NIB on the way, will have power to approve
It is learnt that the cabinet secretariat received a cabinet note on the proposed body from the finance ministry on Tuesday. The cabinet is likely to take it up shortly.
Official sources said that while the NIB would initially deal with infrastructure projects only, there is a proposal to expand its mandate to include manufacturing sector projects. The ministry has left it to the cabinet to decide whether it should be called NIB or CCI.
The body will be a cabinet committee headed by the prime minister and modelled on the lines of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure. The Ministry of Environment & Forests, which was the first to raise an alarm over the proposal to set up the NIB, and other concerned ministries will be part of the proposed body. It will be housed in either the cabinet secretariat or the PMO, said sources.
While the PMO gave its nod to an NIB last week, the cabinet secretariat argued that giving it powers to override other ministries would require many changes in the transaction of business rules. It suggested a CCI, to be assisted by a committee of secretaries.
There was also a debate on whether the body should have the power to approve projects, or