Government initiative Current Affairs - 2019

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Union Government launches Suraksha Bandhan drive in Mission Mode

Union Government has launched Suraksha Bandhan drive in a Mission Mode through participating insurance companies and banks.

The drive aims at taking forward Union Government’s objective of creating a universal social security system in the country, especially for the poor and the under-privileged sections.

Key facts of Suraksha Bandhan drive

  • It will facilitate enrolment of these sections under social security schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
  • Participating Banks will be supported by the participating Insurance Companies. They will collectively work towards local outreach and awareness building in order to facilitate enrolments during this drive.
  • During this drive, enrolling persons will be exempted to submit a certificate of good health for PMJJBY.
  • This drive will be supported through the Jeevan Suraksha Gift Cheques of 351 rupees to facilitate one year payment of premium for PMJJBY and PMSBY.

Ministry of Rural Development launches ‘SAMANVAY’ portal for Gram Panchayats

Union Ministry of Rural Development has launched ‘SAMANVAY’ web portal to monitor progress and implementation of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) for development of Gram Panchayats. It was launched by Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh.

SAMANVAY web portal consist a compilation of all Government schemes of both Centra and State governments for Gram Panchayats.

The purpose of this portal is to help Member of Parliament’s (MPs) to utilise relevant schemes in the planning and implementation of SAGY. It will act as a database for compiled and mapped information on various gram panchayat related activities through various schemes undertaken by the Centre and State Governments. In SAMANVAY, around 1800 state schemes from across all states have been documented.

Apart from this, minister also launched a magazine Panchayat Darpan to monitor the progress of the SAGY. The magazine will act as a mirror of all the development activities by identifying 35 indicators undertaken in the village panchayats under SAGY.

It should be noted that Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) was launched in October 2014. Under this flagship scheme of Union Government, MPs have adopted a village (Gram Panchyat) to create Model Village. Under this scheme MP from either house of Parliament will develop three Adarsh Gram Panchayats by 2019.