Union Cabinet Approvals: 16 January 2019

The Union Cabinet approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Union Ministry of Labour and Employment and Department of Natural Resource Mines and Energy, Australia through the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS).

The Union Cabinet approved regularization of Pay scales of below Board Level Executives in National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. (NHPC), North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), THDC India Ltd. and Satluj Jal Vidhyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) with effect from January 1997.

The Union Cabinet approved an expenditure of Rs 3639.32 core for the 13 new Central Universities for recurring cost and creation of necessary infrastructure for completion of the campuses. The work will be completed within a period of 36 months. The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for an amount of Rs 1474.65 crore, above the earlier Cabinet approval of Rs 3000 crore, for these Central Universities.

The broad objectives of this project are faster and accurate outcomes for taxpayer, first time right approach, enhancing user experience, improving taxpayer awareness, promoting voluntary tax compliance and managing outstanding demand.

The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement on the facilitation of visa arrangements signed between India and Maldives signed in December 2018. The Visa Facilitation Agreement signed during the visit of Maldivian President aims to deepen people to people exchanges between the two countries, making it easier for Maldivian and India nationals to travel to each others’ countries for tourism, medical treatment, education as well as business.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the project for capacity expansion of Numaligarh Refinery from 3 MMTPA (Million Metric Tonne Per Annum) to 9 MMTPA. It involves setting up of crude oil pipeline from Paradip to Numaligarh and product pipeline from Numaligarh to Siliguri at a cost of Rs 22,594 crore.

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