PRASHAD (National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive) Scheme: Launched in the year 2014-15, the scheme aims to provide integrated infrastructure development to pilgrimage and heritage tourism destinations in the country.
Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Tourism.
Online Request Transfer Portal: The Department of Posts under Ministry of Communications has launched an ‘Online request Transfer Portal’ for Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), today. The entire transfer process, from the stage of seeking applications from GDS to the stage of approval and issuing transfer orders, has now been made paperless and simple through the above portal. The launch of online request transfer portal is a huge step in bringing transparency and accountability in the governance processes by leveraging technology. The online process would also result in saving of the time and resources.
Spectrum Auction: A spectrum auction is a process whereby a government uses an auction system to sell the rights (licences) to transmit signals over specific bands of the electromagnetic spectrum and to assign scarce spectrum resources. Spectrum auctions makes use of natural resources for revenue raising and ensuring economic development.
Energy travels in the form of waves known as electromagnetic waves, these waves differ from each other in terms of frequencies, and this whole range of frequencies is called the spectrum.
G20 Digital Innovation Alliance: As part of India’s G20 presidency, the Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Railways, has launched the “Stay Safe Online” campaign and the “G20 Digital Innovation Alliance” (G20-DIA).
The objective of the ‘Stay Safe Online Campaign’ is to raise awareness among citizens to stay safe in the online world due to the widespread use of social media platforms and the rapid adoption of digital payments. The objective of the G20-DIA is to identify, recognize, and enable the adoption of innovative and impactful digital technologies developed by startups, which can address the needs of humanity in the critically important sectors of Agri-tech, Health-tech, Ed-tech, Fin-tech, Secured Digital Infrastructure, and Circular Economy.
Initiative for Urban Rejuvenation: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches 2 key initiatives to take India’s Urban Rejuvenation journey to next level.
‘City Finance Rankings’ launched to evaluate, recognize and reward ULBs on basis of their strength across key financial parameters viz. resource mobilization, expenditure performance and fiscal governance systems.
‘City Beauty Competition’ aims to encourage and recognize the transformational efforts made by cities and wards in India to create beautiful, innovative and inclusive public spaces. Wards and public places of cities would be judged against the five broad pillars (i) accessibility (ii) amenities (iii) activities (iv) aesthetics and (v) ecology.