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PM dedicates All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation

PM dedicates All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation

  • On 17 October 2017, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated the All India Institute of Ayurveda, in New Delhi, to the nation.
  • It is the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) is set up along the lines of AIIMS.
  • As an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, the AIIA will bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.
  • Speaking on this occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated the gathering on the celebration of Dhanvantari Jayanti as Ayurveda Divas.
  • He complimented the Ministry of AYUSH for the establishment of the All India Institute of Ayurveda.
  • On this occasion the Prime Minister said the Union Government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems.
  • The Ministry has signed an MOU with the National Health Organization of USA for development of Ayurveda and Yoga.
  • On this occasion, The Prime Minister released the “Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines”.
  • The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has been set up with a total campus area of 10.015 acres with a budget of Rs.157 Crore.
  • It has an NABH Accredited Hospital and an Academic Block. Out Patient Services are being provided in the hospital block of the AIIA and medicines are given free of cost.
  • Currently clinical specialties running in the hospital block are Neurological & Degenerative Disease Care Unit, Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Care Unit, Diabetes & Metabolic/Allergic Disorders Care Unit, Yoga, Panchakarma Clinic, Kriya Kalpa, Diabetic Retinopathy Clinic, Kshara Evum Anushastra Karma and Infertility Clinic.
  • It also has pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology laboratories/diagnosis facilities.
  • The indoor patient department has provision for 200 beds.


Rural people to get affordable life insurance services-Manoj Sinha

Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana

Question- Recently, Union Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance. Consider the following statements related to this:
(i) Postal Life Insurance (PLI) was introduced in the year 1884.
(ii) Under the scheme, at least 5 villages in each revenue districts of the country will be marked.
(iii) On the recommendations of the Malhotra Committee, the beginning of rural postal life insurance was started on March 1995.
Which of the following statements is / are true / to-

(a) Only (i)
(b) Only (i) and (iii)
(c) Only (ii) and (iii)
(d) All the above
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On October 13th, 2017, the Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance.
  • Coverage of all households in the identified Sampoorna Bima Gram village is the primary objective of this scheme.
  • The Minister said, under Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana, at least one village (having a minimum of 100 households) will be identified in each of the revenue districts of the country.
  • Endeavour will be made to cover all households of that identified village with a minimum of one RPLI (Rural Postal Life Insurance) policy each.
  • All villages under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will be brought under its ambit.
  • Under the scheme expansion of clientele base of PLI, it has now been decided that benefits of PLI will no more be confined to Government and semi-Government employees, but will also be available to professionals such as Doctors, Engineers, Management Consultants, Charted Accountants, Architects, Lawyers, Bankers etc. and to employees of listed companies of NSE (National Stock Exchange) and BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange).
  • It is noteworthy that Postal Life Insurance (PLI), introduced in 1884, is one of the oldest life insurance schemes for benefit of Government and semi-Government employees.
  • Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI), introduced on March 24, 1995 on recommendations of Malhotra Committee, provides insurance cover to people residing in rural areas, especially weaker sections and women living in rural areas.


Intensified Mission Indradhanush

Question- Full immunisation under Mission Indradhanush to at least 90% coverage was to be achieved by-
(a) Upto 2018
(b) Upto 2019
(c) Upto 2020
(d) Upto2021
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On October 8, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanus, in Vadnagar, Gujarat.
  • Through this programme, Government of India aims to reach each and every child under two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.
  • The special drive will focus on improving immunization coverage in select districts and cities to ensure full immunization to more than 90% by December 2018.
  • The achievement of full immunisation under Mission Indradhanush to at least 90% coverage was to be achieved by 2020 earlier.
  • Four phases of Mission Indradhanush have reached to more than 2.53 crore children and 68 lakh pregnant women with life-saving vaccines including 5.21 lakh children & 1.27 lakh pregnant women in Gujarat.
  • Earlier the increase in full immunization coverage was 1% per year which has increased to 6.7% per year through the first two phases of ‘Mission Indradhanush’.
  • Intensified Mission Indradhanush will cover low performing areas in the selected districts and urban areas.
  • Special attention will be given to unserved/low coverage pockets in sub-centre and urban slums with migratory population.
  • The focus is also on the urban settlements and cities identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).
  • IMI is supported by 11 other ministries and departments, such as Ministry of Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs among others.
  • An appreciation and awards mechanism is also conceived to recognize the districts reaching more than 90% coverage.
  • The criteria include best practices and media management during crisis. To acknowledge the contribution of the partners/Civil Society Organization (CSOs) and others, Certificate of Appreciation will be given.
  • At the function, the Prime Minister also dedicated the GMERS Medical College, Vadnagar to the nation.
  • He also launched the Innovative Mobile Phone Technology for Community Health Operation (ImTeCHO).
  • This technology will help in improving coverage of community based maternal, neonatal and infant health services to reduce neonatal and infant mortality in Gujarat by empowering health staff through use of innovative mobile phone application.


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