National Common Mobility Card (NCMC)

Context:  Prime Minister of India recently launched a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC). Key features: Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money. This card runs on RuPay card. With the Read More …

Enhanced Access and Service Excellence

Context:  Government’s EASE (Enhanced Access and Service Excellence) reform index has been released. About the Index: EASE index is prepared by the Indian Banking Association (IBA) and Boston Consulting Group. It is commissioned by the Finance Ministry. It is a framework that was adopted last year to strengthen public sector banks, and rank them Read More …

Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme

Context: “Scheme to Promote Voluntary Action for Persons with Disabilities” was revised and renamed as the “Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)”. The objectives of the scheme are: To create an enabling environment to ensure equal opportunities, equity, social justice and empowerment of persons with disabilities. To encourage voluntary action for ensuring effective Read More …

FAME India Phase II

Context: The Union cabinet has approved the proposal for implementation of scheme titled ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)’ for promotion of Electric Mobility in the country. The scheme with total outlay of Rs 10000 Crores over the period of three years will Read More …

Special Economic Zones Act, 2005

Context:  The Union Cabinet has approved promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the definition of “person”, as defined in sub-section (v) of section 2 of the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005: To include a trust. To enable the setting up of a unit in a Special Economic Zone by a trust. Read More …

National Mineral Policy, 2019

Context: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved National Mineral Policy 2019.  Benefits: The New National Mineral Policy will ensure more effective regulation.  It will lead to sustainable mining sector development in future while addressing the issues of project affected persons especially those residing in tribal areas Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana

Context: Cabinet approves inclusion of Common Services Centres under MEITY as Enrolment Agency for PM-SYM. About Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana: PM-SYM is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme that will engage as many as 42 crore workers in the unorganised sector. The unorganised sector workers, with income of less than Rs 15,000 Read More …

7 islands in Andamans, Lakshadweep identified for seaplane operations

Context: Four islands in the Andamans and three in Lakshadweep have been identified for seaplane operations, while private sector participation has been invited for tourism-based projects, the Home Ministry. Bids for private sector participation in three tourism-based projects have already been invited by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. They include Read More …

Cabinet approves new National Electronics Policy

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2019. The policy aims to a) achieve a turnover of $400 billion for the Electronics System design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector by 2025 and b) generate 1 crore jobs in India. The ESDM sector includes subsectors such as Read More …

DIPP rechristened to include internal

Context: The government has notified changing the name of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, and has enhanced its role. The notification has also included four new categories of responsibilities the renamed body will be in charge of, Read More …