Cabinet approves - Green Hospital at AIIMS in Delhi , taxes on income ,revamped Merchant Shipping Bill 2016, 62 new JNVs

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Cabinet approves MoU among New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan and Ministries of Finance, Health & Family Welfare and AIIMS concerning the Demonstration Project for ICT based Green Hospital at AIIMS in Delhi
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan and Ministries of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), Health & Family Welfare and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) concerning the Demonstration Project for ICT based Green Hospital at AIIMS in Delhi.

The  project shall encompass the following work:
a.    Surveys required for engineering and design, construction and operation of the EQUIPMENT,
b.    Basic planning and engineering and design of the EQUIPMENT,
c.    Manufacture and transportation of the EQUIPMENT,
d.    Civil work, construction and installation
e.    Commissioning of the EQUIPMENT,
f.     Demonstration of the EQUIPMENT, and
g.   Dissemination of the TECHNOLOGY in India.

The MoU shall come into effect on the date of its signature and shall remain effective until March 31, 2020.
The objectives of the project are to contribute to the efficient use of energy and the protection of the environment in India by installing the energy efficient and IT related equipment in AIIMS Delhi and demonstrating the energy management system and IT system.  Efforts will be made to widely disseminate the technology in India through demonstration of the equipment.
Cabinet approves the third Protocol to the Convention between India and New Zealand for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the ratification and entry into force of the third Protocol to the Convention between India and New Zealand for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income (Convention). The Protocol was signed on 26th October, 2016.
The Protocol will stimulate the flow of exchange of information between India and New Zealand for tax purposes which will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance. It will also enable assistance in collection of tax revenue claims between both countries.
Article 26 on 'Exchange of Information' of the existing Convention has been replaced with a new Article in the Protocol which is in line with the international standard for exchange of information.
A new Article on ‘Assistance on Collection of Taxes' has been added in the Protocol.
The Protocol shall enter into force on the date of notification of completion of the procedures required by the respective laws of the two countries for entry into force of the Protocol.
The Central Government is authorized under section 90 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to enter into an Agreement with a foreign country or specified territory for exchange of information and recovery of income tax for the prevention of evasion or avoidance of income-tax chargeable under the Income-tax Act, 1961. The Convention came into force on 3rd December, 1986. The Convention was amended in 1997 through a First Protocol and in 2000 through a Second Protocol. Subsequently, India proposed to further amend the Convention through a Third Protocol to update the Exchange of Information Article as per the international standard and to insert an Article on Assistance in the Collection of taxes. Accordingly, negotiations were entered into with New Zealand and agreement was reached on both the Articles of the Third Protocol.

Cabinet approves re-routing of State Highway passing through Naval Land at Kakinada
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for diversion of State Highway-149 passing through Naval Land at Kakinada. In this connection, the following decisions were also taken:-
a) Taking over of 11.25 acres of land of the Government of Andhra Pradesh underneath the existing Highway passing through Naval land at Kakinada.
b) Surrender of 5.23 acres of Naval land at Kakinada to the State Government of Andhra Pradesh.
c) Payment of Rs. 1882.775 Lakhs as compensation to the State Government of Andhra Pradesh to facilitate them for acquisition of land and for associated construction of alternate road.
The re-routing of state highway at Kakinada will provide hindrance free training by reducing accidents and improvement in security of the establishment. It will ensure safety and security of Amphibious Warfare Training Centre alongwith related infrastructure.

Cabinet approves introduction of the revamped Merchant Shipping Bill 2016 in the Parliament and simultaneous repealing of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 and the Coasting Vessels Act, 1838
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 for introducing it in the Parliament.
The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 is a revamped version of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. The Bill provides for repealing of Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 as well as for the repealing of the Coasting Vessels Act, 1838.
The Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 had become a bulky piece of legislation over the years as a result of various amendments carried out in the Act from time to time. It was amended 17 times between 1966 and 2014 resulting in an increase in the number of sections to more than 560 sections. These provisions have been meticulously shortened to 280 sections in the Bill.
The provisions of the Bill will simplify the law governing the merchant shipping in India. Further, certain redundant provisions will be dispensed with and remaining provisions will stand consolidated and simplified so as to promote case of doing business, transparency and effective delivery of services.
The significant reforms that will usher in, upon enactment of the Bill, are:
A. Augmentation of Indian tonnage promotion/development of coastal shipping in India by:-
a) allowing substantially-owned vessels and vessels on Bare Boat-cum-Demise (BBCD); charter by Indians to be registered as Indian flag vessels;
b) recognising Indian controlled tonnage as a separate category;
c) dispensing with the requirement for issuing of licences to Indian flag vessels for coastal operation and for port clearance by the Customs authorities; and
d) making separate rules for coastal vessels to develop & promote coastal shipping.
B. Introduction of welfare measures for seafarers, such as:-
a) seafarers held in hostage captivity of pirates will receive wages till they are released and reach home back safely;
b) owners of vessels to compulsorily take insurance of crew engaged on vessels including fishing, sailing without mechanical means of propulsion and whose net tonnage is less than 15; and
c) the requirement of signing of articles of agreement by the crew before the Shipping Master will no longer be necessary.
C. Registration of certain residuary category of vessels not covered under any statute and lo make provisions for security-related aspects.
D. Incorporation of all International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Conventions/Protocols in the Indian laws up-to-date (an essential pre-requisite for compliance with the IMO Member-State Audit Scheme that is mandatory since 1/1/2016) by inserting provisions relating to seven different conventions, namely,
a) the Intervention Convention 1969,
b) the Search and Rescue Convention 1979
c) the Protocol for Prevention of Pollution from Ships Annex VI to Marine Pollution Convention,
d) the Convention for Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004,
e) the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention, 2007,
f) the Salvage Convention 1989 and
g) the International Convention for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001.
Besides, the provisions for survey, inspection and certification of vessels which were scattered in various Parts of the existing Act are placed together to provide for a simplified regime for convenience of Indian shipping industry. The Coasting Vessels Act, 1838, which is an archaic legislation of the British era providing for registration of non-mechanically propelled vessels to a limited jurisdiction of Saurashtra and Kutch, is proposed to be repealed since in the Merchant Shipping Bill 2016 provisions have been introduced for registration of all vessels for the whole of India.


Cabinet approves setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in 62 uncovered districts of the country
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved opening of one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in each of the 62 uncovered districts with an outlay of Rs.2,871 crore.

The expenditure for this purpose during the 12th Plan will be Rs.109.53 crore with a spill over amount of Rs.2,761.56 crore from 2017-18 to 2024-25.  These JNVs will provide good quality modern education to the talented children prominently from rural areas.  It is expected that nearly 35,000 students will  be benefitted from these JNVs.

A full fledged Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya provide employment to 47 persons and accordingly 62 JNVs will provide direct permanent employment to 2914 individuals.

As JNVs are residential and co-educational in nature, it is compulsory for all the staff and students to reside in the Vidyalaya campus.  Due to its residential nature, each JNV will generate opportunities to the local vendors for supply of essential commodities such as food, consumables, furniture, teaching material etc. It will also create large opportunity for local service providers such as barber, tailor cobbler, manpower for housekeeping and security services  etc.


As on date, there are 598 sanctioned JNVs in 576  districts spread across 35 States / Union Territories.  Out of these, 591 are functional.  Each JNV has classes from VI to XII with a sanctioned strength of 80 students per class and total strength of 560 students.  Admissions to JNVs in class VI are done through an entrance examination.   At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas of the district. 

Further, reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to their population in the concerned district subject to the condition that in no district such reservation is less than the national reservation percentage (15% for SC and 7.5% for ST).  One third of the total seats are reserved for girls.

List of the 62 uncovered districts in the country where new JNVs will be opened




Andaman & Nicobar

1. South Andaman


Arunachal Pradesh

2. Tirap

3. Capital Complex (Itanagar)



4. Kolar

5. Ramanagara                    

6. Gulbarga



7. East Delhi

8.West Delhi

9. North Delhi

10. South Delhi

11. North East Delhi

12. Shahdara

13. South East Delhi



14. Pratapgarh



15. Palwal


West Bengal

16. Malda

17. Jalpaiguri



18. Ramgarh

19. Khunti



20. Bhandara




22. Dwarka

23. Junagarh

24. Botad

25. Mahisagar

26. Chota Udaipur

27. Morbi

28. Sabar Kantha



29. Narayanpur (Bastar)

30. Bijapur (Dantewada)

31. Balodabazar

32. Gariyaband

33.  Bemetara

34. Balod

35. Mungeli

36. Sukma

37. Kondagaon

38. Balrampur


39. Surguja


Madhya Pradesh

40. Singrauli

41. Jhabua

42. Agar Malwa



43. Gurdaspur


44. Fazilaka


Jammu & Kashmir

45. Srinagar

46. Bandipura

47. Ramban

48. Kishtwar

49. Phulwama


Uttar Pradesh

50. Kasganj

51. Sultanpur

52. Shamli

53. Hapur

54. Badayun



55. Shepahijala

56. Unakoti

57. West Tripura

58. South Tripura



59. East Jantia Hills

60. South West Khasi Hills

61. South West Garo Hills

62. North Garo Hills

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