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PIB Summaries 17 March 2023


  1. Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana (AVYAY)
  2. Exercise SEA DRAGON 23

Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana (AVYAY)

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Inerventions

Why in News?

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing Integrated Programme for Senior Citizens (IPSrC), a component of Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana.

Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana:

Nodal : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

  • It is a Central Sector Scheme previously known as National Action Plan for Senior Citizens.
  • Its vision is to create a society where senior citizens can live a healthy, happy, and empowered life.
  • It has two components:
    • Integrated Program for Senior Citizens (IPSrC): It includes setting up homes to improve the quality of life of senior citizens, especially indigent senior citizens who lack basic amenities.
    • State Action Plan for Senior Citizens (SAPSrC): Each state/union territory is expected to frame its own action plan for the welfare of senior citizens.
  • Under IPSrC component, grant in aid is provided to NGOs/Voluntary Organisations (VOs) for running and maintenance of old age homes and Continuous Care Homes.
  • Five schemes have been launched under this umbrella scheme:
    • Poshan Abhiyan for the elderly
    • Livelihood and skilling initiatives for senior citizens
    • Scheme on promoting the silver economy
    • Awareness generation and capacity building for the welfare of senior citizens
    • Channelising CSR funds for elderly care.

Exercise SEA DRAGON 23

Focus: GS III: Security Challenges

Why in News?

Indian Navy is participating in SEA DRAGON 23 exercise in waters off Guam, USA which has been scheduled from 15-30 March 23.

Exercise SEA DRAGON 23

  • The Sea Dragon is an annual multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise conducted by the United States Navy.
  • Participating countries in SEA DRAGON 23 include India, USA, Japan, Canada, and South Korea.
  • This is the third edition of the coordinated multi-lateral ASW exercise for Long Range MR ASW aircraft, launched in 2014.
  • The Exercise aims to achieve high levels of synergy and coordination between the friendly navies based on shared values and commitment to an open, inclusive Indo-Pacific.
  • An Indian Navy P8I aircraft will be represented along with other countries’ aircrafts to test the capabilities of participating aircraft in tracking simulated and live underwater targets while sharing mutual expertise.
  • Other Exercises between India and USA include Malabar, Yudh Abhyas, and VAJRA PRAHAR.

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