benchmarks of the World Health Organization Good Manufacturing Practices (WHO GMP).

Janaushadhi Week:

In order to inform the general public about the benefits of the price and quality of the medicines offered at Jan Aushadhi Kendras, this week was celebrated nationwide from March 1 to March 7 , 2020.

Janaushadhi Sugam Application:

In August 2019, this application was launched to assist individuals to locate Janaushadhi Kendra nearby via Google Maps and check for generic Janaushadhi medicines. It helps to examine the relation between generic and branded medicinal goods in the context of Maximum Retail Price (MRP) and total savings, etc.



Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive - PRASHAD:

Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture inaugurated the "Tourist Facilitation Centre" facility on November 04, 2020, at Guruvayur, Kerala, constructed under PRASHAD Scheme. The `National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive` (PRASHAD) was launched by the Tourism Ministry in 2014-15 to develop integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations.
♦ To rejuvenate important national/ global pilgrimage destinations and to Enhance tourism attractiveness of identified pilgrimage destinations and heritage cities.
♦ To follow community-based development through the `Pro-Poor` tourism concept and `responsible tourism’ concepts. Assurance of active involvement of local communities through employment generation  
♦ To create awareness among the local communities about the importance of tourism and increase income sources, improved living standards, and overall development of the area.   
♦ Promote heritage in heritage structures, especially under integrated tourism development of heritage city, local arts, culture, handicrafts, cuisine, etc., to generate livelihood in the identified places.
♦ Strengthen the mechanism for bridging the infrastructural gaps at identified pilgrimage destinations and throughout heritage cities.
♦ Swadesh Darshan is one of the Ministry of Tourism`s flagship schemes for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritized manner.   
♦ The Scheme is 100% centrally funded, and efforts are made to achieve convergence with other Central and State Governments schemes and leverage the voluntary funding available for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate Sector.