Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh Crown of India:
Path breaking decisions- Bringing J&K to Mainstream
Modi Government in a historic step removes special provisions under Article 370 to Jammu & Kashmir. Article 35 A of the Constitution abrogated.
Brings Jammu & Kashmir at par with other States & UTs
All provisions of the Constitution of India to now apply on J&K.
Boost to the local economy and job creation by allowing private investment.
Betterment of socio-economic infrastructure in the state.
Laws pertaining to Education, Empowerment of SCs, STs, Minorities & others to be applicable to J&K.
Provision of 10% quota to economically weaker sections of society to apply in the state of J&K in jobs and educational institutions.
Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, 2019
Jammu & Kashmir to be a Union territory with a Legislative Assembly
Fulfilling its age old dream, Ladakh now to be a Union Territory without a Legislative Assembly.
Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Act 2019
With the passage of the Act, 3% reservation in services and educational institutions available to people living near the Line of Control (L0C) has now been extended to people living near the International Border (IB) in J&K.
Sweeping Economic Reforms –Towards $5 Trillion Economy
Fulfilling the Promises of Manifesto
- Modi Government has committed itself to make India a five trillion dollar economy.
- To spur investment and create new employment opportunities, PM Modi set up two Cabinet committees to deal with the two crucial issues respectively.
- Both the panels, the Investment and Growth panel and the Employment and Skill Development panel are headed by the Prime Minister himself.
- PM Modi also announced setting up of a high-powered Committee on structural reforms in the agriculture sector. The panel also includes some Chief Ministers to examine legislative changes required for reforms.
Historic Merger of Public Sector Banks
- Moving towards the objective of achieving $5 trillion economy 10 public sector banks were merged into four entities to create 2nd largest, 4th largest, 5th largest and 7th largest PSBs in India.
- Subsequently, Number of public sector banks now stands at 12 from 27 in 2017.
- Bank Mergers would rationalise operations reducing cost of lending, enhance profitability, and boost economy.
- Merger would enable Banks enhanced credit capacity, enhanced risk appetite, better ability to raise resources from markets, strong national presence and global competitive edge.
Additional Credit expansion through Public Sector Banks (PSB)s:
- 70,000 crore to be released to public sector banks upfront and additional lending & liquidity to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore, to benefit corporates, retail borrowers, MSMEs, small traders and others.
Support to Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs):
- Additional liquidity support to HFCs – 20,000 Cr by National Housing Bank, increasing it to Rs. 30,000 Cr.
Linking Repo Rate to Interest Rate – Reducing EMI for Housing Loans, Vehicle etc.:
- By directly linking Repo rate to interest rates EMI for retail loans and working capital loans has been reduced
- Working capital loans for industry will also become cheaper
Banks to effect timely rate cuts:
- Banks to pass on rate cuts through MCLR reduction to benefit all borrowers
- In order to provide for long term credit, It is proposed to establish an organisation to provide Credit Enhancement for infrastructure and housing projects. This would enhance debt flow towards such projects.
Fillip to Automobile sector:
- In order to boost the automobile sector, Modi Government has increased the Allowable depreciation to 30% on all vehicles acquired from now till March 2020.
- Ban on purchase of new vehicles by Government Departments lifted.
- BS IV vehicles purchased till 31.3.20 to remain operational for entire period of registration.
- Modi Government focuses on infrastructure for development of ancillaries /components including batteries for export.
- To further incentivise e-mobility, customs duty is being exempted on certain parts of electric vehicles.
Boosting Railways – the Growth Engine of Indian Economy
- Budget 2019 of the Modi 2.0 Government, lays road map to make Railways the growth engine of the country – Rs 50 Lakh Crore to be invested by 2030.
- Railways registered Best Ever Safety Record – Zero Passenger Fatalities in April to Aug 2019
- Approval for raising of speed to 160 kmph by 2022-23 on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi Howrah routes
- 2nd Vande Bharat Express to start service shortly, 95 trains have been upgraded to Utkrisht standard
- Three New Lines Approved
- A 3rd line between Allahabad- Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, New Line between Sahjanwa-Dohrighat (UP), New Line between Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur (Maharashtra)
- Doubling of Line from New Bongaigaon-Agthori (Assam)
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Ease of Doing Business
- To be treated as civil liability.
- Ministry of Corporate Affairs to review the sections under Companies Act.
- Government has provided companies time for completing ongoing projects towards fulfil their CSR obligations.
Transparency & Accountability in Tax administration:
- In order to address complaints of harassment, Modi Government decides that all notices, summons by income tax authorities to be issued by centralized computer system with unique Document Identification Number, on or after 1st October 2019.
- From 1st October, 2019 all notices to be disposed off within three months from the date of reply.
Relief from enhanced surcharge on Longterm/Short-term Capital Gains:
- To encourage investment in capital markets, Modi Government has withdrawn the enhanced surcharge on long / short term capital gains tax.
- In order to reduce harassment and bring in greater efficiency, Public Sector Banks are now mandated to return loan documents within 15 days of loan closure. Move to benefit Borrowers who have mortgaged assets
- Online tracking of loan applications by customers introduced – to increase transparency, reduce harassment, and improve turnaround time.
- All pending GST refund due to MSMEs shall be paid within 30 days.
- Improved transparent One Time Settlement (OTS) policy to benefit MSME and retail borrowers in settling their overdues.
- Amendment to MSME Act to move towards single definition to be considered
Boost to Start-ups
- Withdrawal of Angel Tax provisions for Startups and their investors.
- Dedicated cell for startups to address the problems of startups.
- Small start-ups with turnover upto Rs. 25 crore will continue to get the promised tax holiday as specified in the Income Tax Act, 1961, which provides deduction for 100 per cent of income of an eligible start-up for 3 years out of 7 years from the year of its incorporation.
Taxation – Ease of life for tax payers – Income tax, GST, Customs:
- Modi Government has allowed the Interchangeability of PAN card and Aadhaar allowed for filing the Income Tax Returns for ease and convenience of tax payers.
- Prefilling of IT returns
- Faceless scrutiny tax payers from Vijaya Dashmi 2019
- Refund process of GST simplified.
- Risk based approach in dealing with tax payers
- Contribution of ESIC reduced from 6.5% to 4%
- Fixed term employment for flexibility in hiring
- Web-based and jurisdiction-free Inspections
- Inspection report to be uploaded within 48 hours
- Compounding of offences
- Self-certification for start-ups – 6 labour laws
- Single air and water clearance for MSMEs
- Single consent to establish a factory by MSMEs
- It now takes just a day to incorporate a company – Central Registration Centre for name reservation & incorporation
- Integrated Incorporation Form
- Shifting of 16 offence sections to monetary penalty only
- Faster & easier approvals for mergers and acquisitions
- Modifications in provisions for Differential Voting Rights
- Withdrawal of over 14,000 prosecutions under Companies Act
Amendments to IBC to strengthen it even more
- Several amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) have been approved.
- The resolution time for NPAs brought to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) fixed to 330 days including time spent in legal challenges.
Use of Bank KYCs by NBFCs:
- NBFCs to be permitted to use Aadhaar authenticated bank KYC to avoid repeated processes.
Deepening of bond markets in India:
- To improve access to long term finance
- Development of Credit Default Swap markets, in consultation with RBI and SEBI.
- Ministry of Finance to work with RBI to improve domestic market in bonds,
- The Companies (Share capital and Debenture rules) 2014 amended to remove the requirement for creation of a Debenture Redemption Reserve (DRR)
Access of Indian Companies to the Global Markets:
- The Depository Receipt Scheme 2014 expected to be operationalized soon by SEBI. This will give Indian companies increased access to foreign funds through ADR/GDR.
Use of Aadhaar based KYCs for domestic retail investors:
- In order to improve market access for the domestic retail investors, Aadhaar-based KYC to be permitted for opening of Demat account and making investment in mutual funds
Simplified KYC for foreign and investors and FPIs:
- Simplified KYC procedure to improve market access for foreign investors including FPIs
Offshore Rupee Market:
- Offshore Rupee market to be brought to domestic stock exchanges and permit trading of USD – INR derivatives in GIFT IFSC.
Rs 100 lakh crores for developing modern infrastructure over 5 years:
- An inter-ministerial Task Force formed to finalise the pipeline of infrastructure projects worth over Rs.100 lakh Crore over 5 years.
- The above initiative is expected to boost growth and creation of jobs.
Reduction in Corporate tax:
- Corporate Tax reduced to 25% for all companies having annual turnover up to Rs. 400 crores.
- 3% of the companies to benefit from this.
Review of FDI policy on various sectors approved:
- The changes in FDI policy will result in making India a more attractive FDI destination, leading to benefits of increased investments, employment and growth.
- 100% FDI under automatic route for coal mining, will attract international players to create an efficient and competitive coal market.
- FDI now permitted under automatic route in contract manufacturing will be a big boost to the objective of Make in India.
- 26% FDI under government route is now permitted for uploading/ streaming of News & Current Affairs through Digital Media, on the lines of print media.
- The extant FDI Policy provides that 30% of the value of goods has to be procured from India if SBRT entity has FDI more than 51%. Now the local sourcing norms have been eased for FDI in Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT). This will lead to greater flexibility and ease of operations for SBRT entities, besides creating a level playing field for companies with higher exports in a base year.
Companies Amendment Act, 2019:
- The amended Act promote ease of doing business, de-clogging of National Company Law Tribunal and Special Courts. The focus is on serious cases of violations of the Act and ensuring enhanced compliance by corporates.
Special Economic Zone (Amendment) Act, 2019
- SEZ (Amendment) Act, will enable any entity to set up a unit in SEZs, including Trusts. This would help boost investments and create new export and job opportunities.
- Investments proposed of USD 1.1 bn since ordinance was promulgated earlier this year.
Traders – Long pending demand fulfilled
National Traders’ Welfare Board established to understand the issues and problems faced by traders and employees in their day to day business operations and for their welfare.
Merger of Council of Trade and Development and Board of Trade
Common platform for addressing export related concerns, with a focus on addressing these on a priority basis.
Enhanced revenues and better airports via leasing out of airports
The Modi government in order to improve investment, efficiency and delivery has decided to lease out three airports – Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru of Airports Authority of India through PPP model.
This will also result in enhanced revenues to the AAI.
Tallest ATC Tower:
India’s Tallest Air Traffic Control Tower was inaugurated at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, on the 2nd September 2019.
Ensuring Social Justice to all Sections of Society
Sigh of Relief for Married Muslim Women – Regressive Practise of Triple Talaq abolished
- In a step to protect the vulnerable married Muslim Women, Modi Government has abolished the regressive practise of Triple Talaq.
- Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 abolishes Triple Talaq. Any pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife shall be void and illegal.
- Makes Triple Talaq a punishable offence with imprisonment up to three years and fine.
Safeguarding Child Rights: Modi Government amends POCSO Act
- Brings in death penalty for sexual assault on children.
- It makes the offences against children gender neutral.
- 1023 fast track courts to be set up in one year for speedy hearing of POCSO cases.
- 40,000 teachers to be trained for awareness in schools across the country to make children aware about the good and bad touch.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019: Upholding the rights of Transgender.
- Prohibits discrimination and defines the rights of a transgender person.
- No government or private entity can discriminate against a transgender person in employment.
- The Bill provides a mechanism for their social, economic and educational empowerment.
- 150 Eklavya Model Residential Schools(EMRS) approved, to provide quality upper primary, secondary and senior secondary level education to ST students in tribal dominated areas
- 55 already functional
- Van Dhan Yojana – Value addition to traditional forest product/items though Van Dhan Vikas Kendra; Tribals to be provided skill upgradation and capacity building training
- 123 VDVK units sanctioned for Nagaland, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
- A record number of 2 lakh Indian Muslims including 48 percent women to go to Haj this year, that too without any subsidy.
- 5 crore students, including 50 percent girls will be provided various scholarships in the next five years.
- nearly 100 per cent digitisation of about 6 lakh registered Waqf properties across the country has been completed
Ensuring Wage Security
THE CODE ON WAGES, 2019: Women’s equality ensured.
- Historic Act – removes discrimination against Women and ensures equal wages as their male counterparts.
- Ensures statutory protection for minimum wages and timely payment of wages to approximately 50 crore workers of organized as well as unorganized sector.
- Many unorganised sector workers like agricultural workers, painters, persons working in restaurants and dhabas and chowkidars, who were outside the ambit of minimum wages, will get legislative protection of minimum wages.
Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-Dhan Yojana, 2019:
- Modi Government approved Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-Dhan Yojana, 2019 to provide minimum assured pension of Rs 3000 to small traders after attaining the age of 60 years.
- Around 3 crore small traders will be benefited from the scheme.
- All shopkeepers, retail traders and self-employed persons to benefit
Ensuring Consumer Protection
- Consumer Protection Act, 2019 notified on 09 August 2019.
- Restrictions on stock limits removed under the Essential Commodities Act to encourage contractfarming.
- To ensure stable prices, buffer stock of 16 LMT pulses has been built up.
Reduction of contribution under ESIC
- Govt reduced rate of contribution under ESI Act from 6.5% to 4% for both employees and Employers. It will benefit 3.6 crore employees and 12.85 lakhs employers.
Protecting the poor from financial frauds – The Banning of Unregulated Deposits Schemes Act 2019
- Act will help tackle the menace of illicit deposit taking activities in the country.
- It seeks to provide for a comprehensive mechanism to ban the unregulated deposit schemes, other than deposits taken in the ordinary course of business, and to protect the interest of depositors
Empowerment of All
Development Reaching the Unreached
- During 2019-20 to 2021-22, 1.95 crore houses are proposed to be provided to eligible beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin.
- By 2022, the 75th year of India’s independence, the government to ensure every single rural family has an electricity and a clean cooking gas connection.
- Drinking water to be provided to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
- One woman in every Self-Help Group (SHG) will be allowed for a loan upto Rs 1 lakh under Mudra loan. Every women SHG member having a verified Jan Dhan account to get an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000.
- Under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) 16,085 hospitals have been empanelled, 41 lakh beneficiaries have been admitted and 10 Crore e-cards have been issued.
- Under Ayushman Bharat, More than 20,700 Health and Wellness centres have become operational across the country.
One Nation One Ration Card
- To achieve this objective, Interstate portability has been implemented in four states viz., Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Prime Minister’s Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)
In significant achievement, PMUY has achieved the target of 8 Crores within 100 days. More than 80Lakh consumers have been added in the last 100 days.
As on 29.08.2019, the total sale of 5kg refills is 17,39,054 and number of consumers who have opted for 5kg refill is 4,89,322.
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM)
16,494 Self Help Groups (SHGs) formed.
11,750 individuals/youth trained and certified in different skills fit for livelihood in urban areas; over 8,000 got placement.
8,183 beneficiaries assisted for setting up of individual/group micro enterprises.
49 shelters constructed and made functional for urban homeless;
Rs 164.27 cr central assistance released to States during the period.
Towards Doubling Farmer Incomes
Extending the PM-KISAN safety umbrella for all farmers
- Modi Government extended the PM KISAN Scheme to another 3.44 crore farmers, takes total beneficiaries to 6.37 Crore.
- In 100 days `8,955 crores have been transferred as direct benefit to farmer families taking the total to `20,520 crores
Pension scheme to secure lives of Anna-Daatas
- 5 Crore Small and Marginal farmers to get pension benefits under PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana in the first three years itself.
- Provides for a minimum pension of `3000 per month to those who attain 60 years of age
Creation of a 40 LMT sugar buffer stock
- Creation of a buffer stock of 40 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of sugar for one year from August 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020, at an estimated cost of ` 1,674 crore
- The reimbursement under the scheme to be directly credited into the farmers’ account on behalf of mills.
- It will facilitate the timely clearance of cane price dues of farmers and stabilization in sugar prices.
- The decision will benefit sugar mills in all sugarcane producing states by way of clearing their cane price arrears.
Sugar Export Policy for evacuation of surplus stocks
- About 60 lakh tons of sugar to be exported this financial year
- Lump sum export subsidy at Rs. 10,448 per Metric Tonne (MT) has been approved to be given to sugar mills for the sugar season 2019-20. The total estimated expenditure of about Rs.6,268 crore will be incurred for this purpose.
- The subsidy would be directly credited into farmers’ account on behalf of mills against cane price dues and subsequent balance, if any, would be credited to mill’s account.
- Procurement price for Ethanolincreased. Higher Prices to increase the Ethanol availability.
- This will help in reduction of cane farmer’s arrears, and reduces the difficulties of sugarcane farmers.
- Increased Ethanol blending in petrol has many benefits including reduction in import dependency, support to agricultural sector, more environmentally friendly fuel, lesser pollution and additional income to farmers.
Higher minimum support prices for Kharif crops
- The increase in minimum support prices (MSP) for kharif crops, approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, is in line with giving farmers 1.5 times the cost of production.
- The highest percentage return to farmers over their cost of production is for Bajra (85%) followed by Urad (64%) and Tur (60%).
Mission to eliminate Foot and Mouth disease and Brucellosis
- Prime Minister to launch the nation-wide Mission on 11 September 2019.
- 100% Funding from Central Government
- Total Cost of the Scheme Rs 12,652 Crore from 2019 to 2024
Towards Commanding Water Security
Formation of Jal Shakti Ministry
- Fulfilling a promise made in their manifesto to urgently but comprehensively address water-related issues, Modi Government formed the Jal Shakti Ministry.
- Water management and access to safe drinking water has become part of the public discourse, mainly thanks to PM Modi’s continuous focus on it.
- On 1 July 2019, the Jal Shakti Abhiyan – a campaign for water conservation and water security was launched..
- Target to complete 2.11 lakh Jal Shakti Abhiyan related works in the selected 1146 rural blocks by 15th October. Of these, over 1.57 lakh works have already been completed till date.
- The MGNREGS provides substantial support to the Jal Shakti Abhiyan in all the 5 priorities of Water Conservation, renovation of traditional water bodies, reuse and recharge structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation.
- 23 lakh Natural Resource Management (NRM)/ Water Conservation works (MGNREGS) have been completed till 30th August 2019.
Boost to Transparency – Weeding out the Corrupt
- 49 Taxmen including Senior officers were given compulsory retirement under under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in public interest.
Budget Session 2019-Witnessed passage of several significant Bills
- Parliament passed several significant Bills: repeal of Article 370, Reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir, Triple Talaq Bill, Motor Vehicle Bill.
- Total 40 Bills (33 in Lok Sabha and 07 in Rajya Sabha) were introduced in the parliament during the Budget session of 17th Lok Sabha. 35 Bills were passed by Lok Sabha; 32 Bills by Rajya Sabha and 30 Bills passed by both the Houses of Parliament.
- The passage of 30 Bills by both the Houses is a record in single first/effective Session after constitution of the Lok Sabha.
- The productivity of Lok Sabha was approximately 137% and that of RajyaSabha was approximately 103%.
Repealing 58 redundant laws
- After the Modi government came in 2014, over 1,000 redundant laws were repealed. Now, in 2019, it cleared a bill for the repeal of 58 redundant laws.
- Some of them ease the lives of people and ease business since they were outdated but could still be used to harass people.
Legal aid to poor, disadvantaged sections of society under Tele-Law Programme
- Legal aid through Panel Lawyers via video conference and telephone facility available at the 28060 Common Service Centres (CSCs) situated at the Panchayat level in 115 Aspirational Districts.
- Women, Children, Scheduled Caste, scheduled tribe, victims of human trafficking, victims of earthquake and natural disasters are among those eligible for free legal advice under the Tele-Law programme.
- Others can avail the Tele-Law service on the payment of Rs 30 /- per consultation.
Strengthening the Judicial Apparatus
- Modi Government Increases the strength of judges in the Supreme Court from 30 to 33 in addition to the Chief Justice of India.
- The move aimed at cutting down the number of pending cases.
India becomes the biggest and most secure habitat for the Tiger
- In a landmark achievement, number of tigers in India has risen to 2967 in 2018.
- Increase of 33% the highest ever recorded.
- Increase in the “Protected Areas” in the country. In 2019, there are more than 860 protected areas, which were 692 in 2014.
Remarkable jump to 52nd rank in Global Innovation Index 2019
- India jumps 5 places to rank 52nd on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019.
- Jump of 29 places from 81 in 2015 to 52 in 2019 is the biggest jump by any major economy.
Strict action against Terrorism:
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act,2019
- Act allows Central Government to designate Individuals as terrorists and seize their property.
- DG(NIA) empowered to seize/forfeit property representing proceeds of terrorism in cases investigated by NIA.
National Investigation Agency Act, Amendment Act 2019
- NIA empowered with extra territorial jurisdiction for investigation of terrorism related offences taking place outside India, in which Indian property/citizens are victims.
- The mandate of NIA expanded by inclusion of new offences viz. explosive substances, human traffickings, manufacturing/sale of prohibited arms and cyber terrorism, to its Schedule.
Cyber Crime Control:
- National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (cybercrime.gov.in) launched as a citizen centric initiative to facilitate public for reporting of all types of Cyber Crimes without visiting Police Station.
- The complaints reported on this portal are accessible online to the law enforcement agencies of respective States/UTs for taking appropriate action as per law.
- Establishment of International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) – Prime Minister will launch the CDRI during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September, 2019.
Modi Government Ensures Road Safety through Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019
- Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019, comes into force, paving the way for an efficient, safe and corruption free transport system in the country.
- Directions issued to NHAI to make electronic toll collection mandatory on all its toll plazas from 1st December this year.
Push to Electric mobility
- GST rate on electric vehicles (EVs) reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent making EVs affordable for consumers.
- GST on EV Chargers slashed from 18% to 5% making infrastructure for EV affordable.
- Hiring of Electric Buses by local authorities exempted from GST to promote use of EV for public transportation.
- Additional income tax deduction of Rs. 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on loans taken to purchase electric vehicles. This amounts to a benefit of around Rs. 2.5 lakh over the loan period to the taxpayers who take loans to purchase electric vehicle.
- Guidelines issued for Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme.
- The Scheme aims at –
- Setting up of 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground/ Stilt Mounted Grid Connected Solar or other Renewable Energy based Power Plants;
- Installation of 17.50 Lakh Stand-alone Solar Agriculture Pumps;
- Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid Connected Agriculture Pumps.
- Total installed Renewable Energy capacity of India crossed 80,000 MW mark on 30 June, 2019
- During the last hundred days, over 80 Lakh LED Bulbs distributed, nearly 91,000 LED Tubelights distributed, 33,500 Energy Efficient Fans distributed
- These measures are expected to save 123 Million Units of Power in a year.
Dibang Hydroelectric project –
- Cabinet approved Dibang Hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh.
- This will be the largest hydro project in India with estimated cost of Rs 28080 cr.
- Will produce 2880 MW of power and Help prevent floods
Smart City Mission
- 88 projects worth Rs 609 crore completed. 153 new projects worth Rs 2,778 crore tendered; 127 work orders worth Rs 4,086 have been issued.
- One City One Impact, a 100 Day Program launched. Each of the 100 smart cities proposed an initiative to be accomplished in 100 days concluding on 2 October 2019. 2.7 Crore people to benefit through the initiative
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
- 26 lakh houses to be constructed in urban areas with an investment of Rs. 23,400 cr and a central assistance of by 2021-22
- 95 Crore houses to be built in Gramin Areas for eligible beneficiaries
- Interest paid on housing loans is allowed as a deduction to the extent of Rs. 2 lakh in respect of self-occupied property
- Additional deduction of upto Rs 1.5 lakh on interest paid on loans borrowed upto 31 March, 2020 for purchase of house up to Rs 45 lakhs.
- Therefore, a person purchasing an affordable house will now get an enhanced interest deduction up to Rs 3.5 lakh. This will translate into a benefit of around Rs 7 lakh to the middle class home-buyers over their loan period of 15 years
- A tax holiday has already been provided on the profits earned by developers of affordable housing
- For the first time ever, an Indian waterway was used for transportation of cargo between the two countries, using India for transit on 12.7.19.
- India becomes the first country in the world to provide Biometric Seafarers Identity Document with enhanced security measures to its seafarers.
- An Inland Waterways Authority of India vessel carrying 1000 ton cargo from Bhutan to Bangladesh over National Waterway -2 (Brahmaputra) and the Indo Bangla Protocol Route was digitally flagged-off by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Shipping.
- MoU signed between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, during the visit of Prime Minister of India to Maldives on June 8, 2019. This will pave the way for ferry services between Maldives & Kerala.
- Historic Illumination of Qutb Minar and Safdarjung Tomb inaugurated.
- 10 historical Monuments across the country will remain open till 9 pm for common public.
- Incredible India Campaign Wins Pata (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Gold Award 2019
- Adventure Tourism – 137 Mountain Peaks in four States opened to foreigners for mountaineering and trekking
- “AADI MAHOTSAV” held in the newly formed UT of LEH 17 th August- 160 tribal artisans from more than 20 states showcased their masterpieces.
- To mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of YogaThirty Three (33) Sammans under Three categories to be conferred.
- Eleven Sammans to be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English under category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.
- Eleven Sammans to be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English under category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television.
- Eleven Sammans to be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English under category “Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio.
First government decision dedicated to those who protect India
- The first decision of the Modi 2.0 government showed where its priorities are – with those who sacrifice their lives to protect us
- Major changes were approved in the ‘Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme’ under the National Defence Fund. The rates of scholarship were increased substantially.
- Moreover, the ambit of the scholarship scheme was extended to the children of state police officials who were martyred during terror attacks or naxal attacks.
Focus on Healthcare Infrastructure
Modi Government brings in National Medical Council Act 2019 Aims at overhauling of Medical Education
- National Medical Council Act aims to reduce the burden on students, bring down costs of medical education, simplify procedures, help to enhance the number of medical seats in India, ensure quality education, and provide wider access to people for quality healthcare.
- The move will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country.
- On a related note, the academic year 2019-20 witnesses the biggest addition of medical seats in government colleges in a single year. 2,750 seats in 25 new government medical colleges added.
75 new Medical Colleges approved
- 75 additional Government Medical Colleges approved, to be established by 2021-22 and attached with existing district / referral hospitals under Phase-III of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored scheme.
- This would lead to an increase of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country, improve tertiary care in Government sector, utilize existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country.
- New medical colleges to be set up in under-served areas having no medical college.
- Preference will be given to Aspirational Districts and District Hospital having 300 beds.
Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019
- Provides for reservation of posts in appointments to teachers cadre in Central universities.
- Decision is expected to improve the teaching standards in the higher educational institutions by attracting all eligible talented candidates belonging to SCs/STs/SEBCs/EWS categories.
Making Higher Education Reachable: 2 New Central Universities in Andhra Pradesh
- Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Lok Sabha seeks to establish two new universities in Andhra Pradesh – the Central University of Andhra Pradesh and the Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh.
- Jeevan Kaushal – Life skills programme launched for improving employability of the students.
- Modi Government launches world’s largest teacher training programme NISHTHA – to build capacities of 42 Lakh government teachers
Fit India Movement:
- Fit India Movement launched by Prime Minister of India on the occasion of National Sports Day i.e. 29th August, 2019.
- The objective is to make fitness an integral part of daily life of Indians by encouraging them to enrol and participate in Fitness Events/Activities.
- Movement to cover all aspects having a bearing on fitness and healthy living viz., physical fitness, mental fitness, healthy life style, healthy eating habits, health and balance diet, preventive health care, sustainable and environment friendly living, etc.
Boost to Sports
- Everest Massif Expedition and Climbathon 2019 being organized by Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi, to promote adventure among youth.
- To make India a hub of higher education, government proposes ‘Study in India’ to bring in foreign students to pursue education here
- National Research Foundation (NRF) to be set up to strengthen overall research ecosystem in the country, integrating funds available under all Ministries.
- Half an hour Dogri programme and News Bulletin from DD Kashir along with the signature tune of the channel also launched
Attn: Regional ADGs.. This is done with the belief that Chandrayan would be successful on the 7th of September. ( Pls Check it with actual facts and modify accordingly)
On the Edge of Discovery
- On September 7th India became the first country in the World when its lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 successfully reached Moon’s South Pole.
- In one of the most technically challenging complex manoeuvres the Lander Vikram has successfully deployed the Rover Pragyan on the lunar surface.
- Pragyan sends first signals to ISRO.
- Successful mission of Chandrayaan 2 made Indiainch towards the edge of discovery
- 1st Indian expedition to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface with home-grown technology
- Chandrayaan 2 propelled India to an elite list of four nations that have pulled off a soft-landing on the moon.
- Chandrayaan 2 shall increase our understanding of space and inspire a future generation of explorers and scientists.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the two “Greatest Lessons” he learnt from the Chandrayaan-II mission are “Faith and Fearlessness”.
Security and Defence Sectors
Strengthening Coordination among defence forces:
- In the biggest ever military reform, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address announced that the country would have a Chief of Defence Staff, CDS paving the way for improved coordination and making the Armed Forces even more effective.
Induction of Apache Helicopters
- Indian Air Force inducted eight AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters into its inventory at Air Force Station Pathankot on September 3, 2019. Apache attack helicopters will replace the Mi-35 fleet.
Defence-Technological Advancement and Welfare of Defence Personnel
- Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested its state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles (QRSAM) against live aerial targets from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur on August 4, 2019.
- Restoration of the ‘Ration in Kind’ for the officers of the three Armed Forces posted in peace areas announced on June 18, 2019. Now all officers of the Armed Forces including those in Peace Stations will be getting ration.
Greater benefits for brave CAPF personnel
- Modi Government grants organised cadre status to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) officers. This makes them eligible for several benefits, including Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU).
- The move benefits thousands of serving officersand those retired since 2006 from the five primary CAPFs or paramilitary forces — CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB.
Organized Group ‘A’ Status to Railway Protection Force
- The grant of Organised Group ‘A’ status to Indian Railway Protection Force (RPF) was approved.
- The grant of status of Organized Group ‘A’ service to RPF will improve career progression of the eligible officers.
Modi Government’s Work Wins Global Praise
India becoming more and more Swachh says the world!
- The Swachh Bharat initiative of the Modi government has led to a reduction in the contamination of groundwater as many parts of India became Open Defecation Free (ODF) a UNICEF study observed.
- The study notes the impact of Swachh Bharat thus: between 2000 and 2014, open defecation decreased by almost three percentage points per year, while from 2015-2019 it came down by of over 12 percentage points per year!
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao – Mass Movement with Massive Impact
- The all-India sex ratio at birth went up by points, from 923 in 2015-16 to 931 girls per 1000 boys till March 2019
- Haryana showed an improvement from 887 girls per 1,000 boys in 2015-16 to 914 in 2018-19
Modi government’s rural road push wins global praise
- Coming to the impact of Modi government’s infrastructure focus, according to a World Bank report, improved road connectivity in India triggered a shift from farm to non-farm employment and that women stepped out of the house to take care of their farms.
- The World Bank report has hailed PM Gram Sadak Yojana, says it improved mobility, increased access to economic opportunities and boosted attendance of children in schools.
- It also says the number of babies delivered at home has come down, a major improvement in the health sector.
- BTV World, a channel owned by Bangladesh TV, and KBS World, an English 24×7 channel of Government of the Republic of South Korea, to be shown on Doordarshan Free Dish
- DD India to be made available in Bangladesh and South Korea.
- The decision marks an important watershed in the strengthening of ties of the two countries with India
World Stands by India
- International Organisations, G7, UN Security Council, and World Leaders Britain, France, US, Russia, stood by India’s decision to abrogate Art 370 from the Indian Constitution. All these major powers were unanimous for their support of India’s move and its sovereign right to do so.
Increasing Global stature of India
- PM Shri Narendra Modi conferred with the prestigious ‘Order of Zayed’ the highest civilian honor of UAE for PM’s contribution in strengthening relations between India and UAE.
- PM Shri Narendra Modi conferred with the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance by His Majesty the King of Bahrain.
- PM Shri Narendra Modi conferred with Russia’s highest civilian award ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ for promoting bilateral special and privileged strategic partnership.
India Leading The Global Narrative
100 days of Modi-2.0 and Foreign Policy
- PM Modi invited BIMSTEC leaders and Chair of the SCO to the oath-taking ceremony.
- Historic visit to Maldives: PM Modi addressed the Majlis, received the highest civilian award for foreigners, the Order of Nishan Izzuddeen.
Visit to Sri Lanka:
- PM Modi showed solidarity with an important maritime neighbour. His visit to the Shrine of St. Anthony attacked in the Easter bombings was the first by any world leader.
- PM Modi engaged with full spectrum of Sri Lanka’s leadership – President Sirisena, PM Wickremesinghe, former President Rajapaksa and Tamil parties
SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan:
- PM Modi engaged with SCO nations and pursued a strong line against terror.
- There was also a bilateral component in Kyrgyzstan where PM Modi had talks with President Jeenbekov.
- At home, PM Modi welcomed US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and articulated India’s stand on trade, terror and other issues.
- G-20 Summit in Japan saw wide scale engagement of PM Modi with all top world leaders.
- Yoga Day was observed with great gusto all over the world on 21st June.
- The International Court of Justice delivered an extremely favourable verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Yoga Day – India’s International Soft Power Display
- As seen in the past few years, the International Yoga Day was celebrated with great fervor across the world by over 170 countries. India benefited in soft power terms with its culture going global.
- This time, PM Modi also announced the Prime Minister’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga -2019.
- Of the four recipients, one was an Italian lady and another was a Japanese cultural organisation.
Paradigm shift with Maldives and India’s friendship
PM Modi, even within just a month of government formation, has notched up a major foreign policy triumph in the neighbourhood.
His visit to Maldives, the grand reception and the subsequent developments show that PM Modi is undoing the policy blunders of UPA.
Maldives honoured PM Modi with their highest award.
With neighbours, as a friend in Need
Showing his commitment to the Neighbourhood First approach to foreign policy, PM Modi became the first world leader to travel to Sri Lanka after the horrific Easter terror attacks.
Setting the narrative at the SCO Summit
PM Modi left an impact on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit when he spoke out against terrorism and sought to build a global consensus around it.
He raised the issue of state-sponsored terrorism at the SCO Summit in Bishkek and said that countries sponsoring, aiding and funding terrorism must be held accountable as he called for a global conference to combat the menace.
PM Modi at The G 20 – Wide Outreach, Futuristic Outcomes
The scale of engagement
PM Modi attended four G20 sessions, had 9 bilateral meetings, 8 pull-aside meetings, 2 trilateral meetings (Japan-India-America and Russia-India-China) and 1 meeting of BRICS leaders.
PM Modi had one of the highest bilateral and pull-aside meetings among world leaders at the G20. This is indicative of India’s rise at the world stage.
He also attended a massive community programme in Kobe. Overall, PM Modi participated in 25 programmes in 2 days
Issues raised by PM Modi resonate with the world
PM Modi spoke at a G20 session on healthcare, highlighted India’s traditional healing forms and Ayushman Bharat, world’s largest health programme.
He also called for an international combined effort on disaster management.
PM Modi highlighted the need of gender equality, spoke about technology and the need to ensure societies embrace technology for human progress.
In the G 20 Summit in 2019, PM Modi made a strong pitch for a combined strategy on coming down on fugitive economic offenders.
From 2014 to 2019, it is clear that PM Modi is championing the cause of a corruption-free world where the honest tax payer and the honest businessmen is protected.
PM Modi, however, did not join deliberations on the Osaka Track, keeping in mind India’s interests. The Osaka Track on data free flow and e-commerce was one of PM Abe’s pet agendas for the Osaka G-20.
PM makes strong pitch for crushing terrorism
Be it the G20, BRICS or SCO, PM Modi has been leading the global narrative against terror. The Osaka G20 was no different.
PM Modi also told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take the lead in holding a conference on the issue of terrorism and assured full support.
India and USA – a productive engagement
There was immense media scrutiny on PM Modi’s meeting with President Donald Trump.
The Modi-Trump bilateral was a smooth and productive one. Both leaders had frank discussions on multiple aspects, like 5G, trade, Iran and security ties.
In addition to the scheduled bilateral meeting, PM Modi and President Trump had multiple informal but warm chats in the Leader’s Lounge, on the sidelines of the various sessions and during the dinner for G-20 leaders.
Those attending the G-20 leaders’ dinner saw that PM Modi had a busy evening, with Australian PM Scott Morrison on one side and President Trump on the other.
Neighbourhood First Policy
- Visit to our trusted friend and Partner Bhutan (17-18 August 2019)
- Giving emphasis on India’s Neighbourhood First Policy, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Bhutan August to further strengthen the India-Bhutan relations.
- PM Modi and Bhutan Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tsering expanded cooperation in new areas; signed severalMOUs.
- Taking further the India-Bhutan Hydropower cooperation, PM Shri Modi and PM Bhutan Dr. Lotay jointly inaugurated the 720 MW Mangdechu Hydroelectricity Project in Bhutan.
- Scaling new heights of Space Cooperation, Jointly inaugurated the Thimpu Ground Earth Station of South Asia Satellite. Benefits of tele-medicine, distance education, weather forecast & warning of natural disasters will reach to people living in remote areas of Bhutan.
- Jointly inaugurated the extension of India’s National Knowledge Network to Bhutan. It will establish closer cooperation between institutes of two countries.
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Launched Rupay card in Bhutan. This will further enhance our relationship in digital payments, and trade and tourism.
India’s expanding sphere of Influence in the World
- PM’s visit to France to deepen the strategic ties (22-23 August 2019)
- PM termed India- France cooperation as IN-FRA meaning India France Alliance.
- France and India further strengthened their cooperation in the areas of bilateral trade, Space, Defence and others.
- The Two countries decided to train medical personnel for supporting the Indian astronauts, who will be a part of the India’s manned space mission by 2022. The training will be carried out in France and in India.
- Space Climate Observatory launched enhancing Indo-French cooperation on combating climate change.
Strengthening our ties with Extended Neighbourhood
PM’s visit to UAE: Boost to Bilateral Relations
- RuPay Card launched in UAE. It is the first country in the Gulf where Indian RuPay card has been launched.
PM’s visit to Bahrain: This is the First ever visit by Indian PM
- MoUs signed in areas of culture, space, collaboration with ISA & Rupay Card.
- Addressed strong Indian community at the Bahrain National Stadium.
- PM Modi launched the redevelopment project of 200 years old Shreenathji Temple in Manama, Bahrain.
- In a kind and humanitarian gesture, the Government of Bahrain pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in Bahrain.
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi reiterated India’s commitment to tackle global challenges and highlighted India’s contribution to address reducing biodiversity, climate change, water stress & ocean pollution
- PM led the dedicated session of G7 summit on Digital Transformation. Highlighted India’s efforts in using digital technology to fight social inequalities through empowerment & inclusion.
Bilateral Meetings with US President, UK PM
- PM Modi held bilateral Meeting with US President Donald Trump in Biarritz, France. Both leaders discussed strengthening our strategic partnership, with a focus on energy and trade.
- PM Modi had a meeting with UK PM Boris Johnson on margins of G7 Both leaders discussed strengthening our bilateral ties in trade & investment, defence & security, S & T and education sectors.
Modi the first PM visit to Vladivostok – Receives Russia’s Highest Civilian Honor
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Russia for the 20th India-Russia Annual summit and participate in the 5th Eastern Economic forum as Chief Guest. This is First ever Visit by Indian PM to Russia Far East in Vladivostok.
- At the 20th Annual Summit, both leaders noted progressive development of the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia.
- Russia expressed its strong support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.Russia will continue to support India’s candidacy for the permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council.
- With the signing of the Roadmap for cooperation in Hydrocarbons for 2019-24 during the Summit, both Sides expect bilateral cooperation in this sector to touch new heights in the next five years.
- They reaffirmed their commitment to undertake all measures to prevent and combat terrorism. Russia noted India’s proposal to organize a global anti-terrorism conference.