Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Current Affairs - 2019

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Interim Budget 2019: Highlights

The highlights of the Interim Budget 2019 presented by the Finance Minister are listed below:

  • 6,000 rupees yearly direct support to farmers through PM-KISAN Programme.
  • Pension of 3,000 rupees for unorganised sector workers earning up to 15,000 rupees through a mega Pension Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Shram- Yogi Maandhan.
  • Present Income Tax rates to continue and full tax rebate up to an income of 5 lakh rupees for individual taxpayers. Standard deduction raised to 50,000, a hike of 10,000 for salaried class.
  • Simplification of Direct tax system and returns to be processed in 24 hours with immediate refunds.
  • 90 per cent GST payers can file quarterly returns.
  • Two per cent interest rebate for Small and Medium Enterprises to get an incremental loan of one crore rupees.
  • Constituting group of Ministers to examine GST burden on home buyers.
  • Digitalization of Customs for export and import transactions.
  • Allocations towards Health care, MGNREGA, SC/ST welfare programmes, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Development of infrastructure in North-East has been increased substantially.
  • Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for genetic upgradation of the cow.
  • Separate Department of Fisheries.
  • Electricity connection to all willing families by next month.
  • Allocations to Defence budget crosses three lakh crore rupees for the first time.
  • More than three lakh 38 thousand shell companies deregistered after demonetization.
  • 10 point vision for 2030 to realize India’s social economic potential.
  • India to be a 10 trillion dollars economy in 13 years.
  • Government e-Marketplace – GeM to be extended to all Central Public Sector Enterprises.
  • Container cargo movement to the North-East through Brahmaputra river.
  • Allocation for infrastructure development in the North East increased by 21 per cent.
  • AIIMS to be established in Haryana.
  • Digital connectivity for more than one lakh more villages.
  • National Centre on Artificial Intelligence Centre to be established.
  • Tightening of Cinematograph Act to check piracy.
  • Single window clearance for shooting films for Indian filmmakers.
  • Indigenous development of semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express train
  • The fiscal deficit pegged at 3.4 per cent of GDP.

The Budget was keenly watched as the country is heading for a general election in 2019.

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Government inks $110 million loan agreement with ADB to upgrade rural roads in MP

Government has inked $110 million loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade all-weather rural roads in Madhya Pradesh under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). It is second tranche of $500 million Second Rural Connectivity Investment Programme for India approved by ADB in December 2017.

Rural Connectivity Investment Programme

The overall Second Rural Connectivity Investment Programme is aimed at improving rural connectivity, safe and efficient access to livelihood and socio-economic opportunities for communities in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. It plans to upgrade about 12,000 km rural roads across the five states. Tranche 1 loan of $250 million is currently under implementation upgrading over 6,000 km roads.

Key Facts

The Tranche 2 of the loan will provide continued assistance to PMGSY by upgrading rural roads in Madhya Pradesh. This will support the government’s long term goal to achieve inclusive economic growth in rural India. It will also improve mobility for self-employment and livelihood opportunities in rural areas by improving access to district centres. It will also support government’s drive for innovative approaches to reduce costs, conserve non-renewable natural resources and promote use of waste materials in rural road construction.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

ADB is multilateral lending agency based in Manila, Philippines. It was established on 19 December 1966. It aims to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific region through inclusive environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. It provides finance to both sovereign countries as well as to private parties. It provides hard loans to middle-income countries and soft loans to poorer countries.

ADB has 67 members – 48 from Asia-Pacific region including India and is collectively owned by these 67 members. The non-Asia Pacific region members are only developed countries. Most of ADB’s lending is concentrated in 5 operational areas viz. Education; Environment, Climate Change & Disaster Management, Finance Sector Development, Regional Cooperation & Integration, and Private sector lending.

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