Government Schemes in India
The Haryana Government will implement a new initiative known as ‘Kanyadan’ from April 1, 2013 under which an incentive of Rs 11,000 per girl will be given to each of the beneficiary brides during the mass marriage ceremony to be organized by Red Cross Societies or any registered NGO in the state. This is meant to promote the concept of mass marriages and curb the social evils like dowry system and would help families to reduce the marriage expenditure.
Who are eligible?
Beneficiary should be Haryana domicile and must be 18 years of age on the date of her marriage. The mass marriage should have least 11 marriages at a time, by Red Cross Societies or any registered NGO in the state. This incentive would be given irrespective of the caste, race, creed, religion or income of the beneficiaries but they would have to produce a certificate regarding proof of girl’s age such as birth certificate or that of matric.
Tags: Current Affairs 2013 • Haryana [HPSC] • January 2013 • Socio-Economic
PM Manmohan Singh inaugurated a new science policy, the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STI) 2013that lays greater emphasis on innovation, setting up research institutes and encouraging women scientists with an aspiration to place itself among the top five scientific powers in the world by 2020.
The policy is a revision of the 2003 policy which sought to bring science and technology together and stressed on the need for greater investment into R&D to address national problems.
Aim: To accelerate the pace of discovery, diffusion and delivery of science-led solutions for serving the aspirational goals of India for faster, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Key objectives of STI Policy 2013: