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24 Major Government Schemes, Projects and Yojanas 2017: Summary (Current Affairs)

Culture and Tourism

Paryatan Parv

Paryatan Parv to Boosts Tourism: Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav in Gujarat

Paryatan Parv to Boosts Tourism: Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav in Gujarat

Boost tourism

Important Parts:

  • Dekho Apna Desh – Encourage Indians to visit country – J&K and also NE states
  • Tourism for All – Promote tourism across all states
  • Tourism & Governance – skill development, innovation, include ex-servicemen
  • International Promotion

Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav in Gujarat – Guided heritage walk

  • Litti Chokha from Bihar, Puran Poli from Maharashtra, ‘Mave ki Kachori’ from Rajasthan
  • Pung Cholom dance (Manipur) , Mer Ras (Gujarat) and Mayur nrutya (Uttar Pradesh)

Online contest on MyGov

  • Dekho Apna Desh Photo Contest
  • Incredible India Quiz
  • Dekho Apna Desh Blog Contest

Hamari Dharohar Scheme

Achievements Made Under Hamari Dharohar Scheme

  • Rich heritage of minority community
  • Maintain heritage sites
  • Digitize archives
  • Preserve and promote language
  • Everlasting Flame – Iconic exhibition of Parsis
  • Dairatul Maarifil Osmania under Osmania University, Telangana to translate 240 invaluable documents belonging to Medieval period on Medicines, Mathematics, Literature, etc. from Arabic language to English


16,200 Trainees Sanctioned to the Project Implementing Agencies in the States Under USTTAD Scheme

  • Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts Crafts for Development scheme
  • 16,200 trainees sanctioned to Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) during 2016 - 17 for training in 34 traditional arts and crafts
  • Master craftsmen and artisans capacity
  • Livelihood for marginalized community
  • Ensure dignity of labor
  • Support craft museum and minority craftsmen

Cruise Tourism

Government Efforts to Developing Domestic Cruise Industry

  • Ro-Ro Ferry – Gogha-Dahej in Gujarat
  • Transport, hotels, indirect employment
  • 40 % discount on major ports in port charges
  • e-Visa facility and e-landing card for 5 ports
  • New infrastructure at Mumbai for ₹ 300 crore

Infrastructure Development

Saubhagya Scheme

Saubhagya Scheme for Household Electrification (Important)

  • Free electricity for 4 crore households identified in Socio-economic & caste census, 2011
  • Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna
  • ₹ 16,320 scheme for electricity
  • Last mile connectivity with central assistance
  • On-spot registration of application
  • Transition from electrification of villages to households
  • 60 % by center, 30 % by bank loans and 10 % by state
  • Boost growth
  • Reduce kerosene
  • Rural Electrification Corp is the nodal agency for the scheme

Bharatmala Pariyojana

Bharatmala Pariyojana: Road and Highways Project

  • ₹ 10 trillion outlay for road construction scheme
  • Subsumes all highway projects including NHDP
  • Improve connectivity
  • Comprises of Economic Corridors, Inter Corridor, Feeder Routes, International Connectivity and Coastal Roads
  • Total length of 51,000 km

FASTag Scheme of NHAI

FASTag Scheme of NHAI: NHAI Launches Mobile App MyFASTag and FASTag Partner

  • NHAI program for Electronic Toll Collection on Toll Plazas on National Highways
  • Device employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for toll payments directly from the linked prepaid account.
  • On windscreen of vehicle
  • Non-stop movement of vehicles
  • More than 6 lakhs FASTag made so far
  • MyFASTag and FASTag Partner Mobile Apps - process of purchase and recharge of FASTags. Make it possible to buy or recharge FASTags at the click of a mobile button
  • MyFASTag consumer App - purchase or recharge FASTag
  • FASTag Partner is a merchant App for agencies like Common Services Centre, banking partners and vehicle dealers to enroll FASTag
  • FASTag Partner App will convert these RFID tags into ETC Tag
  • Implement by Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) (a company incorporated by National Highways Authority of India) and National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI)

Street Lightning Program

Street Lighting National Programme Illuminates 50,000 Km (Supporting Data)

  • Illuminate 50,000 km
  • Street with LED lights - energy efficient
India՚s Major Lighting Policies
  • Reduction of 3.29 lakh tons of CO2 annually
  • Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) to enable remote operation and monitoring of the streetlights

Common Service Centers

What are Common Services Centres (CSC) and Their New Schemes

  • Multiple-Service single point model
  • Component of National e-Governance Plan
  • Approved in 2006
  • Physical facility for delivery of e-services
  • G2C & C2G communication
  • Launch of Patanjali services, Bharat Bill Payment services, DigiPay, Tele-radiology, Tally GST Service

Saur Sujala Yojana

“Saur Sujala Yojana” Launched in Chhattisgarh- (Important)

  • Solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at subsidized price (3 HP and 5 HP capacity)
  • Strengthen agricultural development in rural Chhattisgarh
  • Benefit to 51,000 farmers
  • Implemented by CREDA (Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency)
  • Other schemes by CREDA - National Program on Bio-gas Development, Solar Thermal, Solar Photo Voltaic, Remote Village Electrification and Biomass Gasifier



SAMPADA Scheme Renamed to Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana

  • Renamed PM Kisan Sampada Scheme
  • Create job
  • Reduce food wastage
  • Boost cold chain infrastructure
  • Modernize processing and reduce agri-waste
  • Govt. allocated ₹ 6,000 crore
  • Mega food parks, integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure, food safety and quality assurance infrastructure

Soil Heath Card & E-NAM

National Agricultural Markets (E-Names) and Soil Health Card (Important)

  • Soil Health Card – promote use of fertilizers based analysis of soil health to get maximum yield at low cost
  • e-NAM – online portal for electronic trading of agricultural produce
  • Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act – create facility for private market yards and farmer consumer markets

Enhance Farmer Income

Schemes and Steps to Enhance the Income of Farmers (Important)

  • Soil Health Card
  • Neem Coated Urea
  • Paramparaghat Krishi Vikas Yojana
  • e-NAM
  • PM Fasal Bima Yojana
  • Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana
  • National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm – Transfer of Technology
  • Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture – Capacity building and post-harvest management
  • New Model Agricultural Produce & Livestock Marketing Act
  • Market Yards of National Importance – reduce intermediaries b/w producer and buyer

Facilities to Farmers

Facilities to Farmers (Important)

  • ATMA Scheme: Set up autonomous institutions in planning, executing and implementation.
  • Mass Media Scheme: Educate farmers
  • Kisan Call Centres (KCCs) Scheme: Farmers՚ queries answered on telephone in their own dialect.
  • Kisan Suvidha Mobile App: Provides information on weather report, plant protection, input dealers, agro-advisory and marketing.
  • Pusa Krishi Mobile App, Agri-Market App and Crop Insurance Mobile App
  • ICAR՚s network of 680 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) for technology assessment and demonstration
  • Crop Development Schemes: Scientific crop production technologies
  • National Food Security Mission (NFSM) on rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals
  • Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) and Crop Diversification Program (CDP) for commercial crops (cotton, jute & sugarcane)
  • Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) – ‘Per Drop More Crop’ for water use efficiency at farm level
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) : Ecological approach to keep pest population below economic thresholds level through alternate pest control strategies

Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium

Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium

  • Established in 1994
  • Facilitate agri-business ventures by catalyzing private investment by Venture Capital Assistance
  • Promote small agri-business
  • Develop Farmer Producer Organization
  • Improve working capital and development of business activities
  • SFAC – central procurement agency for oilseed and pulses under Price Stabilization Fund

Evergreen Revolution

3 Year Roadmap For Evergreen Revolution (Important)

  • From green revolution – commodity centered
  • To evergreen revolution – farming system centered
  • Term given by Swami Nathan – increase production and productivity for short term & long term
  • Produce more from less land, less pesticide, less water
  • Use wasteland and seed village program

PM Fasal Bima Yojana

New Crop Insurance Scheme Advantage (Important)

Crop Insurance Scheme

Maximum financial protection against non-preventable natural risks

Reduced premium for all food and oilseeds crops kept at a maximum of 1.5 % for Rabi, 2 % for Kharif and 5 % for annual horticultural and commercial crops

  • Simplified provisions
  • Reduced premium
  • Increase in coverage area
  • Increase in sum insured
  • Increase in risk coverage
  • Improved technology
  • Non-loanee farmers and sharecroppers
  • Claim settlement

Aims to:

  • Provide financial support to farmers
  • Stabilize income of farmers
  • Encourage innovative and modern agricultural practices


Reduce IMR Schemes

Reducing the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) : Schemes And Policies

  • Decreased 58 % during 1990 - 2015
  • Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK)
  • Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU)
  • Establish Newborn Stabilization Units (NBSU) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) units for care of sick and small babies
  • Home Based Newborn Care (HBNC)
  • India Newborn Action Plan (INAP)
  • Universal Immunization Program (UIP)
  • Mission Indradhanush – fully immunize children
  • Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) - promotes health screening, early detection of birth defects, diseases

Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY)

Janani Suraksha Yojana Pays Dividends: Study (Important)

  • Reduce ‘socioeconomic disparities’ existing in maternal care
  • Modified from National Maternity Benefit Scheme
  • Launched in 2005 as part of NRHM
  • 100 % centrally sponsored
  • Focus on poor pregnant women with special allowance for states having low institutional delivery rates

Against Corruption

Project Insight

Project Insight to Curb Black Money

  • Data mining and data analytics to curb black money
  • Detect mismatch between income and spending
  • Effort after ‘Operation Clean Money’ after demonetisation, Income Disclosure Scheme, GST implementation & amendment of Data Exchange rules (DTAA) with other countries
  • PAN and Aadhaar as key identifier
  • Catch tax evaders
  • Set up new Compliance Management Centralized Processing Centre (CMCPC) for handling preliminary verification, campaign management, generation of bulk letters and notices and follow-up.
  • It will widen tax base
  • Will use data shared on social networking like foreign trips and purchases

Rural Development



  • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Act
  • Enhance livelihood security in rural areas by guaranteeing 100 days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work
  • Timely payment increased from 26.5 % in FY 2014 - 15 to 84.87 % in FY 2017 - 18
  • Electronic Fund Management System
  • 2 crore assets geotagged
  • Aadhaar seeding and social audit system
  • Made mandatory to geotag 3 stages of asset creation
  • Bottom-up participatory approach
  • Convergence with Aawaas Yojana and SBM
  • For the States with minimum wages higher than ₹ 100, those wages were taken as MGNREGA wages
  • For States with minimum agricultural wages less than ₹ 100/- MGNREGA wages were notified as ₹ 100
  • MGNREGA wages are increased based on changes in Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labours

PM Employment Generation Program

Prime Minister՚s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) (Important)

  • Credit linked subsidy program for self-employment opportunity
  • Above 18 years of age to set project of ₹ 10 lakh in manufacturing and ₹ 5 lakh in service sector
  • Khadi, Pachmina Wool, Handloom and Powerloom

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) - (Important)

  • Continuous power supply to Rural India
  • Govt. plan to invest ₹ 756 billion for rural electrification
  • Focus on feeder separation into rural households
  • Provide clock power to rural households
  • Metering to reduce losses
  • GARV-II: Realtime data of 6 lakh villages in India
  • Improve Health, education and banking and better social security

NABARD Schemes

List of NABARD Schemes (Important) - NABARD E-Shakti

National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development

Institutional credit to boost rural economy

Constituted Committee to Review the Arrangements For Institutional Credit for Agriculture and Rural Development (CRAFICARD) in 1979, under Chairman B. Sivaraman

Farm Sector Schemes

  • Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme
  • Capital Investment Subsidy
  • Rural Godowns
  • Agricultural Market & Agribusiness
  • Solar Mission
  • Livestock Mission
  • Interest Subvention Scheme

Off-Farm Schemes

  • Weaver՚s Package
  • Credit Linked Capital Subsidy
  • Deendayal Antodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission

e-Shakti – for digitization of SHGs and enable banks for informed credit decisions

Water and Irrigation

SAUNI Yojana

Details on SAUNI Scheme - Foundation Stone Laid for Link - 4

SAUNI Yojana - Boon for 11 Districts of Saurashtra Region - Key MAP Locations
  • Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Scheme
  • Divert Sardar Sarovar Dam waters to Saurashtra Region – 115 dams & canals of 1,125 km
  • Link 4: From Limbdi Bhogavo-II Dam of Surendranagar District to Hiran-II Irrigation scheme of Junagadh with carrying capacity of 1200 cusecs filling 40 reservoirs of Rajkot, Surendranagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Botad Districts through 54.70 Km long pipeline.

Inter-Linking Rivers

Work on Three River Interlinking Projects to Begin

  • Ken-Betwa Linking Project
  • Damanganga- Pinjal Link Project
  • Par-Tapi-Narmada Link – Surplus waters from Western Ghats to water deficit Saurashtra and Kutch
Inter-Linking of Rivers
  • Irrigation
  • Hydropower
  • Flood relief

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

  • With assistance of World Bank
  • Repair and rehabilitation of 198 dams in 7 states
  • Improve and strengthen safety

Cyber Schemes

National Cyber Coordination Centre

Launch of National Cyber Coordination Centre

  • Scans internet traffic metadata coming in country to detect cyber security threat
  • Coordinates between intelligence agencies especially during network intrusions and cyber-attacks
  • Keeps virtual contact all ISPs to scan traffic


Gender Champions Scheme

150 Universities and 230 colleges Initiated Gender Champions

  • Gender Champions as responsible leaders enabling environment within their schools, colleges and academic institutions where girls treated with dignity and respect
  • Gender budgeting and analysis
  • Increasing awareness
  • BBB (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao)


TREAD Assistance Scheme Women Entrepreneurship Programme

  • Trade Related Entrepreneurship Development Assistance Scheme
  • Self-employment and income generation for SHG in non-farm sector
  • Provides credit, training and counselling, assistance on related needs

Nai Roshini Scheme

Nai Roshni Scheme: Leadership Development of Minority Women In 2015 - 16

  • Women empowerment and leadership development for minority
  • With help of NGO, Civil society and government institutions

Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana (Important)

  • Govt. to provide ₹ 5,000 to pregnant and lactating mother for 1st live birth
  • Earlier named as Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana


Swachh Survekshan Gramin

Swachh Bharat New Initiatives: Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017

Progress of SBM in rural areas

  • 3rd party assessment by Quality Council of India – monitor and administer quality

Social Welfare

Textile Worker Schemes

Swachh Bharat New Initiatives: Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017

  • Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS)
  • Schemes for Development of Silk and Sericulture sectors
  • National Handloom Development Program (NHDP)
  • Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS)
  • Yarn supply Scheme National Handicrafts Development Program (NHDP)
  • PowerTex India- comprehensive scheme for Powerloom Sector Development

Social Welfare Schemes

  • Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana for Handloom weavers
  • Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthaya Bima Yojana for Health Insurance under merger with Rashtriya Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana
  • Group Insurance Scheme for Powerloom workers
  • Aam Admi Bima Yojana for handicrafts artisans
  • Scholarship for children of jute workers

Textile Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme - relief to jobless workers from permanent closure of Non-SSI Textile Mills in private sector, now merged with Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana (RGSKY)

Pradhan Mantri Paridhan Rojgar Protsahan Yojana

Digital Reforms

Digital Reforms in India: Payment & Governance – Major Computer Terminologies

Financial Inclusion

  • Jan Dhan Yojana
  • JAM Trinity
  • DBT
  • PoS machines
  • Credit Guarantee

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