Daily Archive: January 1, 2018

Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is implementing Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), which is a major credit-linked subsidy programme, aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and unemployed youth.

General category beneficiaries can avail of margin money subsidy of 25 % of the project cost in rural areas and 15% in urban areas. For beneficiaries belonging to special categories such as Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/OBC /Minorities/Women, Ex-serviceman, Physically Handicapped, NER, Hill and Border areas etc. the margin money subsidy is 35% in rural areas and 25% in urban areas.

Any individual above 18 years of age is eligible. For setting up of projects costing above Rs.10 lakh in the manufacturing sector and above Rs. 5 lakh in the business /service sector, the beneficiaries should possess at least VIII standard pass educational qualification. The maximum cost of projects is Rs. 25 lakh in the manufacturing sector and Rs. 10 lakh in the service sector. Benefit can be availed under PMEGP for setting up of new units only.

Subsidy under PMEGP Scheme is provided by the Union Government. The PMEGP Scheme was launched during 2008-09. Since its inception, a total of 4.47 lakh micro enterprises have been assisted with a margin money subsidy of Rs 9326.01 crore providing employment to an estimated 37.32 lakh persons from inception till 2017-18 (up to 30.11.2017).

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is the nodal agency at the national level. At the State/District level, State offices of KVIC, KVIBs and District Industry Centres(DIC) are the implementing agencies in the States in the ratio of 30:30:40.

An online PMEGP e-portal  https://www.kviconline.gov.in/pmegpeportal/pmegphome/index.jsp has been introduced from 1st July 2016. Entire process is made real time and online. Applicant has to apply on the online portal and he can track the status of his application on the PMEGP-e-portal. There is an online feedback mechanism for providing feedbacks by the beneficiaries, which has been encouraging.

This Press Release is based on information given by the Minister of State for MSME (Independent Charge) Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 01.01.2018(Monday)

Pakistan Has no Respect Internationally; Modi is Dominating us: Pervez Musharraf

New Delhi, Jan 1: Former Pakistan President Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has said in an interview that Pakistan is not respected internationally and that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is dominating Pakistan as far as global diplomacy is concerned.

Responding to a question put by a Pakistani journalist, Musharraf said that Pakistan practices passive diplomacy and is isolated internationally.

“You tell me, does Pakistan have any respect, internationally? Our international diplomacy is flawed. Modi is dominating us, we are isolated internationally. Why have we admitted that Lashkar-e-Taiba is a terror group?” he said.

He further said that India didn’t agree that Kulbhushan Jadhav was an Indian spy, then why Pakistan has admitted that Lashkar-e-Taiba was a terrorist organisation.

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Muslims, Jats Agree to Withdraw Cases Thanks to Mulayam Singh Yadav

Lucknow, Jan 1: Victims of Muzaffarnagar riots from Muslim and Jat community on Sunday agreed to withdraw cases against each other in connection with the 2013 violence in the district. Muslims and Jats called a truce five days after leaders of both the communities met former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and urged him to use his influence for a compromise.

Victims of Muslim and Jat community from the villages, Kutba, Kutbi, Purbaliyan, Kakda, Hadoli, which were the worst affected during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, agreed to take back cases, reports Times of India. As many as 29 cases in these five villages will be withdrawn as a result of the compromise. Around 1,400 people from the region were booked under various cases during the riots.

On December 26, a meeting was held at Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence in Delhi, which was attended by more than 100 Muslims from Muzaffarnagar, including riot victims, and many Jat leaders. After the meeting, a committee was formed to work out resolution of these cases and bring back peace in Muzaffarnagar. Ompal Nehra, a former cabinet minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, was chosen to head the committee.

“As decided at Mulayam Singh’s house in Delhi, people from five worst riot-hit villages agreed for a compromise on Sunday. Now, the residents will submit affidavits in courts on the next hearing. This compromise will lead to settlement of more cases in the region following years of unrest,” one of the prominent Jat leaders, Vipin Balian was quoted as saying.

“I was at Mulayam Singh Yadav’s house too. Vipin Balian had invited me. Many other Jat and Muslim leaders who want peace in the region were also present there. I agree with their compromise formula,” Mohammad Hassan, a riot victim from Kutba village who lost his mother in the riot, told the newspaper. 63 people were killed and more than 50,000 displaced during Muzaffarnagar riots four years ago.

MRP, other details must for items sold online from today

New Delhi, Jan 1  To protect online consumers, the Centre has made it mandatory from today for e-commerce firms to print not only the maximum retail price (MRP) on goods but also information like expiry date and customer care details.

The consumer affairs ministry had made the amendments in this regard to the Legal Metrology (packaged commodities) Rules in June 2017. The companies were given a six-month deadline to comply with the new rule.

“Amendment made in the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 to safeguard the interest of consumers and ease of doing business will come into force with effect from January 1, 2018,” the ministry said in a statement.

As per the amendments, goods displayed by the seller on e-commerce platform should contain declarations required under the rules.

Along with MRP, the companies have to display the manufacturing date, expiry date, net quantity, country of origin and consumer care details on the label.

“Size of letters and numerals for making declaration is increased, so that consumer can easily read the same,” the ministry said.

Specific mention is made in the rules that no person should declare different MRPs (dual MRP) on an identical pre- packaged commodity, it added.

Besides, the government has made the net quantity checking more scientific, while Bar Code/QR Coding has been allowed on a voluntarily basis.

Medical devices, which are declared as drugs, are brought into the purview of declarations to be made under the rules, the ministry statement said.

At present, only MRP is printed on the goods sold online.

The changes come in the backdrop of e-marketplaces posing new and complex consumer protection issues with the ministry receiving several complaints as regard to information deficit on online products/goods.

Flipkart, Amazon India, Snapdeal, Grofers and Bigbasket are some of the leading e-marketplaces entities operating in the country.

Source: PTI