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bharat ias - Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Georgia

Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Georgia

Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Georgia  ·       The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia.  ·       The Agreement between the two countries is based on latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template keeping in view of developments in Civil Aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries. ·       Presently there is no Air Services Agreement between these two countries. ·        ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the two countries.    The features of the Air Services Agreement are as follows: 

i. Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline. 

ii. Now the Indian carriers can operate to any points in Georgia from any points in India. Whereas the carriers of Georgia can establish direct operation to six points namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Goa. Apart from this through routing flexibility any intermediate and beyond point can also be served by the designated carriers of both sides. 

iii. The designated airlines of either country shall have the right to establish offices in the territory of the other country for the promotion and sale of air services. 

iv. The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other party and that of a Third party. In view of this, it will not only facilitate the direct connectivity but also connectivity through 3rd country carriers. It will provide viable options for the carriers of both countries. 

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Publishes on : 17-Apr-2017 10:09 AM
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bharat ias - “nakshe” Portal launched on 250th Anniversary of Survey of India

“nakshe” Portal launched on 250th Anniversary of Survey of India

“nakshe” Portal launched on 250th Anniversary of Survey of India  Why in news: ·       A new web portal “nakshe” was launched on the occasion of 250th anniversary of SurveyofIndia(SoI)   What is nakshe:   ·       Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) containing natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005. ·       These OSM maps have been made available for free download from “nakshe” web portal in pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process, in line with Digital India programme of the Government of India.    About Survey of India:   ·       The Survey of India, the principal mapping agency of the country is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Origin of the Survey of India is traced back to Year 1767. ·        It is the oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world. ·       Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on this day i.e. 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest. ·       SoI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played an invaluable role in the saga of India’s nation building and were pivotal in the foundation of almost all major developmental activities of modern India. 

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Publishes on : 17-Apr-2017 10:06 AM
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bharat ias - Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana  ·        The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries.    ·        The subscription under the MGPSY was very low and no new subscription was received for more than a year. Closure of the scheme will, therefore, obviate the avoidable recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure. 

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Publishes on : 17-Apr-2017 10:01 AM
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bharat ias - PMAY-G – From Houses to Homes

PMAY-G – From Houses to Homes

PMAY-G – From Houses to Homes  Why in news: ·       The Prime Minister launched the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).    About Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).    ·       The new Rural Housing programme is designed to meet the needs and aspirations of households.  ·        With a higher unit cost, it allows for construction using local materials and local house designs. ·       Homes will have cooking area, toilet, LPG connection, electricity connection and water supply through convergence, and beneficiaries can plan their homes as per their need.  ·       Training programme for Rural Masons has been launched to meet a critical skill requirement for quality construction.  ·       The selection of beneficiaries has been through a rigorous process using Socio Economic Census (SECC) Data for those who are homeless or in 0, 1, 2 kutcha rooms with kutcha roof.  ·        The SECC Data has been validated by Gram Sabha and also subjected to space technology validation to ensure that there is no inclusion of errors. ·       The thrust in 2016-17 was to launch PMAY-G with all the tasks completed regarding selection of beneficiaries, IT/DBT platform, space technology use, training programme for Rural Masons, finalisation of housing design typologies etc.  ·       As part of the Governance Reform, from anywhere between 2 to 20 Bank accounts in every District for the Rural Housing programme earlier, there is now a Single Nodal Account at the State level from where funds are directly transferred electronically on the AwaasSoft-PFMS platform to the beneficiary’s account. ·       The beneficiaries under PMAY Gramin have been selected up to 2022 based on the prioritisation and in a transparent manner. ·       The three filters have ensured that the genuinely poor homeless and those living in dilapidated houses, have been selected ·        Large number of households from vulnerable groups and large number of women have been selected as beneficiaries. ·       House design typologies incorporating disaster resilient features have been finalised and are being used by the State Governments under the programme.  ·       The workmanship and employability of trained Rural Masons is being improved by ensuring their assessment and certification as per the Qualification Pack endorsed by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).                                                                ...

Publishes on : 17-Apr-2017 09:58 AM
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bharat ias - Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates Web Portal “Bharat ke Veer”

Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates Web Portal “Bharat ke Veer”

Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates Web Portal “Bharat ke Veer” 
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the web portal and mobile application named “Bharat ke Veer” on the occasion of Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) here today. ·       The portal is an IT based platform, with an objective to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life in line of duty. ·       The amount so donated will be credited to the account of ‘Next of Kin’ of those Central Armed Police Force/Central Para Military Force soldiers. ·       The site “Bharat ke Veer” will be available on web portal as well as mobile application. This domain allows anyone to financially support the bravehearts of his choice or towards the “Bharat Ke Veer” corpus. ·       This website is technically supported by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and powered by State Bank of India. To ensure maximum coverage, a cap of 15 lakh rupees is imposed and the donors would be alerted if the amount exceeds, so that they can choose to divert part of the donation to another braveheart account or to the “Bharat Ke Veer” corpus.   ·         “Bharat Ke Veer” corpus would be managed by a committee made up of eminent persons of repute and senior Government officials, who would decide to disburse the fund equitably to the braveheart’s family on need basis. 


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Publishes on : 10-Apr-2017 11:37 AM
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