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From gold monetisation scheme to spectrum sharing: 6 key announcements by Modi’s Cabinet today

The cabinet also Gold Monetization Scheme to mobilise tonnes of the metal stored in households and temples.

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The cabinet also Gold Monetization Scheme to mobilise tonnes of the metal stored in households and temples. (PTI)

In a cabinet meeting, the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday cleared a string of financial proposals including the launch of a sovereign gold bond scheme.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who led the cabinet meeting said that government has given up plans to reconvene a session of Parliament to secure approval of a common goods and services tax (GST) because of political obstruction.

Here are crucial financial proposals cleared by the government:

1. Cabinet approves 6 per cent hike in DA for central government employees: The new DA would be 119% from 113% earlier, and would benefit more than 1 crore central government employees. It would be effective from July 1.

2. The Cabinet approved Gold Bond and Gold Monetisation schemes to reduce the metal’s demand in physical form and fish out idle gold lying with households and other entities. The Gold Bond scheme will have an annual cap of 500 grams per person and such bonds would be issued for a period of 5-7 years.

3. Cabinet allows 100 per cent FDI under automatic route in white labelled ATMs

4. Cabinet clears policy to put up offshore wind farms

5. Cabinet approves spectrum trading guidelines: Spectrum trading has been permitted in all bands: The decision is aimed to boost availability of frequencies to cellular companies to improve connectivity and address the issue of call drops that has even had the Prime Minister concerned.

6. Govt approves Rs 800 cr capital infusion in EXIM Bank: The Union Cabinet approved capital infusion amounting to Rs 800 crore in the Export Import Bank of India (EXIM) in an effort to better promote the country’s international trade.

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