Current Affairs India - 23 March 2016

1. The Cabinet has approved implementation of rural housing scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) for construction of pucca houses to all houseless and households living in dilapidated houses. Under the scheme, one crore houses will be built in next three years and Rs 1.2 lakh financial assistance will be given per unit in plain areas and Rs 1.3 lakh in hilly and difficult areas.

The cabinet also cleared additional 6% Dearness Allowance for central government employees and Dearness Relief for pensioners from 1st January this year. This decision will benefit crores of central government employees and pensioners.

2. HL Dattu, the Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and former Chief Justice of India has been appointed as a member of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs (ICC) Bureau in Geneva.