Top Cabinet Approvals: 22 November 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved MoU between India and Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology. The MoU is beneficial for bilateral relations of both the countries. It will help in expanding cooperation in the field of consumer protection and will provide an institutional mechanism for the exchange of information and derive mutual benefits from development taking place in both countries.

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in the Union Territory (UT) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The medical college is expected to be set up at a capital cost of Rs 189 crore to be incurred in two years, 2018-19 – Rs 114 crore and 2019-20 – Rs 75 crore with the yearly intake of 150 students.

The Union Cabinet has been apprised of an agreement on cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation between India and Uzbekistan. The agreement was signed on October 1, 2018, at New Delhi in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirayoyev, by Union Science & Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Uzbekistan’s Minister of Innovative Development Ibrahim Abdurakhmanov.

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in the Union Territory (UT) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The medical college is expected to be set up at a capital cost of Rs 189 crore to be incurred in two years, 2018-19 – Rs 114 crore and 2019-20 – Rs 75 crore with the yearly intake of 150 students.

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters. The agreement was signed on October 8, 2018, at Dushanbe. The MoU was signed by Somnath Ghosh, Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan, for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Abdullozoda Ahtam Rustam, Chairman of the Committee for Youth and Sports Affairs for the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan. The agreement shall remain valid for a period of five years.

The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Atal Innovation Mission, India and Fund “Talent and Success” and Russia for the promotion of science and technology through an exchange of students, teachers, researchers and scientists between both countries. The MoU was signed on October 5, 2018. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a continuation of the nine sub-schemes of the umbrella scheme “Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS)” during 2017-2020 at an estimated cost of Rs 1450 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval to expand the scope of mandatory packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987. The CCEA approved that 100 per cent of the food grains and 20 per cent of the sugar shall be mandatorily packed in diversified jute bags. The decision to pack sugar in diversified jute bags will give an impetus to the diversification of the jute industry.

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