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Government launches Aadhaar Seeding Application  

The Union Ministry of Labour & Employment has launched Aadhaar Seeding Application for efficient service delivery and widening the reach of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) benefits.

It was launched at the 217th special meeting of the Central Board of Employees Provident Fund (CBEPF/EPFO) in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Minster of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya.

Key Facts
  • The seeding application has been developed by the EPFO with the support of Common Service Centres (CSC) and CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing).
  • It has been developed in pursuance of the government’s policy for optimum use of information technology for efficient service delivery and widening the reach of benefits to people.
  • The application will enable a provident fund member or pensioner walk into any field offices of the EPFO or CSC outlets with UAN (Universal Account Number) and Aadhaar and seed the Aadhaar with the UAN. 

About Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO)

  • EPFO is a statutory body established under Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.
  • It is administered by a Board known as Central Board of Trustees headed by Union Labour Minister.
  • It administers (i) Employees Provident Fund scheme (ii) Employees’ Pension Scheme (iii) Employees Deposit linked Insurance scheme for the workforce engaged in the organized sector in India.
  • It is one of the largest social security organisations in India in terms volume of financial transactions undertaken and number of covered beneficiaries. 

Common Service Centres (CSC): They are ICT enabled front end service delivery points at the village level for delivery of government and private services. They are a strategic cornerstone of the Digital India programme. They are the access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages in India.

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Government launches URJA MITRA app

The Union Ministry of Power has launched URJA MITRA app for empowering citizens by real time information sharing on power supply.

The app is a first of its kind which provides a central platform, web-portal (www.urjamitra.com) as well as mobile app for state power Distribution utilities to disseminate power outage information to rural/ urban power consumers through SMS/ push/email notifications across the country.

Rural Feeder Monitoring Scheme
  • The Ministry also inaugurated Rural Feeder Monitoring Scheme to monitor the quantity and quality parameters of power supply in rural areas of the country.
  • The entire data under the scheme will be hosted on National Power Portal (NPP) on real time basis and may be accessed by various stake holders through web services.
Background

The Union Government has set December 2017 as the deadline to achieve 100% rural feeder monitoring by installing additional meters and modems on all feeders across the country. The purpose of this move is to facilitate real time communication of faults appearing in the power supply. These meters will be geo-tagged to pin point the location and cause of the fault and address it at the earliest.

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Survey of India launches web portal Nakshe  

The Survey of India (SOI) has launched new web portal called Nakshe to make open series maps available to Indians for free.

The portal was launched by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of 250th anniversary of SOI.

Features of Nakshe portal
  • It will offer free download of 3,000 Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) in a pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process.
  • The maps are meant for development activities in the country, and can be also used to plan scientific expeditions, research and planning development projects.
  • Topographic maps or OSM comprise natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography.

About Survey of India (SOI)

  • SOI is the principal mapping agency of the country. It comes under the Department of Science & Technology.
  • Its origin can be traced back to Year 1767, making it oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world.
  • It prepares maps for defence and civilian purposes and are considered a standard reference for the shape, extent and geographic features of the country.
  • SoI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played valuable role in nation building and were pivotal in almost all major developmental activities of modern India.
  • Note: Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest.

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