Government Schemes & Projects Current Affairs - 2019

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.

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First Mega Food Park of Central India inaugurated

Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Steel Silo based Avantee Mega Food Park in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. This is the first food park of central India.

About Avantee Mega Food Park

It is spread over 51 acres and has been constructed at a cost of about Rs.150 crore. About 5 thousand local people are expected to get employment from this Mega Food Park.  Processing of gram, wheat, soyabean and other grains and vegetables will be done in park. Warehouses will also be opened in Agar, Indore, Dhar, Ujjain and in next phases.

Benefit: Excess production compels farmers to sell their produces at low rates. Since the mega food park is now present in the region, farmers will be able to earn more through value addition by storing their produces after getting facility of food processing and storage.

What is Mega Food Park?

It is a scheme of Union Ministry of Food Processing which aims to establish direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets through a network of collection centres and primary processing centres.

Fourth Phase of UDAN scheme launched

The Union Government of India has launched the fourth round of UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) to enhance the connectivity to regional areas of the country. This phase is to focus on Hilly states, North East Region, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and Islands.

What is new in Phase 4?

The Viability Gap Funding has been revised. The funding that was provided for Category 2 and 3 aircrafts (> 20 seats) has now been enhanced to all flights in the states of HP, Uttarakhand, J&K, North Eastern states and the islands. Also, the phase will allow operation of helicopter and sea planes. The phase also plans to promote short-haul routes, meaning no monetary support will be given to operators with stages more than 600 kms.

Previous phases of UDAN

In phase 1, around 43 airports were constructed under the scheme. It includes water aerodromes and heliports as well. In phase 2, around 30 airports were constructed and in phase 3, 33 airports were constructed.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation aims to operationalize 1000 routes and more than 100 airports in the next 5 years.