States - 2019 March

March 1

Haryana govt. announces Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi Yojana 2019
Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi scheme was launched by Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh. It is primarily meant for farmers of the state who cultivate on land with areas upto five acres and the families with an income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month.
The scheme would provide a sum of Rs. 6,000 yearly and each family has to nominate a member who will be provided with this amount.
The scheme involves two categories of beneficiaries in the age group of 18 to 40 years and the in the age group of 40 to 60 years.
For the age group of 18-40:Families can receive Rs. 6000 in 3 installments of Rs. 2000 each and amount will be deposited in the account of the head of family OR
A family can nominate a member who will receive Rs. 36,000 after five years OR
A pension of Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month will be received after the person turns 60 OR
The nominated beneficiary will get Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 after five years depending on whichever option they choose.
For the age group of 40-60 years: Rs 6,000 per year in 3 installments of Rs 2,000 or Rs 36,000 after 5 years
The scheme provides insurance facilities of Rs. 2 lakh on natural death, Rs. 2 lakh for accidental death, Rs. 2 lakh for permanent disability and Rs. 1 lakh for partial disability.
Those who are registered under the Pradhanmantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan, they could receive a pension of Rs. 3,000 per month after they turn 60, whose premiums will be funded by the government.

March 2

Rice Knowledge Bank- Assam Launched Under APART
Rice Knowledge Bank-Assam is an agriculture web portal. It is dedicated to magnifying knowledge on rice production technologies and techniques, best production practices and state agriculture facts.
It was launched under the World Bank funded project – Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART).
This portal is the repercussion of efforts of Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Services Society (ARIAS), Assam Agricultural University (AAU) with technical assistance from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

March 3

JalAmrutha scheme launched by Karnataka Government.
A water conservation scheme ‘JalAmrutha’ was launched by Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, in Bangalore.
The scheme plans to make people aware about the importance of conserving water and to prompt them to come up with ways to avoid wastage of water.
The scheme will involve undertaking scientific approaches such as water budgeting, water harvesting and water conservation through the use of geospatial data, satellite imagery, topographical and geological data.
2019 has been declared as ‘Jalavarsha (year of water)’.
Karnataka is the second-largest drought prone state in the country, after Rajasthan

Rajnath inaugurates National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Hyderabad
The NIA office cum residential complex has been constructed with a cost of Rs 45 crore in four acres of land at Khanamet near Madhapur. The foundation stone for the office was laid in 2016. 
The NIA Hyderabad office has the jurisdictions in the states of Telangana Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

March 4

‘Rice Knowledge Bank- Assam’ Launched Under APART
Rice Knowledge Bank - Assam’, an agriculture web portal to enhancing knowledge on rice production techniques and technologies, best production practices and state agriculture facts, was launched as part of the World Bank funded project- Assam Agri-business and Rural Transformation (APART). 

March 5

PM Narendra Modi Visited Amethi in UP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Congress stronghold Amethi to address a public meeting and lay the foundation stone of an ordnance factory unit in Amethi.
This is the first visit by PM Modi since 2014 to Amethi.
He also launched various development projects related to power generation, health, education and manufacturing sector which will benefit Amethi.

Tripura announces ‘Notun Disha’ to assess academic level of school students
Despite the success in encouraging students to attend schools, Tripura is lagging behind in terms of quality education.
Training will be provided by NGOs and educational institutions to 800 teachers. The duration of the project is 1 month. Rs. 28 crores has been allocated to the project.

PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana in Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan (PM-SYM) Yojana at Vastral in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The national pension scheme for workers and labourers of unorganised sector was announced in the interim budget in February this year.
This scheme will provide monthly pension of 3000 rupees to the employees of unorganized sector after 60 years of age.
42 crore workers from un-organised sectors are eligible for this pension scheme by contributing 55 rupees to 200 rupees monthly.

March 6

Haryana government announced Mukhyamantri Parivar Samman Nidhi Yojana 2019
The main Objective of the Scheme is to develop the welfare of the farmers who work up to five acres of land and other agricultural families of Haryana who have a monthly income less than Rs. 15,000.
Under the scheme each beneficiary family would be eligible for a financial assistance of Rs.6000 every year and each family will have to nominate a member to avail this benefit.
There will two categories in this scheme:the age group of 18 to 40 years and 40 to 60 years.
The scheme includes insurance of Rs. 2 lakh on natural death and accidental death and Rs. 1 lakh for partial disability.

Karnataka Government launched ''Jalamrutha'' scheme
The ambitious scheme of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, that was cleared by the State Cabinet, will be launched by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru.
Karnataka, which has the largest swathe of drought-prone land in the country next only to Rajasthan, is set to launch a major water conservation scheme titled ‘Jalamrutha’, which focuses on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies.
The scheme plans to make people aware of the importance of conserving water and to prompt them to come up with ways to avoid wastage of water.

March 7

NITI Aayog Development ranking topped by 3 districts of Jharkhand
Three Jharkhand districts of Chatra Sahibganj, and Hazaribagh have topped in the ranking of aspirational districts by Niti Aayog for the December-January period of 2018-19.
The ranking released by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
According to NITI Aayog, these three districts of Jharkhand have also performed well in 'health and nutrition' parameters.
Sonbhadra (Uttar Pradesh), Sahibganj (Jharkhand) and Chatra (Jharkhand) emerged as top three ranking districts on the education parameter.

Odisha Government announces financial assistance for craftsmen
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme ‘Mukhya Mantri Karigar Sahayata’ for financial assistance to craftsmen. The nodal department of the scheme is the Directorate of handicrafts.
Craftsmen with over 10 years of experience and annual income below Rs 1 lakh would become eligible to get an assistance of Rs, 800 a month. Those above 80 years of age would get Rs 1,000 monthly allowance.
Annual income certificate, residence proof, experience certificate and age proof are required to produce for availing the benefits of the scheme.

March 8

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
PM Modi will launch development projects in various sectors including energy, health and education.
The healthcare sector in Karnataka, PM Modi will dedicate the ESIC Hospital and Medical College, Bengaluru to the nation.
PM Modi launched various National Highway projects, including the foundation stone for the four laning of NH-45C from Vikravandi to Thanjavur and the six laning of Karaipettai – Walajapet section of NH-4.
He dedicated the 5 MMTPA capacity Ennore LNG Terminal to the nation.
He also dedicated the electrification of Erode-Karur-Tiruchchirapalli and Salem-Karur-Dindigul railway lines to the nation.

Mukhyamantri Anchal Amrit Yojana launched by Uttarakhand CM for anganwadi children
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the Mukhyamantri Anchal Amrit Yojana under which 2.5 lakh students of 20,000 anganwadi centres across Uttarakhand would be provided 100ml of milk twice a week.
Flavored, sweet, skimmed milk powder will be provided to these children.
Minister of state for women empowerment and child development Rekha Arya pointed out that there were 18,000 children suffering from malnutrition.

Mamata Banerjee launched Yuvashree Arpan scheme for financially assisting young entrepreneurs.
Under this scheme, 50,000 youths will receive financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh for setting up of their own business initiatives.
Youngsters passing out of Industrial training institute (ITI) or other polytechnic institute will be eligible to get financial support from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) department.
The first Hindi university in West Bengal in Arupara, Howrah district and Rs 1,488 crore drinking water project at Purba Medinipur that will benefit more than 12 lakh people.

March 9

Maharashtra government launched “Atal Aahar Yojana” to provide cheap hygienic food for construction workers
Maharashtra government launched a special scheme ‘Atal Aahar Yojna’ for construction workers in the state which will provide good quality food at a highly subsidized rate.
In the first phase, the target is to cover 20,000 workers and provide them with good quality food at a nominal cost of Rs 5.
Maharashtra government also launched Shramev Jayate Yojana under which a pension of Rs. 3000 is given to construction workers above the age of 60 years. If the worker died, the pension will be given to his widow.

An MoU on Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence signed by HP and Andhra Pradesh government
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between HP Inc. India (Hewlett-Packard) and Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) and Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) for constructing a Center of Excellence (CoE) for additive manufacturing powered by HP’s 3D printing technology.
It aims to promote 3D printing in various sectors such as automotive, aerospace, defence, consumer goods, healthcare, apparel and construction.
APIS will provide infrastructural support and provide necessary certifications and accreditations. APEDB will promote the utilization of the Center of Excellence by government departments, defence and public sector enterprises, start-ups, small and medium enterprises etc.

March 10

PM Narendra Modi to visit Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, to unveil slew of projects
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil several projects during whistle-stop visits to Kanpur, Ghaziabad and his own constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
PM laid foundation stone of two Thermal Power Projects, one at Khurja, Uttar Pradesh and other at Buxar, Bihar. Both the plants will have power generation capacity of 1320 MW And also laid foundation stone of Panki Thermal Power Plant and unveiled plaques to mark the launch of various projects in Kanpur.
PM laid the foundation stone of Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran- Saundarayakaran Yojana (Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan).
The foundation stone of Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) and inaugurated an extension of Delhi Metro’s Red line.

Gondi Language to be included in primary education in MP’s tribal districts
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath declared that Gondi language will be included in the primary education curriculum of the state’s tribal-dominated districts, due to the rising concern of a rapid decline in the number of people who speak that tongue.
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, declared by the United Nations (UN), will be observed as a holiday in MP state on 9th August 2019 to redress adivasi grievances.
The Gondi or Gond people are Adivasi (indigenous people) of India listed as a Scheduled TribeThey are spread over the states of Madhya Pradesh, eastern Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha.

Mizoram Cabinet approves Liquor Prohibition Bill
The Mizoram Cabinet has approved the proposed liquor prohibition bill in the state.
The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthangais approved the Mizoram Liquor Prohibition Bill, 2019.
This bill will be introduced in the state Assembly during the Budget session which begins on March 20, 2019.
Earlier, liquor was completely prohibited in Mizoram from 1997 to January 2015 under the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act.From March 2015, the Lal Thanwala government allowed re-opening of wine shops in the state.

Madhya Pradesh government issuesordinance to raise OBC Quota to 27%
Madhya Pradesh has taken the ordinance route to increase reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from 14 per cent to 27%.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath had made an announcement to this effect on March while handing over loan waiver certificates to farmers in Sagar.
Governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance to amend the Madhya Pradesh Lok Seva (Anusuchit Jatiyon, Anusuchit Jan Jatioyon aur Anya Pichhade Vargon ke Liye Arakshan) Adhiniyam, 1994.
At present, the state provides 20% reservation to Scheduled Tribes, 16 per cent to Scheduled Castes and 14% to OBCs.

March 11

Kerala's Marayur jaggery gets GI tag
Marayur organic jaggery produced at Marayur in the hilly district of Idukki in Kerala has bagged Geographical Indication tag.
Marayur jaggery is known especially for its organic and traditional production using the sugar cane cultivated in the region.
It does not contain any chemicals and is high in iron and calcium. The sugar cane plantations are spread over several acres at Marayur.
Hundreds of workers, mainly from Tamil Nadu, have been involved in Marayur jaggery making for the last many decades.

National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation to be set up at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh
Mental health and wellbeing had been a neglected area in India. With the GOI taking decision to set up National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh, proper attention would be given to this component of health.
This Institute will be the first of its Kind in the country.
The Center has approved an outlay of Rs. 180 core for this project for an initial period of 3 years.
The land for this institute measuring about 25 acre was allocated free of cost by the Madhya Pradesh government.

Monthly stipends and jobs for Kashmiri militants who give up arms, says J&K's surrender policy draft
The Jammu and Kashmir administration headed by Governor Sathya Pal Malik, in its new “Reintegration Policy” draft, has proposed a monthly stipend of Rs. 6,000, jobs and rehabilitation measures, for militants, who wish to give up arms.
The policy has two-pronged approaches which are reformative measures and Opportunities of livelihoods. Militants found to have been involved in heinous crimes won’t get the proposed benefits.
The reintegration policy draft is at the pre-SAC stage, which is subject to clearance by the State Home Department and the Chief Secretary. The State Administrative Council (SAC) is the body governing J&K, which is under President’s rule.

March 12

Delhi: High-level committee set up to reform higher education
The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a premier think-tank which advises the Delhi government on key policy issues, has set-up a 17-member high-level committee on reforming higher education in the national capital.
The committee will be headed by Jasmine Shah, the vice-chairperson of Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC).
It will “recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year”.
Nalanda 2.0 which is a non-profit policy think tank with a “mission of making India’s higher education system world class” shall act as the knowledge partner to Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC).

Japan announces Rs 22 lakh for Kolkata museum
The Japanese government decided to provide Rs. 22 lakhs ($31,800) for the Rabindra Bharati Museum in Kolkata, West Bengal in order to establish deeper and stronger historical and cultural ties with India.
To refurbish the Japan Gallery of the museum, a MoU will be signed between the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga, and the Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Choudhry.
The renovated Japan Gallery located in the Jorasanko Thakurbari campus of the University will play an important role in honoring Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution in the relations between both the nations.

India, Saudi Arabia to revive work on $44 billion West Coast refinery
The Election Commission announced the dates of the Lok Sabha polls, India and Saudi Arabia came to an understanding to revive and 'expedite' the implementation of $44 billion West Coast refinery project in Maharashtra, in which Saudi Aramco will be holding a considerable stake.
Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) had formed a joint venture with Indian state-run oil marketing companies - Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) - to hold 50% stake in Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals (RRPCL).
The progress of the project had faced issues after 42,000 notices for land survey and acquisition were served to families in 17 villages of Ratnagiri district and were put on hold by the State Government.

Erode Turmeric Gets GI Tag After An 8-Year Process
After an eight-year-long process, Erode turmeric (of Tamil Nadu) finally got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indication Registry.
The Erode Manjal Vanigargal Matrum Kidangu Urimaiyalargal Sangham applied for the GI tag in January, 2011, at the office of the Deputy Registrar of GI Registry in Chennai.
A Geographical Indication is a name or sign used on certain products that correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. Erode turmeric is a rhizome, both finger and bulb obtained from the Erode local cultivar.

Arecanut gets its first GI tag for ‘Sirsi Supari’
For the first time in the arecanut sector, ‘Sirsi Supari’ grown in Uttara Kannada has received the Geographic Indication (GI) tag. It is cultivated in Yellapura, Siddapura and Sirsi taluks in Karnataka.
The arecanut has unique features like a round and flattened coin shape, particular texture, taste and has a hard seed. These features are not seen in arecanut grown in any other regions.
Totgars’ Cooperative Sale Society Ltd., Sirsi, is the registered proprietor of the GI.

March 13

Exclusion from draft Assam NRC will not affect voting rights for LS polls: ECI to SC
The Election Commission of India (ECI) informed the three-judge bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi; the Chief Justice of India that exclusion of names from draft NRC (National Register of Citizens) in Assam will not affect the voting rights of persons in the upcoming elections provided that their name features in the electoral rolls.
The response of ECI Secretary was summoned by the Supreme Court in connection with a PIL(Public Interest Litigation).
Election Commission have to submit the data about addition and deletion of names from voters’ list as revised in January 2017, 2018 and 2019 by 28th March 2019 in the apex court.
National Register of Citizens (NRC) contains the names of citizens residing in Assam. The register was first prepared in 1951 and now it is being updated to include the names of persons who appear in the NRC, 1951 or any electoral rolls up the 24th September 1971.

Tax-free, deficit budget presented in Meghalaya Assembly
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who also holds the Finance portfolio, put forth aRs 1,223 crore tax-free, deficit budget in the State Assembly for 2019-2020.
The government has given highest priority to improve revenue collection and a committee has been set up to methodically look into all issues of collections.
The government intends to set up IT-enabled systems for weighing of vehicles at gates and QR codes for transport challans in the next fiscal year to improve tax collections which are estimated at Rs 2,090 crore for tax revenue and Rs 601 crore for non-tax revenue, Sangma.
New GST regime has started to stabilize and has contributed to the ease of doing business.
Meghalaya Integrated Transport Sector Project is also being planned by the State Government with an external aid of Rs 1,050 crore.

March 14

12 states ban e-cigarettes, health ministry urges all to follow
Following the advice of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, at least 12 states in India have banned Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).
Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Jharkhand have taken steps to ban the use of ENDS.
ENDS emits nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco products which made the Doctors claim e-cigarettes pose significant health risks to users that are frighteningly similar to those of conventional cigarette.
Of late there has been an increasing popularity of ENDS, more commonly known as e-cigarettes or “vapes" in India.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare: Jagat Prakash Nadda

March 16

GI tag for Coorg Arabica Coffee, four others
The Geographical Indications Registry has granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Coorg Arabica Coffee, Wayanad Robusta Coffee, Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee and Bababudangiris Arabica Coffee.
According to the GI application, Coorg Arabica Coffee is grown specifically in Kodagu district in Karnataka.
Coffee cultivation is an integral part of the lives of the people of Kodagu district and forms the backbone of the economy of the district.
As per the GI application for Wayanad Robusta Coffee, the flora of Wayanad is characteristic of the Western Ghats and the plantation crops grown in the cool climate.
Araku Valley Arabica Coffee, grown around Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh and Koraput district in Odisha, is light to medium in strength, has a pleasant acidity with a citrus note of grape fruit and a mild jaggery-like sweetness.

Lok Sabha polls: West Bengal has maximum first-time voters followed by UP, MP
West Bengal has the maximum number of first-time voters in the coming Lok Sabha election, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
According to Election Commission data, 20.1 lakh first-time voters will be exercising their franchise in West Bengal. Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have 16.7 lakh and 13.6 lakh, and Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have 12.8 lakh, 11.9 lakh, 8.9 lakh and 5.3 lakh first-time voters, respectively. Delhi has 97,684 first-time voters.
The number of people eligible to vote in Lok Sabha polls beginning next month has increased by 8.4 crore as compared to the 2014 general election, and these include 1.5 crore "young voters" who are in the 18-19 age group and would exercise their franchise first time.

March 18

Assam CEO launches i-help initiative to promote digital electoral literacy
Assam Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mukesh Sahu launched the ‘i-help’ initiative at a meeting held at the Election Department, Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.
It is a joint initiative of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam and Common Service Centers (CSC), Assam to promote digital electoral literacy in the State.
The CSCs are internet-enabled access points spread throughout the country delivering various government and non-government digital services (e-Services) to the citizens. Assam under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) in the State. It is geared up to ensure that no voter is left behind.
This particular initiative will fill the digital divide and fulfill the objective of turning the General Election, to be held in April 2019, more inclusive and participatory.

March 19

Supreme Court stays contempt order against The Shillong Times editor and publisher
The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogai has stayed Meghalaya High Court’s judgment against the Shillong Times editor, Patricia Mukhim and Publisher, Shobha Chaudhuri who were found guilty of contempt of court. The bench consists of Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Both Patricia Mukhim and Shobha Chaudhuri were fined with Rs. 2 lakh by Meghalaya’s High Court.