Top Cabinet Approvals: 12 September 2018

The Union Cabinet approved transfer of land of Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. (RCF) to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). RCF is a leading fertilizer and chemical manufacturing company in India in the Public Sector. It was established on March 6, 1978 on the reorganisation of erstwhile Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. Presently, the authorised share capital of RCF is Rs 800 Crore and paid up capital of Rs 551.69 Crore. Company has been accorded coveted “Miniratna” status in 1997.

The Union Cabinet was apprised of MoU between India and Brunei Darussalam on Cooperation in the operation of Telemetry Tracking and Telecommand station for satellite and launch vehicles; and for cooperation in the field of Space Research, Science and Applications. The MoU was signed between both the sides in New Delhi on July 19, 2018. The MoU enables India to continue to operate, maintain and augment its ground station meant for supporting India’s launch vehicle and satellite missions. This will also help India to share its experience and expertise in space activities through training of officials and students from Brunei Darussalam on space technology applications.

The Union Cabinet was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Africa on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes. The MoU was signed in Johannesburg on July 26, 2018. The areas of cooperation under this MoU are remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication and satellite-based navigation; space science and planetary exploration; use of spacecraft, launch vehicles, space systems and ground systems; and practical applications of space technology. It will enable pursuing the potential areas of cooperation such as space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved continuation of the Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of Rs 2250 crore. The overall objective of the scheme is to augment infrastructural, technical as well as manpower resources for making available credible and timely Official Statistics for policy makers and public at large. The major ongoing activities under the Capacity Development Scheme include augmenting resources for bringing out important statistical products, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Index of Industrial Production (IIP), Statistical classifications, etc. Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), a continuous survey to assess quarterly labour data in urban areas and annual labour data for the whole country (urban and rural areas), was launched in April 2017 under the scheme.

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