Top Cabinet Approvals: 18 December 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 17, 2018, was apprised of a MoU signed between Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) and France’s state-owned research entity, Commissariat energieatomique et aux energies alternatives (CEA) and another French company BlueStorage SAS. The MoU was signed in three originals each in Hindi, English and French language on October 3, 2018 in New Delhi.

The Union Cabinet on December 17, 2018 gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Afghanistan on cooperation in the field of human resource development. The MoU would facilitate students and faculty of Educational Institutions in Afghanistan to register and use the SWAYAM Courses. It would also facilitate them to upload on SWAYAM, the courses developed in Afghanistan.

The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai, Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs 1,264 crore and Bibinagar, Telangana at a cost of Rs 1,028 crore. The Union Cabinet has been apprised of Joint Issue of Postage Stamps by India and South Africa on the theme “125th Year of Mahatma Gandhi’s Pietermaritzburg Station Incident & Birth Centenary of Nelson Mandela”.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in every block with more than 50 per cent ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the project for construction of a new 4-lane bridge across River Ganga in Patna, Bihar with a capital cost of Rs. 2926.42 crore.

The Union Cabinet has been apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Australia for cooperation in the disability sector. The MoU was signed on November 22, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has cleared the proposal of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas to release deposit free LPG connections to poor families, who have not been considered earlier for the release of LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

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