Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Major Programs

Major Programs

Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls RGSEAG (SABLA)

  • Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls RGSEAG SABLA is a scheme proposed by the Ministry for women and child development for Adolescent Girls of 11 18 Years, whereby the Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls (NPAG) and Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) would be merged with content enrichment. The scheme is proposed to be implemented using the platform of Integrated Child Development Services Scheme.

  • Its a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to be implemented through the State Governments/UTs with 100% financial assistance from the Central Government for all inputs, except supplementary nutrition for which Government of India and States would share on 50: 50 basis.

  • The scheme aims at empowering adolescent girls (AGs) of 11 − 18 years with focus on out-of-school girls by improvement in their nutritional and health status and upgrading various skills like home skills, life skills and vocational skills. The scheme also aims at equipping the girls on family welfare, health hygiene etc.

Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY)

Objective: The objectives of the scheme are to improve the health and nutrition status of pregnant, lactating women and infants.

Eligibility: All pregnant and lactating women except Govt and PSU employees. The beneficiaries would be pregnant women of 19 years of age and above for first two live births (benefit for still births will be as per the norms of scheme).

Benefits: (conditional cash transfer mode). Each pregnant and lactating woman will receive a total cash incentive of Rs. 4000/-in three installments between the period from the second trimester of pregnancy to the child attaining the age of 6 months.

Fund Sharing: The Scheme will be centrally sponsored with 100% assistance from the Centre.

Ministry: Ministry of Women and Child Development


  • On pilot basis in selected 52 districts during the remaining period of XI Five Year Plan at a total cost of 1000 crore.

  • There will be Steering and Monitoring Committees at all levels to oversee implementation and monitor the progress.

  • An IGMSY Cell within the Ministry of Women and Child Development will also be set up


Approved by CECA in Oct 2010.

NAC formula on Food Security Bill

Different entitlements to two categories 1-priority households to get 35 kg at a subsidised price of Re. 1 a kg for millets, Rs. 2 a kg for wheat and Rs. 3 a kg for rice. 2-general households-to get 20 kg at a price not exceeding 50 per cent of the current MSP for the three grains.

Population covered-75% of total India 90% of rural (46%-priority + 44% general) + 50 % of urban (28%-priority + 22% general)

The criteria for categorising households as priority or general should be specified by the government of India. {What this means is that those entitled to 35 kg of grain in the price range of Rs. 1 − 3 will form approximately 40 per cent of the total population, while those entitled to 20 kg will form approximately 35 per cent of the population. }

Update: An experts group, chaired by chief of the Prime Ministers Economic Advisory Council C Rangarajan, has been set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to examine the recommendations of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on the proposed National Food Security Bill.

National Initiative on Climate resilient agriculture

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the implementation of a new plan scheme National

Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture to address climate change impact on agriculture and allied sectors.

Objective: The main objective of the Scheme is to assess the impact of climate change on agriculture and allied sectors in the country and evolve cost effective adaptation and mitigation strategies.

The components of the scheme are:

  1. Detailed vulnerability assessment of agro-climate regions and production systems, and the relative vulnerability of different crops, livestock and fishery sectors.

  2. Initiate strategic research on adaptation and mitigation at seven major research institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) on natural resources, major food crops, livestock, marine and freshwater fisheries.

  3. Demonstrate available climate resilient practices on farmers fields in 100 most vulnerable districts of the country.

  4. Strengthen research infrastructure to state of the art and capacity building of scientists for undertaking long term research on climate change adaptation.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India