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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Apex Court prohibits fresh shrines, statues on public roads

In order to curb the menace of encroachment and strengthen the hands of civic bodies the Supreme Court has ordered ban on fresh encroachment of roads, pavements and sideways by construction of religious structures or installation of statues of public figures. The court took seriously the common hazard in all Indian cities and towns where illegal religious structures – often thinly disguised cases of land grab – have burgeoned on public and private land and are hindering roads and inconveniencing residents.

Why this order?

  • The court responded to the application by K R Pradeep Kumar of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala challenging government’s permission to a private society to install the statue of public figure on a traffic island on a national highway from Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari at Neyyatinkara. The applicant said that such installations were obstructing the movement of traffic and were causing public inconvenience.

How would it help?

  • With this ruling, municipal and government bodies will be empowered to prohibit unauthorized constructions being carried out under the garb of religious structures as often local political interests and religious sentiments make authorities helpless.

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Indira Awaas Yojana gets more fund

The Union Cabinet gave nod to the Ministry of Rural Development’s proposal to increase the unit cost under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), considering the sharp rise in the cost of materials.

As per the approved cost, in plain areas, unit assistance under the scheme has been raised from Rs 45,000 to Rs 70,000 and from Rs 48,500 to Rs 75,000 in hilly and difficult areas.

The increment of unit assistance for homestead site to rural below poverty line (BPL) households who have neither agricultural land nor a house site has been raised from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.

About Indira Awaas Yojana:

It is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development and aims at addressing rural housing needs by providing funds for construction/upgradation of dwelling units of BPL families.

Other decisions taken:

National Institute of Design (NID) will be given the status of an ‘Institution of National Importance’. This status would allow NID, Ahmedabad to award degree to its students, which will fulfil the need to professionalise, standardise and internationally benchmark professional design education in India, so as to take full advantage of opportunities opening up in the design industry, both in domestic as well as in international markets.

CCEA gave nod to Coal Ministry’s Proposal of development of area of dwelling units for rehabilitation of affected persons in line with Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) norms under the master plan for Jharia and Raniganj Coalfields, within the leasehold of Bharat Coking Coal Ltd and Eastern Coalfields Ltd respectively. The implementation of the Master Plan will ensure the safety of people who will be displaced from endangered areas to safer places with better facilities; saving of large amount of coal from burning which provides scope for using the available reserves eventually; and preventing environmental pollution.

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