Cabinet Approvals on February 08 2018
On February 7, 2018, Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved following initiatives:
Cabinet approves Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and thereby enabling India to become a Party to the Convention.
Facts about Minamata Convention on Mercury:
Cabinet approves changes in the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016
Union Cabinet has approved the incorporation of several amendments (based on the recommendations of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee) to the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016.
Some of the major amendments to the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016:
Cabinet approves DSF Policy Bid Round-II for 60 un-monetised discoveries of ONGC and OIL
Union Cabinet has approved to extend the Discovered Small Field Policy (notified in October 2015) to identified 60 discovered small fields/un-monetized discoveries for offer under the Discovered Small Field Policy Bid Round-II.
Cabinet approves placing the new Instrument adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO)
Union Cabinet has given its approval for placing the new Instrument adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) Recommendation concerning “The Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (No.-205)” before the Parliament.
Cabinet approves Implementation of ‘Prime Minister Research Fellows (PMRF)’
‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF)’ scheme was announced in Union Budget 2018.
Cabinet approves rationalization of Autonomous Bodies under Department of Health & Family Welfare
Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for closure of Autonomous Bodies, namely, Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) and Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK).
Cabinet approves Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code bill
Union Cabinet has given Ex-post facto approval to modifications made in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code through Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Act, 2018.
Cabinet approves enhancement of target under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved to enhance of the target of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) from five crore to eight crore.
Facts about PMUY:
Cabinet Approvals with Foreign Countries on February 07 2018
On February 7, 2018, Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved following bilateral agreements.
Cabinet apprised of an MoU signed between India and Tunisia for cooperation on Youth matters
This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on October 30, 2017, in New Delhi. It shall be valid for a period of five years.
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Cabinet approves Memorandum of Cooperation between India and USA on Law Enforcement Training
This Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) will be signed between Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), USA and Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D).
Quick Facts about United States of America (USA):
Cabinet approves signing of India-Australia MoUs for Secondment Programme
This Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the Department of Economic Affairs (Indian Economic Service Cadre) and The Treasury, Government of Australia.
Quick Facts about Australia:
Cabinet approves MoU with United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on Cooperation in Skill Development, Vocational Training
Under this MoU, framework for innovative partnership between India and the United Kingdom Industry and training institutes will be created.
Quick Facts about United Kingdom:
Cabinet approves Protocol amending DTAA between India, China
Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratification of protocol amending the Agreement between India and China for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income.
Quick Facts about China:
Defence Minister appoints panel under Vinay Sheel Oberoi to expedite capital acquisition
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has formed Raksha Mantri’s Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence (MoD) Capital Projects (RMCOMP) to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for modernisation of armed forces.
Raksha Mantri’s Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence (MoD) Capital Projects (RMCOMP):
i. The Raksha Mantri’s Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence (MoD) Capital Projects (RMCOMP) is a 13-member advisory committee.
ii. It will carry out independent review and check the status of ongoing important projects worth over Rs 500 crore. It will also recommend methods to improve the capital acquisition process.
iii. The committee will review various categories of projects like “Buy” (Indian) and “Buy and Make” (Indian).
iv. This committee will be headed by Vinay Sheel Oberoi, former secretary in the government. Tenure of the committee is till end of August 2018.
v. Members of this committee are: former chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd R K Tyagi, former member of Ordnance Factories Board R K Jain, partner head of KPMG’s aerospace and defence division Amber Dubey and special advisor of Ernst & Young LLP R Anand.
vi. The committee will submit initial status report on identified projects to the defence minister by 31 March 2018. It will submit two follow-up corrective Action Taken Reports by 30 April and 31 July 2018.
About Ordnance Factories Board (OFB):
♦ Headquarters – Kolkata
♦ Director General Ordnance Factories & Chairman, OFB – S. K. Chourasia
South Central Railway becomes 1st rail zone with 100% LED lighting at stations
On 7th February 2018, South Central Railway (SCR) announced that, it has become the first railway zone in India to achieve 100 % LED lighting at every station under its jurisdiction.
South Central Railway becomes 1st rail zone with 100% LED lighting at stations:
i. South Central Railway (SCR) chief public relations officer M Umashankar Kumar said that, SCR has become the first zone in Indian Railways to accomplish 100 % LED lighting in all 733 stations under its jurisdiction.
ii. He also said that, this LED lighting facility would save 32 lakh units of electrical energy amounting to Rs 2.7 crore per year.
About South Central Railway (SCR):
♦ Formed – 1966
♦ Divisions – Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur and Nanded
Karnataka panel proposes 3-colour official state flag
Karnataka committee to analyse possibility of a separate flag for the state has submitted a report, suggesting an official three-coloured flag to replace an unofficial two-coloured flag currently in use.
Karnataka panel proposes 3-colour official state flag:
i. In June 2017, Karnataka’s Kannada and Culture department appointed a committee to study the possibility of having a separate flag for Karnataka.
ii. The committee was headed by G S Siddaramaya, chairman of Kannada Development Authority.
iii. This committee has recommended a flag in yellow and red colour, with white colour in the middle containing the state symbol.
iv. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that, this matter will be forwarded for consideration by Karnataka cabinet. Then it will be referred to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for clearance.
v. If this flag is approved by MHA, Karnataka will be the second state to have an official flag after Jammu and Kashmir. Karnataka has an unofficial state flag since 1960s.
Some of the dams in Karnataka:
♦ Tungabhadra Dam – Tungabhadra River
♦ Krishna Raja Sagara Dam – Kaveri River
♦ Linganamakki Dam – Sharavathi River
NHAI to Launch Pilot Project “Pay as You Use” Tolling on Delhi-Mumbai Highway
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is launching a pilot project on Delhi Mumbai national highway to analyse the feasibility of “Pay as you use” tolling system in India.
Pay as you use:
i. The pilot project includes developing a satellite based electronic toll collection system that works on GPS/GSM technology for nearly 500 commercial vehicles on the Delhi Mumbai national highway. This project will be carried out for 1 year.
ii. It will work using mobile telecommunications technology (GSM) and the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS).
iii. This system will deduct money from a vehicle account and credit money to the concessionaire in 1 day and open the toll gate.
iv. In case of transaction failure, toll operator will be alerted and money will be collected manually before opening the gate.
v. This project will also try to integrate the new system with the FASTag program. It will also compare distance based tolling and the existing tolling system, and also virtual tolling with normal tolling.
About National Highways Authority of India (NHAI):
♦ Purpose – Development and maintenance of National Highways
♦ Chairman – Deepak Kumar