Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna: It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (Core Scheme) launched in 2015. Centre- States will be 75:25 per cent. In the case of the north-eastern region and hilly states, it will be 90:10.It will benefit about 22 lakh farmers, including scheduled caste and scheduled tribe farmers.
Objectives: Convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level.
- To expand the cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet ko pani).
- To improve on-farm water use efficiency
- To enhance the adoption of precision-irrigation(More crop per drop).
- To enhance recharge of aquifers
Formulation: It was formulated by amalgamating following schemes:Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) , Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) and On-Farm Water Management (OFWM).
Implementation: Decentralized implementation through State Irrigation Plan and District Irrigation Plan.Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is the nodal Ministry.
Guru Ravidas: Guru Ravidas was a North Indian mystic poet of the bhakti movement.The Adi Granth of Sikhs, in addition to the Panchvani are the two of the oldest documented sources of the literary works of Guru Ravidas.Notably, he belonged to an untouchable caste and suffered a lot of atrocities as a result. He is believed to be a disciple of the bhakti saint-poet Ramananda and a contemporary of the bhakti saint-poet Kabir.One of his famous disciples was the saint, Mirabai.Among Ravidas’s moral and intellectual achievements were the conception of “Begampura”, a city that knows no sorrow; and a society where caste and class have ceased to matter. Ravidassia religion, or Ravidassia Dharam was born based on his teachings.
Largest Helicopter facility:A new Helicopter Factory of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Tumakuru, Karnataka was inaugurated recently. The Greenfield Helicopter Factory is planned with a vision to become a one-stop solution for all helicopter requirements of the country. It is India’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility and will initially produce Light Utility Helicopters (LUHs).The LUH is an indigenously designed and developed 3-ton class, single engine multipurpose utility helicopter with unique features of high maneuverability.This factory will enable India to meet its entire requirement of helicopters without import.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana: PMGKAY is a part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) to help the poor fight the battle against Covid-19.It is considered as world’s largest food security scheme.It aimed at providing each person who is covered under the NFSA 2013 with an additional 5 kg grains(wheat or rice) and 1 kg of gram for free.
It was initially announced for a three-month period (April, May and June 2020), covering 80 crore ration cardholders.
The program is operated by the Department of Food and Public Distribution under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, but it’s nodal Ministry is the Ministry of Finance.Families belonging to the Below Poverty Line – Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) categories will be eligible for the scheme.