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Children in non-institutional care rise fourfold between 2021-2024: Govt

The number of children in non-institutional care, including those in foster care, has increased fourfold between 2021-22 and 2023-24, according to government data. In the financial year 2021-22, 29,331 children were covered by non-institutional care. This number increased to 62,675 in 2022-23 and to 1,21,861 in 2023-24, it stated. In a recent letter to states and Union Territories (UTs), the women and child development (WCD) ministry said this rise may be because of the government's initiatives in strengthening family-based care to all children in difficult circumstances. The ministry, however, acknowledged that despite the increase in approvals and fund releases for non-institutional care during 2023-24, the expenditure has been slow in most states until the quarter ending June 2024. It has asked all states and UTs to review and expedite expenditure. District-level officials have been instructed to ensure Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) enabled Aadhaar-based release of funds under t

Children in non-institutional care rise fourfold between 2021-2024: Govt
Updated On : 10 Jul 2024 | 7:17 PM IST

Delhi Cabinet to begin drafting note for Rs 1,000 monthly aid for women

Delhi govt FY25 Budget aims to provide Rs 1,000 in monthly assistance for eligible women aged above 18. Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh have drafted similar schemes

Delhi Cabinet to begin drafting note for Rs 1,000 monthly aid for women
Updated On : 02 Jul 2024 | 11:05 AM IST

10 years of Telangana: Is India's newest state limping or marching ahead?

Being revenue surplus, which indicates that the state exceeds its current receipts for its current expenditure, Telangana has been generous with its social welfare schemes

10 years of Telangana: Is India's newest state limping or marching ahead?
Updated On : 26 May 2024 | 10:57 PM IST

Wider social security net on cards for unorganised sector workers

Meetings have already begun with the relevant ministries and government depts

Wider social security net on cards for unorganised sector workers
Updated On : 17 Apr 2024 | 11:09 PM IST

Govt volunteer system becomes eye of storm ahead of polls in Andhra Pradesh

Ward and village volunteer system, a wing of the YSR Congress government, has emerged as the eye of a political storm between rivals YSRCP and TDP in the run-up to the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh, with both ruling and opposition parties trading charges against each other. Introduced in 2019 by the ruling YSRCP, the volunteer system is a decentralised governance delivery mechanism, entailing one volunteer to oversee 50 households for delivering welfare pensions and other schemes at the beneficiaries' doorstep. However, the opposition NDA coalition of TDP, BJP and Janasena allege that the volunteer system is being deployed to further the electoral prospects of YSRCP and perform in an advantageous way to the ruling party run by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu and Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan have regularly targeted the volunteers, numbering around 2.6 lakh over the past five years. However, after realising the sensitivity of the issue, Naidu is now tryin

Govt volunteer system becomes eye of storm ahead of polls in Andhra Pradesh
Updated On : 14 Apr 2024 | 9:30 AM IST

Janani Suraksha Yojana: All about govt's maternity welfare scheme

Janani Suraksha Yojana is a central government scheme that integrates cash assistance with delivery and post-delivery care

Janani Suraksha Yojana: All about govt's maternity welfare scheme
Updated On : 11 Apr 2024 | 11:44 AM IST

Govt launches programme for cashless treatment of up to Rs 1.5 lakh

The government is launching a pilot programme to provide cashless treatment to road accident victims, under which they will be entitled to cashless treatment up to a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh per accident, an official statement said on Thursday. The statement further said the pilot programme -- being initiated in Chandigarh and developed under the aegis of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) -- is aimed at establishing an ecosystem for providing timely medical care to the victims of road accidents, including during the golden hour. "The broad contours of the pilot programme are -- victims entitled to cashless treatment up to a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh per accident per person for a maximum period of 7 days from date of the accident," it added. The statement said claims raised by hospitals for providing treatment will be reimbursed from the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund. According to the statement, the pilot project will be applicable to all road accidents caused by the use

Govt launches programme for cashless treatment of up to Rs 1.5 lakh
Updated On : 14 Mar 2024 | 11:35 PM IST

Disadvantaged sections biggest beneficiaries of govt schemes: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that people from disadvantaged sections like SCs, STs and OBCs are the biggest beneficiaries of his government's welfare schemes as he accused the previous Congress dispensations of neglecting them and never appreciating their role in the country's progress. Speaking at the launch of the PM-SURAJ national portal, he cited the election of Ram Nath Kovind and Droupadi Murumu, who come from Dalit and tribal communities respectively, as president to assert that the BJP's efforts to ensure that those from deprived sections reach top positions will continue. The opposition made every effort to ensure their defeat, he said. Taking a swipe at the Opposition, Prime Minister Modi asked the gathering that consisted of people from disadvantaged groups, "How can anyone say I have no family when I have brothers and sisters like you?" He said his government's schemes for toilets and cooking gas have benefited deprived sections of society. "SCs, STs,

Disadvantaged sections biggest beneficiaries of govt schemes: PM Modi
Updated On : 14 Mar 2024 | 12:28 AM IST

Chhattisgarh to roll out women-centric Mahtari Vandan Yojana on March 10

The BJP government in Chhattisgarh will launch its flagship Mahatari Vandan Yojana', under which a monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000 will be provided to married women, an official said on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the programme virtually and interact with the beneficiaries on the occasion, he said. About Rs 700 crore will be released as the first instalment under the scheme, which will benefit nearly 70 lakh women in the state, the official said. He said each registered woman will get Rs 12,000 a year, or Rs 1,000 a month. As part of another scheme, which will be launched on March 12, paddy farmers will be given financial assistance, he said. Under the scheme, Krishak Unnati Yojana', those farmers whose paddy has been procured at the minimum support price (MSP), fixed by the Centre, will get some additional amounts. Union Ministers Arjun Munda and Giriraj Singh will be present during the launch of this programme, he said. The Vishnu Deo Sai governmen

Chhattisgarh to roll out women-centric Mahtari Vandan Yojana on March 10
Updated On : 09 Mar 2024 | 7:56 PM IST

Guj launches schemes to provide financial help to students of Class 9 to 12

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Saturday launched two schemes to provide financial assistance to students from Classes 9 to 12, for which the government has allocated Rs 1,650 crore in the state budget. Under its "Namo Lakshmi Yogana", the government will provide Rs 50,000 to girls studying in Classes 9 to 12 over four years, while Rs 25,000 will be given to both girls and boys who have opted for the science stream in Classes 11 and 12 under the "Namo Saraswati Vigyan Sadhana Yojana", a release stated. "These two significant schemes have been initiated this year to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to girls' education, encouraging girls to pursue secondary and higher secondary education and to promote science education," the state government said in a statement. The chief minister launched the schemes from Gyanda High School in Ahmedabad, with around 35,000 students of primary and secondary schools and educators from across the state participating virtually

Guj launches schemes to provide financial help to students of Class 9 to 12
Updated On : 09 Mar 2024 | 6:30 PM IST

'Rs 1,000 honorarium scheme for Delhi women may roll out in Sep-Oct'

The Delhi government's new scheme under which Rs 1,000 will be given to adult women is likely to be rolled out in September-October, Finance Minister Atishi said on Tuesday, adding she expects it to translate into more women votes for the AAP in the Lok Sabha polls. Atishi presented her maiden budget with an outlay of Rs 76,000 crore in the Delhi Assembly on Monday. In an interview to PTI, Atishi said the Mukhyamantri Mahila Samman Yojana will be notified after the Model Code of Conduct for the Lok Sabha polls is lifted and expressed hope that the scheme will roll out from September-October. Another key scheme that will be rolled out in the 2024-25 fiscal is the Business Blasters scheme in Delhi government-run universities. Under the scheme, Rs 2,000 seed money is given to Class 11 and Class 12 students. "The government will be giving a seed money of Rs 25,000 to each selected team of student at its universities for start-ups. We expect 1,000 teams will be part of the scheme," she

'Rs 1,000 honorarium scheme for Delhi women may roll out in Sep-Oct'
Updated On : 05 Mar 2024 | 5:53 PM IST

Govt launches Social Defence Fellowship to support marginalised communities

In a joint initiative aimed at empowering marginalised communities across India, the National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), under the ministry of social justice and empowerment, has partnered with The Nudge Institute, a Bangalore-based non-profit organisation, to launch the 'Social Defence Fellowship'. This public-private partnership seeks to leverage the expertise of senior private sector professionals alongside the vision of senior civil servants, according to an official statement. Five social defence fellows have been carefully selected from a competitive pool of over 840 applicants nationwide, the social justice and empowerment ministry said. These fellows, boasting an average of over 25 years of experience, bring a wealth of knowledge from spearheading transformative initiatives across various sectors. They have undergone a rigorous selection process and will work full-time within the government system for a duration of 18 months, it said. The ministry, serving as the .

Govt launches Social Defence Fellowship to support marginalised communities
Updated On : 04 Mar 2024 | 11:24 PM IST

Himachal CM Sukhu announces Rs 1,500 per month for women in 18-60 age group

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Monday announced that the state government will give Rs 1,500 per month to women in the age group of 18 to 60 years from the next financial year. This was one of the 10 'guarantees' promised by the Congress ahead of the assembly polls. Addressing the media here, he said that Rs 800 crore would be spent on the initiative -- Indira Gandhi Pyari Behna Sukh Samman Nidhi Yojna -- annually and over five lakh women would be covered under it. He said that with this, five out of 10 poll promises have been fulfilled and reiterated that the old pension scheme was restored benefitting 1.36 lakh employees of the state.

Himachal CM Sukhu announces Rs 1,500 per month for women in 18-60 age group
Updated On : 04 Mar 2024 | 5:50 PM IST

Sikkim govt to create fixed deposits of Rs 10,800 in name of newborns

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Monday announced a new scheme under which the government will make a fixed deposit of Rs 10,800 in the name of a newborn. Addressing the 'Jan Bharosa Sammelan' in Soreng district, Tamang announced the 'Sikkim Sishu Samriddhi Yojana' ahead of the assembly elections in the state. He said the fixed deposit will mature and the money can be withdrawn when the child turns 18. The Himalayan state has the lowest population in the country at 6.10 lakh, according to the 2011 census. Tamang's government has been taking a slew of measures to encourage couples to have more babies to fend off concerns over the aging population. Among these are additional increments for government employees having two or three children, maternity leaves of one year for female government employees, and financial grants for non-working mothers. "The low fertility rate among the local indigenous population is a matter of serious concern in Sikkim... We must do everything i

Sikkim govt to create fixed deposits of Rs 10,800 in name of newborns
Updated On : 26 Feb 2024 | 7:18 PM IST

PM Modi seeks support of women to make 10 million 'lakhpati didis'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought the support of the country's women folk and said he wants to make one crore women in India "lakhpati didis". The prime minister lauded the beneficiaries of the Centre's major schemes in Jammu and Kashmir for setting an example for the rest of the country. He interacted with the beneficiaries during his visit to Jammu to ascertain how the schemes have transformed the lives of the people in the Union Territory. During a public rally, the PM encouraged a self-help group (SHG) head Kirti of Basohli area of Kathua district to leverage the loan scheme under livelihood scheme and contribute to the success of rural women. Kirti, whose SHG had purchased three cows and repaid the loan, has now a big cowshed due to the efforts of several women. She said, "The lives of women are changing and they are becoming the engines of change in rural India. The credit of the changes goes to such schemes gifted to us by the prime minister". Lauding Kirti for

PM Modi seeks support of women to make 10 million 'lakhpati didis'
Updated On : 20 Feb 2024 | 4:55 PM IST

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to launch 'Asha Kirana' programme on Sunday

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will launch 'Asha Kirana Eye Care at Your Doorstep' under the aegis of National Programme for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Haveri on February 18, an official statement on Saturday said. An initiative by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, comprehensive eye check-ups will be done for individuals across all age groups under the 'Asha Kirana' scheme. Free spectacles will be provided to the visually impaired and cataract surgeries will be done free of cost, the statement said. According to the statement, with the objective of reducing prevalence of avoidable blindness, 'Asha Kirana' has already been implemented successfully in eight districts across two phases. The first phase covered Chikkaballapur, Kalaburagi, Haveri, and Chamarajanagar, while the second phase included Chitradurga, Mandya, Raichur, and Uttara Kannada district. "These initiatives have yielded promising results, with millions of individuals benefiting from

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to launch 'Asha Kirana' programme on Sunday
Updated On : 17 Feb 2024 | 8:32 PM IST

PM Modi unveils projects worth Rs 1,330 crore in Goa under 'Viksit Bharat'

He also distributed appointment orders to 1930 new government recruits across various departments under Rozgar Mela and handed over sanction letters to beneficiaries of various welfare schemes

PM Modi unveils projects worth Rs 1,330 crore in Goa under 'Viksit Bharat'
Updated On : 06 Feb 2024 | 5:05 PM IST

TMS Ep623: RBI on Paytm, Hero E2W, investment strategy, Lakhpati Didi

What does RBI's move on Paytm mean for you? Can Hero ace the EV two-wheeler segment? What should be your investment strategy post Budget? Who are 'Lakhpati Didis'? All answers here

TMS Ep623: RBI on Paytm, Hero E2W, investment strategy, Lakhpati Didi
Updated On : 06 Feb 2024 | 8:00 AM IST

Interim Budget: Fiscal consolidation hits 26 of 37 welfare schemes in FY24

The interim Budget showed the total revised estimates (RE) for these 37 schemes fell by 6 per cent to Rs 4.41 trillion in FY24 from the budget estimate (BE) of Rs 4.69 trillion

Interim Budget: Fiscal consolidation hits 26 of 37 welfare schemes in FY24
Updated On : 01 Feb 2024 | 11:04 PM IST

Govt extends animal husbandry infra fund worth Rs 29,610 cr till 2025-26

The Union Cabinet on Thursday extended the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) till 2025-26. In June 2020, the government had approved setting up of AHIDF worth Rs 15,000 crore. According to an official statement on Thursday, the Cabinet approved the "continuation of Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) to be implemented under Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) with an outlay of Rs 29,610.25 crore for another three years up to 2025-26." The scheme will incentivize investments for dairy processing and product diversification, meat processing and product diversification, animal feed plant, breed multiplication farm, animal waste to wealth management (Agri-waste management) and veterinary vaccine and drug production facilities. "Government of India will provide 3 per cent interest subvention for 8 years including two years of moratorium for loan up to 90 per cent from the scheduled bank and National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)

Govt extends animal husbandry infra fund worth Rs 29,610 cr till 2025-26
Updated On : 01 Feb 2024 | 9:37 PM IST