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By admin: Nov. 5, 2022

1. “Aibawk cluster” in Mizoram becomes the first cluster to be completed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission

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Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission

According to the Government of India, Aibawk cluster in the Aizawl district of Mizoram has become the first cluster to be completed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM). 

SPMRM was launched by the Government of India with a vision to provide amenities to rural areas which are perceived to be urban and have the potential to stimulate local economic development. 

300 clusters has been selected under the mission for well-planned and holistic development.

Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM)

The Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kurubhat, in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh on February 21, 2016.  The mission is of five years duration.

The mission follows a cluster based approach for rural development instead of focusing on a single village unit.

Aim of the Scheme 

The Aim of the Mission are: 

  • Bridging the rural-urban divide in the economic, technological and those related to facilities and services. 
  • Stimulating local economic development with emphasis on reduction of poverty and unemployment in rural areas. 
  • Spreading development in the region. 
  •  Attracting investment in rural areas.

What is a Rurban Cluster? 

A ‘Rurban cluster’ is a cluster of geographically contiguous villages with a population of about 25000 to 50000 in plain and coastal areas and with a population of 5000 to 15000 in desert, hilly or tribal areas. 

Under the Mission, presently, out of 300 selected clusters spread across the country, 109 are tribal clusters and 191 non-tribal clusters. 

Nodal ministry for the SPMRM scheme 

The Union Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal ministry for the implementation of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission.

Who identify the Rurban Clusters?

The Union Rural Development Ministry proposes a suggestive list of sub districts to the State. The State Governments then select the clusters following a set of indicated principles included in the Framework for Implementation of the scheme.

Funding pattern of the scheme 

Various rural development schemes of the Central and the State government are converged in the clusters. The funding meant for those schemes are spent into the cluster.

The SPMRM also provides an additional funding support of upto 30 percent of the project cost per cluster as Critical Gap Funding (CGF) as Central Share to enable development of such Rurban clusters.

Union Minister for Rural Development: Giriraj Singh 

By admin: Nov. 4, 2022

2. Uttarakhand Chief Minister launches Lakhpati Didi Yojana

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 Lakhpati Didi Yojana

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami launched the ‘Lakhpati Didi’ Yojana in Dehradun on 4 November 2022. The scheme is part of the government to empower the women of the state.

Lakhpati Didi Yojana 

The Lakhpati Didi Yojana is being launched by the Rural Development department of the Uttarakhand government under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). 

The government is aiming to enable at least 1.25 lakh women’s associated with various self-help groups (SHG) in the state to earn over  one lakh rupees  per year (Lakhpati)  by 2025. 

Under the 'Lakhpati Didi' scheme for women belonging to Self Help Groups (SHGs), will be encouraged to take up micro-enterprises with skill development.

The government will tie up e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Government e-Marketplace (GeM) so that the SHG products get national and International markets.

Uttarakhand which was formed on 9 November 2000 after the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh will turn 25 in 2025.  To commemorate the occasion the state government has set the target to make 1.25 lakh women Lakhpati by 2025.


Uttarakhand was formed on 9th November 2000 as the 27th State of India. It was formed by carving out the hilly areas of Uttar Pradesh.

It shares international boundaries with China (Tibet) in the north and Nepal in the east. On its north-west lies Himachal Pradesh, while on the south is Uttar Pradesh.

 The state is also famous as God’s Land or Dev Bhoomi.

It has a total of 13 districts.

Official state symbols 

  • State animal – Musk Deer
  • State flower – Brahma Kamal
  • State tree – Buransh (Rhododendron)
  • State Bird – Monal
  • State  musical Instrument – Dhol

By admin: Nov. 2, 2022

3. In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation’ Project

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In-Situ Slum

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 3,024 newly constructed EWS flats at Kalkaji in Delhi under the ‘In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation’ Project on November 2.

Important facts

  • He will also hand over the keys of the flats to the eligible beneficiaries at the Bhoomiheen camp at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi.

  • In line with the Prime Minister's vision of providing housing for all, Delhi Development Authority is undertaking in-situ slum rehabilitation work in 376 slum clusters.

  • The DDA has taken up three such projects in Kalkaji Extension, Jailorwala Bagh and Kathputli Colony.

About In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation’ Project 

  • The objective of the project is to provide a better and livable healthy environment with proper facilities to the people residing in slum clusters.

  • Under Phase I, 3024 EWS flats have been constructed at the vacant commercial centre site nearby.

  • The first phase of the project has been completed and 3024 flats are ready.

  • Under the Kalkaji Extension Project, in-situ slum rehabilitation of three slums—Bhumiheen Camp, Navjeevan Camp and Jawahar Camp at Kalkaji—is being carried out in a phased manner.

  • The slum site in the Bhumiheen camp will be vacated by rehabilitating the eligible families of this camp in newly constructed flats.

  • These flats have been constructed at a cost of about Rs 345 crore and are equipped with all civic amenities.

By admin: Nov. 2, 2022

4. Arunachal Pradesh to get Northeast’s first fish museum

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Arunachal Pradesh

A fish museum, the first of its kind in the Northeast, would soon be built in Arunachal Pradesh, Fisheries Minister Tage Taki said.

Important facts

  • The museum will be a part of the Integrated Aqua Park (IAP) sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Fisheries.

  • It will have all the fish species of the state and will act as a training center for the fishermen.

  • Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced one IAP for each state and union territory under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMSY) to bring about a blue revolution.

  • The proposed cost of the project is Rs 100 crore.

  • Rs 43.59 crore was sanctioned for the project in the current financial year as first instalment.

  • The existing Tarin Fish Farm (TFF) located in the high altitude Bulla village will be upgraded as an IAP where this museum will be built.

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMSSY)

  • It is a sustainable development scheme focused on the fisheries sector, to be implemented in all States/UTs from FY 2020-21 to FY 2024-25 (during a period of 5 years) under Atmanirbhar Bharat.

  • Under this scheme, an investment of Rs 20,050 crore will be made in the fisheries sector.

  • Insurance cover, financial assistance and Kisan Credit Card facility are also provided to the fishermen under the scheme.

  • Its objective is to rapidly promote rural development and rural economy by utilising rural resources.

  • An impressive growth of 14.3 percent has been registered in the fisheries sector till the year 2021-22 as compared to the year 2019-20.

By admin: Oct. 22, 2022

5. PM Modi hands over houses built under PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) in Madhya Pradesh to over 4.51 lakh families virtually

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 PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) in Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 October 2022 handed over houses to 4 lakh 51 thousand families of Madhya Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin virtually. 

Virtually addressing the state-level program organized in Satna, the Prime Minister said that home brings progress for all as the village also progresses due to construction of houses along with the owner of the house. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present in the programme..

Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, about 38 Lakh houses have been sanctioned so far in Madhya Pradesh and construction of about 29 Lakh houses has been completed at a cost of more than Rs. 35,000 crores.

Housing for All 

Government of India has launched Housing for All scheme to provide pucca houses to the eligible person by 2022.

The Housing for All target goal is to be achieved by two central government scheme ; Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana -Gramin (PMAY-U) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban(PMAY-U)

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana -Gramin (PMAY-U)

It was earlier known as Indira Awas Yojana . It was revamped and relaunched as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana -Gramin (PMAY-U) on 20th November, 2016 with effect from 1st April 2016.  

The program envisages the completion of 2.95 crore PMAY-G houses with all basic amenities for the identified beneficiaries  by the year 2022.

It is being implemented by the Union Ministry of  Rural Development.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban(PMAY-U)

It was launched on 25 June 2015 by the Government of India and it is being implemented by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

The scheme aims to provide pucca houses to all the eligible beneficiaries by 2022. 

Around 1.12 crore houses are to be constructed under the scheme .

By admin: Oct. 20, 2022

6. Prime Minister Modi launches Mission LiFE globally in Kevadia, Gujarat

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launches Mission LiFE globally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) in the presence of the United Nations of the Secretary-General, António Guterres at the Statue of Unity, Ekta Nagar, Kevadia on 20 October 2022.

Several world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, United Kingdom's Prime Minister Liz Truss, Georgia Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Estonia Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, and Madagascar President Rajoelina sent video messages for the global launch. 

Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said that the vision of LiFE is to live a lifestyle that is in tune with our planet and does not harm it. And those who live such a lifestyle are called “Pro-Planet People.” Mission LiFE will strengthen the concept of P3 (Pro-Planet People) and join the people of Earth.

LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment)

  • The idea of LiFE (‘Lifestyle for the Environment) was given by Prime Minister Modi at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow 2021.
  • The idea promotes an environmentally conscious lifestyle that focuses on 'mindful and deliberate utilisation' instead of 'mindless and destructive consumption'.

Strategy of LiFE

According to the Prime Minister Office (PMO) the "Mission LiFE aims at following a three-pronged strategy for changing our collective approach towards sustainability. 

First is by nudging individuals to practise simple yet effective environment-friendly actions in their daily lives (demand);

Second is by enabling industries and markets to respond swiftly to the changing demand (supply) and; 

Third is to influence government and industrial policy to support both sustainable consumption and production (policy).

By admin: Oct. 19, 2022

7. PM launches Gujarat government’s Mission Schools of Excellence at Trimandir, Adalaj, Gujarat

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 Schools of Excellence at Trimandir

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched Mission Schools of Excellence at Trimandir, Adalaj, Gujarat on 19 October 2022.The Mission will help strengthen education infrastructure in Gujarat by setting up new classrooms, smart classrooms, computer labs and overall upgradation of the infrastructure of schools in the State.  During the event at Trimandir, the Prime Minister also launched projects worth around Rs 4260 crores. 

Mission Schools of Excellence 

 It is a five year Gujarat government project that aims to improve the quality of education in the state.  It is a World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) funded project. 

Budget of the project 

The total budget for the mission is Rs 10,000 crore. World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will provide a loan of Rs 7,500 crore for the Gujarat government's Mission School of Excellence project.

Aim of the Project 

  • It will cover all 35,133 government and 5,847 grant-in-aid schools in the state. 
  • The funds will be spent on building 50,000 new classrooms, creating 1.5 lakh smart classrooms, 20,000 new computer labs and 5,000 Atal  tinkering labs in 41,000-odd government and grant-in-aid schools across the state.
  •  It is estimated that nearly one crore school students will benefit directly from this ambitious project in the next five years.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) 

  • It is a multilateral development bank which was set up in 2016. 
  • Its area of operation is in Asia and it provides loans to build Infrastructure of tomorrow -green infrastructure with sustainability, innovation and connectivity at its core.
  • However its members are from around the world. At present it has 104 member countries.
  • China is the majority shareholder of the bank and India is the second largest shareholder of the bank 
  • The United States and Japan are not the members of the bank 
  • AIIB has given maximum loans to India 

Current President of the Bank: Jin Liqun of China.

Headquarters: Beijing, China 

By admin: Oct. 17, 2022

8. Prime Minister Inaugurates 600 Pradan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 at Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi on 17 October, 2022.

Important facts

  • The Prime Minister also inaugurated 600 Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras (PMKSK) under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers.

  • The Prime Minister also launched the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Fertilizer Project - One Nation One Fertilizer.

  • One Nation, One Fertilizer will free the farmer from all kinds of confusion regarding the quality and availability of manure.

  • During the event, the Prime Minister also released the 12th instalment of Rs 16,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through Direct Benefit Transfer.

  • The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Agriculture Startup Conclave and Exhibition.

  • During the programme, the Prime Minister also launched an e-magazine on fertilisers, 'Indian Age'.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras

  • 3.25 lakh fertilizer shops will be developed across the country as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samridhi Kendra (PMKSK).

  • These will be the centres where farmers can not only buy fertilizers and seeds but also conduct soil tests and get useful information about farming techniques.

  • Under this scheme, retail fertilizer shops in the country will be converted into PMKSK in a phased manner.

By admin: Oct. 17, 2022

9. PM Modi distributed PMJAY-MA Yojana Ayushman cards in Gujarat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed Ayushman cards to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana- Chief Minister Amrutam (PMJAY-MA) in Gujarat on October 17.

Important facts

  • The Prime Minister distributed Ayushman cards through video conference in a program organised in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat.

  • Ayushman PVC cards will be distributed to more than 50 lakh beneficiaries under PMJAY-MA scheme in Gujarat.

  • This card is made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) material.

  • The Centre's PMJAY scheme, which provides health care facilities to the economically weaker sections, was linked to Gujarat's Chief Minister Amrutam and Mukhyamantri Amrutam Vatsalya (MAV) health schemes in 2019.

  • Now all the beneficiaries of state schemes are eligible to get PMJAY-MA card.

  • The “Mukhyamantri Amrutam (MA)” scheme was launched in 2012 by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi to protect poor citizens from the cost of medical treatment and illness.

Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)

  • It is the world's largest health insurance scheme which is fully funded by the government.

  • It was launched in February 2018.

  • Under this scheme a sum insured of Rs.5 lakh per family is provided for secondary care (which does not include specialist) as well as tertiary care (which include specialist).

  • Under this, the health benefit package includes surgery, medicine and daily treatment, cost of medicines and diagnosis.

By admin: Oct. 15, 2022

10. Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 on October 17

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 on 17th October, 2022 at Mela Ground, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Pusa in New Delhi.

Important facts

  • On this occasion, the Prime Minister will release Rs 16,000 Crores under the PM-KISAN flagship scheme as 12th instalment through Direct Benefit Transfer.

  • The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Agri Start-up Conclave and Exhibition.

  • He will also inaugurate 600 PM Kisan Samridhi Kendras (PM-KSKs) of the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

  • On this occasion he will also launch Bharat Urea Bags, India’s biggest move in fertilizers-One Nation One Fertilizer Scheme for Farmers.

  • During this event, the Prime Minister will launch an international weekly fertilizer e-magazine Indian Age.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

  • It was launched on 24 February, 2019 by PM Modi to supplement financial needs of land holding farmers.

  • Under the scheme financial benefit of Rs 6000 per year in three equal instalments, every four month is transferred into the bank accounts of farmers’ families across the country through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.

  • It is a central sector scheme with 100% funding by the Government of India.

  • It is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

  • So far, eligible farmer families have received benefits of more than Rs 2 lakh crore under PM-KISAN through 11 instalments.