Friday, July 23rd, 2021



Promoting Organic Farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) 
Benefits to Farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flags-in Indian Army Skiing Expedition, ARMEX-21 
Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)
NITI Aayog and IEA launch ‘Renewables Integration in India 2021’



Cachar Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli received the National Silver SKOCH Award a few days ago for ‘Pushti Nirbhor’ (nutrition-dependent), a convergence project on transformation and development entailing setting up Nutri-gardens at houses in Dinnathpur Bagicha village.

 The village is near the India-Bangladesh border in the Katigorah circle of the Cachar district.

 Under the project: 30,000 seedlings of vegetables, fruits and herbal plants were distributed among 140 beneficiaries.

 Each household of the village was also given payment for 75 man-days to implement the project. The main objective was to train the villagers toward becoming self-reliant during the pandemic, grow enough for their own nutritional needs and sell the surplus in the markets.

About the award: Instituted in 2003, SKOCH Award salutes people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.


Promoting Organic Farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) 

  • Government of India has been implementing dedicated scheme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) since 2015-16 to promote chemical free organic farming in the country in cluster mode.


  • Under the programme, financial assistance of Rs 50000/ha/3 years is provided for cluster formation, capacity building, incentive for inputs, value addition and marketing.


  • Out of it, Rs 31000/ ha / 3 years is provided for preparation / procurement of organic inputs such as bio/organic fertilisers, biopesticides, seeds etc. through DBT.


  • Rs 8800/ ha/ 3 years is provided for value addition and marketing that includes post harvest management practices like storage


  • A total fund of Rs 1197.64 cr has been released to states and UTs for the last four years under the programme.


  • Financial assistance of Rs 3000 /hectare for 3 years is provided for Cluster formation (of 20 ha) and Capacity building including exposure visits, and trainings of field functionaries.


Benefits to Farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)


  • Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is being implemented on actuarial/bidded premium rates.


  • However,Farmers including small farmers have to pay maximum 2% for Kharif, 1.5% for Rabi food and oilseed crops and 5% for commercial/horticultural crops.


  • The balance of actuarial/bidded premium is shared by the Central and State Government on 50: 50 basis and in case of North Eastern States on 90 : 10 basis from Kharif 2020.


Salient Features of PMFBY 

  • Increased risk coverage of Crop cycle – pre-sowing to post-harvest losses.


  • Provision of claims upto 25% of sum insured for prevented sowing.


  • Uniform seasonality discipline & Sum Insured for both loanee & non-loanee farmers.


  • Use of Remote Sensing Technology, Smartphones & Drones for quick estimation of crop losses to ensure early settlement of claims.


  • Making the scheme voluntary for all farmers instead of compulsory for loanee farmers.


Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flags-in Indian Army Skiing Expedition, ARMEX-21


  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flagged-in the Indian Army Skiing Expedition, ARMEX-21, in New Delhi on July 23, 2021.


  • The ARMEX-21 was conducted in the mountain ranges of the Himalayan region to promote the adventure activity in the country and the Indian Army.


  • The expedition was flagged off at Karakoram Pass in Ladakh on March10, 2021 and culminated at Malari in Uttarakhand on July 06, 2021, covering 1,660 kms in 119 days.


  • Army Skiing Expedition conducted in Himalayan mountain ranges.


  • Covered 1,660 kms from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Malari in Uttarakhand.


  • The team gathered information about several hitherto unchartered areas along international boundary.


  • ​​​Raksha Mantri commends the courage, dedication and spirit of the Armed Forces.


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

  • Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) was launched on 23rdSeptember 2018.


  • AB-PMJAY is the world’s largest Government funded health assurance scheme. AB-PMJAY provides health assurance of up to 5 Lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary healthcare hospitalizations.


  • AB-PMJAY is a completely cashless and paperless scheme. The benefits under AB-PMJAY are portable across the country.


  • National Health Authority, an attached office of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with full functional autonomy, is the apex body implementing AB-PMJAY across the country.


  • The number of eligible beneficiaries under SECC 2011 is 10.74 crore (50 crore people).


  • 33 States/UTs implementing AB-PMJAY have further expanded the coverage of the scheme to include 13.44 crore families (65 crore people).


  • There is no cap on family size, or age or gender. AB-PMJAY is being implemented in all States and UTs barring West Bengal, NCT of Delhi and Odisha.


  • The States/UTs have been provided with the flexibility to implement the scheme in the operational model best suited to the local conditions. Thus, AB-PMJAY is being implemented in Insurance mode, Mixed mode and Trust mode.


NITI Aayog and IEA launch ‘Renewables Integration in India 2021’

  • A report on “Renewables Integration in India 2021” was jointly launched by Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog & Mr. Keisuke Sadamori, Director of Energy Markets and Security, IEA on 22nd July, 2021.


  • The report is based on the outcome of three states workshops held with the Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.


  • The report uses IEA modelling results to show the effects of different flexibility options on the power system. The report highlights that India’s power system can efficiently integrate renewables (175 GW by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030).


  • Indian states need to employ a wide range of flexibility options – such as demand response, more flexible operation of coal based power plants, storage, and grid improvements – to transition to cleaner electricity systems.


  • Time of Use (ToU) tariffs will be an effective tool to incentivise demand side management and encourage flexible consumption.



Senior India defender, Sandesh Jhingan was named the AIFF men’s Footballer of the Year 2020-21 season. It is the first time that the towering central defender has received the AIFF Player of the Year award, having won the Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2014.

 About Jhingan: Jhingan made his senior national team debut in 2015 in Guwahati and has since gone on to make 40 appearances for the Blue Tigers, scoring four goals.

 He was part of the Indian sides that lifted the Intercontinental Cup in 2018 and played out a memorable draw at the home of the Asian champions Qatar in 2019.

 Jhingan has captained the senior team on five occasions, the most recent being the international friendly against Oman in Dubai in March. He was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award last year.

 Another award: While midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam was picked as the Emerging Player for the year award for 2020-21. The 20-year-old Suresh, who made his Blue Tigers debut earlier this year against Oman, was part of the Indian side that competed at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.

• All India Football Federation President: Praful Patel.
• All India Football Federation Founded: 23 June 1937.
• All India Football Federation Headquarters: Dwarka, Delhi.