Narendra Modi Cabinet decisions: From bonus for railway staff to revamped Khelo India; all you need to know

By: | Updated: September 20, 2017 7:05 PM

Narendra Modi Cabinet took a number of decisions today. They were announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Health Minister JP Nadda and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.

Cabinet decisions were announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Health Minister JP Nadda and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.Union ministers Arun Jaitley, JP Nadda and Rajyavardhan Rathore announce Cabinet decision in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PIB).

Narendra Modi Cabinet took a number of decisions today. The Cabinet decisions were announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Health Minister JP Nadda and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. Some of the most important decisions taken today included approval of performance linked bonus for 2016-17 to around 12.3 lakh non-gazetted staff of Indian Railways.

The Centre has also decided to exit three ITDC hotels including Jaipur Ashok and handover them to the state governments concerned. Besides, the Cabinet also approved a revamped Khelo India programme. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the Khelo India initiative, which has till now focused on infrastructure development, will look to ensure all-round growth in its revamped form. For this, the government has approved Rs 1756 crore for a period of three years for the revamping of ‘Khelo India’, launched by the ministry last year by merging three schemes — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme and National Sports Talent Search Programme.

Here are all the decisions taken by Narendra Modi Cabinet today:

Extension of time period of Special Industry Initiative for J&K – Udaan

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of time period of the “Special Industry Initiative for Jammu and Kashmir” (Sll J&K)- Udaan till 31st December, 2018 without any modification and cost escalation. Initially the time period of Udaan was up to 2016-17.

Udaan provides exposure to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to the best of corporate India and corporate India to the rich talent pool available in the State. So far, 109 leading Corporates have partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under UDAAN with a commitment to train youth from the State covering Organized Retail, Banking, Financial Services, IT, ITES, Infrastructure, Hospitality etc. So far, 34,587 candidates have been selected of whom 31,903 candidates have joined, 22,237 candidates have completed the training, 7,649 are undergoing training and 14,694 have been offered jobs.

According to a PIB release, in spite of four months of unrest, the scheme gained a good momentum and pace of implementation was the best during FY 2016-17 since its inception. More than 12,000 candidates had joined training and nearly 10,000 candidates were offered jobs. 140 mega selection drives were held so far covering all districts of the State.

Udaan aims to mainstream Jammu and Kashmir youth with rest of the country. The scheme not only provides skill enhancement and job opportunity but also connects these bright youths from the state with the vibrant corporate sector of India.

Cost norms for Supplementary Nutrition provided in Anganwadis and in the Scheme for Adolescent Girls

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for revision of cost norms with annual cost indexation for Supplementary Nutrition (SN) for the beneficiaries of Anganwadi Services and Adolescent Girls (out of school 11-14 years) under the Umbrella ICDS Scheme. This will address a long standing anomaly and ensure the changes in norms keep pace with changes in costs on an annual basis.

Transfer of Hotel Jaipur Ashok, Jaipur and Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore, units of India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (ITDC) to Government of Rajasthan and Government of Karnataka, respectively and disinvestment of ITDCs shares in M/s Donyi Polo Ashok Hotel Corporation

According to the disinvestment policy of the Government of India, it has been decided to lease/sub-lease the ITDC hotels/ properties jointly with the States and where States have not agreed to the proposal of leasing/sub-leasing, the properties may be returned back to the States at their officially valued price.

Khelo India Programme revamped

The Union Cabinet approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

The programme is expected to impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

The programme provides an unprecedented Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines. Each athlete selected under the scheme shall receive an annual scholarship worth Rs. 5.00 lakh for 8 consecutive years. The Programme aims to promote 20 universities across the country as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sports persons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.

Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to pay Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages to eligible non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) for the financial year 2016-17. About 12.30 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees are likely to benefit from the decision. This payment will be made before Dussehra/Puja holidays, bringing a smile to lakhs of families ahead of the festive season.

Rationalization/merger of the Government of India Press (GIPs) and their modernization

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for rationalization/merger and modernization of 17 Government of India Presses (GIPs)/Units into 5 Government of India Presses (GIPs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Minto Road and Mayapuri, New Delhi; Nashik, Maharashtra and Temple Street, Kolkata, West Bengal. These 5 Presses will be redeveloped and modernised by monetisation of their surplus land. Land measuring 468.08 acres of the other merged Presses will be given to Land & Development Office, Ministry of Urban Development. Land measuring 56.67 acres of the Government of India Text Books Presses (GITBPs) at Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar and Mysuru will be returned to the respective State Governments.

Modernisation of the Presses will enable them to undertake important confidential, urgent and multi-colour printing work of the Central Government Offices all over the country.This will be carried out at zero cost to the exchequer and without any retrenchment.

Progress under National Health Mission

The Union Cabinet was apprised of the progress under National Health Mission (NHM). The Cabinet was also apprised of the decisions of the Empowered Programme Committee (EPC) and Mission Steering Group (MSG) of NHM. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched in April 2005 and it morphed into National Health Mission (NHM) with launch of National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) during 2013. Thereafter, NRHM and NUHM became two sub-missions under the overarching NHM. Cabinet noted the progress under NHM including accelerated decline in MMR, IMR, U5MR and TFR. It also noted the progress in respect of various disease control programmes like TB, Malaria, Leprosy etc.

Introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament subject to modifications of drafting or consequential nature, if any, as may be considered necessary by the Legislative Department by amending the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948). The amendment will reduce the redundancy. The clauses being amended include those pertaining to certain modifications in the provisions of the Dentists Act, 1948 with regard to: 1.The Membership of the Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3 and 2. The Membership of State and Joint State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section 21 and clause (b) of section 23 of the said Act.

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