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Modi launches three ambitious social security schemes

The schemes relate to the insurance and pension sector and are intended at widening the process of financial inclusion

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched three ambitious social security schemes, relating to the insurance and pension sector and intended at widening the process of financial inclusion.
 
On his first visit to West Bengal after taking over as prime minister, he kickstarted the "Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana" (accident insurance), "Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana" (life insurance) and "Atal Pension Yojana" at a programme in Nazrul Manch in West Bengal.

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

In the anxiety to reach out to more people, which is not a bad idea in a country with a population of 1.25 billion, many of our plans, projects and schemes overlook the end-use and ultimate objective.
Sometimes, the overenthusiasm to cover more numbers, give a feeling that policies are motivated by the anxiety to sustain a low-income population which is perennially willing to remain at ‘above starvation level’ with an ulterior eye on cheap labour. At some stage, government will have to think in terms of poverty elimination by ensuring adequate job opportunities, living wages, universal healthcare, improving literacy to an acceptable level, reasonable level of social security for the aged and the ‘challenged’ and make economic development more participative.
If poverty alleviation is the objective, the present system where lenders and entrepreneurs are protected at the cost of workforce which has a role in value addition, is defective. Those who are willing to work will have to be given opportunities for asset creation and savings which will help them meet their minimum needs relating to nutrition, shelter, healthcare and education of children, as also securing a decent post-job life.
I am not against popular measures like the three schemes announced. My quarrel emanates from the inadequacy of support to the needy.

People lobby for Padma awards: Ramdev

Ramdev said 'politically influential people are successful in getting the awards'

 

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev sparked off a controversy on Saturday by saying lobbying for Padma awards is a known fact and those with political clout get it.
 
Ramdev said 'politically influential people are successful in getting the awards'. 
 
"The whole world knows that all awards from Padma Bhushan to Padma Shri are given to good people for their achievements but people do lobbying to get this award," said Ramdev on the sidelines of an event.
 
Earlier this year, Ramdev had declined any Padma award for him after reportedly being considered by the government for the honour.
 

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Passport touts are illegal, reiterates Pune RPO
The Pune Passport office has alerted citizens not to fall in the trap of passport agents who are all illegal and register a complaint with the Regional Passport Office
 
It is once again official and clear as crystal that all passport agents, without exception are illegal! In a strong public notice issued by Pune’s Regional Passport Office (RPO), citizens have been alerted not to use services of such touts and register an online complaint if they come across any such agent.
 
Atul M Gotsurve, Regional Passport Officer of Pune Passport Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has issued a public notice on Saturday. It says, “It has come to Pune Regional Passport Office’s notice that some private portals, individuals have been claiming that they are recognised, or authorised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to extend passport assistance to the public.”
 
Gotsurve clarifies in the public notice that, ``this office hereby makes it clear that passport portal, www.passportindia.gov.in,  is the only government portal offering passport services to citizens within India. The portal is web based and can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anywhere for seeking passport services. There is no system in place to `recognize/authorize any individual or any travel agency in this regard in the country. Any public who has been cheated by any of the touts may write with complete details to the following email ID,  [email protected],  for necessary action.’’’
 
Moneylife requests passport applicants not to take the help of agents who are fleecing citizens anywhere between Rs5,000 to Rs20,000 per passport and sometimes do not deliver the promise.

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ramchandran vishwanathan

2 years ago

There a few flaws in the current system
1. The website mentions that the list of documents asked for is not comprehensive. This is an open ended statement
2. Incase you make a mistake by applying for a fresh passport instead of Reissue, there is no option in the system for the user to change it. Whats available is a form at the office where the applicant has to sign a declaration that he/she has made a mistake & is liable to pay a penalty (no cap is mentioned) & are asked to provide the original passport of the applicants
3. Photographs & finger prints are taken at the passport office itself during your appointment. Hence there is no need to take a print & stick your photo on the form
4. There are 4 counters you have to pass through for an acknowledgement. The forst 2 counters are manned by TCS & the next 2 by passport officials . The passport officials do the same job as TCS infact they can demand more documents at this point hence its recomeneded if the website includes the minimum set of documents

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Public should take note of his advice.

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