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Top Cabinet Approvals: 6 June 2018

Jun 6, 2018 19:56 IST
Top Cabinet Approvals: 6 June 2018

Cabinet approves Continuation Programme for GSLV Mk-III

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved funding for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III continuation programme (Phase-I) consisting of ten GSLV Mk-III flights, at a total estimated cost of Rs 4338.20 crores.
• The GSLV Mk-III continuation programme – Phase 1 is the first phase of operational flights that will enable the launch of 4 tonne class of communication satellites to meet the country’s satellite communication requirements.
• The operationalisation of GSLV Mk-III will make the country self-reliant in the launching capability of 4 tonne class of communication satellites and sustain and strengthen the space infrastructure and reduce the dependence on procured launches from foreign countries.

Cabinet approves Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III Continuation Programme – Phase 6

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 6, 2018 approved the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Continuation Programme (Phase 6) and funding of thirty PSLV operational flights under the programme.
• The programme will meet the launch requirement of satellites for earth observation, navigation and space sciences. It will also ensure the continuity of production in Indian industry.
• The PSLV Continuation Programme – Phase 6 will meet the demand for the launch of satellites at a frequency up to eight launches per year, with maximal participation by the Indian industry. All the operational flights would be completed during the period 2019-2024.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, UK on technical cooperation in sustainable urban development

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and United Kingdom on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development in April, 2018.
• The objective of the MoU is to facilitate and strengthen India-UK institutional cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development.
• The areas of cooperation include smart cities development, solid waste management, green affordable housing, waste water management, capacity building of urban institutions, skill development in urban areas, urban mobility, intelligent transport system and transit-oriented development and innovative access to finance.
• The MoU will promote strong, deep and long term bilateral cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development between the two countries.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Oman on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on June 6, 2018 apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India represented by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Oman represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, in February, 2018 at Muscat.
• The MoU shall enable the following areas of cooperation such as, space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth, satellite based navigation, space science and planetary exploration, use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system and application of space technology.
• The MoU will provide momentum to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth, satellite navigation, space science and exploration of outer space.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Denmark on technical cooperation

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on June 6, 2018 apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Denmark on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development in April, 2018.
• The main objective of the MoU is to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable and smart urban development on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit through exchange of knowledge, institutional cooperation, research & development and commercial relations on related issues.
• Areas of cooperation include smart urban solutions, livability, sustainable and integrated urban planning, re-development and land use, integrated solid waste management including waste to energy, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation management, energy efficiency, resource mobilization and other related areas mutually agreed upon.

Cabinet approves the extension of MoU between India, Netherlands on technical cooperation

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Netherlands on technical cooperation in the field of spatial planning, water management and mobility management in April, 2018.
• The main objectives of the MoU are to promote and strengthen the collaboration between the signatories in the areas of spatial planning, water and mobility management on the basis of equivalence, affordable housing, smart city development and geographical information system (GIS) for water supply & sewerage system, waste water reuse and recycle and conservation of fresh water by artificial recharge of aquifer, integrated  solid waste management and heritage conservation.
• The MoU is expected to create employment in the areas of spatial planning, water management and mobility management, smart cities development, affordable housing, waste management, urban environment and heritage preservation.

Cabinet approves the joint issue of postage stamp between India and Russia

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on June 6, 2018 apprised of an agreement signed in connection with release of Joint Stamps between Department of Posts, India and Russia Post (Joint-Stock Company “MARKA” of Russian Federation)
• The issuance aims to establish postal cooperation between the two nations and strive towards mutually beneficial operational excellence in the field of issuance of stamps.
• The bilateral relations between India and Russia are marked by broad understanding on issues of mutual interest.
• India and Russia enjoy enhanced levels of cooperation in almost all areas of the bilateral relationship.

Cabinet approves agreement between India, France on technical cooperation in sustainable urban development

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the agreement signed between India and France in the field of Sustainable Urban Development in March, 2018. The Agreement shall remain in force for a period of five years.
• The objective of the agreement is to promote technical cooperation in the areas of smart cities development, development of urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities (water supply and sewerage systems), disposal and treatment of solid waste and landfill remediation.
• The agreement is expected to create employment in the areas of smart cities development, urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities (Water supply and sewerage systems), disposal and treatment of solid waste, landfill remediation, affordable housing, waste management, urban environment and heritage preservation.

Cabinet approves revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
• The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure - Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19.
• Around 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.

Cabinet approves revised guidelines on time bound closure of loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the revised guidelines of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on time bound closure of sick/ loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and disposal of movable and immovable assets.
• The revised guidelines would reduce delays in the implementation of closure plans of sick/loss making CPSEs. They would replace the guidelines issued by DPE in September, 2016.
• The guidelines will also provide a broad framework for expeditious completion of various processes and procedures for closure of CPSEs by laying down important milestones in the closure process along with timelines, outlining the responsibilities of the concerned Ministries/ Departments/ CPSE in the process.

 

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