Narendra Modi Cabinet meet: From triple talaq to AYUSH, here are 12 key decisions that got the nod

By: | Updated: December 15, 2017 10:23 PM

Union Cabinet in a meeting on Friday chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a series of key decisions over several vital areas regarding the economy and society too.

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Union Cabinet in a meeting on Friday chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a series of key decisions over several vital areas regarding the economy and society too. The Cabinet approved a draft bill to ban triple talaq, set up a medical commission and issuing of a special package for the leather and footwear industry. These were were among the many other decisions taken by the Cabinet. Let’s take a look at the decisions taken by Modi cabinet on Friday:

Cabinet approves legislation banning instant triple talaq: A draft law seeking to make triple talaq “illegal and void” was today cleared by the cabinet. This paves the way for its introduction in Parliament. The legislation was drafted by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Muslim Women Protection of Rights Bill will allow the victim of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ to approach a magistrate seeking ‘subsistence allowance’ for her and her minor children.

Cabinet clears forming of a medical commission: Medical Council of India (MCI) will be replaced by a national medical commission. Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The MCI will be replaced, and a National Medical Commission bill has been brought. This is to correct the whole medical ecosystem”. The bill will replace the highest statutory body for maintaining uniform and high standards of medical education in India. The bill has four-tier set up for regulation of medical education with a 20-member National Medical Commission governing the structure.

Cabinet approves special package for leather and footwear sector: in the meeting chaired by PM Modi, the cabinet decided to launch a Rs 2,600 crore special package to generate more employment in the leather and footwear industry. The cabinet envisioned that the industry has the capability to generate 3.24 lakh jobs in three years and can assist in formalisation of 2 lakh jobs. The scheme would help in development of the sector, address environmental concerns and would help in job creation and production.

Capital investment subsidy to units in NE: The cabinet approved capital investment subsidy of Rs 264.67 crore to four industrial units in North-East including Sikkim. The units are located in the North Eastern Region (NER) and fall under the Central Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CCISS), 2007 of the North East Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007. With this move the cabinet is hopeful that existing investors as well as potential investors will be attracted in the region that will boost industrialisation.

Government to reimburse MDR on transactions upto Rs 2000: To promote digital payments the government will bear cost of merchant discount rate on transactions up to Rs 2000 through BHIM UPI, debit cards or Aadhaar-related payment systems. The move to be implemented from January, 2018 for two years will cost the exchequer Rs 2,512 crore.

Cabinet approves Bill to replace GST ordinance: The government will replace the Goods and Service Tax (Compensation to states) Ordinance with a Bill that would compensate for the revenue losses suffered by the states on account of implementation of GST Tax Act. the bill will be tables next week in parliament under the business agenda.

Government approves Specific Relief Act, 1963: The 54 -year-old Act that deals in specific fulfillment of a contract will be amended to fit government’s ease of doing business. The Act that has not been amended after it was passed aims at specific fulfillment of an obligation written in the contract rather than granting general relief or compensation. The amended Act will allow the affected party to get the contract executed by a third party if one of the party breaks the contract.

Government approves law protecting Delhi slums from punitive action: the Cabinet today approved a Bill that would give three-year extension to a law that would protect slums and other unauthorised buildings in Delhi from punitive action till formulation of policies and proper arrangement of orders. National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Amendment Bill, 2017 was approved by the Cabinet to be Tabled at the Parliament Winter Session.

Cabinet gives nod to circle office of Metro Railways Safety Commissioner: The Cabinet gave nod to set up a circle office of the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety under the Civil Aviation Ministry. The office will deal with the various safety issues and policies of Metro.

Cabinet okays MoU with Colombia for assist in farm sector: the Cabinet agreed to an agreement between India and Colombia in the sector of farm and fisheries. The agreement will initially be valid for five years and would co-operation in innovating agricultural practices, develop new agricultural mechanisations and achieve successful models of agricultural marketing.

Cabinet gives nod to circle office of Metro Railways Safety Commissioner: The Cabinet gave nod to set up a circle office of the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety under the Civil Aviation Ministry. The office will deal with the various safety issues and policies of Metro.

Cabinet gives nod to continue AYUSH: The PM Modi government on Friday approved the running of centrally sponsored scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM) till March 31, 2020 with an expense budget of Rs 2,400 crore over the period.

 

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