2019-07-15

PMJJB Yojana : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
PMJJB Yojana

(a) the updated status of registrations under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) across the country; and
(b) the details of the number of people who received benefit under the said scheme across the country?

To know the answer of above questions reg. PMJJB Yojana please see below the full text of Loksabha Unstarred Question No. 3518.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3518
ANSWERED ON: 15.07.2019
PMJJB Yojana
Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the updated status of registrations under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) across the country; and

(b) the details of the number of people who received benefit under the said scheme across the country?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE



(a) and (b) : As per data uploaded by Banks on Jansuraksha Portal, details of registration and claims made, as on 31.03.2019, under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) are as under:

Number of registrations 5,91,69,362
Number of claims reported 1,45,763
Number of claims paid 1,35,212
Amount paid (Rs. in Crore) 2,704.24

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Source: Loksabha

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Restoration of Old Pension Scheme : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
Restoration of Old Pension Scheme

(a) whether the demand is being made by trade unions/Government employees to restore the old pension scheme for the Central Government employees as the pension amount is lower and uncertain under the new pension scheme which was implemented in the year 2004;
(b) if so, whether the Government is considering the aforesaid demand of the employees; and 
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

To know the answer of above questions reg. Restoration of Old Pension Scheme please see below the full text of Loksabha Unstarred Question No. 3569.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3569
ANSWERED ON: 15.07.2019
Restoration of Old Pension Scheme
Rakesh Singh
Rodmal Nagar

Will the Minister ofFINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the demand is being made by trade unions/Government employees to restore the old pension scheme for the Central Government employees as the pension amount is lower and uncertain under the new pension scheme which was implemented in the year 2004;
(b) if so, whether the Government is considering the aforesaid demand of the employees; and 
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

The Minister of State (Finance) 


(a) Yes, Sir. 

(b) and (c) Due to rising and unsustainable pension bill, the Government had made a conscious move to shift from the defined benefit, pay-as-you-go pension scheme to defined contribution pension scheme now called as National Pension System (NPS). The transition also helped in freeing the limited resources of the Government for more productive and socio- economic sectoral development.
There is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

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Source: Loksabha

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Compliance of Good Samaritan Guidelines

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Compliance of Good Samaritan Guidelines

Posted On: 15 JUL 2019 by PIB Delhi

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued guidelines in pursuance of order dated 29.10.2014 in W.P. No. 235 of 2012 of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to protect the Good Samaritans in case of road accidents. As par Para 1 (7) and (8) of the guidelines dated 12th May, 2015, Standard Operating Procedures for the examination of Good Samaritans by the Police or during trial has been issued by the Ministry on 21st January 2016 envisaging the procedures to be followed for the examination of an eyewitness to a road accident, so that the witness does not get harassed. 

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide its order dated 30th March 2016 have approved both the guidelines dated 12.05.2015 and 21.01.2016 with slight modification and directed that these guidelines, as modified, be complied with by the Union Territories and all the functionaries of the State Governments as law laid down by the Court under Article 32 read with Article 142 of the Constitution of India and the same be treated as binding as per the mandate of Article 141.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Ministry of Culture is providing financial assistance for development of regional museums under "Museum Grant Scheme": Culture Minister

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
Ministry of Human Resource Development

Ministry of Culture is providing financial assistance for development of regional museums under "Museum Grant Scheme": Culture Minister

Posted On: 15 JUL 2019 by PIB Delhi

Ministry of Culture provides financial assistance under "Museum Grant Scheme" to the State Governments and Societies, Autonomous bodies, Local Bodies and Trusts registered under the Societies Act, for setting up new Museums and  to strengthen and modernize the existing museums at the Regional, State and District level. In order to seek financial assistance, the proposal is required to be submitted to the Ministry in the prescribed proforma alongwith all relevant documents for consideration of the Expert Committee constituted for this purpose.

The maximum amount of financial assistance which may be given would be 80% of the total project cost.  In case of museums in North-Eastern region including Sikkim the financial assistance would be 90% of the total project cost. The remaining amount i.e. 20% of the project cost (in case of North Eastern region, 10% of the project cost), will have to be borne by the organization. The organization may arrange the balance amount either from its own resources or may receive assistance through Corporate Social Responsibility. There is no condition in the scheme for receiving assistance through Corporate Social Responsibility.

This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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BSBD Accounts Scheme

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
Ministry of Finance

BSBD Accounts Scheme

Posted On: 15 JUL 2019 by PIB Delhi

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) vide its circular dated 10.06.2019 has revised their earlier instructions dated 10.08.2012 on Basic Savings Bank Deposit (BSBD) accounts. As per the revised Instructions, Banks are advised to offer the following basic minimum facilities in the BSBD Account, free of charge, without any requirement of minimum balance.

Deposit of cash at bank branch as well as ATMs/Cash Deposit Machines (CDMs) Receipt/ credit of money through any electronic channel or by means of deposit /collection of cheques drawn by Central/State Government agencies and departments No limit on number and value of deposits that can be made in a month Minimum of four withdrawals in a month, including ATM withdrawals ATM Card or ATM-cum-Debit Card.

Further, Banks are free to provide additional value-added services, including issue of cheque book, beyond the above minimum facilities, which may/may not be priced (in non-discriminatory manner) subject to disclosure. The availment of such additional services should be at the option of the customers.

However, while offering such additional services, banks shall not require the customer to maintain a minimum balance. Offering such additional services would not make it a non-BSBD Account, so long as the prescribed minimum services are provided free of charge. The BSBD Accounts are considered a normal banking service available to all.

As informed by banks, conversion of BSBD account into normal savings bank account is allowed only at the written request of the customer. RBI under Banking Regulation Act, 1949 can impose penalty on banks for non-compliance of any instructions issued by it.            

This was stated by Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Seva Bhoj Yojana : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
Seva Bhoj Yojana

(a) whether the Ministry has launched a scheme of financial assistance under the Seva Bhoj Yojana in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof along with the objectives of the scheme and the details of the activities proposed to be supported under the scheme;
(c) the details of the criteria for financial assistance as well as the quantum of assistance to various Institutes and State Governments/UTs to be provided under the scheme, Institute and State/ UT-wise;
(d) whether the Government has received any proposal to provide more assistance and to increase the food items registered under the scheme; and
(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

To know the answer of above questions reg. Seva Bhoj Yojana please see below the full text of Loksabha Unstarred Question No. 3612.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CULTURE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3612
ANSWERED ON: 15.07.2019
Seva Bhoj Yojana
Sudheer Gupta
Pratima Bhoumik
P.P. Chaudhary
Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar
Bidyut Baran Mahato
Sanjay Sadashivrao Mandlik
(Dr.) Ram Shankar
Ravindra Shyamnarayan

Will the Minister of CULTURE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Ministry has launched a scheme of financial assistance under the Seva Bhoj Yojana in the country;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the objectives of the scheme and the details of the activities proposed to be supported under the scheme;

(c) the details of the criteria for financial assistance as well as the quantum of assistance to various Institutes and State Governments/UTs to be provided under the scheme, Institute and State/ UT-wise;

(d) whether the Government has received any proposal to provide more assistance and to increase the food items registered under the scheme; and

(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR CULTURE AND TOURISM
(SHRI PRAHLAD SINGH PATEL)

(a)Yes Sir.

(b) Seva Bhoj Yojna is a Central Sector Scheme for providing reimbursement of CGST and Central Government’s share of IGST paid by charitable/religious institutions on purchase of specific raw food items for serving free food to public / devotees.

The specific raw food items covered under the Scheme are (i) Ghee (ii) Edible Oil (iii) Sugar/Burra/Jaggery(iv) Rice (v) Atta/Maida/Rava/Flour and (vi) Pulses.

Under the scheme of Seva Bhoj Yojna, the financial assistance will be provided for free ‘prasad’ or free food or free ‘langar’ / ‘bhandara’ (community kitchen) offered by charitable/religious institutions like Gurudwara, Temples, Dharmik Ashram, Mosques, Dargah, Church, Math, Monasteries etc.

These Charitable Religious Institutions should have been distributing free food in the form of ‘prasad’, ‘langar’/bhandara (community kitchen) to at least 5000 persons in a calendar month for at least past 3 years.

(c)CRITERIA FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

A Public Trust or society or body corporate, or organisation or institution covered under the provisions of section 10 (23BBA) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (as amended from time to time) or registered under the provisions of section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, for charitable/religious purposes, or a company formed and registered under the provisions of section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 or section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, as the case may be, for charitable/ religious purposes, or a Public Trust registered as such for charitable/religious purposes under any Law for the time being in force, or a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, for charitable/religious purposes can apply under Seva Bhoj Yojna.

ii) The applicant Public Trust or society or body corporate, or organisation or institution, as the case may be, must be involved in charitable/religious activities by way of free and philanthropic distribution of food/prasad/langar(Community Kitchen)/ bhandara free of cost and without discrimination through the modus of public, charitable/religious trusts or endowments including maths, temples, gurdwaras, wakfs, churches, synagogues, agiaries or other places of public religious worship.

iii) The institutions/organizations should have been distributing free food, langar and prasad to at least 5000 persons in a calendar month can apply under the scheme.

iv) Financial Assistance under the scheme shall be given only to those institutions which are not in receipt of any Financial Assistance from the Central/State Government for the purpose of distributing free food.

v) The Institution/Organization blacklisted under the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) or under the provisions of any Act/Rules of the Central/State shall not be eligible for financial assistance under the scheme.

QUANTUM OF ASSISTANCE:

Financial Assistance in the form of reimbursement shall be provided where the institution has already paid GST on all or any of the raw food items listed below:

i) Ghee
ii) Edible oil 
iii) Sugar / Burra / Jaggery
iv) Rice
v) Atta / Maida / Rava /Flour
vi) Pulses

(d) No Sir.

(e) Does not arise.

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Source: Loksabha

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Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

Monday, July 15, 2019 0
Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana

(a) whether it is a fact that under the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) Government has been able to create employment since its commencement, if so, the details of the beneficiaries, State/UT/Sector/month-wise; and
(b) whether it is also a fact that Government is advertising that 5.5 lakh of beneficiaries would be added through PMRPY on a monthly basis, if so, the details of persons that have been provided jobs under this scheme?

To know the answer of above questions reg. Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana please see below the full text of Loksabha Unstarred Question No. 3615.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3615
ANSWERED ON: 15.07.2019
Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana
Gowdar Mallikarjunappa Siddeshwara

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether it is a fact that under the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) Government has been able to create employment since its commencement, if so, the details of the beneficiaries, State/UT/Sector/month-wise; and

(b) whether it is also a fact that Government is advertising that 5.5 lakh of beneficiaries would be added through PMRPY on a monthly basis, if so, the details of persons that have been provided jobs under this scheme?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a) to (b): Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) has been launched by the Ministry of Labour and Employment for incentivising employers for promoting employment generation. Under this scheme, Government is paying entire employer’s contribution (12% or as admissible) towards EPF and EPS for all eligible new employees for all sectors for 3 years. The terminal date for registration of beneficiary through establishment was 31st March, 2019. The total number of beneficiaries under the scheme was 118,05,003 as on 31.03.2019. State wise and Sector/Industries wise statements are at Annexure-I & II respectively.

During the FY, 2018-19, the total number of beneficiaries added is 87,46,888 having the average of more than 7 lakh beneficiaries per month. The Year-wise breakup of beneficiaries is as follows:

Year Employees benefited
2016-17 33031
2017-18 3025084
2018-19 8746888
Total 11805003

Annexure-I
Annexure referred to in reply to part (a) to (b) of the Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 3615 due for reply on 15-07-2019

State/UT-wise number of Employees benefitted

State No. Of Employees Benefited During Period 01-Aug-2016 to 31-Mar-2019
ANDHRA PRADESH 936445
ASSAM 10755
BIHAR 123462
CHANDIGARH 189072
CHHATTISGARH 128739
DELHI 748149
GOA 24218
GUJARAT 1028838
HARYANA 970736
HIMACHAL PRADESH 127401
JHARKHAND 66668
KARNATAKA 1151215
KERALA 196802
MADHYA PRADESH 335672
MAHARASHTRA 2106405
ODISHA 135912
PUNJAB 190968
RAJASTHAN 449223
TAMIL NADU 1417808
UTTAR PRADESH 828678
UTTARAKHAND 286607
WEST BENGAL 351230
Total 11805003

Source: EPFO, Ministry of Labour and Employment 

Source: Loksabha

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