Minimum Support Price Scheme

The Minimum Support Prices were announced by the Government of India for the first time in 1966-67 for wheat in the wake of the Green Revolution and extended harvest, to save the farmers from depleting profits. Since then, the MSP regime has been expanded to many crops. Minimum Support Price is the price at which […]


National Leprosy Eradication Programme

Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae. Official figures (WHO) show that more than 213 000 people mainly in Asia and Africa are infected, with approximately 249 000 new cases reported in 2008. M. leprae multiplies very slowly and the incubation period of the disease is about five years. Symptoms can […]


Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) or National Mission for Financial Inclusion was launched on 28 August 2014 to ensure affordable access to financial services viz. Bank accounts, remittance, credit, insurance and pension. Objectives This scheme was launched to provide basic banking accounts to 7.5 crore unbanked people with RuPay debit card and overdraft facility […]

ARSH scheme

The ARSH (Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health) Scheme focuses on reorganizing the existing public health system in order to the service needs of adolescents. The objective of this scheme is to meet adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health needs while protecting their rights and help prevent girls from having too many children too early in life, […]

Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakam

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has launched Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakam (RKSK) to address the health problems of adolescents in a comprehensive manner. RKSK has been introduced under the National Rural Health Mission. RKSK is based on the fact that Adolescence is the most important stage of the life cycle for […]

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

The objectives of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) is to encourage and enable overseas Indian workers having Emigration Check Required (ECR) passports going to ECR countries, to save for their return and resettlement, save for their old age and obtain a Life Insurance cover against natural death during the period of coverage. The scheme […]


Economic Analysis of Direct Cash Transfer scheme

The objectives of the Direct Cash Transfer scheme are noble. The thrust is on transition from the creaky, product-centered subsidies to a system of electronic, direct cash transfers to the needy people. The proponents hail the scheme as a panacea to all current problems. The expectations from this scheme are as follows: There is widespread […]


National Water Mission

The National Water Mission is one of the eight missions in the National Action Plan on Climate Change launched by the Prime Minister to tackle the threats of global warming. The objective of National Water Mission is “conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its equitable distribution both across and within States through integrated water […]


National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development

The National Programme for Youth Adolescent Development (NPYAD) is a programme under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, formulated by merging four 100% central sector grants-in-aid schemes of the Ministry with a view to reduce multiplicity of schemes with similar objectives, ensuring uniformity in funding pattern and implementation mechanism. Objectives of the programme Develop […]


National Mission on Food Processing

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in August 2012 had approved a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme titled “National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP)”. This scheme was announced in Union Budget 2012-13. The objective of the scheme is to have a better outreach and to provide more flexibility to suit local needs. The food processing sector […]