Government Schemes & Policies
- Steel Cluster Development
- 1st Anniversary of PM-KISAN observed
- SPICe+ web form
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Government Schemes & Policies
Steel Cluster Development
A Meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament for the Ministry of Steel was held recently, chaired by the Minister of Steel and Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.
Significance of Steel:
- The meeting aimed at “Steel Cluster Development”.
- Steel has been playing an important role in the industrial development of India, as it is a key input for critical sectors such as infrastructure, construction and automobile.
- Indian Steel capacity has steadily grown to 142 MTPA, with the country becoming the world’s second largest producer of steel.
- Total steel consumption is expected to nearly 160 MTPA by 2024-25, and the Government is promoting domestic production and consumption of steel.
- The Secondary Steel producers contribute about 55% of the total steel production, and it also contributes significantly to employment generation across the value chain.
Steel Cluster Development:
- The steel industry globally has thrived in a cluster model, as they enhance competitiveness of these units.
- Central Government is keen to facilitate creation of new steel clusters in line with the global benchmarks, and establish the right institutional mechanism to systemize the existing clusters.
- The draft policy for development of steel clusters in India prepared by the Ministry of Steel is an endeavour to help resolve the existing challenges faced by the steel units and unlock their growth potential.
- The Policy will take into account the role and responsibilities of various stakeholders, particularly the State Governments, Industry and the people.
- These committees provide a forum for informal discussions between the ministers and the members of Parliament on policies and programmes of the government and the manner of their implementation.
- They are constituted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
- The committees stand dissolved upon dissolution of every Lok Sabha and thus, are reconstituted upon constitution of each Lok Sabha.
- They consist of members of both the Houses of Parliament.
- The Consultative Committees are not Parliamentary Committees.
1st Anniversary of PM-KISAN observed
Union Minister for Agriculture said that the PM-KISAN is among the several new initiatives focusing on Agriculture and Rural Development sectors.
- On the occasion, PM-KISAN Mobile App was lunched through which farmers can view the status of their application, check history of credits to their bank accounts etc.
About the PM-KISAN
- In the Interim budget of 2019-20, Government has announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)’ for providing an assured income support to the small and marginal farmers.
- Under this programme farmer families will be provided direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6,000 per year. This income support will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers, in three equal instalments of Rs. 2,000 each.
- Funded by Government of India with Rs. 75,000 crores corpus.
- PM-KISAN beneficiaries will be given the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) so that farmers can take easy loans from the banks. The Government has also included Animal Husbandry and Fisheries sectors under the ambit of the PM-KCC Scheme.
- All landholding farmers’ families having cultivable landholding in their names (Farmers are not bound to have the 2 hectares of cultivated land as per earlier guidelines. Earlier, Small and Marginal Farmers families were also eligible for this benefit but after the changes in eligibility guidelines, these farmers are not eligible and hence will not get the benefit).
- All institutional Land holders; and Farmer families in which one or more of its members belong to former and present holders of constitutional posts, government office, who paid income Tax in last assessment year and Professionals like Doctors, Engineer etc.
- Beneficiaries having higher economic status are not eligible for this scheme.
Significance of Programme
- Around 12 crore small and marginal farmer families are expected to benefit.
- PM-KISAN would not only provide assured supplemental income to the most vulnerable farmer families, but would also meet their emergent needs especially before the harvest season.
- PM-KISAN would pave the way for the farmers to earn and live a respectable living.
Current Status of PM-KISAN Scheme
- A budget of Rs. 75,000 crores have been provided in the current Financial Year for the PM-KISAN scheme.
- More than 8.46 crore farmer families have been given the PM-KISAN benefits. (Total number of beneficiaries to be covered under the scheme is about 14 crores, and the Government aims to cover 12 lakh farmers by the end of this Financial Year).
- Common Service Centres (CSCs) has also been launched for online procedure for farmers’ enrolment in this scheme.
- West Bengal is the only state out of the ambit of PM-Kisan as it has refused to share and authenticate farmers’ data.
- Uttar Pradesh is the top-performing state, which has collected data of nearly 2 crores (out of 2.4 crore) farmers, so far.
SPICe+ web form
As part of Government of India’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiatives, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has notified a new Web Form christened ‘SPICe+’ (pronounced ‘SPICe Plus’) replacing the existing SPICe form.
About SPICe+ Web Form
- SPICe+ is an integrated Web Form that offer 10 services by 3 Central Govt Ministries & Departments (Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labour & Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance) and One State Government (Maharashtra).
- It aims to save as many procedures, time and cost for Starting a Business in India.
- It would be applicable for all new company incorporations.
- SPICe+ would have two parts viz.: Part A-for Name reservation for new companies and Part B offering a bouquet of services viz. Incorporation, DIN allotment, Mandatory issue of PAN, TAN, EPFO registration, ESIC registration, Profession Tax registration (Maharashtra) and Mandatory Opening of Bank Account for the Company and Allotment of GSTIN (if so applied for).
- The new web form would facilitate On-screen filing and real time data validation of companies.