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SAMPADA – Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing & Development of Agro-Processing Clusters

Governance & Legislation
Date: 05 May 2017
Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing & Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) – an umbrella scheme to integrate various ongoing schemes like the Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain, Food Safety & Quality and some new schemes like the Infrastructure for Agro-Processing Clusters, Creation of Backward & Forward Linkage and Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities; has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. This scheme is intended to cover a five year period from 2016 to 2020 and is likely to greatly boost the Food Processing sector. 

New Train Service : TEJAS EXPRESS (First Train : Mumbai to Goa)

Governance & Legislation
Date: 02 May 2017
In order to make the journey of the passengers safer and more comfortable, Tejas Express - a new train service promised in previous year’s budget - is likely to be launched in the month of June. First of such train will ply between Mumbai & Goa, which will be soon followed by another between Delhi & Chandigarh. This train will have automatic doors & secure gangways, and will have integrated Braille displays for the visually disabled, digital boards and electronic reservation charts. Other features of the Tejas Express include bio-vacuum toilets, individual LCD screens, Wi-Fi, improved aesthetics, tea & coffee vending machines, snacks table, cuisines by renowned chefs and variety of newspapers & magazines.  

Real Estate Regulation Act Comes into Force

Governance & Legislation
Date: 02 May 2017
In order to ensure transparency & accountability in the real estate sector, the Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act has come into full effect with effect from May 01st . Real Estate sector is a state subject (Land being a state matter), the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has directed all the states & the UTs to enforce the act with full vigour. This enactment paves the way for setting up of Real Estate Regulatory Authority to deal with issues related to development of projects and disputes arising between the buyers and developers of the projects. It will make registration of projects and real estate agents mandatory. Developers will have to open a separate bank account for each project and developers will have pay penalty for delay in the projects. 

New Project BHARATMALA for Development of Highways

Governance & Legislation
Date: 01 May 2017
Union Minster for Road Transport and Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari has said that a new project named “Bharatmala” will be launched soon, which aims to construct 20000 Km of highways across the nation in first phase of its implementation. This project will be unveiled very soon and will end all the existing highway projects including the NHDP (National Highways Development Project) within next six months. The project also aims at connecting all the district headquarters and special focus will be put on development of roads in border areas.

National Panchayati Raj Diwas (24th April) Celebrated

Governance & Legislation
Date: 24 Apr 2017
24th April was celebrated as the National Panchayati Raj Diwas to mark the occasion of passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992, also known as the Panchayati Raj Act; that added Part IX (Article 243 to 243-O) the 11th Schedule to the Constitution of India. the Panchayat Shashaktikaran (Empowerment) Puraskar & the Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar are awarded by the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj to the best performing Gram Panchayats.

Nirjuli – First Digital Village of Arunachal Pradesh

Governance & Legislation
Date: 23 Apr 2017
Nirjuli in Papum Pare district has been declared as the first digital village of Arunachal Pradesh. The state government has set up the VSAT linked Customer Service Points (CSPs) to enable the villagers to carry out cashless transactions even of small amounts through mobile phones. Apart from reducing dependence on the banks, it will also improve connectivity among the masses and accelerate socio-economic development. In order to make the programme successful, the government has launched awareness programmes and has also promised to offer many incentives to the people who make use of this facility.