Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on October 3 approved the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for reforming the state higher education system. During the 12th Plan period, 80 new universities would be created by converting autonomous colleges/colleges in a cluster to State universities. 100 new colleges, … [Read more...]

Multi-Sectoral Programme To Address Maternal And Child Under-Nutrition


The Union Cabinet on September 24 approved the proposal for implementation of the multi-sectoral programme to address the maternal and child under-nutrition in 200 high burden districts in the 12th Five Year Plan. The multi-sectoral nutrition programme would address the maternal and child malnutrition in 200 high burden districts by bringing together various … [Read more...]

Pension Fund Regulatory And Development Authority Bill (PFRDA) Bill, 2011


Current Status: Passed (Lok Sabha on September 04, 2013; Rajya Sabha on September 06, 2013; Ministry: Finance The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill (PFRDA) Bill 2011 provides for the establishment of an Authority to promote old age income security by establishing, developing and regulating pension funds, to protect the interests of … [Read more...]

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Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme

Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on August 29, 2013, gave its approval for continuing the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) during the 12th Plan period with a major focus on powerlooms in accordance with the Budget announcement for the financial year 2013-14. The total budget outlay for continuation of the scheme will be about Rs 11,900 … [Read more...]

Land Acquisition Bill

Land Acquisition Bill

Introduction:        Sept. 07, 2011 Current Status:     Passed by LS on August 29, 2013; Passed by Rajya Sabha on September 04, 2013 Ministry:            Rural Development The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011, popularly known as Land Acquisition Bill, which seeks to … [Read more...]

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All You Wanted To Know About Direct Benefit Transfer

Direct Benefit Transfer

There are many schemes and programmes of the Government of India under which many benefits are provided to the people such as subsidies, scholarships to students, benefits for feeding and pregnant mothers, and micro credit to poor women. Till now the beneficiaries were not getting this amount directly in their bank accounts. Also, there were cases where the … [Read more...]

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Maharashtra Governor Signs Anti-Superstition Bill

Narendra Dabholkar

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan gave his assent to anti the anti black magic and superstition ordinance on August 24. The angry protest sparked by the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's killing in Puney prompted the Maharashtra government to clear an ordinance to enforce the anti-superstition bill he had championed for years. Dabholkar had drafted … [Read more...]

National Skill Certification And Monetary Reward Scheme

Skill Development

Union Finance Minister Shri P Chidambaram on August 16 unveiled the National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme that will be implemented on pan-India basis. This is a first of its kind scheme to be launched in the country. The scheme was first proposed by the Finance Minister in the last Union Budget to allocate Rs 1,000 crore for a scheme that … [Read more...]

The Government Approves Changes To RTI Act


In a controversial move, the Union Cabinet, on August 1, approved changes to the Right to Information Act to block political parties from being covered under RTI. These amendments would exempt parties from being obliged to share details of their funding or how they choose their candidates. The move has come in the wake of the Central Information Commission … [Read more...]

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Draft National Sports Development Bill, 2013

Sports 1

  Draft National Sports Development Bill 2013, prepared by the Working Group for Drafting of the National Sports Development Bill 2013 under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, was today submitted to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh. Salient Feature: Duties have been imposed on the National Olympic Committee including … [Read more...]

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