Narendra Modi Cabinet meeting Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of his Cabinet today. The decisions taken during the meet were announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. One of the big decisions was to give 12.3 lakh railway staff a performance linked bonus this festive season.
The meeting comes in the wake of rising fears of economic depression in the country. On Tuesday, PM Modi was scheduled to take stock of the economy in a meeting with the Finance Minister Jaitley, Finance Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and other top officials. However, it was postponed as the ministry was reportedly preparing “comprehensive presentation on the reasons for slowdown and remedial measures it proposes,” PTI reported. Jaitley on Tuesday had also reviewed the state of economy in a meeting with top officials.
In the last Cabinet meet, the Centre had announced a number of decisions, including pacts with Morocco and Armenia, doubling tax-free gratuity to Rs 20 lakh, hiving off BSNL mobile towers into separate company, hiking of DA to 5 pct for 1.1 cr employees and pensioners, and doubling of Daund-Manmad railway line.
Check this space for Live Updates on Narendra Modi Cabinet Meeting and top decisions taken by the government:
4: 21 PM: Recently Union Minister Harsh Vardhan also addressed the press conference on Bio-technology Interventions impacting the North East in New Delhi.
4: 18 PM: Regarding the MDG-6 goal of reversing and halting, we have halted diseases like TB, Malaria and HIV, Nadda said during the press conference.
4: 15 PM: Free Drugs and Diagnostic services rolled out in 384 districts. Nearly 1.43 lakh patients benefitted, Nadda said.
4: 12 PM: Under the PMSMA campaign around 4300 volunteers have been enrolled. 80 lakh quality ANCs conducted in more than 12,000 government health facilities, Nadda added further.
4: 09 PM: 1.68 crore pregnant women and 1.31 crore children registered in MCTS / RCH portal as on 31st March, 2017: JP Nadda.
4: 06 PM: Under MCTS, more than 27 cr children and pregnant mothers have been registered, informed Nadda.
4: 03 PM: Under Mission Indradhanush, around 2.11 crore children reached; of these 55 lakh fully immunised: JP Nadda
4: 00 PM: According to PIB India an additional allocation of Rs 9900 cr has been done for nutrition of children and pregnant and lactating mothers for next 3 yrs.
3: 56 PM: Minutes after the cabinet meeting, Union Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter and shared some information related to the same. Check out.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 20, 2017
3: 53 PM: Further speaking on the tragic death of children in Gorakhpur, Nadda said, “We had sent a team and suggested how better management can be done in order to reduce no. of patients of Japanese encephalitis.
3: 50 PM: States need to take up a proactive role and management, ready to give technical and financial support: Nadda added further while addressing a press conference.
3: 47 PM: “Special Care Newborn Units are being constructed, this year 59 SCNUs have come up,” Union health minister J P Nadda said on Infant child deaths that took place in the recent past.
3: 44 PM: This is a policy issue and the government has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court in this regard: Arun Jaitley on Rohingyas.
3: 41 PM: Government will take additional measures, if necessary, on economic growth, says FM Jaitley.
3: 39 PM: Have taken note of indications, government will take any additional moves necessary: FM Arun Jaitley said on steps to revive economy and growth.
3: 36 PM: Each athlete selected under revamped Khelo India to receive annual scholarship worth Rs. 5 lakh for 8 consecutive years, says Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
3: 24 PM: Modi cabinet briefs media on the achievements of the government and shared their further course of action. See visual.
3: 22 PM: Cabinet has also approved the revamping of ‘Khelo India- National Programme for Development of Sports, said Jaitley.
3: 20 PM: According to ANI, cabinet has also approved payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for Indian Railways employees, before festival season; and even incentive will be given to these employees to improve productivity.
3: 18 PM: “Cabinet has approved extension of time period of the scheme ‘Special Industry Initiative for J&K’-Udaan till 31st December 2018,” Jaitley added further.
3: 15 PM: 17 Government of India Presses or Units will be rationalized and modernised into 5 Government of India Presses: FM Arun Jaitley informed while addressing a press conference.
3: 13 PM: ITDC’s Hotel Jaipur Ashok to be transferred to Govt. of Rajasthan and Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore to Govt. of Karnakata: Arun Jaitley
3:07 PM: Cabinet has okayed the transfer of 3 ITDC hotels to states, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
2:55 PM: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is likely to consider and approve on Wednesday a proposal to launch a scheme called ‘Saubhagaya’ for providing subsidy on equipment for energising all households in rural areas.
2:50 PM: “The proposal for Saubhagaya Scheme to provide electricity to all households in rural area is listed on the agenda of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for its meeting scheduled on Wednesday,” a government source said.
2:45 PM: Cabinet Briefing will be held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Minister J P Nadda at PIB Conference Hall at Shastri Bhawan at 3:00 PM.
2:13 PM: According to a recent update by the PIB spokesperson, the cabinet briefing is postponed to 3 pm.