February 2019

Vikas News is a monthly e-newsletter of www.vikaspedia.in portal that seeks to harness the power of ICT for knowledge sharing and development

Snippets of development updates for Vikaspedia users

February is the shortest month of the year and so is this issue of Vikas News, which provides you a very brief update on Vikaspedia and the development environment in the country.

One among the most important happening relevant to common man in the country is the presentation of the Interim Budget 2019-20. The highlights of the interim budget relevant to various development sectors are provided in this issue under the section “Schemes for You”.

For today’s on-the-move communities, Wi-Fi comes in handy. But bundled with all its advantages are the vulnerabilities and threats, which we should be aware of. The “InfoSec for You” section covers Tips for securing Wireless Communications.

The regular sections on Vacancies/Recruitment notices from government agencies and Domain-wise content updates also find place in this issue of Vikas News.

Happy reading………….

Vikas News Editorial Team

Schemes for You

Highlights of Interim Budget 2019-20

The key highlights of the Interim Budget 2019-20 are as follows:

New Announcements

  • Farmers
    • 12 crore small and marginal farmers to be provided with assured yearly income of Rs. 6000 per annum under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). Outlay of Rs. 75,000 crore for FY 2019-20 with additional Rs. 20,000 crore in RE 2018-19.
    • Outlay for Rashtriya Gokul mission increased to Rs 750 crore
    • Rashtriya Kamdhenu Ayog to be setup for sustainable genetic up-gradation of the Cow resources.
    • New separate Department of Fisheries for welfare of 1.5 crore fishermen.
    • 2% interest subvention to Farmers for Animal husbandry and Fisheries activities; additional 3% in case of timely repayment.
    • Interest subvention of 2% during disaster will now be provided for the entire period of reschedulement of loan.
  • Labour
    • Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan scheme to ensure fixed monthly pension to 10 crore unorganized sector workers.
    • Rs 3000 per month after 60 years of age with an affordable contribution of only Rs 100/55 per month.
  • Health
    • 22nd AIIMS to be setup in Haryana
    • Rs. 60, 000 crore allocation for MGNREGA in BE 2019-20
  • Direct Tax proposals
    • Income upto Rs. 5 lakh exempted from Income Tax
    • More than Rs. 23,000 crore tax relief to 3 crore middle class taxpayers
    • Standard Deduction to be raised to Rs. 50,000 from Rs. 40,000
    • TDS threshold to be raised from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 40,000 on interest earned on bank/post office deposits
    • Existing rates of income tax to continue
    • Tax exempted on notional rent on a second self-occupied house
    • Housing and real estate sector to get boost-
      • TDS threshold for deduction of tax on rent to be increased from Rs. 1,80,000 to Rs. 2,40,000
      • Benefit of rollover of capital gains increased from investment in one residential house to two residential houses for capital gains up to Rs. 2 crore.
      • Tax benefits for affordable housing extended till 31st March, 2020 under Section 80-IBA of Income Tax Act
      • Tax exemption period on notional rent, on unsold inventories, extended from one year to two years
  • Fiscal Programme
    • Fiscal deficit pegged at 3.4% of GDP for 2019-20
    • Target of 3% of fiscal deficit to be achieved by 2020-21.
    • Capital Expenditure for 2019-20 BE estimated at Rs. 3,36,292 crore
    • Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) allocation increased to Rs. 3,27,679 crore in BE 2019-20
      • National Education Mission allocation increased by about 20% to Rs. 38,572 crore in BE 2019-20
      • Allocation for Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) increased by over 18% to Rs. 27,584 crore in BE 2019-20
      • Substantial increase in allocation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes - Allocation for SCs increased by 35.6% - Rs. 76,801 crore in BE for 2019-20; Allocation for the STs increased by 28% - Rs. 50,086 crore in 2019-20 BE
  • Poor and Backward Classes
    • 25% additional seats in educational institutions to meet the 10% reservation for the poor
    • Targeted expenditure to bridge urban-rural divide & to improve quality of life in villages
    • All willing households to be provided electricity connections by March 2019
  • North East
    • Allocation to be increased by 21% to Rs. 58,166 crore in 2019-20 BE over 2018-19 BE
  • Vulnerable sections
    • A new committee under NITI Ayog to identify all the remaining De-notified nomadic and semi-Nomadic tribes.
    • New Welfare development Board under Ministry of social justice and empowerment for development and welfare of De-notified nomadic and semi nomadic tribes
  • MSME and Traders
    • 2% interest subvention on an incremental loan of  Rs 1 crore for GST registered SMEs
    • Atleast 3% of the 25% sourcing for the Government undertakings will be from women owned SMEs
    • Renewed Focus on Internal trade ; DIPP renamed to Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal trade.
  • Digital Villages
    • The Government to make 1 lakh villages into Digital Villages over next five years
  • Other Announcement(s)
    • New National Artificial Intelligence portal to support National Program on Artificial Intelligence
  • Infosec for You

    Tips for securing Wireless Communications.

    • Always use strong password for encryption - A strong password should have atleast 15 characters, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbol. Also it is recommended to change the encryption key frequently.
    • Restrict access to the Access Point based on MAC address - In order to allow authorized users to connect to the Access Point, wireless clients should be provided access based on MAC address.
    • Change the default username and Password of the Access Point - Most of the users do not change the default passwords while configuring the Access Point. It is recommended to keep a strong password.
  • Do not broadcast your network name - SSID information is used to identify a Access Point in the network and also the wireless clients connect to the network using this information. Hence, in order to allow authorized users to connect to the network, the information should not be provided in public.
  • Disable DHCP service - When the number of users accessing the Access Point is less, it is recommended to disable the DHCP service.
  • Shutdown the Access Point when not in use - Hackers try to brute force the password to break the keys, so it is good practice to turnoff the Access points during extended periods of Non-use.
  • For more information, visit: https://infosecawareness.in/home/index.php

    Recruitment notices from government agencies
    Institution/Board/ Banks Post Name Last Date for Applying
    Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad Manager 01 March 2019
    Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune Project Scientists and Junior Scientific Assistants 28 February 2019
    Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata Multiple positions 25 February 2019
    National Animal Resource Facility for Biomedical Research, Hyderabad Multiple positions 25 February 2019

    For more information click here

    Portal Content - recent updates

    The recent content updates in each of the domains covered in the Vikaspedia portal are shared here for the benefit of the users.


    The “Crop Production” section has been updated. Discussion on “Animal Husbandry” is ongoing.

    Visit http://vikaspedia.in/agriculture/ to track all of these.


    The “Diseases” section has been updated. Discussion on “Nutrition for Health” is ongoing.

    Visit http://vikaspedia.in/health/ to know more.


    The section titled “Current Affairs” has interesting updates. Discussion on “Quality of education” is ongoing.

    Visit http://vikaspedia.in/education/ to get further insights.


    The section on “Environment” has been updated. Discussion on “Energy efficiency” is ongoing.

    Visit http://vikaspedia.in/energy/ to get more information and share your experiences.


    The section on “Digital India” has been updated. Discussion on “Online services” is ongoing.

    Visit http://vikaspedia.in/e-governance/ to get more details.

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