Union Cabinet Approvals: 20 February 2019

The Union Cabinet on 19 February 2019 approved the setting up of a new company under Department of Space (DoS) to commercially exploit the research and development work carried out by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Centers and constituent units of DOS. The new company shall take the license from DoS/ISRO and provide sub-license to industries for small satellite technology transfer.

The Union Cabinet approved the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01 January 2019. The Union Cabinet approved the creation of one post of Secretary in the level 17 (Rs.2,25,000 fixed per month) and one post of Joint Secretary in the level 14 (Rs.144200-218200 per month) in the newly created Department of Fisheries on a permanent basis.

The Union Cabinet approved the Promulgation of an Ordinance, namely “the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019. It also approved to bring in necessary official amendments in the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, pending in Parliament for replacing the said Ordinance.

There is an increase of 3 percent over the existing rate of 9 percent of the Basic Pay and Pension to compensate for price rise. This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

The Union Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on the Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa. The MoU aims to facilitate the issuance of multiple entry business visas to nationals of the two countries who wish to travel to the territory of the other country to make a business deal, establish an industrial / business project, buy/sell industrial products, or set up other.

The Union Cabinet approved the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II which comprises two corridors of total length 28.254. The Corridor 1 is from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir, a length of 22.838 km and Corridor 2 is from GNLU to GIFT City at a length of 5.416 km. The project will be completed at a total cost of Rs. 5384.17 crores.

The Union Cabinet approved the signing of an agreement between India and South Africa on simplification of visa requirements for travels of certain categories of citizens. The Agreement aims to facilitate the issuance of multiple entry visa to nationals of the two countries who wish to travel to the territory of the other country for tourism, medical, business and official purpose.

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