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Top Cabinet Approvals: 8 March 2019

The Union Cabinet has approved the grant of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme facilities to World War-II veterans, emergency commissioned officers, short service commissioned officers and pre-mature retirees.

Mar 8, 2019 13:36 IST
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Cabinet approves grant of medical facilities to World War-II Veterans

• The Union Cabinet on March 7, 2019 approved the grant of Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) facilities to World War-II veterans, emergency commissioned officers, short service commissioned officers and pre-mature retirees.
• As a result, over 43,000 individuals not covered so far under ECHS will be able to avail the benefits of cashless medical treatment under ECHS facilities through a network of over 425 ECHS polyclinics, over 2500 empanelled private hospitals and all government hospitals throughout the country, subject to certain conditions.
• As a special dispensation, war-widows will be exempt from a one-time contribution to join ECHS.
• Launched in April 2003, the ECHS provides quality medicare to 54 lakh ex-servicemen pensioners, their dependents and a few other categories.

Cabinet approves reservation in Teachers’ Cadre Ordinance, 2019

• The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for promulgation of "The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers' Cadre) Ordinance, 2019" considering the University or College as a unit instead of a department or subject.
• The decision is expected to improve the teaching standards in the higher educational institutions to attract all eligible talented candidates.
• It will allow filling up of more than 5000 vacancies by direct recruitment in Teachers' Cadre duly ensuring that the Constitutional Provisions of Articles 14, 16 and 21 shall be complied with and stipulated reservation criteria for the STs, SCs and other backward classes are met with.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, UK on Cancer Research Initiative

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and UK on Cancer Research Initiative. The MoU was signed on November 14, 2018.
• The India-UK Cancer Research Initiative will identify a core set of research challenges that address issues of affordability, prevention and care of cancer by bringing together leading Indian and UK experts across clinical research, demographic research, new technologies and physical sciences.
• The initiative will provide funding to develop new research alliances and undertake impactful research to enable significant progress against cancer outcomes.
• Over 5 years, the total research funding for the Initiative shall be around Rs 90 crores.
• The India-UK Cancer Research Initiative is a collaborative 5-year bilateral research initiative undertaken by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, India and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) that will focus on affordable approaches to cancer.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Germany on cooperation in occupational safety and health field

• The Union cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Germany on cooperation in the field of occupational safety and health.  The MoU was renewed on November 13, 2018.
• The collaboration till date has immensely helped in adopting modern training techniques and tolls on various aspects of Occupational Safety and Health in different sectors of economic activity.
• Under the MoU, German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) through the International Social Security Association (ISSA) is bringing in knowhow to meet the OSH challenges, especially in the construction and manufacturing sector.
• Also, it will benefit the large work force by improving their safety and health, and preventing occupational injuries and diseases.  .

Cabinet approves creation of post of technical member in SAT, Mumbai

• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for creation of the post of technical member in Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai at the level of Secretary to the Union Government in the pay scale of Rs 2, 25,000/- (fixed) or Level 17 of the pay matrix as per the 7th Pay Commission.
• The creation of the post will facilitate the creation of an additional bench in SAT, Mumbai thereby allowing speedy disposal of the increased number of appeals in SAT with respect to Securities and Exchanges Board of India, (SEBI), Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), which will be much beneficial to investors, pensioners and the general public.
• The securities market and insurance sector are growing rapidly. With increase in the volume of trading in securities market and clients in the insurance sector, it is likely that the grievances will also increase.
• Therefore, it is necessary that a speedy redressal system is established. It would ensure speedy disposal of appeal cases related to insurance, securities market and pension benefitting the general public.

Cabinet approves proposal of AAI for surrendering encroached AAI’s land to Madhya Pradesh Government

• The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for surrendering encroached AAI’s land measuring 106.76 acres situated at Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal to the State Government of Madhya Pradesh.
• It is in lieu of 96.56 acres of land already handed over by the state government. The remaining 10.20 acres of land will be handed over by the government to AAI.
• In lieu of AAI’s 106.76 acres encroached land, the MP government has agreed to provide land measuring 96.56 acres approx., which is contiguous to the existing land of Bhopal Airport and can be utilised by AAI for aviation purposes.
• This will help in freeing up of AAI’s land measuring 106.76 acres, which is already being utilised by the MP government for various purposes such as establishment of government offices, public amenities services and for rehabilitation of migrated Sindhi families.

Union Cabinet approves scheme to rebate state and central embedded taxes to support textile sector

• The Union Cabinet has approved the scheme to rebate state and central embedded taxes to support the textile sector. This will enable the government to take various measures for making exports of apparel and made-ups zero-rated.
• At present, apparel and made-ups segments are supported under the scheme for a rebate of state levies. However, certain state, as well as central taxes, continued to be present in the cost of exports.
• The cabinet decision provides for a scheme to rebate all embedded state and central taxes or levies for apparel and made-ups which have a combined share of around 56 per cent in India’s textile export basket.
• The rebate of taxes/levies has been permitted through an IT-driven scrip system at notified rates.
• The proposed measures are expected to make the textile sector competitive.

Cabinet approves proposal to constitute committee to recommend conferring ownership to residents of unauthorised colonies

• The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for constitution of a committee to recommend the process for conferring ownership or transfer, mortgage rights to the residents of unauthorized colonies in Delhi.
• The Committee will be chaired by the Lt. Governor of Delhi and it will comprise DDA Vice Chairman, Urban Affairs Additional Secretary, Delhi Chief Secretary, Commissioners of East, North and South MCD, Delhi Urban Arts Commission Chairman, SPA Professor, Urban Planner & Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs, Former Director of Delhi Fire Services and DDA Principal Commissioner as Member Secretary.
• The Committee constituted will submit its report in 90 days to the Ministry of Home Affairs. On submission of this report by the Committee, the cabinet secretariat will be informed and further action was taken after considering recommendations of the Committee.
• The recommendations of the committee will provide a way forward for conferring ownership or transfer mortgage rights to the people living in UCs in Delhi. This is for the first time that the conferment of the rights to the residents of UCs in Delhi is being considered.

Cabinet approves amendment to Article 3 of agreement between India, Bhutan regarding MHEP

• The Union Cabinet has approved amendment to the Article 3 of the agreement between India and Bhutan regarding Mandechhu Hydro Electric Project (MHEP) in order to extend the loan repayment tenure by two years extended by India to Bhutan, for implementation of the project in Bhutan from 15 to 17 years.
• The proposal aims to secure the first year tariff for import of power from the 720 MW MHEP in Bhutan at Indian Rupees 4.12 per unit.
• It also aims to secure the certainty of supply of surplus power to India by Bhutan from MHEP.
• Besides, it aims to strengthen India-Bhutan economic relations and inter-linkages especially in the field of hydro-power co-operation and overall deepening of India-Bhutan relations.

Cabinet approves MoU between UPSC and CSCM

• The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Civil Service Council of Mongolia (CSCM).
• The agreement will strengthen the existing relationship between CSCM and UPSC.  
• It will also facilitate the sharing of experience and expertise of both the parties in the area of recruitment.

Cabinet approves Delhi Metro's Phase -4 project

• The Union Cabinet has approved Delhi Metro's Phase -4 project comprising of 3 - priority corridors. The total length of these 3 corridors will be 61.679 km.
• Out of the total 61.679 km, 22.359 km will be built underground and 39.320 km will be constructed as an elevated section.
• These corridors will consist of 46 stations, of which 17 stations will be underground and the rest 29 stations will be constructed as elevated sections.
• The three corridors will connect Aerocity to Tughlakabad (15 stations- covering Vasant Kunj, Mehrauli, Lado Sarai and Saket), RK Ashram to Janakpuri West (25 Stations- covering Pritampura, Pushpanjali Enclave, Peeragarhi Chowk and Paschim Vihar) and finally Maujpur – Mukundpur (6 stations comprising Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Khajuri Khas and Burari).
• The total completion cost of the three metro corridors will be Rs.24,948.65 crore.

Cabinet approves Ex-post facto approval of the MoU signed and renewed between ICAI, ICAEW

• The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ex-post facto approval of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2008 and renewed in 2014 between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).  
• The Cabinet also approved the Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
• The agreement would help encourage more young Indian Chartered Accountants to take up the recognition of ICAEW professional designation to further help them pursue professional opportunities in the United Kingdom.
• The key aim is to work together to develop a mutually beneficial relationship in the best interest of members, students and their organisations.
• The MoU will put both the accountancy institutes on the global radar to play the leadership role in addressing new challenges before profession.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Austria

• The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, India and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria on Technology Cooperation in the Road Infrastructure Sector.
• The MoU aims to create an effective framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of road transportation, roads and highways infrastructure development, management and administration, road safety and intelligent transport systems between both countries.
• The agreement will further strengthen ties, promote long-standing bilateral relations and enhance trade and regional integration between India and Austria.
• The Indo-Austrian bilateral cooperation in the road transport sector would be beneficial both from the perspective of enhanced road safety as well as attractive financing possibilities for the sector, thus fostering and intensifying the already good relations between the two countries.

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