Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana(PMGKAY): The Union Cabinet has approved the extension for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase VII) for a further period of 3 months i.e. October to December 2022. Under this welfare scheme, 5 kg of food grain per person per month is provided free of cost for all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) [Antodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] including those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).Effectively it has doubled the quantity of monthly foodgrains entitlements being normally delivered to beneficiaries.
Swachhta sarthi fellowship initiative: The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (PSA) in partnership with Invest India through its Waste to Wealth Mission, launched the “Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship” (SSF) on 1st July 2021. SSF is a citizen-centric initiative to sensitise communities toward waste management and offer innovative solutions for the conversion of value from waste. The aim of the fellowships is to empower people at the grass-root level under three categories (a) school-going students, (b) college-going students, and (c) community workers/self-help groups/sanitary workers.
International Solar Alliance: In a ceremony held on the sidelines of the 42th Session of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between International Solar Alliance (ISA) and ICAO.
The ISA is an alliance of 121 signatory countries and 32 partner organizations including many UN organizations. ISA works for efficient consumption of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.India has pledged a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy of which 100 GW will be solar energy by 2022 and reduction in emission intensity by 33-35% by 2030.
Cochin International Airport in India became the world’s first fully Solar powered airport in the world in 2015.
Potash: India’s fertiliser companies signed an MoU with Canpotex, Canada one of the largest Potash suppliers globally. Potash, which is source of Potassium, is used both for direct application as MOP as well as in combination with ‘N’ & ‘P’ nutrients in NPK fertilizers. India meets 100% of its Potash requirement through imports. The country imports approximately 40 LMT MOP annually. Aiming at reducing import dependence, Department of Fertiliser has included PDM (Potash derived from Molasses) in the Nutrient Based Subsidy Scheme (NBS) scheme to support indigenous sources of Potash. Similar initiatives have been taken fertilisers industries for manufacturing of Potash from Spent Wash.
National Health Mission: The National Rural Health Mission was launched in 2005 with the objective of building public health systems to provide accessible, affordable and quality health care to the rural population, especially the vulnerable groups, up to the District Hospitals (DH) level. In 2012, the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) was conceptualized and the NRHM was rechristened as the National Health Mission (NHM) with the two Sub Missions viz. the NRHM and the NUHM.
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