Government Schemes in India

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.

Atal Pension Yojana completes 5 years

The “Atal Pension Yojana” launched on May 9, 2015, has completed 5 years of its implementation. The total enrollment under the scheme as on May 9, 2020 was 2,23,54,028.

Highlights

During the first two years of the launch of the initiative, there were 50 lakh subscribers. In the third year, the numbers doubled with 100 lakh subscribers. In the third year, the numbers increased to 100 lakhs. The milestone of 1.5 crores enrollment was achieved in the fourth year.

Features of the Scheme

The Scheme can be subscribed by any Indian citizen of age 18 to 40 years. Upon enrollment, the scheme provides a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 on attaining 60 years of age. Also, when the pensioner dies, it amounts to guaranteed pension for lifetime to the spouse. In case of death of the both the subscriber and spouse, a nominee shall claim the amount.

About the scheme

The scheme was replaced with Swavalamban Yojana. It was established to provide old age income security to the unorganized sector. It was launched by PM Modi in 2015 at Kolkata.

The scheme is implemented by PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority) operating under Ministry of Finance.

GoI launches Suraksha Store Initiative

The Department of Consumer Affairs operating under Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution launched Suraksha Store Initiative. It aims at health and safety of the citizens during lockdown.

Highlights

The Department of Consumer Affairs has joined hands with a Tech Start Up Safejob and Seekify to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Kirana store level. The main objective of the initiative is to educate the owners of Kirana store owners all over the country about COVID-19, protocols required to be followed and also about COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The protocols that are to be used in the initiative to educate the store persons were decided by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India). It also included norms of social distancing and hygiene in all retail outlets. Also, the initiative aims at using Arogya Setu application to find a store that is operated under the initiative. The stores that are to operate under the initiative will be called as “Suraksha Store”.

About the launch

Under the initiative, so far 5 lakh stores have been registered. Over 7 lakh retailers have enrolled for training and 70,000 employees have already completed their training.

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