Over 11 crore farmers in India are said to have benefitted from the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme which was launched in 2018 to provide financial aid to farmers in the country.
With an aim to provide additional cushion to farmers, the government had rolled out PM Kisan Man Dhan Yojana for the farmers. Under the PM Kisan Man Dhan Yojana, farmers get Rs 36,000 a year in 12 monthly instalments of Rs 3,000 per month once they retire.
Who is eligible for PM Kisan Man Dhan Yojana?
The most important condition of this scheme is that farmers registered under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme can benefit from the Kisan Man Dhan Yojana.
The purpose of this scheme is to provide a financial cushion in the form of a pension every month to all the farmers of the country. All farmers above 60 years of age registered under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme can take advantage of this scheme.
How to enrol in the PM Kisan Man Dhan Yojana?
The most important condition for registering under this scheme is that the farmer should have less than two hectares of cultivable land. The farmers who have more land than two hectares can’t avail the benefits of PM Kisan Man Dhan Yojana. There is no need for the farmer to undergo additional documentation to apply under the PM Kisan Man Dhan Yojana.
A farmer needs to start investing in the scheme for at least 20 years before reaping the benefits. A farmer can start investing in the scheme as early as he is 18 years old for securing retirement.
For example, if you are 18 years old, you will have to contribute Rs 55 every month and if you are 30 years old, you will have to contribute Rs 110 per month. Farmers above 40 years of age will have to donate a share of Rs 200 every month to the scheme.
Lost your ATM card? Here is how to get it blocked
Have you lost your State Bank of India (SBI) debit card? Don’t panic! You can easily get your ATM cum Debit Card blocked through OnlineSBI.
“You can now Block your SBI ATM cum Debit Card through OnlineSBI, in case your card is lost or stolen,” SBI said.
Step 1: Log in to www.onlinesbi.com with your username and password.
Step 2: Select “ATM Card Services>Block ATM Card” link under the “e-Services” tab.
Step 3: Select the Account, under which you want to block your ATM cum Debit Card.
Step 4: All the Active and blocked cards will be displayed. You will be shown the first 4 and last 4 digits of the card(s).
Step 5: Select the Card and click “Submit”. Next, verify the details and confirm.
Step 6: Select the mode of authentication as either SMS OTP or Profile Password.
Step 7: Enter the OTP password /Profile password as chosen earlier and Click “Confirm” on the next screen.
Step 8: A success message would be displayed with a Ticket No. after successful blocking of your ATM cum Debit Card. You are advised to note this Ticket No. for future reference.
Now, get a driving licence without taking a test at the RTO
Soon, you will be able to get your driving licence without undertaking a driving test at any RTO. Seems like a dream come true? There is a catch, of course. Licences won’t be doled out indiscriminately and learners will have to undergo training at an accredited driver training centre and pass the test there.
“This entire process will be tech-driven and without any human interference. The accreditation will be given to centres that meet the criteria of space, driving track, IT and biometric system and carry out the training as per prescribed syllabus. Once the centre issues a certificate, it will reach the motor vehicle licence officer concerned,” an officer was quoted in The Times of India.
On their official Twitter handle, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) posted the salient features of accredited driver training centres. Those are:
1) The centre shall be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test track to provide high quality training to candidates.
2) Remedial and refresher courses, as per the requirement of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, can be availed at these centres.
3) The candidates, who successfully pass the test at these centers, will be exempted from the driving test requirement at the time of applying for driving license, which is currently being taken at the Regional Transport Office (RTO). This will help the drivers in getting the driving licence after completing training from such accredited driving training centers.
4) These centers are allowed to provide industry- specific specialized training as well.
The MoRTH, also tweeted on their social media handle saying, “Shortage of skilled drivers is one of the major issues in the Indian roadways sector. A large number of road accidents occur due to lack of knowledge of road regulations.
Big decisions by Modi government: Details Here
The GST Council on Saturday decided to slash rates of several Covid-relief items to 5% from existing 12 to 18% levels but kept the much-anticipated tax rate on vaccines unchanged at 5%.
Addressing the media, post the GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the council agreed to go with the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) that was single point agenda on the council. It further agreed to stick to a 5% GST rate on the COVID-19 vaccine. There will be no change in the GST rate for vaccines, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The GST Council has also decided to slash rates for Tociluzumab, Amphotericin to nil level. Besides that, the Council also gave approval to GST rate reduction for Remdesivir from 12% to 5%. The GST on ambulances has been reduced to 12%.
No GST would be levied on Amphotericin B, the antifungal drug used for black fungus treatment, Nirmala Sitharaman said following the 44th GST Council Meeting.
“GST on electric furnaces and temperature checking equipment brought down to 5% and on ambulances to 12%. These rates will be valid till September as against August end recommended by the GoM,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on the outcome of the 44th GST Council meeting.
The special duty cuts would be applicable till September 30, 2021.
Sitharaman said that though the GoM recommended the rate cuts till August, the council decided to keep it till September end and later decide if further extension was required.
In another major move, the GST rate on ambulances has been reduced to 12% from the previous 28%.
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