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Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 11 March 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi approved by the Cabinet.
  2. PMRPY and creation of employment.

1. Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi approved by the Cabinet

News Summary

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN).

Prelims GS – Governance

(Note: The following scheme may be important in the exams.)

PMSSN:
  • Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN) is a single non-lapsable reserve fund for a share of Health from the proceeds of Health and Education Cess levied under Section 136-b of Finance Act, 2007.
Salient features of the PMSSN:
  1. A non-lapsable reserve fund for Health in the Public Account;
  2. Proceeds of the share of health in the Health and Education Cess will be credited into PMSSN;
  3. Accruals into the PMSSN will be utilized for the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare namely,
    • Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)
    • Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs)
    • National Health Mission
    • Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)
    • Emergency & disaster preparedness and responses during health emergencies
    • Any future program/scheme that targets to achieve progress towards SDGs and the targets set out in the National Health Policy (NHP) 2017.
  4. Administration and maintenance of the PMSSN is entrusted to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; and
  5. In any financial year, the expenditure on such schemes of the MoHFW would be initially incurred from the PMSSN and thereafter, from Gross Budgetary Support (GBS).

Click here to know more about PMSSN on the courtesy Official PIB Release.

2. PMRPY and creation of employment

News Summary

The government of India is implementing Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) since 2016 with the objective to incentivize employers for the creation of new employment and also aimed to bring informal workers to the formal workforce. This information was given by Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Prelims GS – Governance

PMRPY:
  • The Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) Plan Scheme has been designed to incentivize employers for the generation of new employment, where the Government of India will be paying 8.33% EPS contribution of the employer for the new employment.
  • Under the scheme, the Government of India is paying the Employer’s full contribution i.e. 12% towards Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) both (as admissible from time to time) for a period of three years to the new employees through Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
  • This scheme has a dual benefit, where, on the one hand, the employer is incentivized for increasing the employment base of workers in the establishment, and on the other hand, a large number of workers will find jobs in such establishments.
  • A direct benefit is that these workers will have access to the social security benefits of the organized sector.

Click here to know more about PMRPY on the official website.

 

 

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