Current Affairs - January, 2019

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Kerala Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme

The government of Kerala has launched ‘Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme. The governor of Kerala P. Sathasivam made this announcement in the address to the state assembly.

About the Scheme

The scheme has been introduced by the government of Kerala as part of welfare measures towards Pravasi Malayalis. Under the scheme, a regular pension would be provided to Non-Resident Keralites on a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh. This onetime payment would be deposited with KIIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board) for financing infrastructure projects.

On the occasion, Governor also announced an international a Toll-Free Line to provide information, register complaints and details about the action taken on various issues faced by the Non-Resident Indians from Kerala and an interactive portal to provide information on job opportunities in various countries, online attestation and recruitment processes.

NRIs of Kerala

The NRI Kerala, God’s own country makes a significant contribution towards the welfare of the state. The inflow of NRI deposits to Kerala stood at Rs 1,52,348 crore at March 2017. Kerala has 2.1 million migrants across the world. and almost 90 per cent of the migrant Keralites are in the Middle East.

The government had initiated Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS) with the aim of using the expertise, talent and resources of NRIs from Kerala for the overall growth and development of the state. The LKS provides a platform for offering meaningful say by the NRI community in implementing schemes for building a new Kerala.

New norms for Jan Shikshan Sansthans

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has issued new guidelines for Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS). The new guidelines are issued as part of an attempt by the MSDE to re-energize and reinvigorate the Jan Shikshan Sansthans. The highlights of these guidelines are:

  • Alignment of JSS course and curriculum with National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to standardize training.
  • Decentralization of powers for JSSs by providing accountability and independence to district administration.
  • To identify and promote traditional skills in the district through skilling / upskilling.
  • Evidence-based assessment system.
  • Easy Online certification.
  • Linking JSS to Public Finance Management system to maintain transparency and accountability of the ecosystem.
  • Creating livelihood linkages.
  • Training of Trainers to develop the capacity through National Skills Training Institutes.

Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS)

Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS) were established to provide vocational training to non-literate, neo-literate, as well as school dropouts by identifying skills as would have a market in the region of their establishment. The scope of the JSS includes:

  • Developing an appropriate curriculum and training modules covering vocational elements of general awareness and life enrichment components.
  • Training equivalent to courses designed by the Directorate of Adult education, National Institute of Open Schooling and Director General Employment & Training.
  • Provide training to a pool of resource persons and master trainers for conducting training and also the availability of infrastructure and training – specific equipment.
  • Administer simple tests and award certificates
  • Network with employers and industries for trainees to get suitable placements.

Previously under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the JSS’s are now working under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has also launched a new portal http://www.jss.gov.in which will furnish information on action plans, database of beneficiaries and stakeholders, details of finance and expenditure and other ongoing developments along with public log-in access.

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