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.

CARUNA: An initiative by the civil servants to fight against COVID-19

On April 4, 2020, the associations of civil servants formed an initiative called CARUNA. CARUNA is Civil Services Associations Reach to Support Natural Disasters.

Highlights

CARUNA is a collaborative platform. It includes IAS and IPS officers. The platform is to be represented by NGO, industry leaders, IT professionals along with the civil servants. The initiative is being launched to support government efforts to fight Corona Virus.

What is the role of CARUNA?

As civil servants are spread out all over the country, the initiative is an ideal platform to assist and supplement government effort. It will help in generating data base of information about migration, medical equipment, essential supplies, ventilators and masks.

The initiative will help address shortages at district level. These officers are to work along the empowered inter-ministerial panel set up earlier by the GoI to handle COVID-19 crisis in the country.

The CARUNA will also work towards augmenting human resources, facilitating supply chain, information dissemination, public awareness, data management, welfare measures, etc.

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National Health Authority partners with Uber: Dedicated Transport Services for Health care workers

The National Health Authority has partnered with Uber India to provide dedicated transport services to the health care workers that are involved in treating COVID-19 patients.

The Plan

UBER is to facilitate 150 free cars in the major cities such as Kanpur, New Delhi, Patna, Prayagraj, Ghazidabad, Noida and Lucknow. The facility is being launched under the name “UberMEdic Service”. These vehicles are to equipped with a roof to floor plastic enclosing that will act as a protective barrier between the driver and the rider.

National Health Authority

The NHA is the apex body that implements ayushman Bharat. It was established in 2018. The National Health Agency was replaced with National Health Authority. It is governed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Health Minister is the chairperson of the MHA board. There are 11 members in the board.

The authority sets up payment mechanisms for health care workers. It also frames treatment protocols, data privacy rules, fraud prevention, etc.

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