Technology Development Fund (TDF) Scheme: TDF Scheme has been established to promote self-reliance in defense technology as a part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
It is a programme Ministry of Defence executed by the DRDO meeting the requirements of Tri-Services, Defence Production and DRDO. The scheme encourages participation of public/private industries especially MSMEs to create an ecosystem for enhancing cutting edge technology capability for defence application. It supports indigenous development of components, products, systems and technologies by MSMEs and start-ups.
Eligibility:MSMEs and Startups registered in India.Public limited company, private limited company, partnership firms, limited liability partnership, one-person company, sole proprietorship registered as per applicable Indian laws.The industry has to be owned and controlled by an Indian citizen.Industries with foreign investments of 49% or less.The funding will be through provision of grants to the Industry.The project cost of up to INR 10 Cr will be considered for funding, subject to a maximum of 90% of the total project cost.Maximum development period will be two years.
PM-eBus Sewa’ Scheme: Under the PM-eBus Sewa Scheme, 10,000 e-buses will be deployed across cities in the country.Under this scheme, city bus operations will be done on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.This scheme will support bus operations for 10 years.States/Cities shall be responsible for running the bus services and making payments to the bus operators. The Central Government will support these bus operations by providing subsidy to the extent specified in the proposed scheme.Te central government will contribute Rs 20,000 crore, while the remaining portion will be covered by the state governments. The scheme will cover cities with 3 lakhs and above population and priority will be given to cities not having organised bus services.
There are two segments of the scheme-
- Augmenting the city bus services: Under this, the e-buses will operate under the PPP model and the government will help develop associated infrastructure to provide support for development/upgradation of depot infrastructureIt will also help cities create behind-the-meter power infrastructure for the e-buses.
- Green Urban Mobility initiatives: Bus rapid transport projects would be developed along with non-motorised infrastructure like bike sharing, bicycle lanes.Innovative projects like National Common Mobility Card, Intelligent Transit Management System, Multimodal Interchange facilities would also be developed.
A-HELP’ Programme: It is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying and the Ministry of Rural Development.‘A-HELP’ are community-based women activists, who assist veterinarians in local departmental activities help livestock farmers to take loans for entrepreneurship development, fill out applications, mark the ear tagging of animals and register them in the INAF portal and help with insurance etc.
They assist in implementing various schemes and in providing information to the farmers at the grassroots level.They will give vital contributions to preventing various infectious diseases of animals, artificial insemination under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM), tagging animals and animal insurance.