Important Committees 2017
•Defense Procurement Organization
•Dr. Pritam Singh
•The Committee has recommended the creation of a central, autonomous, empowered professional organization to build up indigenous defense capability as a strategic imperative for long term self-reliance.
•Timothy Gonsalves Committee
•Prof. Timothy Gonsalves
•It suggested to create 20 percent reservation seats for the girl students in IITs out of the total number of seats available.
•Krishna River Management Board
•A. K. Bajaj
•To look into the water sharing between Telangana
and Andhra Pradesh.
•DB Shekatkar Committee
•D. B. Shekatkar
•To bring reforms in the military and improve financial management.
•To recommends several measures for desiltation of Ganga.
•Economic Advisory Council (EAC)
•It gives advice on economic and related topics to the government.
•Empowered Steering Committee (ESC)
•comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles).
•Sub Categorization of OBCs
•Justice G Rohini
•To examine sub categorization of Other Backward Classes.
•Under Article 340 of the Constitution.
Important Schemes Launched by Union Government
•Will begin in January 2018 and will continue till September 2018.
•9-month ‘upskilling’ exercise for railway employees.
•13 lakh employees.
•Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana
•Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby
•November 3, 2017
•Union Minister of Communications
•a scholarship program for school children-Standard VI to IX.
•SECURE Himalaya project
•October 2, 2017
•Union Environment Minister in association with the United Nations Development Programme.
•Conservation of biodiversity, land and forest resources in the high Himalayan ecosystem.
•SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes
•October 11, 2017
•To boost ‘Skill India Mission’
•SANKALP- Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion.
•STRIVE- Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement.
•Both the schemes are focused on vocational education and training.
•Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’
•25th September 2017
•Electrification of all households in India.
•The expected outcome of the Scheme is as follows:
(a) Environmental upgradation by substitution of Kerosene for lighting purposes.
(b) Improvement education services.
(c) Better health services.
(d) Enhanced connectivity through radio, television, mobiles, etc.
•School Chalo Abhiyan
•8th September 2017
•Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar
•Scheme has been introduced in order to enroll students who have dropped out from school.
•Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana
•July 21, 2017
•A pension scheme for senior citizens with 8% fixed rate of interest on their savings.
•VAJRA scheme Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty
•22nd of June 2017
•Under this scheme, scientists or senior researchers staying in abroad of Indian origin can collaborate with faculties.
•Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
•1st April 2017
•Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment
•Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
•It provides Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices (like low vision, hearing impairment, dental problems etc.)
•To Senior Citizens belonging to BPL category.
•April 26, 2017
•Shimla to Delhi by PM Narendra Modi
•Kadapa (AP) to Hyderabad and Nanded (Maharashtra) to Hyderabad through video conferencing.
•Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan
•Approved on February 8, 2017.
•To make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019.