Rural Development Current Affairs - 2020

Ayushman Bharat: Migrant Workers to get insurance

The Government of India has extended its flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) to the migrant workers. Earlier, GoI had announced that the Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries will receive free COVID-19 testing.

Highlights

The decision has been taken to help the migrant workers that have lost their jobs and livelihood due to lock down. The National Health Authority that is implementing the scheme will issue E-Cards to the eligible migrants identified under the scheme.

Why Ayushman Bharat for Migrants?

The GoI has selected Ayushman Bharat primarily to help the migrant workers for several reasons. The main reason is that the workers returning belong to rural India. And at least 80% of the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat are from rural India.

Ayushman Bharat

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is a paperless and cashless scheme that aims to provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakhs per family per year. Around 53 crore beneficiaries have been identified under the scheme.

Central Employment Guarantee Council Meet chaired by Rural Development Minister

On June 2, 2020, the Union Minister of Rural Development Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chaired the 21st meeting of the Central Employment Guarantee Council.

Highlights

During the meet, it was highlighted that the GoI has created assets for irrigation and water conservation. Also, individual assets have been created to help agriculture under MGNREGA. All time high amount was allocated to MGNREGA during the COVID-19 times. The GoI allocated around Rs 61,500. Also, under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, additional amount of Rs 40,000 was allocated.

Central Employment Guarantee Council

The Council monitors and Evaluates MGNREGA. It also advises the GoI about the implementation of the scheme. The council also prepares annual reports about the implementation of the act. The act makes the council meet compulsory at least twice a year.

The CEGC is headed by the Rural Development Minister. It is made of both official and non-official members.

Legislation

The meeting was held as under Section 10 of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). There are 261 permissible works under the act. Out of these, 164 works relate to agriculture and allied activities.