Government Schemes in India Current Affairs - 2020

Latest Government Schemes Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. This category comprises current affairs related to various government schemes, government policies, projects, and government campaign launches such as portal, apps etc. also.

Jan Aushadhi Sugam App launched: Essential Medicines home delivered by “Swasth Ke Sipahi”

The Pharmacists of the Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra established under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJAP) are delivering essential medicines at the doorsteps of elderly and other patients.

Highlights

The PMBJAP that was launched with the intention of providing affordable medicines to the citizens of the country is now helping GoI to maintain social distancing. The Kendras (pharmacies where of the initiative) of the initiatives are run by Bureau of Pharma PSU (Public Sector Unit) of India (BPPI). There are more than 6,300 PMJAKs that are spread in 726 districts.

Jan Aushadhi Sugam App launched

The application is a SAP based software that can be downloaded from Google play. The application is to be used to locate the nearest Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra. The app also provides availability of the medicines along with their prices. Currently there are two warehouses in Chennai and Gurugram and 50 distributors are working towards the initiative.

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Smart Cities Mission: Integrated Command and Control Centres to be used for COVID-19

The Municipalities are now using the Integrated Command and Control Centres built under “Smart Cities” mission as war rooms of COVID-19.

Highlights

The smart cities in India such as Pune, Varanasi, Surat, Bengaluru and other cities have started to use the Integrated Command and Control Centres built under the Smart Cities Mission to fight against COVID-19. They are being used to keep tabs on people under quarantine. They are now called as “COVID-19 War Rooms”.

How is the mission helpful for COVID-19?

The Smart Cities Mission now helps in surveillance of public places, GPS tracking of Health care workers, GID mapping of COVID-19 patients. It also helps in predictive analysis of virus containment in different zones of the city. This is being done through heat maps. The programme also helps in real time tracking of ambulance, tele-counselling, tele-medicine, disinfection services and its tracking and virtual training to healthcare professionals and doctors.

Successful initiatives of Smart Cities programme to fight COVID-19

  • The Pune Smart City Development Corporation launched an integrated dashboard. The dashboard will monitor quarantine facilities, health care workers.
  • Safe Kashi App developed by Varanasi Municipal corporation. The application provides information about every order being passed by the local government. It also provides the dos and don’ts for the public to stay safe.

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