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.

Ayushman Bharat: 50 Crore poor eligible for testing and treatment

On April 5, 2020, Union Health Minister Harsha Vardhan announced that over 50 crore vulnerable and poor citizens are eligible under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat).


Under Ayushman Bharat, the testing for the poor and vulnerable, (that is the citizens eligible to claim benefits under the scheme) has been made free. The testing of COVID-19 in public facilities are already free. The hospitals empaneled under the scheme shall tie up with an authorized testing facility to test for COVID-19.

The tests are to be carried out according to the norms of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research).

About Ayushman Bharat

The Scheme is currently being implemented by National Health Authority. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries are provided with Rs 5 lakhs (per family). The beneficiaries are identified from the SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census). After, identification the beneficiaries are considered as insured. The insurance amount when in need are shared between the centre and the state in the ratio 60:40.

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“Mo Prativa”: Odisha-UNICEF Programme to engage children during Lock Down

The Odisha Government recently launched “Mo Prativa” programme in collaboration with UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Funds).


The programme has been launched for the children to participate in online competitions such as writing slogans, drawings, short story writing, paintings, etc. Under this programme, children have to upload their works and they will receive certificate every week.

Children of age 5 to 18 years are eligible to participate in the competition. The competition is to be held under two themes namely

Theme: My Responsibility as a young citizen during COVID-19 and Being at home during lockdown


The United Nations Children’s Fund is a humanitarian and developmental organization. It is headquartered in New York city. It was basically created to provide immediate relief funds to mothers and children affected due to world war II. Later it was extended to work on the long-term needs of children and women, especially in developing countries.

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