Ministry of Urban Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

PM SVANidhi app launched

On July 17, 2020, PM SVANidhi app was launched by the Minister of Urban Affairs. The application aims to provide user-friendly digital interface for lending institutions and their functionaries to source and process loan applications of street vendors.


The application will help in enabling business correspondents of micro lending institutions, banks, Non-Banking Financial Corporation to get maximum coverage. The application will also provide paper-less lending facilities.

Key Features

The main features of the application include e-KYC (Know Your Customer) of application, real-time monitoring, vendor search in the survey and processing of applicants.


The scheme was launched to help the street vendors. There are more than 50 lakh street vendors in the country. The scheme will provide working capital of Rs 10,000 as working loan capital to the street vendors. The capital can be repaid within a year. This will benefit the street vendors largely as they were affected by COVID-19 badly.

Ministry of Urban Affairs releases advisories on Waste Management

On June 5, 2020, the Ministry of Urban Affairs released series of advisories on Effective waste management. The advisories were issued as a part of World Environment Day celebration.


The three advisories released are as follows

  • Advisory on Material Recovery Facilities for Municipal Solid Waste
  • Advisory on Landfill Reclamation
  • On-site and Off-site Sewage Management Practices

A Tool Kit for communication campaign called “Malasur-the Demon of Defeca” was also launched.

The Government of India has been giving utmost importance to waste management through Swachh Bharat Mission as well

Swachh Bharat Mission

The mission launched in 2014 aimed to make India Open Defecation Free and also make urban India manage their waste through scientific methods. Today, the mission has achieved its Open Defecation Free target 100%. In terms of solid waste management, only around 18% of the cities implemented it in 2014. However, today there are more than 65% implementing solid waste management.