Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 21 July 2021

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 21 July 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Adarsh Smarak scheme.
  2. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.
  3. PM Gram Sadak Yojana.
  4. Standup India scheme.

1. Adarsh Smarak scheme

News Summary

Three monuments of Andhra Pradesh namely (i) Monuments at Nagarjunakonda, District Guntur (ii) Buddhist Remains at Salihundam, District Srikakulam, and (iii) Veerabhadra Temple at Lepakshi in District Anantapuram have been identified as Adarsh Smarak.

Prelims GS – Governance

Adarsh Smarak scheme:
  • Adarsh Smarak scheme was launched in 2014.
  • Adarsh Smarak is for providing additional facilities like Wi-Fi, Cafeteria, an Interpretation center, Brail signages, Illumination, etc.
  • Adarsh Smarak Scheme comes under the Ministry of Culture.

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2. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

News Summary

Pramaparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme provides an assistance of Rs. 50,000 per ha for three years to farmers to use organic inputs. This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha.

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Prelims GS – Governance/Agriculture

PKVY:
  • Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana” is an elaborated component of Soil Health Management (SHM) of the major project National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA).
  • Under PKVY Organic farming is promoted through the adoption of the organic village by cluster approach and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) certification.
  • Under the scheme, individual farmers can avail of financial assistance for certification under any of the prevailing certification systems of NPOP or PGS-India. Assistance will be available as reimbursement of certification costs directly to certification agencies through the states.

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3. PM Gram Sadak Yojana

News Summary

The features of PM Gram Sadak Yojana has been given by the Minister of State.

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Prelims GS – Governance

PMGSY:
  • Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was launched as a one-time special intervention to provide rural connectivity, by way of a single all-weather road, to the eligible unconnected habitations of designated population size (500+ in plain areas and 250+ in the North-Eastern States, Himalayan States, and Himalayan Union Territories as per 2001 census) in the core network for uplifting the socio-economic condition of the rural population.
  • PMGSY – Phase I was launched in December 2000 as a 100 % centrally sponsored scheme.
  • PMGSY- II was launched in the year 2013, with a target to upgrade 50,000 Kms of the existing rural road network to improve its overall efficiency as a provider of transportation services for people, goods, and services.
  • Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas (RCPLWEA) was launched in the year 2016 for construction/up-gradation of strategically important roads chosen in the 44 worst affected LWE districts and adjoining districts in the 9 States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • PMGSY-III was launched in the year 2019 for consolidation of 1,25,000 Km Through Routes and Major Rural Links connecting habitations, inter-alia, to Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAMs), Higher Secondary Schools, and Hospitals.
  • The main features of PMGSY are decentralized and evidence-based planning, standards, and specifications as per Indian Road Congress (IRC) and Rural Roads Manual, dedicated implementation mechanism at central, state, and district level, scrutiny of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) at multiple levels, strong IT backbone for monitoring and implementation of the program, three-tier quality management system, unbroken flow of funds, inbuilt mechanism for consultation with public representatives at planning, selection of roads and monitoring stages.

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4. Standup India scheme

News Summary

Stand Up India Scheme has been extended up to the year 2025.

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Prelims GS – Governance

Standup India:
  • Stand up India Scheme was launched on 5th April 2016 to promote entrepreneurship at the grassroots level focusing on economic empowerment and job creation. This scheme has been extended up to the year 2025.
  • The objective of Stand-Up India is to promote entrepreneurship amongst women, Scheduled Castes (SC) & Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories, to help them in starting a greenfield enterprise in the trading, manufacturing, and services sector, by both ready and trainee borrowers.
  • The purpose of Stand-Up India is to:
    • promote entrepreneurship amongst women, SC & ST category.
    • Provide loans for setting up greenfield enterprises in manufacturing,  services, or the trading sector & activities allied to agriculture by both ready and trainee borrowers
    • facilitate bank loans between Rs.10 lakh to Rs.1 crore to at least one Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks
  • Eligibility:
    • SC/ST and/or women entrepreneurs, above 18 years of age.
    • Loans under the scheme are available for only greenfield projects. Greenfield signifies, in this context, the first time venture of the beneficiary in the manufacturing,  services, or the trading sector & activities allied to agriculture
    • In the case of non-individual enterprises, 51% of the shareholding and controlling stake should be held by either SC/ST and/or Women Entrepreneur.
    • Borrowers should not be in default to any bank/financial institution.

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