04 Apr 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

Special Package for Leather and Footwear Sector

  • Government has approved special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector.
  • The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme ‘Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP)’.
  • Government has approved an expenditure of Rs. 2,600 crores over the three financial years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

There are seven sub-schemes:

  • Human Resource Development (HRD) sub-scheme provides Skill development.
  • Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) sub-scheme provides backend investment grant/subsidy @ 30% of the cost of new Plant and Machinery to MSME.
  • Establishment of Institutional Facilities sub-scheme provides assistance to Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) for upgradation of some of the existing campuses of FDDI into “Centers of Excellence”.
  • Mega Leather, Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC) sub-scheme provides infrastructure support.
  • Leather Technology, Innovation and Environmental sub-scheme, assistance is provided for upgradation/installation of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) @ 70% of the project cost. 
  • Promotion of Indian Brands in Leather, Footwear and Accessories sub-scheme, eligible units approved for Brand Promotion are assisted.
  • Additional Employment Incentive for Leather, Footwear and Accessories Sector scheme, employers’ contribution of 3.67% to Employees’ Provident Fund for all new employees in Leather, Footwear and Accessories sector are provided for enrolling in EPFO for first 3 years of their employment.


High Powered Committee to examine the system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination

  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a High Powered Committee to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE with a view to prevent leakages.
  • Vinay Sheel Oberoi will be the Chairperson of the 7 member High Power Committee.

The terms of reference of the Committee are as under:

  • To revisit all aspects related to the security checks built into the system for ensuring that the Question papers reach the examinees without tampering.
  • To examine and assess all areas of potential weakness in the present system of transporting question papers from the printing presses to the examinees.
  • To suggest ways in which the system can be made more secure with the use of technology and minimization of human intervention.


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