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  • The government-sponsored health insurance scheme will provide free coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per yearat any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India for secondary and tertiary medical care facilities.
  • will be available for 74 crore beneficiary familiesand about 50 crore Indian citizens.
  • Ayushman Bharat is unlike other medical insurance schemes where there is a waiting period for pre-existing diseases. All kinds of diseases are covered from day one of the Ayushman Bharat policy. The benefitcover includes both pre and post hospitalization expenses.
  • The expenditure incurred in premium payment will be shared between Central and State Governments in a specified ratio. The funding for the scheme will be shared – 60:40 for all states and UTs with their own legislature, 90:10 in Northeast states and three Himalayan states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand and 100% Central funding for UTs without legislature
  • Wellness Centres: The 1.5 lakh sub-centresthat are converted into wellness centres will cater to majority of services such as detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, screening for common cancers, mental health, care of the elderly, eye care, etc.

CBDT inks the 300th Advance Pricing Agreement

  • The APAs entered into during September, 2019 pertain to various sectors of the economy like retail, garments, and consumer foods. The international transactions covered in these agreements, inter alia, include provision of software development services, contract manufacturing, provision of IT enabled Services and provision of Support Services.
  • The APA Scheme continues to make good progress in providing tax certainty to MNEs. It reflects the Government’s commitment towards fostering a non-adversarial tax regime.

President of India will Confer “Vayoshreshtha Samman – 2019” on Eminent Senior Citizens & Institutions on 3rd October, 2019

  • Vayoshreshtha Samman is a Scheme of awards instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (D/o Social Justice & Empowerment) and gradually upgraded to the status of National Awards, for institutions involved in rendering distinguished service for the cause of elderly persons especially indigent senior citizens and to eminent citizens in recognition of their service/achievements.
  • These awards are presented as part of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1st 
  • The National Awards are intended to show case the Government’s concern for senior citizens and its commitment towards them with the aim of strengthening their legitimate place in the society.  It is also intended to provide an opportunity to the younger generation to understand the contribution of the elderly in building of the society and the nation.
  • The Awards are given to institutions/organisations/individuals from any part of the country. Nominations are invited from Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies.

Nationwide “Paryatan Parv 2019” to promote tourism to be inaugurated in New Delhi tomorrow

  • The idea of Paryatan Parv is to propagate the message of ‘Dekho Apna Desh’, with the objective to encourage Indians to visit various tourist destinations of the country and also to spread the message of ‘Tourism for All’.
  • Paryatan Parv 2019 is dedicated to 150thBirth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Paryatan Parv is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”.

The three components of Paryatan Parv, are:

  1. Dekho Apna Desh:  To encourage Indians to visit their own country. In the run up to the parv, several activities have been organised across the Country like Photography contest covering tourism attractions and experiences, promotion on Social Media, Tourism related Quiz, Essay, Debate and Painting Competitions for Students. General public engagement for the event will be promoted through the MyGov platform.
  2. Tourism for All:  Tourism Events at sites across all States in the country are being organised. The activities at these sites will include illumination in and around the Sites, Cultural Programmes of Dance, Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Sensitisation Programmes for Stakeholders around the Sites, Tourism Exhibitions, Showcasing Culture, Cuisine and Handicrafts / Handlooms, Guided Heritage Walks, etc.
  3. Tourism & Governance:  Interactive Sessions & Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes have  been organised across the Country as a part of the Paryatan parv activities.