Top Cabinet Approvals: 11 January 2019

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10, 2019 approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Maritime issues between India and Denmark. The MoU is proposed to be signed during the upcoming visit of the VVIP from Denmark to India in January 2019. The signing of the agreement will pave the way for both the countries to explore areas of bilateral collaboration, facilitate cross-border cooperation and investments between their maritime sectors.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Japan on Development of Advanced Model Single Window. The agreement would lead to cooperation between India and Japan on the development of ‘Advanced Model Single Window’ and its operationalization in Central and State Governments in India for taking administrative procedures necessary for business operations and to develop a structure in which those procedures are completed in an expeditious manner.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Signing of Terms of Reference (TOR) governing the engagement of the designated Indian Expert to provide tax assistance to Swaziland (now known as Eswatini) under the Tax Inspectors without Borders (TIWB) programme between India and Eswatini. An Indian expert has been mutually selected by the Government of India and the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini under the TIWB programme.

The Union Cabinet on January 10, 2019 approved the establishment of three more All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to boost healthcare infrastructure in the country. Among them, while two will be set up in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba and Pulwama districts, the third AIIMS will be set up in Rajkot, Gujarat. These institutes will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France on technical bilateral cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy. The MoU was signed on October 3, 2018. India and France aim to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable issues on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.

The Union Cabinet has approved the creation of the post of Vice Chancellor for India’s first rail and transportation university, National Rail & Transport Institute (NRTI), which has been set up in Vadodara, Gujarat. The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Principal Executive Officer of the institution and shall exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the institution and shall be mainly responsible for implementation of the decisions of all the authorities of the Institution deemed to be University.

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