UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: Important PIB Articles – May 02

Sharada Prasad Committee report
  • It was constituted to Review, Rationalize and Optimize the Functioning of Sector Skill Councils
  • The committee was constituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on May 2016
  • Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) are industry led and industry governed bodies which have been mandated to ensure that skill development efforts being made by all the stake holders are in accordance with the actual needs of the industry and develop National Occupational Standards/Competency Standards and Qualification Packs (QPs)
  • Presently, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has approved formation of 40 SSCs in different Sectors
  • To ensure convergence and optimal functioning of SSCs as per mandate given under the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, it was decided to constitute a Committee to review the functioning of the SSCs and provide a roadmap for their harmonious growth so as to ensure effective development of the skilling ecosystem
  • The Report has three volumes
    • Volume I is the main report which deals with the major challenges facing the vocational education and training system of the country and convergence, synergy and rationalisation of Sector Skill Councils
    • Volume 2 contains appendices arranged chapter-wise
    • Volume 3 Maps of National Classification of Occupations, 2015 with National Industrial Classification, 2008
  • The Ministry is now in the process of examining the Report and the recommendations made therein


“One IP- Two Dispensaries” and “Aadhaar Based Online Claim 
Submission” Schemes launched on International Labour Day
  • One IP- Two Dispensaries scheme
    • ESIC (Employee State Insurance Corporation) has given an option to an Insured Person (IP) to choose two dispensaries, one for self and another for family through an employer (until now only one dispensary was supposed to be chosen. This rule will help migrant workers)
    • This will especially benefit migrant workers who are working in other than home State, while their families are living in their native States. Because of non-availability of option of second dispensary, the dependant members of family are often deprived of medical benefits. By introducing the concept of ‘One IP- Two Dispensaries’, IP as well as their family members would now be able to get treatment from either of the dispensaries and in case of emergency from any ESI Institution
  • Aadhaar based Online Claim Submission scheme
    • All EPF Members who have activated their UAN (Universal Account Number) and seeded their KYC (Aadhaar) with EPFO will be able to apply for PF final settlement, Pension withdrawal benefit and PF part withdrawal from the their UAN Interface directly (rather than going to EPFO field office)
    • The three forms collectively form more than 80% of EPFO’s claim workload
    • They are not required to give any supporting document while preferring online PF part withdrawal case. Member’s applying online will be taken as his self-declaration for preferring the advance claim
  • About ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation)
    • ESIC is a pioneer Social Security organization providing comprehensive social security benefits like reasonable Medical Care and a range of Cash Benefits in times of need such as employment injury, sickness, death etc
    • The ESI Act applies to premises/precincts where 10 or more persons are employed
    • The employees drawing wages up to ₹ 21,000 per month are entitled to health insurance cover and other benefits, under the ESI Act