World Bank support to Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)



World Bank support to Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) 


The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the US $ 1,500 million project of World Bank Support to Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) [(SBM(G)]. 

The Project basically provides for incentivising States on the basis of their performance in the existing SBM-G. Incentivisation of States was approved by the Cabinet while approving the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) on 24th September, 2014. The current approval provides for the mechanism of such incentivisation through World Bank credit. 

Under the approved project, the performance of the States will be gauged through certain performance indicators, called the Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs). Following are three DLIs. 

i. Reduction in the prevalence of open defecation: The funds under this result area shall be released to the States on the basis of reduction in prevalence of open defecation amongst rural households in the State, compared to the previous year, 

ii. Sustaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in Villages: The funds under this result area, shall be released on the basis of estimated population residing in ODF villages, 

iii. Increase in percentage of rural population served by improved Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM): The funds under this DL1 will be based on the population served with acceptable level of SLWM services. 

The States will pass on a substantial portion (more than 95 percent) of the Performance Incentive Grant Funds received from the MOWS, to the appropriate implementing levels of districts, Blocks, GPs etc. The end-use of the incentive grants will be limited to activities pertaining to the sanitation sector. 

The project will accelerate efforts to achieve sustained outcomes in sanitation by 2019. The incentive framework introduced through the project will reorient efforts of States towards the SBM(G) 'outcomes' such as reduction in open defecation, sustainable achievement of open defecation - free (ODF) villages and improvement in solid and liquid waste management (SLWM). The project will also put in place a robust and credible independent verification system for annual measurement of improvement in rural sanitation. The project will support the SBM(G) programme in achievement of its objectives of attaining open defecation- free and clean environment. Since poor sanitation is related to ill-health, malnutrition, poor education and poverty; achievement of SBM(G) objectives will have a beneficial effect on all of these. It will therefore ensure a better quality of life for the rural population. 

Backgrounder: 

The total World Bank credit being obtained for the Project is US $ 1500 million (Rs. 9000 crore @ US $ l=Rs. 60), of which US $ 1475 million (Rs 8850 crore) is for providing incentive grant to the States and US$ 25 million (Rs 150 crore) is for providing programme management and capacity support to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS). The proposed Project is, therefore, not a new scheme, but part of the existing SBM (G) and provides part-funding to SBM (G) as Externally Aided Project (EAP) credit to support incentivisation of States. In other words, a Performance- based Incentive Grant Scheme, as part of SBM (G), is proposed to be launched through World Bank support credit funds. 

The project comes in the background of acceleration of efforts under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) which has a goal to accelerate efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage, improve cleanliness and eliminate open defecation in rural India by 2019. The program is considered India's biggest drive to improve sanitation and cleanliness in the country. Under the new SBM (G), the focus is on behaviour change and creation of complete open defecation free (ODF) villages. The objective of the proposed programme is to reduce open defecation in rural areas and strengthen the capacity of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to manage the SBM(G) programme. The project will therefore, support the SBM(G) programme in achievement of its objectives of attaining an open defecation free and clean environment. 

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Implementation of the rural housing scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana — Gramin to achieve Housing for All by 2022. 

            The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the implementation of the rural housing scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin.  Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided for construction of pucca house to all houseless and households living in dilapidated houses.

The expenditure involved in implementing the project in a span of 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-19 is Rs.81975 crore. It is proposed that one crore households would be provided assistance for construction of pucca house under the project during the period from 2016-17 to 2018-19. The scheme would be implemented in rural areas throughout India except Delhi and Chandigarh. The cost of houses would be shared between Centre and States.

The details are as follows:-

a) Implementing the rural housing scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana -Gramin.
b)  Providing assistance for construction of 1.00 crore houses in rural areas over the period of 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-19.
c)  Enhancing the unit assistance to Rs. 1,20,000 in plain areas and to Rs. 1,30,000 in hilly states/difficult areas /IAP districts.
d) Meeting the additional financial requirement of Rs 21,975 crore by borrowing through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to be amortised through budgetary allocations after 2022.
e)  Using SECC-2011 data for identification of beneficiaries.
f)   Setting up of National Technical Support Agency at national level to provide technical support in achieving the target set under the project.




Implementation strategy and targets:-

        i.            Identification of beneficiaries eligible for assistance and their prioritisation to be done using information from Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) ensuring total transparency and objectivity.
      ii.            The list will be presented to Gram Sabha to identify beneficiaries who have been assisted before or who have become ineligible due to other reasons. The finalised list will be published.
    iii.            The cost of unit assistance to be shared between Central and State Governments in the ratio 60:40 in plain areas and 90:10 for North Eastern and hilly states.
    iv.            Annual list of beneficiaries will be identified from the total list through participatory process by the Gram Sabha. Gram Sabha will need to justify in writing with reasons for any alteration of priority in the original list.
      v.            Funds will be transferred electronically directly to the account of the beneficiary.
    vi.            Inspection and uploading of geo referenced photographs will be done though a mobile app. Beneficiary will also be able to track the progress of his payments through the app.
  vii.            The beneficiary is entitled to 90 days of unskilled labour from MGNREGA. This will be ensured through a server linkage between PMAY and MGNREGA.
viii.            Locally appropriate house designs, incorporating features to address the natural calamities common to the region will be made available to beneficiaries.
    ix.            To address the potential shortage of masons training for masons will be undertaken as an ongoing process.
      x.            To meet the additional requirement of building materials, manufacture of bricks using cement stabilised earth or fly ash will be taken up under MGNREGA.
    xi.            The beneficiary would be facilitated to avail loan of up to Rs.70,000/- for construction of the house which is optional.
  xii.            The unit size is to be enhanced from the existing 20 sq.m to up to 25 sq.m including a dedicated area for hygienic cooking.
xiii.            Intensive capacity building exercise for all the stake holders.
xiv.            Support will be provided at district and block levels for technical facilitation and addressing quality issues in house construction.
  xv.            A National Technical Support Agency will be set up to provide technical support to the Centre and States to facilitate construction of the houses targeted and to ensure their quality.

A house is an economic asset and contributes to upward social mobility with salutary impact on health and educational achievement. The tangible and intangible benefits flowing from a permanent house are numerous and invaluable to both the family and the local economy.

Construction sector generates the second largest employment opportunities in India. The sector has strong backward and forward linkages to over 250 ancillary industries. The development of rural housing creates jobs for those living in the rural community to meet the new demand in the construction-related professions. Purchase of building material, use of services of skilled and unskilled labour, transport services and the consequent flow of financial resources create a positive cycle of economic activities and increases demand in villages.

The impacts occur in two phases: during construction and during occupancy. The positive spinoffs include social integration including enhanced social capital and sustainable communities. Security and comfort of a home provides the launch pad for feeling of enhanced social security, positive self-perception and a powerful fillip to overcoming the difficulties of poverty.

The intangible benefits from improvement in housing condition are gains in labour productivity and positive health benefits. It positively influences human development parameters of nutrition, sanitation, maternal and child health. Overall improvement in quality of life occurs along with improvements in the physical environment.

Background

The Government in the President's address in the Joint Session of Parliament in May 2014 has announced that "By the time the nation completes 75 years of its Independence (by 2022), every family will have a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply and access". Further, Union Minister for Finance, during the presentation of Annual Budget for 2015-16 has announced the intention of the Government to achieve 'Housing for All' by 2022. This proposal prepared by Department of Rural Development is to restructure the current programme on rural housing to achieve this objective to provide pucca house to all who are houseless and living in dilapidated houses. The urban component has already been approved on 25th June, 2015 and is under implementation.

Under the existing Rural Housing Scheme { Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY)} implemented by Ministry of Rural Development, financial assistance of Rs.70,000/- in plain areas and Rs.75,000/- in hilly/difficult areas including IAP districts, is provided to the rural BPL households for construction of a dwelling unit. Since inception of the scheme, 351 lakh houses have been constructed,incurring a total expenditure of Rs 1,05,815.80 crore. The new scheme will be a substantial augmentation of housing effort in rural areas while ensuring quality of the houses constructed.


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Memorandum of Understanding between India and United Arab Emirates to mobilise long term investment into the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund
            The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today gave its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed on 11th February, 2016 to mobilise long term investment into the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). 

The objective of NIIF is to maximize economic impact mainly through infrastructure development in commercially viable projects, both greenfield and brownfield, including stalled projects, NIIF would solicit equity participation from strategic anchor partners.

The MoU will help establish a transparent and high-level framework and collaboration platform under which both countries intend to explore ways to facilitate and expand the participation of UAE's investment institutions in appropriate infrastructure projects and institutions in India including NIIF, in a manner consistent with the established investment criteria and standards in a mutually agreed manner.

A joint working group comprising of the concerned representatives of both parties would take forward cooperation under this MOU and to discuss and agree the terms, principles and criteria jointly.

Background:

The Cabinet approved the creation of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) in July, 2015. The NIIF has already been established as a Category II Alternate Investment Funds (AIF) as per the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

The Joint Statement with UAE (India-UAE) during the visit of Prime Minister of India to UAE on 16-17 August 2015, mentions the establishment of UAE-India Infrastructure Investment Fund, with the aim of reaching a target of USD 75 billion to support investment in India's plans for rapid expansion of next generation infrastructure, especially in railways, ports, roads, airports and industrial corridors and parks.

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Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 119 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be of Rs. 6796.50 crore per annum and Rs.7929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017). 

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India to accede to the Ashgabat Agreement
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for India to accede to the Ashgabat Agreement, an international transport and transit corridor facilitating transportation of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.

The Ashgabat Agreement has Oman, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as founding members. Kazakhstan has also joined this arrangement subsequently. Accession to the Agreement would enable India to utilise this existing transport and transit corridor to facilitate trade and commercial interaction with the Eurasian region. Further, this would synchronise with our efforts to implement the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) for enhanced connectivity.

India’s intention to accede to the Ashgabat Agreement would now be conveyed to the Depository State (Turkmenistan). India would become party to the Agreement upon consent of the founding members. 

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Procurement of launch services and realization of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the procurement of launch services and realization of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs. 1117 crore.

GSAT-11 will be ready for launch by the end of 2016. Considering the 5600 Kg lift-off mass, the satellite will be launched using procured launch vehicle outside the country. The ground segment is being realized to address the rural communication requirements. This will enable early deployment of GSAT-11 so as to augment Ku-band capacity which can be utilized for various services like VSATS, broadband etc. The ground segment of GSAT-11 will enable the utilisation of a small portion of the bandwidth for societal services apart from providing in orbit testing support. It will also provide a high throughput capacity of about 10 Gbps to render broadband connectivity especially in rural areas.

Background:

GSAT-11, a communication satellite with 32 high-power spot beams for providing high bandwidth VSAT communication is currently under development at DOS/ISRO facilities. 

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Letter of Intent and Memorandum of Understanding signed with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship of India and the United Arab Emirates for cooperation in skill development and recognition of qualifications
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post-facto approval to the Letter of Intent signed on 10.2.2016 between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and the National Qualifications Authority of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

The Letter of Intent will strengthen relations between the two countries and pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries on skill development and recognition of qualifications.

Following this, the Cabinet has also given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and the National Qualifications Authority of the U.A.E. for cooperation in skill development and recognition of qualifications.

The MoU will pave the way for bilateral cooperation between the two countries on skill development and recognition of qualifications. Also the MoU will facilitate workforce mobility, skill development and placement of youth in overseas jobs in UAE. 

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Transfer of 50 acre of land from Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar to the Government of Rajasthan for establishment of Veterinary University Training and Research Centre
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today gave its approval for transfer of 50 acre of land from Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute (CSWRI) , Avikanagar, Tehsil Malpura, District Tonk, Rajasthan to the Government of Rajasthan on free of cost basis for establishment of Veterinary University Training and Research Centre by the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner.

The transfer of land shall be subject to an undertaking by the Government of Rajasthan that the transferred land will be used exclusively for the stated purpose and CSWRI / ICAR will extend the needed technical support (without any financial involvement) for carrying out research in the area of Veterinary and Animal Science in Rajasthan. If the Training centre is discontinued in future, the said 50 acres of land will be returned back to CSWRI along with the available infrastructure free of cost for Veterinary and Animal Science research purpose.

Establishment of the Centre at Avikanagar will strengthen collaboration between the University and the CSWRI for mutual benefit. The Centre will impart training to rural masses, especially women for enhancing livelihood security and gender equity leading to empowerment of rural people, especially women. Further, the Centre will showcase/demonstrate and transfer area specific, low cost, eco-friendly and sustainable technologies for enhancing productivity and profitability from livestock rearing. 

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Hosting of Under-17 World Cup 2017 in India
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the following decisions with regard to holding of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under-17 World Cup to be held in India in 2017:-

(a) The venues are as under:

1 JLN Stadium, New Delhi

2 D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

3 JLN Stadium, Kochi

4 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

5 JLN Stadium, Fatorda Goa

6 I.G. Stadium Guwahati

(b) A Committee comprising of Secretary, Department of Sports, DG, SAI and Financial Adviser, Deptt. of Sports has been authorized to make necessary adjustments for any changes in venues to remove difficulties in consultation with All India Football Federation (AIFF) /FIFA.

(c) Expenditure towards overlays and equipment including display boards, etc. may be incurred. The total cost, however, will be within Rs.95 crore as approved earlier.

(d) In the eventuality of any additional requirement of funds, Department of Sports will take up the matter with the Department of Expenditure.

(e) The Sports Ministry has been authorized to constitute Organizing Committee, for conduct of the event. 

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Extension of tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis beyond 31.3.2016 for three years
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for extending the tenure of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) beyond 31.3.2016 for three years.

The major beneficiaries of the proposal would be the Safai Karamcharis and persons engaged in manual scavenging in the country since the NCSK will work for their welfare and upliftment.

The total expenditure for the extension of three years would be approximately Rs. 13.08 crores.

Background:

The NCSK was established in 1993 as per the provisions of the NCSK Act 1993 initially for the period upto 31.3.1997. Later the validity of the Act was initially extended upto 31.3.2002 and thereafter upto 29.2.2004. The NCSK Act ceased to have effect from 29.2.2004. After that the tenure of the NCSK has been extended as a non-statutory body from time to time. The tenure of the present Commission is upto 31.3.2016.

The NCSK has been giving its recommendations to the Government regarding specific programmes for welfare of safai karamcharis, study and evaluate the existing welfare programmes for safai karamcharis, investigate cases of specific grievances etc. Also as per the provisions of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, the NCSK has been assigned the work to monitor the implementation of the Act, tender advice for its effective implementation to the Centre and State Governments and enquire into complaints regarding contravention/non-implementation of the provisions of the Act. Though the Government has taken many steps for the upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis, the deprivation suffered by them in socio-economic and educational terms is still far from being eliminated. Further the practice of manual scavenging is still prevalent in the country and its eradication continues to be an area of the highest priority for the Government. Hence, the Government feels that there is a continued need to monitor the various interventions and initiatives of the Government for welfare of Safai Karamcharis and to achieve the goal of complete eradication of the practice of manual scavenging in the country. 

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World class State-of-the-Art Exhibition-cum Convention Centre in Dwarka, New Delhi
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for transfer of land measuring 89.72 ha in Sector 25, Dwarka, New Delhi, free from all encumbrances, to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion for creation of a World class State-of-the-Art Exhibition-cum Convention Centre in Dwarka, New Delhi at a nominal sum of Re 1/- within six weeks of the decision by the Cabinet. This is a special case so that directions can be granted to DDA under Section 21(1) of the DD Act, 1957 read alongwith Section 41(1) of the Act.

The ownership of the said land will vest in and remain with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion for creation of a world class state-of-the-art Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre comprising a host of independent and mutually beneficial facilities like exhibition halls, convention centres, banquet halls, auditoria, arena, financial centre, hotels, Food & Beverage (F&B) outlets & retail services. Project structuring, initial expenses of non-PPP trunk infrastructure costs will be borne by the Government. This may be Central Government’s contribution by way of equity in the project.

Cabinet has also approved the constitution of a Committee comprising Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and CEO, NITI Aayog to steer the project including project structuring and development options in a transparent, competitive manner.

The project will be developed in Public-Private Partnership, utilizing if necessary viability gap funding of Gol. Permission is also granted to DIPP to lease/sub-lease the land and grant concession to the private entities for development and operation of various facilities. Permission for mixed land use in the project site will be accorded by DDA/ MoUD expeditiously.

The development of the ECC and supporting components is expected to help increase the share of Asia in terms of number of events to around 15% by 2021. It is estimated that the proposed ECC facility will infuse a demand for more than 100 international and local exhibition events annually. Development of the ECC and support facilities is estimated to contribute more than one million international delegates based (non-leisure) Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) tourism per annum. The ECC and supporting facilities are expected to generate spending of more than Rs. 2 lakh crore (40 Billion USD) per annum after commissioning of the second phase of the project. The proposed Exhibition Centre, Convention Centre and Multi Performance Arena developments are estimated to generate over five lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities. The job creation shall not be limited to core ECC facilities but would also entail opportunities for regular formal employment in supporting ECC land uses like retail, office and hospitality.

Background

India lacks an integrated world class facility which can meet the requirements of global exhibition-cum-convention operators in terms of space, project facilities, transportation linkages, etc. Only a few centres in terms of organized space are available in the country. The Exhibition ground at PragatiMaidan has been the only organized large space for years which too is facing severe capacity and traffic constraints leading to great inconvenience to citizens and visitors to the centre in particular. Further, the huge constant demand for exhibitions and related activities puts immense pressure on the existing facilities resulting in lesser time available for maintenance to hold large sized events and maintain international standards.

It has been estimated that the global MICE market, which supports 400,000 conferences and exhibitions worldwide, is of the size of US $ 280 billion and is a significant economic driver for a large number of nations. The total size of the Asian MICE market accounts for US$ 60 billion having demonstrated a growth of 38% since 2006. In the absence of world class exhibition and conference facilities, India has not benefited from the potential benefits of this development. In order to capitalize on this vast market and to drive India's industry, commerce, trade and tourism, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has taken the initiative to develop a State-of-The-Art Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre at Delhi. 

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Revised Cost Estimate of the Mangadechhu Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of Rs. 4020.63 crore for the ongoing 720 MW Mangadechhu Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in Bhutan.

The Project will provide surplus power to India and thus augment power availability in the country. Expeditious RCE approval will enable project works to proceed smoothly without interruption.

The bilateral agreement to execute the Mangdechhu HEP was signed between India and Bhutan in April, 2010 at the approved cost of Rs. 2896.3 crore (March 2008 price level) with funding by Government of India as 30% grant and 70% loan at 10% annual interest to be paid back in thirty equated semi-annual instalments. The total cost escalation for the project, at this stage, is Rs.1124.359 crore.

The factors behind cost escalation to the RCE are due to inflation from March 2008 to March 2014, construction of cut-off wall against permeation grouting upstream coffer dam, exchange rate variations and other causes, etc.

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Memorandum of Understanding between India and Lithuania for Cooperation in the field of agriculture
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Lithuania for cooperation in the field of agriculture.

The MoU provides for cooperation in the fields of agriculture production including horticulture, post-harvest management, organic farming, cold chain development and agro processing industry, animal husbandry, dairying and aquaculture etc. The cooperation between the two countries shall be undertaken through biennial work plan to be drawn up mutually to give effect to the objectives of the instant MoU.

It is expected that the MoU would help in capacity building, knowledge exchange between scientists and technicians, exchange of genetic resources, development of appropriate technologies and farm practices for enhancing agriculture productivity at farmer's field. 

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Amendments to the Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015 and the Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 pending for consideration in Rajya Sabha.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today gave its approval to move official Amendments in the Appropriation (Acts) Repeal Bill, 2015 and the Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 respectively and to pursue for consideration of the said Bills pending in Rajya Sabha.

The enactments repealed in reality have lost their meaning and are still on the Statute-Books. The repealing of Acts whose terms have ended, will in no way cause any negative impact on actions that were validly taken under these laws and have become irrelevant or dysfunctional and their repeal will serve the purpose of cleaning the Statute-Book and reduce the burden on the Statute-Book. 

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Fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers for the year 2016-17
           

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertlizersfor the year 2016-17, due to decreasing trend in international prices of finished fertlizers and raw materials.  These are as follows:
Year
Per Kg subsidy rates (in Rs.)
N
P
K
S
2016-17
15.854
13.241
15.470
2.044

At the same level of consumption of P&K fertilizers (about 310.44 LMT) during 2016-17 as in 2015-16, the total subsidy implication on P&K fertilizers for 2016-17 at proposed rates works out to be about Rs.21,274 crore.
Government has been implementing Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy for decontrolled P&K fertlizersw.e.f. 1stApril, 2010.  Under this Policy, the subsidy onPhosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers is announced by the Government of annual basis for each nutrient i.e., Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potash (K) and Sulphur (S) on per kg basis which is converted into subsidy per tonne depending upon the nutrient content in each grade of the fertilizers.  These rates are determined taking into account the international and domestic prices of P&K fertilizers, exchange rate, inventory level in the country etc.

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Extension of time period of the Scheme “Special Industry Initiative for J&K” Udaan
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for extension of time period of the Scheme “Special Industry Initiative for J&K” (SII J&K) Udaan till 2019-20. Initially the time period of Udaan was upto 2015-16.

Udaan provides exposure to the youth of J&K to the best of corporate India and corporate India to the rich talent pool available in the State. So far, 67 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. More than 19,000 candidates have been selected, more than 15,000 have joined training, out of them, 8700 candidates have completed training and 6,838 have been offered jobs. It is expected that the target of the Scheme, to train and enhance employability of 40,000 graduates, post graduates and three year engineering diploma holders, will be achieved by 2019-20. To accelerate the pace of implementation, mega selection drives have been introduced, in which around 8-10 corporates participate in a drive. It has significantly improved the number of selections. 67 mega selection drives have been held so far covering all districts of the state.

Udaan is a national integration scheme with the goal to mainstream J&K youth with rest of the country. The scheme not only provides skill enhancement and job opportunity but also leads to counter – radicalization and weaning away youth of J&K from militancy. 

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Doubling of Ranchi (Hatia)-Bondamunda Railway line
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for doubling of the Ranchi (Hatia) Railway line of 158.5 km with a completion cost of Rs.1921.94 crore. The project is likely to be completed in the next six years during the 12th and 13th Plan period.

Doubling of this line will augment the line capacity of the section and serve freight traffic needs of the upcoming Super Thermal Power Plant at Barch and other Thermal Power Plants like Katni and Baruni. The construction of double line will ease traffic bottlenecks.

Ranchi, Gumla and Simdega districts of Jharkhand and Sundargarh district of Odisha will be benefited through this project.

With the expansion of the Bokaro Steel Plant and Rourkela Steel Plant, the utilization of the existing line capacity will be to the tune of 226% and 171% respectively.The additional volume of raw materials and finished steel that will move over theproject section will be at the level of 10 MTPA by 2025-26.

Background:

Proposed Ranchi (Hatia)-Bondamunda line is a single line section which is being used for goods traffic to and fromBokaro Steel Plant and Rourkela Steel Plant and an average of 22 trains each way per day run over these sections. This indicates that the line is over saturated with utilization to the tune of an average of 160% resulting in detention of trains and consequential loss of revenue. Hence to cope up with the existing as well as additional traffic, doubling of the whole section is required or else the Railways will face capacity crunch in this already saturated section. 

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Doubling of Kiul-Gaya Railway line
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for doubling of Kiul-Gaya Railway line of 124 km with a completion cost of Rs.1354.22 crore.

Doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever increasing freight traffic between these sections. The project is likely to be completed by 2019-20.

Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Nawadah and Gaya districts of Bihar will be benefited through this project.

Background:

The Kiul-Gaya section falls in Danapur Division of East Central Railway. At present traffic utilization of the section is 135.5%. Since the existing section capacity is almost fully utilized and to cater to the continuously increasing freight traffic, the work of Kiul-Gaya doubling project is essentially required. The project will serve the freight traffic for Super Thermal Power Plant at Barh which is likely to be completed shortly. Daily requirement of Coal for this plant will be 18 rakes of coal and 14 pairs of goods trains are likely to move on this section. Average number of trains handled on the section per day is 13 trains each way. This includes 11 pairs of Passenger Trains and 2 pairs of goods trains. Five pairs of Mail/Express is expected to be augmented after commissioning of the Koderma-Tilayia section. 

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