Cabinet Decisions Current Affairs - 2019

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Cabinet approves Rs.5.5 lakh package for PoK families who initially settled outside J&K

Union Cabinet has approved one-time payment of 5.5 lakh rupees as resettlement package for 5,300 displaced families which had come from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir but later relocated. It will be provided under Rehabilitation Package approved by Union Cabinet in November 2016 for Displaced Families PoJK and Chhamb Niabat area under PM’s Development Package 2015 for J&K.

Benefits:

It will enable such DP Families, who had suffered on account of wars and hostilities to become eligible to get one-time financial assistance of Rs 5.5 lakhs under existing scheme. It will also enable them to earn reasonable monthly income and be part of mainstream economic activities. This will also upgrade Central Government’s capacity to respond effectively to such DP families need of financial assistance.

Background

In the wake of 1947 Pakistani aggression in J&K, 31,619 families had migrated from Pakistan Occupied Areas of J&K (PoJK) to J&K. Of these, 26,319 families had settled in J&K and 5300 families initially opted to move out of J&K to other parts of the country. Further during Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, 10,065 more families were displaced from Chhamb Niabat area. 36,384 displaced families were initially covered under package approved by Union Cabinet in November 2016, which included 10,065 displaced families displaced from Chhamb Niabat area settled in J&K and 26,319 displaced families from PoJK.

PM-Kisan: Cabinet approves relaxation of Aadhaar seeding of data of beneficiaries

Union Cabinet has approved relaxation of mandatory requirement of Aadhaar Seeded data as pre-condition for release of funds to beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme.

About Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

It is Central Sector Scheme to provide income support to land-holding farmers’ families. It provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions. The amount is released in three four-monthly instalments of Rs. two thousand each directly to beneficiaries bank accounts through DBT mode.

Implementation Progress: Total amount of more than Rs.27000 crores have already been released under PM-KISAN scheme through 1st instalment to 6,76,76,073 beneficiaries, 2nd instalment to 5,14,27,195 beneficiaries and 3rd instalment to 1,74,20,230 beneficiaries.

Need for Relaxation

Under this scheme, release of third instalment from August 2019 onwards to those beneficiaries who got first and second instalments was to be made only on basis of Aadhaar seeded database. However, 100% Aadhaar seeding for release of funds as per prescribed time schedule was not possible before release of instalments after August, 2019. Therefore, mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits from August 2019 has been relaxed till 30th November, 2019.

Benefits of relaxation of aadhar seeding: It will enable immediate release of PM-KISAN benefits to large number of farmers who are not able to avail same due this requirement. This mandatory requirement will remain applicable for release of benefits from December, 2019 onwards.