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Government Scheme Part 9

Date: 03 March 2019


SEVA BHOJ YOJNA (Ministry of Culture)

  • The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has introduced a new scheme namely ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ with a total outlay of Rs. 325.00 Crores for Financial Years 2018-19 and 2019-20.
  • The scheme envisages to reimburse the Central Government´ share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST)so as to lessen the financial burden of such Charitable Religious Institutions who provide Food/Prasad/Langar (Community Kitchen)/Bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to Public/Devotees.
  • The Charitable Religious Institutions such as Temples,´ Gurudwara, Mosque, Church, Dharmik Ashram, Dargah, Matth, Monasteries etc. which have been in existence for at least five years before applying for financial assistance/grant and who serve free food to at least 5000 people in a month shall be eligible for grant under the scheme.
  • Ministry of Culture will register the eligible charitable religious´ institutions for a time period ending with finance commission period and subsequently the registration may be renewed by the Ministry, subject to the performance evaluation of the institutions.
  • The entity / institution will be permitted to submit the´ reimbursement claim of the GST and Central Government share of IGST to designated authority of GST Department at State level in the prescribed format during the validity of registration. 
  • All the eligible institutions should be registered with Darpan portal.


(Ministry of Railways) 

  • With a view to increasing speed of trains´ in Indian Railways, ‘Mission Raftaar’ was announced in the Railway Budget 2016- 17. The mission envisages a target of doubling of average speed of freight trains and increasing the average speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph in the next 5 years.
  • Principal routes have been identified for raising of speed under Mission Raftaar. 
  • These are six routes on Golden Quadrilateral and diagonals´ namely, Delhi – Mumbai, Delhi – Howrah, Howrah- Chennai, Chennai – Mumbai, Delhi – Chennai and Howrah – Mumbai.
  • These six routes carry 58% of freight traffic and 52% of´ coaching traffic with a share of only 16% of the network.
  • Golden Quadrilaterals and its Diagonal routes have been´ prioritized for replacement of loco hauled short distance passenger trains by MEMUs/DEMUs having better acceleration and deceleration characteristics for fast pickup and braking.