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Daily PIB Summary - 07 August 2018

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PIB Summary

Employment Guarantee Scheme
  • Ministry of Rural Development has been implementing ‘The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005’ which provides at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. 
  • Government runs various employment generation schemes for beneficiaries like:
  1. Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) implemented by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, 
  2. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), 
  3. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) scheme run by Ministry of Rural Development, 
  4. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) implemented by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. 
  5. Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana has been initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the year 2016-17 for incentivizing employers for promoting employment generation. Under this scheme, Government is paying the entire employer’s contribution (12 % or as admissible) towards the EPS and EPF for all sectors w.e.f. 01.04.2018  to all eligible new employees and is applicable for all sectors for the next 3 years.

  • Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) is a scheme to extend collateral free loans by Banks, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) to small/micro business enterprises in the non-agricultural sector to individuals to enable them to setup or expand their business activities.
  • In order to improve the employability of youth, around 22 Ministries/Departments run skill development schemes across various sectors.
  • Government has also implemented the National Career Service (NCS) Project which comprises a digital portal that provides a nation-wide online platform for jobseekers and employers for job matching in a dynamic, efficient and responsive manner and has a repository of career content.

Shri Nitin Gadkari Launches Bidder Information Management System and Bhoomi Rashi - PFMS Linkage Portals 
  • The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari launched Bidder Information Management System (BIMS) and Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage - two IT initiatives of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry that are aimed at expediting pre construction processes relating to bidding and land acquisition respectively. 
  • he Minister also announced institution of Annual Awards for Excellence in National Highways Projects from this year onwards.
  • BIMS
  1. It is aimed at streamlining the process of pre-qualification of bidders for EPC Mode of contracts for National Highway works with enhanced transparency and objectivity.
  2. The portal will work as a data base of information about bidders, covering basic details, civil works experience, cash accruals and network, annual turnover etc. 
  3. The bidders would be responsible for ensuring that their latest details are available on the BIMS portal. These details will be used by bidders to apply for any RFP for civil works on EPC mode that has been floated by the Ministry and its implementation agencies on the Central Public Procurement Portal (CPPP).
  4. The BIMS portal will be operated in conjunction with the CPPP portal for invitation of bids for civil works for EPC mode.
  • Bhoomi Rashi
  1. The portal developed by MoRTH and NIC, comprises the entire revenue data of the country, right down to 6.4 lakh villages. 
  2. The entire process flow, from submission of draft notification by the State Government to its approval by the. Minister of State for RT&H and publication in e-Gazette, is online.
  3. Integration of Public Financial Management System (PFMS*) with Bhoomi Rashi is one of the key functionalities to facilitate payment related to compensation for land acquisition to all the beneficiaries directly through the Bhoomi Rashi system. 
  • *PFMS is a web-based online software application developed and implemented by the Office of Controller General of Accounts (CGA). to facilitate sound public financial management system for Government of India (GoI)
  • Shri Gadkari also announced the institution of Annual Awards for Excellence in National Highways Projects from this year onwards, for recognizing concessionaires and contractors who are performing exceptionally. The winners would be announced on the Good Governance Day on 25th December, 2018.
  • The Annual Road Awards to be presented every year starting 2018, are designed across five categories as follows:
  1. Excellence in Construction Management acknowledges efficient use of resources along with finest quality standards and smooth execution of all milestones of the project.
  2. Excellence in Operation & Maintenance recognises projects with swift and smooth execution of maintenance works, inspections and unparalleled quality in riding experience.
  3. Best Toll Plaza focuses on automation and efficient management of traffic and services at the plaza.
  4. Safe Highway acknowledges commendable work done to reduce road casualties and establish preventive safety measures and emergency response services.
  5. Innovation in Design or Construction Technology focuses on significant achievements in devising or adapting a new construction technology or structural and geometric design.
GeM to ensure transparency in public procurement
  • Government has set up Government e- Marketplace as a 100% Government owned company registered under the Companies Act, 2013 for providing online platform for procurement of common use goods and services by government organizations.
  • Government e- Marketplace (GeM) is an online platform for government users which was launched on 9th August, 2016.
  • It provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government users, achieve the best value of their money.
  • All the State Governments are utilising the services offered by Government e-Marketplace. In addition, 22 States have signed Memorandum of Understanding for making procurement through GeM portal mandatory in their state.
Startup India’s Academia Alliance Programme
  • Startup India launched the Startup Academia Alliance programme, a unique mentorship opportunity between academic scholars and startups working in similar domains.
  • It aims to reduce the gap between scientific research and its industrial applications in order to increase the efficacy of these technologies.
  • It strives to create lasting connections between the stakeholders of the startup ecosystem and implement the third pillar on which the Startup India Action Plan is based - Industry Academia Partnerships and Incubation.
  • The first phase of Startup Academia Alliance was kickstarted through partnering with Regional Centre for Biotechnology, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Council on Energy, Environment and Water, and TERI School of Advanced Studies. 
New Defence Production Policy
  • A draft Defence Production Policy 2018 has been prepared which provides a focused, structured and significant thrust to development of defence design and production capabilities in the country. 
  • The salient features of the Draft Policy which is already placed in public domain for consultation with stakeholders is as follows:
  1. Creation of a dynamic, robust and competitive defence and aerospace industry as an important part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
  2. Creation of a tiered defence industrial ecosystem in the country.
  3. Reducing current dependence on imports and strive to achieve self-reliance in development and manufacture of weapon systems / platforms.
  • The Policy mandates for Transfer of Technology or enhanced Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for domestic production in the event of non-availability of manufacturing capabilities in the country.
  • The policy envisages that Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) should focus on system integration, design and development, and actively engage domestic vendors in the private sector for other assembly work.