Government Schemes Current Affairs - 2020

Union Government launches Pharma Jan Samadhan scheme for redressal of grievances on drugs pricing

Union Government has launched Pharma Jan Samadhan scheme, for redressal of grievances of consumers related to drug pricing and availability of medicines.

It was launched by Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar in New Delhi.

About Pharma Jan Samadhan scheme

  • The scheme is a web-enabled system created by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
  • It seeks to serve as a robust E-governance tool for protection of interests of consumers through effective implementation of the price of drugs.
  • The scheme will provide consumers with an online facility to redress their complaints related to over-pricing of medicines, non-availability of medicines and refusal of supply for sale of any medicine without good and sufficient reason.
  • After receiving the complaint, NPPA will initiate action on any complaint within 48 hrs.
  • The scheme also seeks to create awareness among the people and act as a deterrent against black-marketing, spurious medicines and inflated cost of drugs by creating phama-literacy initiative.

India’s literacy rate rose to 72.98 % in 2011: Union Government

Union government has announced that India’s literacy rate has risen to 72.98%. It was informed by Union Minister Human Resource Development (HRD) Smriti Irani while replying to the supplementaries in the Lok Sabha.

Union governments reply informed that

  • As per population census 2011, the number of illiterates have declined to 28.27 crore from 30.41 crore in 2011 in the country.
  • Country’s literacy rate has risen to 72.98 per cent in 2011 compared to 64.84 per cent in 2001.
  • The literacy rate in the country has risen after launching of flagship schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 2001-02, enforcement of the Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 and Saakshar Bharat programme.

Government also informed that under the centrally sponsored scheme- Saakshar Bharat for Adult Education and Skill Development, the promotion of adult literacy with special focus on women, SCs, STs, minorities and other disadvantaged groups was undertaken in rural areas of 410 districts.

The Saakshar Bharat Scheme’s objective is to raise the literacy level to 80 per cent and reduce the gender gap by the end of XII Five Year plan i.e. by the end of 2017.