Important Government Schemes related to Elementary Education:
• The Free Text Book distribution scheme
• Student Security Accident Insurance Scheme
• Pre- metric scholarship
• Bhamashah Honors Ceremony
• Health Education Program
• Sports Participation
• Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan
• Chief Minister Sambal Yojana for widow/ abandoned women
• Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009
Promotion of Girl Education
• 319 ‘Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya‘ (KGBV) are functioning and 38,760 girls are studying in these schools.
• 10 ‘Mewat Balika Awasiya Vidhalaya‘ for girls are running. These residential schools for girls are in Mewat region which is largely educationally backward.
• ‘Meena-Raju Manchs and Gargi Manch: Meena-Raju Manchs have been constituted by involving girls studying in the classes VI to VIII of Upper Primary Schools and Gargi Manch have been constituted by involving girls studying in the classes IX to XII of secondary schools to create awareness in the community on the social issues viz child marriage, dowry system etc., It also motivated the parents of irregular, dropout and never enrolled girls to send their daughters to school.
• Adhyapika Manch: Adhyapika Manch has been established to enhance the academic level of girls and to provide friendly environment to girl child in schools. 301 Adhyapika Manch have been formed at block level. Adhyapika Manch is the group of maximum 100 teachers.
• Academic Kishori Mela: The major objective of academic mela is to build an academic environment and to develop creative learning approach among children with special focus on science and mathematics.
• Innovation for girls education (Under SSA): “Saksham” (self-defensive training to girls), “Jagriti” (Awareness among community for girls education in Selected 17 districts).
• Transport Voucher: Class 1-5 children coming from more than 1 km and Class 6-8 children coming from more than 2 km in rural area are benefitted with the Transport voucher scheme. Girls from class 9-12 coming from more than 5 km in rural areas were benefitted from transport vouchers or any other schemes of bi-cycles.
Utkrist Vidhyalaya Yojana:
• Under the Rajasthan’s Adarsh Vidyalaya scheme, one selected Government Senior Secondary/ Secondary School is being developed as “Adarsh Vidyalaya” in every gram panchayat. Adarsh School (Class I to XII/ X) will work as a “Mentor School” and “Resource Centre” for this Utkrist Vidhyalaya.
• One selected Upper Primary / Primary School in each Gram Panchayat is to be transformed into as “Utkrisht Vidhyalaya”. In this regard, Utkrist Vidhyalaya will be developed as a “center of excellence” for elementary education.
School Management Information System (Shala Dharshan):
• School Management Information System (SMIS) has been implemented to collect basic information and statistical data related to school, teachers and students of Government elementary schools through school login system.
Activities for Children with Special Need (CWSN):
• Inclusive Education, Samagra Shiksha, Rajasthan aims to look at education of Children with Special Needs in a continuum from class I to class XII. The Inclusive Education component covers all children with special needs with one or more disabilities as mentioned in the schedule of disabilities of the Right of the Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 studying in Government, Government-aided and local body schools. We are serving Children with special needs with diverse mode or different activities. The services provided to CWSN in the Financial Year 2018-19 are as follow:-
• Braille Books
• Large print Books
• Transport Allowances
• Stipend for girls
• Cochlear Implant: 34 Hearing Impairment CWSN got benefitted with Cochlear Implant.
• Laptop & Mobile training
• Composite school grant
• Computer Aided learning program (CALP)
o The Government has initiated the Computer Aided Learning Program (CALP) as innovative activity under Samaga shiksha Abhiyan (SMSA) in Upper Primary schools to inculcate use of computers as a tool of quality learning and ensuring that children can enjoy while learning their subjects with the state-of- art technology in IT sector.
National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2017 Class-3, 5 & 8 (Cycle-5):
• In order to assess the quality of educational quality by NCERT Delhi, on 13 November, 2017, the National Achievement Survey (NAS) was made in 2017. In this survey, the state report card of the student assessment done on the basis of class determined learning out-come has been issued by NCERT.
• According to the report card, all 33 districts of Rajasthan have registered a significant increase in educational quality improvement. Rajasthan has gained prominent place at the national level.
• Akshay Patika was established 62,056 schools in the state for the fulfilment of common needs and social engagement. Parents, teachers and donors can donate amount according to their capacity in this Akshaya Patika.
• The School’s routine work, which is not covered under composite grant, has been done budget from Akshay Patika with the approval of School management committee / school development management committee (SMC / SDMC).
• In order to prepare students for employment and entrepreneurship, presently there are 14,601 senior secondary / secondary schools and 134 Swami Vivekananda Government Model Schools in Government sector. There are 15,759 private schools in Rajasthan with classes IX-XII. 48.49 lakh students including 24.89 lakh girls are enrolled.
• All girl students of government secondary and senior secondary schools studying in class 9 to 12th are fully exempt from tuition fee.
• 3,37,087 girl students of class IX of government schools have benefitted in free bicycle scheme.
• For promoting girls education in the State 186 Sharde Girls Hostel are being run in which 18,246 girls are being enrolled.
Balika Shiksha foundation:
• To promote girls education, Balika Shiksha foundation Rajasthan was established in the year 1994-95.
• Through this foundation meritiours girls of economically poor famlies are given financially assest for higher and technical education
Gyan Sankalp Portal
• Gyan Sankalp Portal is an important initiative of the Department of Education.
• It provides a platform for the cooperation of corporate holders and donors for the development of government schools.
Best School Award Scheme
• Collaboration with the State Government and Board of Secondary Education, Ajmer Best School Award Scheme has been started from the session 2019-20.
• In this scheme 373 best schools are being awarded on various levels. The “Rajiv Gandhi Career Guidance Portal” has been launched and a Cell was constituted at the State, District and Block levels for monitoring the Rajiv Gandhi Career Portal.
Shala Darpan (e-Initiative) Step-by-step:
• Data of all schools, students and working personnel of secondary and elementary education are available on Intergrated Shala Darpan Portal Presently, scholarship, laptop, cycle distribution to students, etc. are being distributed and monitored through Shala Darpan.
Student Police Cadet Scheme (SPC):-
• In State from the session 2019-20, SPC scheme has been implemented in 1,000 (70 Kendriya Vidyalayas & 930 Secondary and higher secondary) government state schools.
Eklavya and Mira Award
• Amount of Eklavya and Mira Award from March-May 2019 has increased from Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 21,000 at state level and from Rs. 3,100 to Rs. 11,000 at district level.
• Initiating the Community Bal Sabha on Chaupal in the state, starting from Jaipur district, Community Bal Sabha was started on 09.05.2019 in all the schools of the state and again community. Bal Sabhas are being organized every month on a large scale.
Vriksha Harit Mitra scheme
• According to the increase in enrollment in state schools for environmental protection, Vriksha Harit Mitra scheme was launched in the name of newly enrolled students. Under the Green Pathshala program, 11,10,626 saplings were planted in 65,215 schools during the tree planting program. New plants were planted in place of dead plants in November, 2019.
• State level compagn for quality education “Samvad Progamme” for heads of Schools and all the education officers of state was lauched on 08.11.2019 in Kota Mandal and 16.12.2019 in Bikaner Mandal by Minister of Education.
• The main objective of this program is to improve quality of education (3, 5 and 8th std.) and enhancing qualitative results in forth coming board examination in the state.
Literacy & Continuing Education Saakshar Bharat Programme
• Saakshar Bharat Programme, a centrally sponsored scheme of Department of School Education and Literacy (DSEL), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), to further promote and strengthen adult education, specially among women by extending educational opportunities to those adults, who have lost the opportunity to have access to formal education and have crossed the standard age for receiving such education is also being implemented in the state.
Mahatma Gandhi Library:
• Government of Rajasthan has announced that every Lok Shiksha Kendra will maintain Mahatma Gandhi Library.
Mahila Shikshan Vihar:
• Mahila Shikshan Vihar is the residential schools up to X standard for the women in the age group of 15- 30 years who are divorced, tribal, widow and deprived group of female are get educational opportunities.
• Along with develop their living status these women are also imparted vocational training for their being self-reliant and self-dependent. Presently, this Shikshan Vihar Programme is being run in district Jhalawar.
MEDICAL & HEALTH
Nirogi Rajasthan Abhiyan
Under this, the following activities will be performed to prevent diseases:
• Population Control (Family welfare program.)
• Geriatric problems and their solutions
• Female health, Anemia, Leprosy, Breast Cancer
• Seasonal Communicable diseases.
• Adolescent Health (Anemia, Malnutrition, Obesity Menstruation Hygiene)
• Non-communicable diseases (lifestyle & obesity, diabetes, BP, Psychological problems, Heart disease, Paralysis, Cancer and Lung diseases
• Vaccination and adult immunization (Complete Immunization)
• Drug Addiction & disease (Alcohol, Drug, Tobacco)
• Food Adulteration
For this, it is proposed to select a ‘Health and Volunteers’ woman and man in each village and urban ward. Which are called as “Swasthya Mitra”.
• The Chief Minister of Rajasthan has announced the “Janta Clinics” in the Rajasthan State Budget Speech 2019-20 to provide high-quality primary healthcare services to urban poor & vulnerable population of the state in the proximity of slum areas, dense areas where there is no health facility.
• Janta Clinics have been planned to ease overcrowding in hospitals attached to Sawai Man Singh Medical College and to bring healthcare services at doorstep.
• After Jaipur, Jodhpur will become the second city to open Janta clinics. Apart from the three clinics which are ready for inauguration, there are 15 others which will come up soon.
Difference from Primary Heath Centres:
o Janta clinics will be different from urban Primary Health Centres (PHCs) as these will have out patient department and will focus on child and reproductive health services.
o These clinics will offer only OPD facilities and they will have no facility for indoor patients’ admission, whereas in primary health centres and urban primary health centres, a patient can be admitted for treatment.
o People would get free medicines, and free medical examination.
o It will have 15 different types of diagnostic test facilities.
o These clinics will be used for outreach camps of the health department for reproductive and child health services such as ante-natal checkups, immunization and other such activities.
Mukhya Mantri Nishulk DavaYojana
Under this scheme,
• All outdoor and indoor patients visiting medical college attached hospitals, district hospitals, community health centers, primary health centers and sub centers, are provided commonly used essential medicines, free of cost.
• Rajasthan Medical Services Corporation (RMSC) has been constituted as a central procurement agency for purchase of medicines, surgical & sutures for medical department and Medical Education department.
• RMSC is also supplying medicines etc. to all Government health institutions through District Drug Warehouses (DDWH) established in all 33 districts of the State.
• As per the Essential drug list, 709 medicines, 77 sutures & 147 surgical items have been listed in the Financial Year 2019-20. 102 new medicines were added in the Essential drug list.
• Quality of drugs being supplied is ensured by testing of drugs at empanelled drug testing laboratories.
• The list of drugs which is provided by Free Drug Distribution Centers has been displayed in Government Medical Institutions.
• Medicines are available for Outdoor patients according to OPD timings and 24 hour for Indoor and Emergency patients. Under the scheme, medicines for the treatment of critical and severe disease are also available.
Nishulk Sanitary Napkins Distribution Scheme
• Government of Rajasthan started a scheme for free distribution of sanitary napkins to all school going girls of class 6 to 12 of rural areas and non-school going girls of 10 to 19 years age.
• Under this scheme, there is a provision to distribute 12 sanitary napkin free of cost to each girl per month.
Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Janch Yojana
• This scheme has been started for strengthening of existing laboratories and other diagnostic facilities in all the public health institutions and also to provide the essential diagnostic services free of cost to all patients visiting government hospitals.
• To meet the gaps and to provide quality diagnostic services, adequately equipped diagnostic facilities are available at various levels of health care.
National Mental Health Programme (NMHP)
• Under this programme, medical checkups were provided to 2,32,910 New OPD patients & 4,12,379 follow up patients.
• Under NMHP, 1,289 camps were organized and 15,670 patients were treated in these camps.
• Under the capacity building initiatives of NMHP, 15,059 staff were trained.
Adarsh Primary Health Center:
• Adarsh PHC Yojna has been launched to provide high quality health care services in rural areas of the state. In the first phase, 295 PHC were developed whereas in the second phase 596 PHC’s were developed.
Public Private Partnership:
• Haemodialysis service is running on PPP mode at 33 District Hospitals in Rajasthan.
• IVF centers are running on PPP mode at 8 District Hospital Baran, Sikar, Pali, Rampura (Kota), Bikaner, Sawai madhopur, Kanwantia Hospital Jaipur and Beawar (Ajmer).
• Presently 73 PHC running under PPP mode.
• CT scan are running on PPP mode at 30 district hospitals.
• MRI machines are working on PPP mode at 4 district hospitals (Kanwatiya- Jaipur, Alwar, Bhilwara, Sikar).
Ayushman Bharat-Mahatma Gandhi Rajasthan Swasthaya Bima Yojana
• “Ayushman Bharat-Mahatma Gandhi Rajasthan Swasthaya Bima Yojana” was launched on 1st September, 2019 in the state.
• The main objective of this scheme is to provide cashless healthcare services to the poor families (under NFSA-2013 and selected families of SECC 2011) of Rajasthan.
• With the aim of providing social and financial security against illness to these families and reducing out of pocket expenditure the scheme is being continued till date.
Following are the key features of the new the AB-MGRSBY:
• Health Insurance cover of 30,000 (for general illnesses) and of 3.00 lakh (for critical illnesses) per family per year is provided on floater basis.
• Total 1,401 disease packages are offered under the scheme, which include 663 tertiary packages and 738 secondary packages.
• In secondary packages reserved list include 46 Government Medical Institution packages and 14 Private Medical Institution packages)
• Cashless IPD treatment facility is provided at empanelled hospitals.
• Includes 10 days post-hospitalization expenses.
• 519 Government and 996 private empanelled hospitals are providing services under the scheme.
AYURVED AND OTHER SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE
National Ayush Mission
Under the Guideline of National AYUSH Mission- Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for Plenary development of Ayurveda, Homoeo, Unani, Yoga & Naturopathy, Rajasthan State AYUSH Society was constituted on 12.03.2015, collaterally Office of the National AYUSH Mission established.
Two kinds of salient activities are being done under National AYUSH Mission Project:
• Co-location of AYUSH facilities at PHCs, CHCs and District Hospitals, up-gradation of existing Government AYUSH Hospitals, up-gradation of existing Government / Panchay at / Government aided AYUSH Dispensaries,
• Setting up of upto 50 bedded integrated AYUSH Hospitals,
• Supporting facilities such as Programme Management units at Central and State level,
• Supply of essential drugs to AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries,
• Public Health Outreach activity, Mobility support at State and District level,
• Behavior Change Communication (BCC)/Information Education and Communication (IEC), School Health Programme etc.
Activities under flexible Pool:
• Public Health Outreach Activity
• AYUSH Wellness Centers including Yoga & Naturopathy,
• Innovations on Mainstreaming of AYUSH including PPP etc.
Indira Gandhi Matritva Poshan Yojana
• ‘Indira Gandhi Matritva Poshan Yojana or Indira Gandhi Maternity Nutrition scheme’
• Area: Based on the ranking made on maternal and child nutrition indicators, currently, the scheme has been launched in four most backward tribal districts of Udaipur, Banswara, Dungarpur and Pratapgarh. The state government will extend the scheme across the state in a phased manner.
• Coverage: Over 77,000 women will be benefited every year.
• Budget & Funding: Under this, an annual cost of Rs 43 crore will be incurred, funding will be done by the State Mineral Foundation Trust under the department of mines and geology.
• Implementing Agencies: This scheme will be implemented through Anganwadi Centres. ANMs and ASHA Sahayoginis of the health department would be in regular trough with the beneficiary women for proper nutrition and care of their children. Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and IP Global will help the state government for implementation of this scheme.
On birth of the second child, the beneficiary woman will be given Rs. 6000 directly in her bank account in five instalments.
• First instalment of Rs. 1000 will be given after the pregnancy test and registration;
• Second instalment of Rs. 1000 after completion of minimum two ante-natal check-ups;
• Third instalment of Rs. 1000 on institutional delivery;
• Fourth instalment of Rs. 2000 after getting all the regular vaccines administered to the newborn within 105 days of birth and after the birth registration of the child and the fifth and
• Fifth instalment of Rs. 1000 will be given on the couple adopting a means of family planning within three months after birth. This way, this scheme would also encourage family planning.
• On the inauguration of the scheme, 2,000 beneficiaries of the four districts were given checks of Rs. 1,000 as the first instalment.
Rajasthan Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna (RJSSY)
• To reduce the IMR and high mortality rate of women during childbirth, the State Government is implementing the Rajasthan Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna in the State with the assistance of Government of India to provide free medical and other facilities to pregnant women and new born children.
• Under this scheme, free-medicines, consumables, lab-tests, food, blood facilities, referral transport facilities etc. are being provided.
Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) Days:
• To enhance immunization coverage, Mother & Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) days are being organized regularly as an essential component of routine immunization.
NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION (NHM)
• The National Health Mission (NHM) is a national intervention for ensuring provision of effective healthcare through a range of interventions at individual, household, community, and critically at the health system levels. The mission has focus on rural as well as urban health. Hence, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National urban Health Mission (NuHM) are working as Sub-missions of National Health Mission (NHM)
• Since the inception of National Rural Health Mission (2005), Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) component has played an important and critical role in the implementation of NRHM activities.
• The ASHA programme was introduced as a key component of the community process intervention and over the 13 years period, this programme has emerged as the largest community health worker programme in the world and is considered as a critical contribution to enabling people s participation in health.
• ASHA is a community level worker, whose role is to generate awareness on health issues and is also an interface between the community and the health services.
• In Rajasthan, ASHA is known as ASHA Sahyogini, because she is a joint worker between Department of Medical Health and Department of Women and Child Development.
• ASHA is selected by Gram Panchayats and works with the help of Anganwadi Centers. Before she starts functioning, she has to undergo intensive induction training. At present, 52,010 ASHAs are working in the State by the end of the December, 2019.
The roles and responsibilities of an ASHA include:
• Functions of a healthcare facilitator, a service provider and a health activist.
• She coordinates as a bridge between health department and WCD in delivering key services and message for Child and Maternal health.
• ASHA Sahyogini also renders important services under National Disease Control Programme, such as Malaria, TB, institutional deliveries and many more health provisions.
• ASHA is paid monetary incentive for rendering various services in the community.
RBSK (Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram)
• Under this scheme all the children of Aanganwadi Centers, school going children and children of Madarsas upto 18 years are being screened for four Ds – Defects at birth, Diseases, Deficiencies, Developmental delays & disabilities (40 identified illnesses) through a dedicated Mobile Health Team.
• If the child is screened with any of the identified 40 diseases, he is given free referral and followrup, and surgical treatment if required.
• For strengthening of referral transport services, 587 Janani Express vehicles are operational.
• Services pregnant women & sick neonates.
• Existing ‘104’ or ‘108’ facility is being used for making calls for utilizing the services of ‘Janani Express’.
108 Toll Free Ambulance Yojana:
• The free emergency response services to the people of the state started in September, 2008.
• Presently, 701 ambulances are working in the entire state.
National Medical Mobile Units and Medical Mobile Vans:
• There are many areas in the State, especially the tribal, the desert and inaccessible areas of the districts where basic health care infrastructure is not within the reach of poor especially the women and children. To overcome this problem, Mobile Medical unit (MMU) are launched in state.
• There are two vehicles in each Mobile Medical unit – 1 staff vehicle and 1 Diagnostic van which contains modern instruments and equipment like ECG machine etc. Medical Mobile van is a single vehicle having basic diagnostic facilities vis. Haemoglobinometer, Glucometer, BP Instrument, Weighing Machine etc. This single vehicle carries both staff and equipments. A van has Medical Officer, Nurse, Tab-technician, Pharmacist, Helper and driver.
Village Health and Sanitation Committees:
• Constitution of village Health & Sanitation Committees is the first step towards commoditization of health care services and for making health as a people s movement. Village Health & Sanitation Committees have been constituted in 43,440 villages under the chairpersonship of Jan-pratinidhi elected member of Panchayat.
• The other members of the committee are ASHA Sahyogini, Anganwadi Worker, ANMs and representatives from SHGs, NGOs and Mahila SwasthyaS angh (MSS) etc.
• ASHA Sahyogini is the convener of VHSC. Their meetings are held on the MCHN days when ANM of sub center is already visiting the village.
Ayushman Bharat (Health & Wellness Center) in Rajasthan
• Government of India launched Ayushman Bharat. It has two major components one is Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) and the other component is Health and Wellness Centres (HWC).
Objective of HWC
• The primary objective of HWC is to provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC). It includes preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative care for an expanded range of services including reproductive maternal and child health services (RMNCH+A), communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, palliative care and elderly care, oral health, ENT care, and basic emergency care.
• The services in HWCs are provided through a Midlevel Health Care Provider (MLHP)/ Community Health Officer (CHO) placed at a HWC-SHC and Medical Officer at PHC (Rural/Urban).
The key elements for roll out of CPHC through HWC are as follows:
• Expended Service Delivery.
• Continuum of Care – Tele-health / Referral.
• Expanding HR-MLHP & Multiskilling.
• Medicines & Expanding Diagnostics.
• Community Mobilisation and Health Promotion.
• Robust IT System.
• Partnership for Knowledge & Implementation.
• Financing Provider Payment Reforms
OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES
Indira Rasoi Yojana
• “Indira Kitchen” will provide pure and nutritious meals to the needy on concessional rates twice a day.
• Though each plate will be priced at Rs 20, the state government will grant subsidy of Rs 12 per plate and so under the scheme, food will be served at Rs 8 per meal. State government is going to spend Rs 100 crore on the scheme every year.
• Earlier in December 2016, former State Government had launched the ‘Annapurna Rasoi Yojana’, a subsidised meal scheme offering breakfast and lunch for Rs 5 and Rs 8 respectively on the lines of ‘Amma Unavagam’ (mother’s canteen/ Amma Canteens) of Tamil Nadu. The tenure of the Annapurna Rasoi Yojana had expired on March 31 this year.
Salient Features of Indira Rasoi Yojana:
• The basic idea behind the scheme is to ensure that “no one sleeps hungry” in the state.
• The scheme targets to serve food to 1.34 lakh people per day in the state.
• Needy people living in the jurisdiction of urban local bodies will be getting nutritious meals twice a day at concessional rates.
• The state government will spend Rs 100 crore every year on the Indira Rasoi Yojna (Indira Kitchen Scheme).
• The rate for the meals are yet to be finalised.
• Local NGOs will also be roped in for the successful implementation of the scheme.
• A committee headed by the district collector will be monitoring this Yojana and effective monitoring will be done with the help of information technology.
• CM launched 325 kitchens out of the 358 proposed Indira Rasois in 213 urban bodies across the state.
• As part of the scheme, 100 grams of pulses, 100 grams of vegetables, 250 grams of chapati and pickles per plate will be provided to people
Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS)
• MDMS was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme on 15th August 1995. With time there have been multiple revisions in the scheme.
• The purpose of the Mid-day meal scheme is to provide hot cooked food to the children of primary and upper primary classes.
• Improving the nutritional status of children in classes 1 to 8.
• Increase enrollment and encourage students to attend school.
• Providing nutritional support to children in drought-prone areas during summer vacation.
• 66,493 Government, Local Body, Government Aided Schools, Special Training Centers (AIE Centers, EGS NCLP) and Madarsas.
• Approximately 62.65 lakh students studying in classes 1 to 8 (41.03 lakh in class 1 to 5 and 21.62 lakh in class 6 to 8).
• Under the scheme, food grains (Wheat/Rice) 100 gm per day per student for class 1 to 5 and 150 gms per day per student for class 6 to 8 are being provided.
• The food served under MDMS contains a minimum of 450 calories and 12 gram protein for class 1 to 5 students and 700 calories and 20 gram protein for class 6 to 8 students.
• Mid-day meal is cooked through through School Monitoring Committees (SMC), Centralized Kitchens and Annapurna Mahila Sahakari Samities (AMSS) in the State.
• Through SMCs, MDM is provided to 57.03 lakh students in 61,086 schools.
• Similarly, through AMSS, 1.32 lakh students are being provided MDM in 1.204 schools.
• As regards cooking mechanism based on centralized kitchens, MDM is being served in 10 districts of Rajasthan including Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Jhalawar, Udaipur, Bikaner and Chittorgarh through 12 centralized kitchens to 4,30,026 students in 4,203 schools in these 10 districts of Rajasthan.
• The services of persons as cook cum helper have been hired on monthly remuneration of 1,320.
• This is Rajasthan Government extension of Union’s Mid Day Meal (MDM) Scheme. Under the “UTSAV BHOJ” Yojana, in mid- day Meal, any person can provide full meal, sweets, raw material and equipment and utensils on their personal and social occasions, like birth-day, Marriage, Anniversary etc.
Anpurna Doodh Yojana
• Rajasthan launched Anpurna Doodh Yojana on 2nd July, 2018.
• Under this scheme milk is given to students of class 1 to 8 daily in schools.
Nand Ghar Yojna
• Scheme has been started to involve public participation in ICDS.
• 4,318 MOUs have been made with Corporate, Social Sector NGOs to facilitate AWC with Building Construction, Repair and other facilities.
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana
• On 30″ November, 2016, the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana was announced which is being implemented in all the districts of the country as per the provision of National Food Security Act, 2013.
• The main objective of the scheme is to promote the use of appropriate methods, care and services during pregnancy, safe delivery and lactation period to improve the health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and their infants (0-6 months).
• Under this scheme, incentives are provided to pregnant and lactating women of all categories for their first live born infants on fulfilling certain conditions related to mother and child health and nutrition.
Kishori Balika Yojana:
• In order to make the adolescent girls educated, empowered, self-reliant and to aware citizens by creating a supportive environment for self-development, Kishori Balika Yojana has been launched from 1 June, 2018 in the entire state for the school girls of age group 11-14 years.
Women Welfare Fund:
• This fund is set up by the state government for the welfare of honorarium workers working at Anganwadi centres, such as Anganwadi workers, assistants, collaborators.
• The fund is being operated continuously from the year 2006-07 in collaboration with Life Insurance Corporation of India.
• Under this fund, the State Government has made provision to contribute on a six-month basis every year.
• 750 per annum for Anganwadi worker and 376 per annum has been fixed for the other personnel.
• Through the fund, an insurance facility of Rs 10,000 has also been made available to the member.
• On the death of a member joining this scheme, the nominee is being paid by the Tife Insurance Corporation with interest amount of 10,000 deposited along with the savings amount.
• There is a provision for payment of savings amount interest on the service release of the member.
Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS):
The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) is a comprehensive scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, which aims to create a protective environment for children in the country.
The ICPS aims to achieve these objectives through:
• Improved access to quality child protection services;
• Raised public awareness on child rights situation and protection in India;
• Enforced accountability for child protection;
• Institutionalization of essential services and strengthening of existing structures;
• Establishment of functional structures at all government levels for delivery of statutory and support services to children in difficult circumstances;
• Evidence-based monitoring and evaluation,
• Enhancement of capacities at all levels; creation of database and knowledge base for child protection services; and
• Strengthening child protection at family and community levels.
National creche scheme for children of working mothers
• To provide day-care facilities for children (6 month to 6 years) of working mothers in the community.
• To improve nutrition and health status of children.
• To promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development (Holistic Development) of children.
• To educate and empower parents/caregivers of better childcare.
• Daycare facilities including sleeping facilities.
• Early stimulation for children below 3 years and pre-school Education for 3 to 6 years old children.
• Supplementary Nutrition (to be locally sourced).
• Growth monitoring.
• Health check-up and immunization.
• The scheme focuses on children of 6 months to 6 years, of working women in rural and urban areas who are employed of a minimum period of 15 days in month or six months in year.
Child rights week observed in Rajasthan
• Rajasthan observed child rights week from November 14 to 20, 2020 through skill development activities, awareness programmes and new welfare schemes.
• The initiatives were part of the Nehru Child Protection Fund, announced in the 2020-21 State Budget.
• Two new schemes — Vaatsalya Yojana and Samarth Yojana — were launched for orphan and destitute children during the week. A skill development and counselling centre for children was also inaugurated in Jodhpur.
Public Distribution System (PDS)
• The primary objective of the Department of Food, Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs is to ensure food security for the state through timely and efficient procurement and distribution of food grains.
• The responsibilities of creating the network of fair price shops, allocation and distribution of food- grains, issue of ration cards, supervision and monitoring the functioning of fair price shops, etc. lies with the State Government.
• Essential commodities like-Wheat, Rice, Sugar and Kerosene are distributed regularly on monthly basis through a network of fair price shops.
Implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Rajasthan
• National Food Security Act, 2013 provides quality food grain at fair price to common man and ensures food and nutrition security.
• At present, there are 32 categories of beneficiaries in the inclusion list of NFSA. 8 Categories have been added in September 2018.
• Scheme of distribution of wheat under National Food Security Act (NFSA) at the rate Rs 1.00 per kg has been started on 1st March, 2019. Under NFSA, Gol is providing wheat at the rate of Rs 2 per kg. The difference of Rsl.00 per kg will be borne by the State Government.
• Number of Beneficiaries (As on January 2019): 28 lakh Antyodaya, 1.17 crore BPT and 29 lakh State BPT, total 1.74 crore NFSA beneficiaries.
• A quantity of 35 kg wheat per Ration Card to Antyodaya Families and 5 kg wheat per unit to BPT and State BPT families are being distributed under the scheme.
Food Security to Saharia, Khairwa and Kathodi Tribes
• In order to ensure food security, 35 kg of wheat per month per family is being provided free of cost to Saharia & Khairwa tribes of Baran and Kathodi tribes of Udaipur district.
PoS machines in Fair Price Shops
• Under End-to-End Computerization of Public Distribution System, Point of Sale (PoS) machines have been provided at Fair Prices shops. Hence, now distribution of PDS commodities is done only after bio-metric verification.
• There is provision of sending an OTP (One Time Password) at registered mobile no. of beneficiary in case of finger print mismatch of beneficiary or otherwise there is a system of bypass i.e. verification of beneficiary by the authorized officer.
• Record of distribution of PDS commodities has become online, so it is possible to verify stock position of the FPS dealer. Black-marketing of PDS commodities is also curbed.
• The department had started facility of District Portability’ according to which a beneficiary can get his ration entitlement from any Fair Price Shop within the district. So that a common man can be apprised of “Portability” facility provided by the State Government.
Annapurna Bhandar Yojana:
• Annapurna Bhandar Yojana has been formulated for providing better quality, multi brand Consumer goods at fair and competitive prices to the general public through Fair Price Shops in the State of Rajasthan under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. A total of 6,715 Annapurna Bhandars have been opened in the State.
SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT
For all round development and upliftment of weaker and deprived sections of the society, following schemes are being implemented in the state:
Anuprati Yojana :
• There is a provision of incentive of Rs. 1 lakh per SC /ST/SBC/BPT of OBC & GEN candidate selected in the All India Civil Services examination, 50,000 to a candidate passing the State Civil Services examination and also the incentive of Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 to a candidate getting admission in IITs, IIMs and national Level Medical Colleges.
• Besides this, a provision of Rs. 10,000 per SC / ST candidate has been ear marked for the students securing 60 percent marks in their senior secondary examination and getting admission in Government engineering / medical colleges.
Devnarayan Anuprati Yojana:
• The objective of this scheme is to provide financial assistance to the talented students belonging to most backward class of the state and preparing for examinations for selection in Indian Civil Services, RAS, IITs, IIMs, National Institute of Medical College and State Government Engineering and medical colleges.
• Post-matric scholarships are being provided to the SC, ST OBC and EBC students, whose annual parental income is upto ‘2.50 lakh for SC/ST students, Rs. 1.5 Lakh for OBC students and Rs. 1.00 lakh for EBC students.
Devnarayan Post Matric Scholarship:
• According to the Post Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, State Government started Devnarayan Yojna for most backward class student from 2010-11. Under the scheme, Post- Matric scholarships are also being provided to the SBC students whose parental annual income is upto 2.50 lakh.
• Hostel facilities are provided by the Department to SC, ST, OBC, SBC and DTNT students. In these hostels, facilities like lodging, meals, coaching, dress, stationary etc. are provided free of cost.
Sahyog & UpharYojana:
• Under this scheme, maximum two girls of above the age of 18 years, who belong to BPL/the weakest section of the society or a widow woman, will be present a sum of Rs. 20,000 on marriage from the State Government. If the girl is 10h passed then an extra sum of Rs. 10,000 & if girl is graduate then Rs. 20,000 extra also rewarded as appreciation to her.
• Under this scheme 25 residential schools run by “Rajasthan Residential Educational Institutions Society”(RREIS) in the administrative control of Social Justice & Empowerment department for Rajasthan boys/girls of SC,ST, OBC/SBC and economic backward class whose family income is less than Rs. 8.00 lakh per annum.
• In these schools, facilities like lodging, meals, coaching, dress, stationary, medical are provided free of cost.
Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension:
• Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension has been started from 19th November, 2007 in place of National Old Age Pension by the Central Government.
Members of BPL families aged 60 years and above are eligible under this scheme.
• Rs. 750 per month is payable for 60 year to below 75 years aged eligible person.
• Rs. 1,000 per month for 75 years and above 75 years aged person.
Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme:
The Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme was started by the Central Government in 7th October, 2009. Widow Women aged 40 years and above belonging to BPL families are eligible for Indira Gandhi National Widow pension.
Under the scheme, Pension amount of:
• Rs. 500 per month (widow women whose age is above 40 years but below 55 years);
• Rs. 750 per month (widow women who age is 55 years and below 60 years);
• Rs. 1,000 per month (for widow women whose age is equal to 60 and below 75 years) and
• Rs. 1,500 per month (for widow women whose age is 75 and above) is being provided.
Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension Scheme:
• The Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension Scheme has been started by 24th November, 2009 by the Central Government.
• BPL family members who are suffering from multiple disabilities and whose age is 18 years and above are eligible for Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension.
Under the scheme, an amount of:
• Rs. 750 per month (for 18 to below 55 years female pensioner and 18 to below 58 years male pensioner),
• Rs. 1,000 per month (for 55 years to below 75 years female and 58 years to below 75 years male pensioner),
• Rs. 1,250 per month (for 75 years and above male and female pensioners),
• Rs. 1,500 per month for (18 years and above for leprosy cured specially abled person) is being provided.
Mukhya Mantry Old Age Samman Pension Yojana:
• Under old age pension to Women having age of 55 years and above, Men having age of 58 years and above are eligible for getting a revised pension of Rs. 750 per month instead of Rs. 500 and after age of 75 years Rs. 1,000 per month instead of Rs. 750 per month from 1st January, 2019.
Mukhya Mantry Ekal Nari Samman Pension Yojana:
• Under this scheme, Widow, Divorced, Parityaktya Women age 18 to 60 years are getting pension of Rs. 500 per month.
• From 1.07.2017 the woman from the age of 60 to 75 years the sum is Rs. 1,000 per month and the woman aged 75 years above the sum is Rs. 1,500 per month is being given by the State Government.
Mukhya Mantry Vishesh Yogyajan Samman Pension Yojana:
• In this scheme, State Government is providing a pension of Rs. 750 per month to the specially abled person of women below 55 years of age and male pensioners below 58 years.
• An amount of Rs. 1,000 per month as pension is payable to women aged 55 to below 75 years and men aged 58 to below 75 years.
• For pensioners aged 75 years and above an amount of Rs. 1,250 per month is payable.
• Pension of Rs. 1,500 per month is also being provided to the leprosy cured persons from 15th April, 2018.
Small and Marginal Older Farmers’ Samman Pension Scheme:
• Small and Marginal old aged farmer women whose age is 55 years and above and farmer men whose age is 58 years and above and less than 75 years, Rs. 750 per month is given as old age Samman pension.
• For small and marginal farmers having age of 75 years and above Rs. 1,000 per month pension is payable.
• This scheme was started in 2004-05 for care and up keep of these children whose both parents have either died or have been sentenced to death or have been awarded life imprisonment by a court of law.
• Initially the scheme was applicable for scheduled Caste children only but later on extended to cover the children belonging to all castes and children suffering from HIV / leprosy or whose mothers have legally married or abandoned children and children whose mothers are getting widow pension.
• A person taking responsibility of caring and bringing up such a child is called ’Palanhar”. In this scheme Rs. 500 per month given to the children of 0-6 years who goes to anganwari and Rs. 1,000 per month given to school going children of age 6-18 years.
Mukhya Mantri Hunar Vikas Yojana:
• Mukhya Mantri Hunar Vikas Yojana was introduced in the year 2011-12. The main motto behind the scheme is to bring the inmates of children’s home (government & aided) and beneficiaries of Palanhar scheme, in the mainstream by providing them financial support for vocational, technical training or higher education.
Dr. Savita Ben Ambedkar Inter-Caste Marriage Incentive Scheme:
• As a measure to eradicate untouchability in the society, State Government has launched “Dr. Savita Ben Ambedkar Inter-Caste Marriage Incentive Scheme”.
• This scheme encourages marriages between Swarn Hindu and Schedule Caste. As per the provisions of scheme an amount of Rs. 5 lakh is being given to such couple.
Old Age welfare scheme:
• In the state, the old age homes have been started since the year, 2006. Social security is being provided in these centers by providing free accommodation, food, tea – snacks, entertainment, necessities – daily use facilities etc.
• Under the Navjivan Yojana providing alternative opportunities/resources for livelihood, to remove illiteracy and to provide basic facilities to the persons, communities engaged in the manufacture, storage and sale of illegal liquor.
• Besides this, Ujjwala Scheme, Indira Gandhi National Old Age/Widow/Specially abled persons Pension Yojana, Dev Narayan Yojana, Swayamsidhha Yojana De-addiction Programme, etc. are also being implemented for the welfare of weaker sections.
Specially Abled Persons
Mukhyamantri Vishesh Yogyajan Swarojgar Yojana:
• Under this scheme loan of upto Rs. 5.00 lakh are provided to such specially abled persons for self- employment whose parents/guardians and self-income from all sources does not exceed Rs. 2.00 lakh per annum.
• Government also provides maximum subsidy of Rs. 50,000 or 50 per cent amount of loan, whichever is less.
Specially Abled Persons Marriage and Parichay Sammelan:
• Under this scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 is provided to specially abled persons (men/women) after marriage and also a grant of ‘20,000 is provided to the organizer (registered society).
Prosthetic aid for fitting artificial limbs/ equipments:
• Under this scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 10,000 is provided to eligible specially abled persons (non-income tax payee) for self-employment and artificial limb /equipment.
In this scheme,
• There is a provision of incentive of Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 65,000 to Rajasthan Domicile Specially abled persons passing the All India Civil Services examination and State Civil Services examination.
• There is also a provision of incentive of Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 to Rajasthan Domicile Specially abled persons getting admission in National Level Engineering, Medical and Top Academic Institutions.
• Similarly in State Level Engineering, Medical and Top Academic Institutions grant to Rs. 10,000.
• The state government has launched the Silicosis Policy on 3rd October, 2019. In the said policy, silicosis becomes an incurable disease due to exposure to labor dust from mines, factories, stone breaking, grinding stone, powder making, ballast, sand stone sculpture, etc.
• In this policy, along with financial help to the people suffering from silicosis, measures will be adopted for identification, rehabilitation, disease prevention and control of such work place and workers.
The Rajasthan Rights of Persons with Disability Rules, 2018:
• This rule has been published in the Rajasthan Gazette on 24th January, 2019 by the State Government for implementing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.
• According to the Provisions of the above rules, the benefit of Reservation in Government Services was increased from 3 per cent to 4 per cent for specially Abled Persons.
Besides this, following schemes are also being implemented for the welfare of specially abled persons of the State:
• Polio Correction Operation Camps Subsidy Scheme: In this scheme, financial aid of 5,000 per polio correction operation is provided to NGO.
• State Level awards scheme: On the International Disabled Day of 3rd December, every year State level awards are being given in 2 different categories, who do excellent works for specially abled persons. In this scheme, financial aid of Rs. 10,000 per person/ Institutions is given to 53 persons and 2 institutions.
• Sport Competitions for specially Abled Persons: Sport Competitions are also organized at district and state level for specially abled persons.
• One time Financial Assistance for Pension Holder Specially Abled Persons for self-employment: In this scheme, one time Financial Assistance of Rs. 15,000 is provided to pension holder specially abled person who want to start his/her own business. To avail this facility he/she will have to discontinue his/her pension.
Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) Scheme:
• Main object of this scheme is to provide financial assistance to poor and brilliant students of minority communities for their higher education, whose parental income is less than Rs. 2.00 lakh per annum and has obtained at least 50 per cent marks in the previous exam.
Merit Cum Means (MCM) Scholarship Scheme:
• Main object of this scheme is, to provide financial assistance to poor and brilliant students of minority communities for technical & professional courses at UG and PG level, whose parental income is less than Rs. 2.50 lakh per annum by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India.
• Youth/Students of Minority Categories of Rajasthan s Domicile (Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Parsis & Jain) are given encouragement amount on passing in the different stages of Indian Civil Services (ICS) and State Civil Services and Subordinate Exams conducted by PPSC, RPSC, IIT s, IIM s, AIIMS, NITs, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT); on admission in Indian Institute of Science & Applied Research (Kolkata & Bangalore), GoI/MCI certified medical colleges.
• Under this scheme encouragement is also provided to students scoring 60% marks under the scheme (at 10+2 level) & got admission in State Government s engineering & medical colleges.
• The hostel facility is being provided to the minority girls and boys at District Headquarter and in minority populated Blocks.
• Presently, under the scheme there is a provision of providing Rs. 2,000 per student / per month & maximum for nine and half month against mess charges including lodging & boarding etc. through NGO’s and there is provision of Rs. 2,500 per student/per month & maximum for nine and half month against mess charges for Government Hostels.
• In fulfillment of mandate, the Department of Minority Affairs is providing Hostel facility in two ways i.e. through Departmental Hostels and authorized NGOs.
• This scheme is also contributing in indirectly holding the dropout-rate among minority Boys & Girls studying in various educational institutions.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK):
• PMJVK is a central sponsored scheme and is an area development initiative to address the development deficits in minority concentrated areas.
• Under the scheme construction works related to Health, Skill and educational infrastructure are being undertaken in 2 District Head Quarters, 15 blocks, 17 towns of 16 Minority concentrated districts notified by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Gol.
Skill Training for minorities:
• Skill Training for minority youth is being undertaken with the help of RSTDC.
Loans for self-employment and education:
• Rajasthan Minority Finance & Development Cooperative Corporation (RMFDCC) is acting as a State Channelizing Agency for NMDFC.
• It provides educational and business loan at concessional interest rates to the minority unemployed youth and women for self-employment.
Adarsh Madarsa Scheme:
• In this scheme, Smart class rooms are being setup in madarsas through the department of Information Technology and Communication, this scheme is an innovative scheme for madarsas.
• Under this scheme, 260 madarsas have been selected and smart class rooms have been established in 253 madarsas. Establishement of smart class rooms in 7 madarsas is in process.
Madarsa Aadhunikikaran scheme
• Under Madarsa Aadhunikikaran scheme, 450 computer were distributed during financial year 2019-20 upto December, 2019 to Madarsas with the objective to provide computer education to students of Madarsas.
Rajasthan State Haj Committee
• In the year 2019-20, a total of 10,750 applications have been received for Haj Yatra and 6,786 beneficiaries have been sent for Haj Yatra by Rajasthan State Haj Committee.
Upliftment of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe:
• The Rajasthan Scheduled Caste Scheduled Tribe Finance and Development Co-operative Corporation Limited is working for upliftment of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
• The State Government is committed to safeguard the economic and social interests of these classes through this Corporation.
• In various schemes operated by the Corporation under Special Central Assistance Scheme, subsidy amount up to 10,000 is provided for self-employment to scheduled caste persons belonging to Below Poverty Tine (BPT) and equivalent income group.
• The foremost issue in women development is to make women aware about their rights and to empower them to take maximum advantage from the programmes being implemented by the Government and to become socio-economically self-reliant.
• Sathin is the prime animator working at grassroots not only to create linkage between women and various programmes of the Government, but also to inform women about their rights.
• Sathins also need to create environment against social evil practices and to make women aware about situation wherein women often find themselves harassed, victimized or exploited.
• At present, 8,472 Sathins are working in the State to create awareness among women, enable them to realize their potential and also to help women access advantage from the Government programmes/ scheme.
Grant in aid for Community Marriages (Samoohik Vivah Yojana):
• Community marriages are meant to discourage dowry, child marriage and to reduce the expenditure on individual marriages.
• The grant in aid at the rate Rs. 18,000 per couple is sanctioned under this scheme, of which Rs. 15,000 are deposited in the ban / post office in the name of the bride and Rs. 3,000 are given to the organization for arrangements etc.
Scheme for Adolescent Girls (2019-20) Non-Nutrition:
• The scheme aims at motivating out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years to go back to formal schooling or skill training under non-nutrition component of the scheme.
• The other services under non nutrition component are Iron Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation, Health check-up and Referral services, Nutrition & Health Education, Life Skill Education and Counselling/Guidance on accessing public services.
A special Women Protection Cell has also been setup to monitor implementation of the following programmes relating to protection of women:
• Mahila Surksha Evam Salah Kendra
• 24 Hours Women Helpline
• Implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic violence Act, 2005
• Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Work place
• Rajasthan Prevention of Witch Hunting Act, 2015 and Rules, 2016
• Sakhi / Aparajita One Stop Centre for Women
• The Gender Cell has also been constituted in the State to promote mainstreaming the concept of gender in the budgetary system of the Government and also to function as a secretariat to review the budgets of various departments with gender perspective.
• An MOU has also been signed between Government of Rajasthan and UN-Women for strengthening and expediting the efforts towards Gender Responsive Budgeting.
Garima Balika Sanrakshan Evem Samman Yojna:
• Garima Balika and Sanrakkshan Scheme has been launched in order to reward and give recognition to various individuals and organisations for their commendable work in the field of protection of girl child.
• The objective of the scheme is to recognize, reward and inspire the individuals, and the organizations to prevent violence and exploitation of girl child at various levels.
• This Scheme has been implemented in the entire State as Garima Balika Sanrakshan and Samman Yojna 2016. Under this scheme the rewards are given at two levels-first Individual and second Institutional.
Mukhyamantri Rajshree Yojana:
• Mukhyamantri Rajshree Yojana was announced by the Chief Minister in 2016-17 budget to develop a positive attitude towards the girl child in the society and improve her health and education status in the State.
• This is a flagship scheme, which expects to bring Women Empowerment and gender equality in the State. Girl children belonging to the state of Rajasthan, who are born on or after the 1st June 2016, are eligible for financial assistance under the scheme. Under this scheme, a total grant of Rs. 50,000 is provided in 6 instalments to the parents/guardians of the eligible girl.
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme:
• Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme was launched as one of the flagship and convergent programmes of the Government, to address the declining Child Sex Ratio and related issues of empowerment of women on a life-cycle continuum.
• The objective of scheme is to prevent gender based sex selection, to ensure survival & protection of girl child and to ensure education and participation of girl child.
Awards and reorganization –
• State has been awarded as the best performing state in the country on 24th January, 2019 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
• State has awarded as the best performing state in the country on 6 September, 2019 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
Menstrual Hygiene Scheme for Girls and Women:
• Special and targeted efforts are required to generate community awareness, sensitize men and boys, and create an enabling environment for women and girls to manage menstrual health with adequate knowledge, safety, dignity and without stigma.
CM’s 7 Point Programme for Empowerment of Women:
Empowerment of women is possible only if it is based on a life cycle approach. CM’s Seven Point Programme was launched during the year 2009-10. This programme is focussed on:
• Safe Motherhood
• Reduction in IMR
• Population Stabilization
• Prevention of child marriages
• Retention of girls at least upto class X
• Providing security and safe environment to women
• Economic empowerment by providing self-employment opportunities through the Self Help Group Programme.
This programme aims at all round development of women and it is being implemented with joint efforts of Health Department, Women & Child Development (WCD), Education Department and Home Department etc.
• Amrita Haat which is being organized by Directorate of Women Empowerment, Department of Women Child Development since 2004-05, is a strong and established medium of economic and social empowerment of women through providing opportunity for display and marketing of products manufactured / value added by Self-Help Groups.
Indira Mahila Shakti Nidhi
• Rajasthan Government has announced the Indira Mahila Shakti Nidhi with a budget allotment of Rs. 1,000 crore.
• This scheme will be focused on all round empowerment of women. All the schemes for skill development will be brought together under one umbrella which is called Indira Mahila Shakti Nidhi.
The scheme has been launched to achieve the following objectives:
• To provide aid to women in order to establish industries
• To provide aid for innovative research
• To provide training to women and girls for skill development Awareness for education
• To provide assistance for rehabilitation of the women victims
Other schemes being implemented in the State for the women empowerment are:
• SHG Programme in Rajasthan
• Interest Subvention Scheme on Bank Loan to SHGs
• Dhan Laxmi Mahila Samridhi Kendra
• Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme
• Mission Gramya Shakti
• Allotment of Fair price shops to WSHGS
• Prevention of Child Marriages
PM SVANidhi Portal
On 29th June 2020, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched the Beta version of PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi labelled as “PM SVANidhi” Portal.
What is PM SVANidhi Scheme ?
The scheme aims to facilitate street vendors to access affordable working capital loan for resuming their livelihoods activities, after easing of lockdown.
Salient Features of PM SVANidhi Scheme
• Urban street vendors will be eligible to avail a Working Capital (WC) loan of up to Rs. 10,000 with tenure of 1 year and repaid in monthly instalments.
• For this loan, no collateral will be taken by the lending institutions.
• On timely or early repayment, the vendors will be eligible for the next cycle of working capital loan with an enhanced limit.
• No prepayment penalty will be charged from the vendors for repayment before the scheduled date.
• The vendors, availing loan under the scheme, are eligible to get an interest subsidy @ 7%. The interest subsidy amount will be credited into the borrower’s account quarterly.
• The scheme will incentivize digital transactions by vendors through cash back facility.
• The Scheme shall be implemented up to March, 2022.
The scheme is a Central Sector Scheme i.e. fully funded by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs with the following objectives:
1. To facilitate working capital loan up to Rs. 10,000;
2. To incentivize regular repayment; and
3. To reward digital transactions
PM SVANidhi Portal
• PM SVANidhi Portal is an integrated IT platform (pmsvanidhi.mohua.gov.in) to provide an end-to-end solution for scheme administration is being developed by SIDBI, which is the scheme implementation partner for PM SVANidhi.
• The portal will facilitate multiple scheme functions viz. loan application flow, Mobile App, e-KYC of applicants, integration with UIDAI, Udyamimitra, NPCI, PAiSA, lenders, States, ULBs and other stakeholders, calculation of digital incentives and payment of interest subsidy etc.
Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan
• Prime Minister launched Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) to empower and provide livelihood opportunities to the returnee migrant workers and citizens of rural India.
• This employment -cum- rural public works campaign was flagged off from village Telihar, Block Beldaur, District Khagaria, Bihar through a virtual conference.
• Provide livelihood opportunity to returning migrants and similarly affected rural citizens
• Saturate villages with public infrastructure and create livelihood opportunities viz. Roads, Housing, Anganwadis, Panchayat Bhavans, various livelihood assets and Community Complexes among others
• The basket of a wide variety of works will ensure that each migrant worker is able to get an opportunity of employment according to his skill, in the coming 125 days.
• The Program will also prepare for expansion and development of livelihoods over a longer term.
• With a resource envelope (budget outlay) of Rs. 3,50,000 crore, the program will create infrastructure in the rural regions.
• As many as 116 districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been selected for the campaign. These districts are estimated to cover about two third of such migrant workers.
• 25 different type of work areas have been identified for employment in villages, for development of various works. (Details below)
• The Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry for this campaign.
Raj Kaushal Portal
• RajKaushal Portal is an online platform for Rajasthan Labour Employment Exchange.
• The portal has been developed by the department of Information and Technology (IT) and RSLDC, to help provide jobs to the migrant workers who have returned from other states and those who have been rendered jobless.
• Both industries (employers) and the labourers (those who are seeking jobs) can register themselves on the exchange.
• On 4th May 2020, Rajasthan State Health Minister launched the free medical tele-consultation service by dedicating e-sanjeevani web-portal.
• With the help of this portal, people can avail quality medical tele-consultancy services free from home.
• Currently, 100 health institutions across the state have been identified & a team of 30 doctors has been providing these services through web- portal
• e-Sanjeevani OPD – Stay Home OPD has been developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Mohali.
• It is a doctor to doctor telemedicine system is being deployed nationally for the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare at Health and Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat Scheme of Government of India.
What is Telemedicine ?
• As per World Health Organisation, telemedicine is the delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using IT for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, etc. all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities.
What is Medical Tele-consultation ?
• Medical Tele-consultation uses IT to facilitate communications between a patient and a doctor who are otherwise geographically separated. National Tele-consultation Service of Govt. of India enables tele-consultations over the Internet.
AtmaNirbhar Bharat: Covidl9 Special Economic Package
In his address to the nation on 12th May 2020, Prime Minister Modi gave a clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan – or Self-Reliant India Movement.
To help mitigate ongoing Covidl9 crisis and to provide much needed boost towards achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ he announced a Special economic and comprehensive package of Rs 20 lakh crores – equivalent to 10% of India’s GDP.
He said that a self-reliant India will stand on five pillars viz.
• Economy, which brings in quantum jump and not incremental change;
• Infrastructure, which should become the identity of India;
• System, based on 21st century technology driven arrangements;
• Vibrant Demography, which is our source of energy for a self-reliant India; and
• Demand, whereby the strength of our demand and supply chain should be utilized to full capacity.