Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 03 September 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. Cap on MEIS benefits.
  2. Mission Karmayogi to train Govt. Officials.

1.Cap on MEIS benefits.

News Summary

A limit has been imposed on total rewards under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS).  A notification issued by the Directorate Generate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) says that the total reward which may be granted to an Importer-Exporter-Code(IEC) holder under the scheme shall not exceed Rs.2 Crore per IEC of exports made in the period 1.9.2020 to 31.12.2020.  Further, it has also been informed that any IEC holder who has not made any exports for a period of one year preceding 1.9.2020 or any new IECs obtained on or after 1st September would not be eligible for submitting any claim under MEIS.  In addition, the MEIS Scheme is withdrawn w.e.f. 1.1.2021.

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has said that Capping MEIS benefits will seriously affect traders and also urged the Centre to extend the MEIS till March 31, 2021, coterminous with the existing Foreign Trade Policy.

Click here to view the PIB release.

Prelims GS – Economic Development

Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) Scheme:
  • MEIS is a scheme designed to provide rewards to exporters to offset infrastructural inefficiencies and associated costs.
  • The objective of the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) is to promote the manufacture and export of notified goods/ products.
  • The Duty Credit Scrips and goods imported/ domestically procured against them shall be freely transferable.
  • The Duty Credit Scrips can be used for:
    • (i) Payment of Basic Customs Duty and Additional Customs Duty specified under sections 3(1), 3(3), and 3(5) of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 for import of inputs or goods, including capital goods, as per DoR Notification, except items listed in Appendix 3A.
    • (ii) Payment of Central excise duties on domestic procurement of inputs or goods,
    • (iii) Payment of Basic Customs Duty and Additional Customs Duty specified under Sections 3(1), 3(3) and 3(5) of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 and fee as per paragraph 3.18 of this Policy.

Click here to view MEIS scheme details.

2. Mission Karmayogi to train Govt. officials.

News Summary

The Union Cabinet has approved “Mission Karmayogi”- National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB), a new national capacity-building and performance evaluation program for civil servants. The scheme will cover around 46 lakh of Central government employees.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

Mission Karmayogi and its Significance:

National Programme for Civil Services Capacity Building (NPCSCB) has been approved with the following institutional framework:-

  • (i)     Prime Minister’s Public Human Resources (HR) Council,
  • (ii)    Capacity Building Commission.
  • (iii)    Special Purpose Vehicle for owning and operating the digital assets and the technological platform for online training,
  • (iv)   Coordination Unit headed by the Cabinet Secretary.
  • Mission Karmayogi aims to prepare the Indian Civil Servant for the future by making him more creative, constructive, imaginative, innovative, proactive, professional, progressive, energetic, enabling, transparent, and technology-enabled.
  • Empowered with specific role-competencies, the civil servant will be able to ensure efficient service delivery of the highest quality standards.
  • NPCSCB has been carefully designed to lay the foundations for capacity building for Civil Servants so that they remain entrenched in Indian Culture and sensibilities and remain connected, with their roots, while they learn from the best institutions and practices across the world.
  • The Programme will be delivered by setting up an Integrated Government Online Training-iGOTKarmayogi Platform.

The core guiding principles of the Programme will be:

  1. Supporting Transition from ‘Rules-based’ to ‘Roles based* HR Management. Aligning work allocation of civil servants by matching their competencies to the requirements of the post.
  2. To emphasize on ‘on-site learning’ to complement the ‘off-site’ learning,
  3. To create an ecosystem of shared training infrastructure including that of learning materials, institutions, and personnel,
  4. To calibrate all Civil Service positions to a Framework of Roles, Activities, and Competencies (FRACs) approach and to create and deliver learning content relevant to the identified FRACs in every Government entity,
  5. To make available to all civil servants, an opportunity to continuously build and strengthen their Behavioral, Functional, and Domain Competencies in their self-driven and mandated learning paths.
  6. To enable all the Central Ministries and Departments and their Organizations  to directly invest their resources towards co-creation  and sharing the collaborative and common ecosystem of learning through an annual financial subscription for every employee,
  7. To encourage and partner with the best-in-class learning content creators including public training institutions, universities, start-tips, and individual experts,
  8.  To undertake data analytics in respect of data emit provided by iGOT- Karmayogi pertaining  to various aspects of capacity building,   content creation, user feedback, and mapping of competencies and identify areas for policy reforms.
A Public Human Resources Council:

A Public Human Resources Council comprising of select Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, eminent public HR practitioners, thinkers, global thought leaders, and Public Service functionaries under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister will serve as the apex body for providing strategic direction to the task of Civil Services Reform and capacity building.

The iGOT-Karmayogi platform:
  • This platform brings the scale and state-of-the-art infrastructure to augment the capacities of over two crore officials in India.
  • The platform is expected to evolve into a vibrant and world-class market place for content wherein carefully curated and vetted digital e-learning material will be made available.
  • Besides capacity building, service matters like confirmation after probation period, deployment, work assignment, and notification of vacancies, etc. would eventually be integrated with the proposed competency framework.

Click here to view more about Mission Karmayogi in the official Press Release.


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