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PIB Summaries 20 April 2022


  1. National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise (NCX India)
  2. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package
  3. National Apprenticeship Mela 2022

National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise (NCX India)

Focus: GS III- Security Challenges

Why in News?

Recently, National Security Advisor inaugurated the National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise.

About National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise (NCX India) 

  • The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) of the Government of India, in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), is implementing the programme, which is supported by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • The National Cyber Exercise (NCX) India seeks to educate senior management and technical employees from government and critical sector organisations and agencies about current cyber threats, as well as how to handle cyber crises and respond to them.


  •  NCX India will assist strategic leaders in better understanding cyber threats, assessing readiness, and developing cyber crisis management and cooperation capabilities.
  • This will also aid in the development and testing of cybersecurity skills, as well as teamwork, planning, communication, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package

Focus: GS II- Welfare Schemes

Why in News?

The ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP), insurance scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19’ has been extended for a further period of 180 days from 19th April, 2022. It has been decided to extend the policy so as to continue to provide the safety net to the dependents of health workers who are deputed to take care of COVID-19 patients.

About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package

  • The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package was launched on 30th March 2020 to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs. 50 Lakh to 22.12 lakh health care providers including community health workers and private health workers who may have been in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and may be at risk of being impacted by this.
  • Further, on account of the unprecedented situation, private hospital staff specifically drafted for the care of COVID-19 patients are also covered under the PMGKP.
  • Since the launch of the scheme, so far, 1905 claims of Health workers who died while being deployed for Covid-related duties have been settled.
  • Safai karamcharis, ward-boys, nurses, ASHA workers, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists and other health workers would be covered by a Special insurance Scheme.
  • Any health professional, who while treating Covid-19 patients, meet with some accident, then he/she would be compensated with an amount of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme.
  • All government health centres, wellness centres and hospitals of Centre as well as States would be covered under this scheme  approximately 22 lakh health workers would be provided insurance cover to fight this pandemic.

National Apprenticeship Mela 2022

Focus: GS III- Growth and Development

Why in News?

Skill India, in association with the Directorate General of Training (DGT), is organising a day-long ‘Apprenticeship Mela’ across the country in more than over 700 locations on 21st April 2022.

About Apprenticeship Mela

  • Under the initiative, the aim is to support hiring of more than one lakh apprentices and assist employers in tapping the right talent and develop it further with training and providing practical skillsets.
  • The event will witness participation from more than 4000 organisations across the country, operating in more than 30 sectors such as Power, Retail, Telecom, IT/ITeS, Electronics, Automotive and more.
  • In addition, the aspiring youth will have the opportunity to engage and select from more than 500+ trades including Welder, Electrician, Housekeeper, Beautician, Mechanic etc.
  • The National Policy of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 launched by the Prime Minister on July 15, 2015, recognises apprenticeship as a means to provide gainful employment to skilled workforce with adequate compensation.
  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has also taken several efforts to increase the number of apprentices hired by enterprises in the country.
  • The aim is to fill the gap in supply and demand for skilled workforce and meet the aspirations of the Indian youth through gaining on-the-job training and securing better opportunities for employment.
  • Students who have cleared at least Class 5 to those who graduated Class 12, skill training certificate holders, ITI students, diploma holders and graduates are eligible to apply at the Apprenticeship Mela.

June 2024