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PIB Daily -6th September 2019 – IASToppers

Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA); CBI’s Centralised Technology Vertical (CTV); Updated Credit linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS); Loch Ness Monster; Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme; 28TH Indo–Thai CORPAT; Location of Nigeria;
By IASToppers
September 06, 2019

Contents

Polity & Governance

  • 31st meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)
  • CBI to get Centralised Technology Vertical

Government Schemes & Policies

  • Govt launches updated Credit linked Capital Subsidy Scheme for MSMEs

Issues related to Health & Education

  • Steps taken to implement the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

Defence & Security Issues

  • 28TH Indo–Thai CORPAT
  • INS Tarkash at Lagos, Nigeria

 

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Polity & Governance

31st meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA)

The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region chaired the 31st meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA).

(SCOVA)

  • The SCOVA meeting was organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

ABOUT STANDING COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (SCOVA)

  • On the recommendations of Parliamentary Consultative Committee, Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) was constituted in 1986.
  • SCOVA consists of 15 Non-official members (5 Standing Group and 10 Rotating Group Members) represented by the Pensioners Associations from various Ministries/Departments/States etc.
  • It is a useful forum for holding consultation with the pensioners through their Associations and concerned Ministries/Departments.
  • It provides the Associations an opportunity for raising their issues concerning pensioners’ welfare etc. directly before the concerned Ministries/Departments.

Objectives

  • To provide a feedback on implementation of process/programmes of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
  • To discuss and critically examine the policy initiatives and
  • To mobilize voluntary efforts to supplement the Government action
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CBI to get Centralised Technology Vertical  

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, at the 1st national conference on cyber-crime investigation and forensics organised by the CBI, said that a Centralised Technology Vertical (CTV) would be set up under the CBI.

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ABOUT CBI’S CENTRALISED TECHNOLOGY VERTICAL (CTV)

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  • A Centralised Technology Vertical (CTV) would be set up under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at a cost of ₹99 crores.
  • It aims to facilitate real-time information sharing with investigators across India.

Need

  • In the wake of Abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution, cyber manipulators were posing risk by circulating fake videos on social media.

BACKGROUND OF CBI

Central-Bureau-of-Investigation

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation traces its origin to the Special Police Establishment (SPE) which was set up in 1941 by the Government of India.
  • The functions of the SPE then were to investigate cases of bribery and corruption in transactions with the War & Supply Deptt. Of India during World War II.
  • It had its headquarters in Lahore.
  • After the end of the war, there was a continued need for a central governmental agency to investigate bribery and corruption by central-government employees.
  • The department was transferred to the Home Department by the 1946 Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act.
  • This Act transferred the superintendence of the SPE to the Home Department and its functions were enlarged to cover all departments of the Govt. of India.
  • The DSPE acquired its popular current name, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), through a Home Ministry resolution dated of 1963.

FUNCTIONS

  • Initially the offences that were notified by the Central Government related only to corruption by Central Govt. servants. In due course, with the setting up of a large number of public sector undertakings, the employees of these undertakings were also brought under CBI purview.
  • Similarly, with the nationalisation of the banks in 1969, the Public Sector Banks and their employees also came within the ambit of the CBI.

 KEY FACTS

  • India has the second largest users of Internet in the world.
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Government Schemes & Policies

Govt launches updated Credit linked Capital Subsidy Scheme for MSMEs

The government launched the updated Credit linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS) to allow micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access to capital.

  • Government will soon prepare a final report on the recommendations of the U K Sinha committee, which had been set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to suggest expeditious ways to strengthen MSMEs.

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WHAT HAS BEEN CHANGED IN CLCSS?

  • In the relaunched scheme, there is an additional 10 per cent subsidy for SC-ST entrepreneurs.

CLCSS

  • Special provisions have been made for 117 ‘aspirational’ districts, hill states and the northeastern region.
  • Additionally, now there will no upper limit on overall annual spending on the subsidy disbursal.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE UPDATED CLCSS

  • The CLCSS scheme would be crucial in raising MSME contribution to gross domestic product from the current 29 per cent to 50 per cent, in addition to increasing exports from the sector to 50 per cent from 40 per cent now.

CREDIT LINKED CAPITAL SUBSIDY AND TECHNOLOGY UPGRADATION SCHEME (CLCSS)

msme

  • It was announced by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in 2000.
  • It aims at facilitating technology up-gradation by providing 15% on institutional finance of upto Rs 1 crore up front capital subsidy to MSEs, in the specified 51 sub-sectors including khadi, village and coir industrial units.

OTHER OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHEME

  • Hand holding for zero defect zero effect manufacturing (ZED)
  • Increasing productivity through waste reduction (Lean)
  • Design intervention (Design),
  • Cloud computing (Digital MSMEs),
  • Facilitation of intellectual property (IPR)
  • Nurturing new ideas (Incubation)

NODAL AGENCY

  • At present, the Scheme is being implemented by 12 nodal banks/agencies including SIDBI and NABARD.

DELAYED PAYMENTS

  • The government is deliberating to improve the TReDS (Trade Receivables Discounting System) platform and the online bill discounting platform, which helps MSMEs raise funds by selling their trade receivables to corporates.
  • While the government has already notified that all companies registered under the Companies Act, 2013, with a turnover of over Rs 500 crore, along with the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), has to get themselves on the TReDS, only 27 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and about 750 corporates have registered.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF U K SINHA COMMITTEE

  • The committee suggested a Rs 5,000-crore stressed asset fund for domestic MSMEs hurt by demonetisation, the GST and an ongoing liquidity crunch.

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Issues related to Health & Education

Steps taken to implement the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

The Ministry of Human Resource Development issued orders to 5 public Universities, IIT Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT Kharagpur, University of Delhi and University of Hyderabad, conveying their declaration as Institutions of Eminence (IoE).

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  • The scheme of Institutions of Eminence was rolled out by University Grants Commission(UGC).
  • It aims to help 20 higher educations (10 publics and 10 private) institutionsfrom country break into top 500 global rankings in 10 years, and then eventually break into top 100 over time.

WHO CAN APPLY?

(IoE)-Scheme

  • Only higher education institutions, currently placed in the top 500 of global rankingsor top 50 of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), are eligible to apply for eminence tag.
  • The private Institutions of Eminence can also come up as greenfield ventures provided sponsoring organisation submits convincing perspective plan for 15 years.

BENEFITS OF INSTITUTIONS OF EMINENCE

  • Government Institutions to get additional funding upto 1000 Cr.
  • The selected Institutions under IoE shall have complete academic, finical and administrative
  • Academic collaborations with foreign higher educational institutions (in top 500) would be exempt from government approvals.

Freedom to,

  • Hire personnel from industry.
  • Recruit faculty from outside India (limit of 25% of its faculty strength for public institution).
  • Enter into academic collaborations with other Institutions within the country.
  • Have own transparent merit based system for admission of students.
  • Admit additionally foreign students on merit subject to a maximum of 30% of the strength of admitted domestic students.
  • Fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction as well as determine the domestic student fees,
  • Offer courses within a program as well as to offer degrees in newer areas.
  • Offer online courses as part of their programmes with a restriction that not more than 20% of the programme should be in online mode.
  • Have flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, with no UGC mandated curriculum structure.
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Defence & Security Issues

28TH Indo–Thai CORPAT

28th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol (Indo-Thai CORPAT) between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is being conducted from 05 – 15 September 2019.

28TH-Indo–Thai-CORPAT

ABOUT INDIA-THAILAND COORDINATED PATROL (INDO-THAI CORPAT)

  • The Objectives of the Indo-Thai CORPAT are to ensure effective implementation of United Nations Conventions on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • It also aims is to keep the vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping, international trade and legitimate marine activities.

KEY FACTS

  • The 27th edition of CORPART was held between India and Indonesia.
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INS Tarkash at Lagos, Nigeria

As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash made a port call (intermediate stop) at Lagos, Nigeria for a three-day visit.

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  • The port call has been scheduled to celebrate the 60th anniversary of establishing of diplomatic relations between India and Nigeria.

LOCATION OF NIGERIA

Location of Nigeria

  • It is located at the extreme inner corner of the Gulf of Guinea on the west coast of Africa.
  • Nigeria shares land borders with 4 countries: Chad, Niger, Benin, Cameroon.
  • Nigeria’s capital city is Abuja.
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