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Narendra Modi government pushes for PDS reforms, but progress slow.

May 16, 2017 9:31 AM | Financial Express | FULL ARTICLE

Digitisation of 230 million ration cards, 56% of which are strengthened with a universal ID and Aadhaar. Several states have now installed electronic point-of-sale devices at FPSs to track sales of food grains to cardholders on a real-time basis. A much debated policy shift - in-kind cash transfers in place of food distribution - is also being facilitated by digital technology. government is spending a huge amount of money under food subsidy (Rs 1.45 lakh crore for FY18), our sole focus is on ensuring that highly subsidised foodgrain reach the deserving people. The Centre incurs a subsidy of Rs 21.09 per kg in case of wheat and Rs 29.64 per kg for rice which is reflected in the food subsidy budget approved by the finance ministry.

GOBAR dhan yojna energy conversion scheme in rural areas.

February 25, 2018 6:03 PM | Financial Express | FULL ARTICLE

GOBAR is an acronym for Galvanizing Organic Bio Agro Resources. The aim of this scheme is to ensure cleanliness in villages and generate wealth and energy by converting cattle dung and solid agricultural waste into compost and Bio Gas.

Various initiatives led by modi government promoting financial stability.

Aug 23, 2017, 06.14 PM IST | The Economic Times |FULL ARTICLE

PMJDY is a National Mission for Financial Inclusion, particularly to provide access to financial services such as savings and deposit accounts, remittance, credit, insurance, pension, etc. at affordable rates. The scheme was announced on the eve of Independence Day, in 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.29.43 crore bank accounts opened so far- Rs 65, 532.77 crore balance in these accountsAnnounced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during Budget 2015, the uniqueness of the PMJJBY is that it is a renewable insurance scheme, offering life insurance coverage of Rs. 2 lakhs on death. Two other schemes – Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojna were launched alongside it.

In Agriculture, the policy mix is right but implementation poor

April 24, 2017 6:52 AM | Financial Express | FULL ARTICLE

PMKSY was launched on July 1, 2015, to give har khet ko pani and improve water-use efficiency through “more crop per drop”. The government identified 99 projects for early completion under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), which together will irrigate 76 lakh hectares (ha) upon completion. Of these, 23 projects (Priority-I) were shortlisted for completion by March 2017, another 31 projects (Priority-II) during FY18, and the remaining 45 projects (Priority-III) are to be completed by December 2019. PMFBY is another flagship programme of the Modi government. For the first time, the farmer’s share in the premium was pegged at 2% for kharif crops and 1.5% for rabi crops. As a result, area covered under insurance increased from 27.2 million ha in kharif 2015 to 37.5 million ha in kharif 2016, and sum insured increased from `60,773 crore to `1,08,055 crore over the same period.

Govt committed to ensure affordable healthcare for all, says PM Modi

Jun 7, 2018, 2:43 pm IST | PTI |FULL ARTICLE

providing good medical facilities to the poor and those residing in rural areas, more than 90 medical colleges have been opened and 15,000 MBBS seats increased, around 10 crore families and 50 crore people will be given health insurance of Rs 5 lakh.the government has decided to open around 1.5 lakh health centres across the country under Ayushman Bharat.More than 3,600 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been opened in which more than 700 different types of generic medicines are available at the lowest rates. every year 1-1.5 lakh knee surgeries are done and due to a decrease in their cost, there have been a savings of around Rs 1500 crore for the middle class

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