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Prelim Bits 24-09-2017 & 25-09-2017

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September 25, 2017

Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana

  • The Scheme, also known as Saubhagya aims to provide last mile electrical connectivity to all rural and urban households.
  • It will provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, meters and wires.
  • The government has set the target of providing 24X7 power for all by 2019.

LPG Panchayat

  • Union Petroleum Ministry has launched LPG Panchayat, aimed at encouraging rural communities to turn to clean fuel.
  • The first LPG Panchayat was held in Gandhinagar, which brings LPG users of a village and officials of fuel companies together.
  • It created an interactive platform to discuss safe and sustainable usage of LPG, its benefits and linkages between using clean fuel and empowering women.

Soil Quality Scheme

  • Government aims to analyse the soil quality of farms through Hyper Spectral Imaging (HSI) technique developed by IIT Bombay.
  • HSI means analysing extremely detailed images of an object, to the scale of nanometres and then reconstructing its constituent elements.
  • The technique can picture the nutrient balance of a patch of land without necessarily collecting soil sample.
  • Thus Satellite-images, images from low lying drones can be used to calculate the proportion of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous as well as other minerals in the soil.

Pralay Sahayam

  • Ministry of Defence hosted a multi-agency exercise “Pralay Sahayam” on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.
  • The event demonstrated efforts of all central and state agencies, NDRF and the Armed Forces towards jointly tackling an urban flooding scenario in Hyderabad.

Bharat ke Kaushalzaade

  • Ministry of Rural Development has organized ‘Bharat ke Kaushalzaade’ on the occasion of Antyodaya Diwas 2017.
  • It is an event honouring beneficiaries of its Ministry of Rural Development key skilling programmes i.e. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI).
  • Antyodaya mission aims at reaching out to the last person in the rural areas.

Kaushal Panjee

  • Ministry of Rural Development has launched a mobilization platform ‘Kaushal Panjee’ (Skill Register).
  • The skill register aims to be citizen centric end-to-end solution to aid mobilization of candidates for RSETIs and DDU-GKY.
  • It facilitates mobilization through Self Help Group members, Gram Panchayat Functionaries, Block Officials, CSCs and directly by the candidate.
  • RSETIs and DDU-GKY Partners can access the Kaushal Panjee to connect with the mobilized rural youth.
  • Kaushal Panjee is connected to the Social Economic Caste Census 2011 which will help the States plan and target their mobilizations based on the socio-economic profile of households in their State.


  • DDU-GKY was launched with a focus on building capacity of rural youth to address the needs of domestic and global skills requirements.
  • It focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families.
  • Special initiatives under DDU-GKY -
    • Himayat : A special scheme for the youth (rural & urban) of Jammu & Kashmir.
    • Roshni: A special initiative for the rural youth of poor families in 27 Left-wing Extremist (LWE) districts across 9 states.

Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI)

  • RSETIs are established in each district with dedicated infrastructure to impart training and skill up gradation of rural youth geared towards entrepreneurship development.
  • RSETIs are managed by banks with active co-operation from the Central and State Governments.

Nanny State

  • It is a term that refers to any government that intervenes excessively in the daily lives of its citizens.
  • It is usually used to refer to governments that engage in heavy taxation and regulation of the economy.
  • The term was used to criticise government intervention in people’s lives but supporters believe it can improve the lives of citizens through careful policies.


Source: PIB, The Hindu

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