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.

Gujarat, Tripura, and Nagaland Best Performing States in Annual TB Report 2020

With a focus on eliminating Tuberculosis(TB) from the country by 2025, in January 2020 the Government of India renamed the ‘National Tuberculosis Control Program’ to the ‘National Tuberculosis Elimination Program’. In a virtual event, the Annual TB Report 2020 was released on 24th June 2020. The Report was released by Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Union Health Minister).

Highlights from the Report

  • New cases notified in 2019 in India: 24.04 lakh. This as compared to 2018, amounts for a 14% increase in TB notification. Out of 24.04 lakh new cases, 6,64,584 cases were reported from the private healthcare sector.
  • Expanded provision of financial assistance provided through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to beneficiaries of 4 schemes under the NIKSHAY System
  • Almost every rural area in the country has been covered with the help of more than 4.5 lakh DOT Centres.
  • Number of missing cases significantly reduced to 2.9 lakh as compared to above 10 lakh missing cases in 2017
  • HIV testing for all notified TB patients increased to 81 % in 2019. This was 67% in 2018.

Best Performers

States were divided based on their population as larger and smaller states. All states having more than 50 lakh population were under larger states while states with less than 50 lakh population were under smaller states.

In the larger state category, Gujarat was awarded as the best-performing state followed by Andhra Pradesh and Himanchal Pradesh at 2nd and 3rd place. In smaller states, both Nagaland and Tripura were awarded as best performers.

Among Union Territories, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu was awarded as the best performer.

Scheme with Guarantee Cover worth Rs 20,000 Crore launched for MSMEs

This scheme was announced as a part of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Package by Finance Minister back on 13th May 2020. On 24th June 2020, the Credit Guarantee Scheme for Sub-ordinate Debt (CGSSD) was launched. The scheme is also called as Distressed Assets Fund- Sub- Ordinate Debt for MSMEs.

Union Minister of Medium, Small and Marginal Enterprises (MSMEs) Nitin Gadkari launched the scheme. After consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, SIDBI, and the Ministry of Finance, the scheme was approved by the Committee on Economic Affairs.

Background

As a result of nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, most of the economic activities came to a halt across the globe. In India as well, the livelihood of millions of people is dependent on the MSME sector.

As per data available to the Government, the biggest challenge that was faced by these MSMEs was in getting capital for restarting their businesses.

About the Scheme

The scheme will provide support to about 2 lakh MSMEs across the country. Rs 20,000 crores of guarantee cover have been sanctioned under the scheme.

The guarantee cover under the scheme will be provided from banks to the promoters. Only those promoters, who’s MSMEs have either become a Non-Performing Asset (NPA) or are financially stressed as on 30th April 2020 will be eligible for the scheme.

Through Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Mirco and Small Enterprises (MSEs), the scheme will be implemented.