- Formed in 2020 amidst CoVID-19.
- Objective: For assistance relating to a public health emergency or any other kind of emergency, calamity or distress either man-made or natural.
- Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
- ex-officio Trustees: Minister of Defence, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance.
- Chairman (Prime Minister) can nominate three trustees; from eminent persons in the field of research, health, science, social work etc.
- Any person appointed a Trustee shall act in a pro bono capacity.
- Contributions: only voluntary contributions.
- Exemption under FCRA: so has also received foreign contributions.
- Disbursement of the fund: subject to the criterion/rules laid down by the trustees.
- Donations to Fund: qualify for 80G benefits for 100% exemption under the Income Tax Act, 1961. Also counted as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expenditure.
- Audit: by independent auditors who will be appointed by the trustees.
- A petition was filed challenging the legality and the functioning of the PM-CARES Fund.
- The petition cited the existence of the PM National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
- It was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF)
- Formed by Pt. Nehru in 1948.
- Originally created to assist displaced persons from Pakistan.
- Now it provides assistance
- for calamities. Eg. floods, earthquakes and riots victims.
- For medical treatment eg. heart surgeries, acid attack etc.
- Contributions: Only voluntary donations.
- Exemption under the FCRA so has also received foreign contributions.
- Fund Disbursement: subject to the discretion of the Prime Minister.
- Recognized as a Trust under the Income Tax Act with Prime Minister as the Chairman.
- Donations to Fund: qualify for 80G benefits for 100% exemption under the Income Tax Act, 1961. Also counted as CSR expenditure.
- Audit: by an independent auditor outside the Government.
Kris Gopalakrishnan committee
- Committee for Non-Personal Data (NPD) Governance Framework.
- The report defines three broad purposes for data sharing: sovereign, public interest and economic purpose.
- Create Non-Personal Data Authority with regulatory powers.
- Define roles and stakeholders like defining Data custodians, Data Principals, Data Trustees, etc.
- Localization of sensitive NPD in line with Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.
- Requirement of consent for anonymisation and usage of NPD.
- Classifications of non-personal data: The draft report classifies as:
- Public non-personal data: All data collected by government. Eg.census, tax receipts etc.
- Community non-personal data: any data about a set of people.
- Private non-personal data: data produced by individuals. It is further sub-classified into
- Sensitive nonpersonal data
- Critical non-personal data
India Data Portal
- It is one-stop open data portal.
- To collate government data, scattered across multiple sources.
- In the first phase, the focus is on agriculture data.
Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC)
- Set up in 2017 by merging
- Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP),
- Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), and
- Song & Drama Division (S&DD).
- Works towards creating an informed citizenry.
- Disseminate information on schemes and programmes of the Government of India, using different Media Vehicles.
- Draft policy guidelines for empanelment of social media platforms with BoC for Center’s paid outreach campaigns.
- Issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
- Set up in 2017 by merging
National Panchayati Raj Day
- 24th April: The day on which 73rd Constitution Amendment Act, 1992 came into force in 1993.
- To prepare and execute Gram Panchayat Development Plans.
- A major step towards digitization down to GP level.
- To map rural inhabited lands using latest survey methods. Eg. Drones.
- To streamlined planning, revenue collection, disputes over property rights.
- Property related disputes settlement.
- Launched in pilot mode in 6 states.
Village Volunteer System of Andhra Pradesh
- A new department of Gram Volunteers.
- In towns, ward volunteers have been appointed.
- A Village Secretariat is set up for a population of 2000.
- Each volunteer is paid Rs. 5000 per month. He has to ensure that benefits reach the people in 50 households in village.