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.

Anti-Piracy Scheme in Audio-Visual Sector gets approval by Central Govt

Under the 12th five year plan, the Union government has approved a scheme by Information & Broadcasting Ministry for carrying out an anti-piracy initiative in the audio-visual sector.

The key activities planned include:

  • Campaign on piracy through audio-visual, internet and print media
  • Dedicated web portal
  • Training programmes and workshops to sensitize police, judicial, administrative officials, multiplex and cinema hall owners about the Copyright Act
  • Conduct research on effects of piracy and develop public-private strategies to combat piracy
  • Production of a film/documentary
  • Efforts at inclusion of anti-piracy awareness material in the curriculum of the schools and colleges
  • Spreading awareness via road shows/street plays and programme in schools and colleges.

Why this scheme by I&B Ministry?

  • Piracy a challenge for the Indian film sector.
  • Piracy leads to decline of Home Video market in India.
  • Piracy market accounts for 600-700 million unit sales of DVDs each year with more than 10,000 vendors operating in illegitimate DVD market (FICCI-KPMG report for 2011).
  • Prices of pirated DVDs are declining as compared to previous years due to increased competition within this sector.
  • Illegal download of films available on websites is another major threat as its magnitude is set to increase in the coming years owing to the the expansion and availability of broadband infrastructure.

Govt approves National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy

The government has approved the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy (NPPP).

  • The move will bring 348 essential drugs under price control and also lead to reduction in prices.
  • The government at present controls the prices of 74 bulk drugs under the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). With the new NPPP, the Govt will control prices of 348 essential drugs.
  • Thus, the price control shall now cover 348 drugs instead of just 74.
  • NPPP also debars the companies from using the WPI (Wholesale Price Index) to increase the prices of the essential medicines on their own each year. The companies will now have to seek approval from the NPPA whenever they want to increase the prices of the items covered under the Drug Price Control Order.
  • NPPP is expected to cover up to 30% of the total drugs sold in India.
  • India’s domestic drug market valued at around $13 billion is the 4th-largest in the world by volume.