The central government on Wednesday approved a new liberalised visa policy for foreigners. In a significant move, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Rs 2,000 crore development package for refugees from Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The Union Cabinet approved the Home Ministry’s proposal to provide enhanced financial aid to 36,384 families, who are mostly living in Jammu region after their displacement from PoK post Independence. Each of these families will get around Rs 5.5 lakh as aid, a senior official said. The refugees from West Pakistan, mostly from PoK, settled in different areas of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. However, they are not permanent residents of the state in terms of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. Some of the families were displaced during Partition in 1947, and others during the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan.
Government also approved a proposal to shut down the loss-making Kota unit of Instrumentation Limited and hand over the company’s Palakkad division to the Kerala government. The employees of Kota unit will be offered a voluntary retirement or voluntary separation scheme (VRS or VSS) package as per the 2007 pay scale. The cabinet has approved notification of inclusion/Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes in respect of 8 states. The states are Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand. A total of 28 changes recommended by NCBC have been approved in these 8 states. Cabinet approves decision on India being part of pact to amend Montreal protocol to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), as agreed to in Kigali climate meet.
Here is the list:
Cabinet clears Central Assistance of Rs 2000 cr for one-time settlement of 36,384 displaced families from Pak-occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Chhamb. This follows announcement of PM’s Development Package for Jammu & Kashmir-2015 in November, 2015. Rs. 5.5 lakh cash benefit per family will be disbursed.
Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to negotiating position adopted in Kigali, Rwanda by Government for Montreal Protocol of Vienna Convention.
Cabinet approves visa policy will facilitate entry of foreigners for tourism, business and medical purposes.
Cabinet has given its approval for liberalization, simplification and rationalization of the existing visa regime in India.
Cabinet has approved notification of inclusion/Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes in respect of 8 States. A total of 28 changes recommended by NCBC have been approved in these 8 states. The states are Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
Cabinet approves closure of Kota Unit of Instrumentation Ltd. & transfer of its Palakkad Unit to Govt of Kerala.