Monday,20 November 2017  
Monday November 20, 2017



The Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has set an unprecedented pace in decision-making at the highest level. As many as 832 cases were considered in 136 meetings of the Cabinet and its Committees during 2005, which exceeds the business transacted during the last decade. The dates on which the decisions were taken have been provided in the brackets.


Ø       Approval for introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 to cover cellular services, in addition to basic telegraph services within the scope of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund for faster expansion of telecommunication services. (9.5.2006)

Ø       Approval for re-organisation of the Ministry of Ocean Development as Ministry of Earth Sciences and also the constitution of Earth Commission. (9.5.2006)

Ø       Signing of Memorandum of Agreement (Umbrella Agreement ) between India and USA. The Umbrella Agreement provides for assistance by Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in developing and modernizing civil aviation infrastructure in managerial, operational and technical areas. (3.5.2006)

Ø       Approval for implementation of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) covering a length of 33 Kms. in two corridors at current cost of Rs. 5453 crore. (27.4.2006)

Ø       Modifications in the existing scheme of Conversion of Leasehold system of land tenure in Delhi into Freehold. (18.4.2006)

Ø       Proposal to implement the Reconstruction Plan for the Jammu & Kashmir – the proposal will relax  the existing guidelines of the Swarna Jayanti  Shahari Rojgar Yojana (SJSRY) with specific reference to Jammu & Kashmir Action Plan. The Reconstruction Plan will be applicable to urban BPL only. The Cabinet also approved release of Rs.849.375 lakhs (inclusive of administrative cost),  to the State of J&K under SJSRY during 2006-07, as Central  contribution in the ratio of 90:10 ( instead of the ratio of 75:25 between Centre and State ) for the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan. (18.4.2006)

Ø       Approval for adoption of the National Urban Transport Policy. The objective of the policy is to ensure safe, affordable, quick, comfortable, reliable and sustainable access for the growing number of city residents for jobs, education, recreation. (5.4.2006)

Ø       Approval to implement the orders of the Supreme Court dated July 19, 2004 and October 26, 2004 for disbursement of pro-rata additional compensation on 1:1 basis to the Bhopal gas victims by providing necessary funds to meet the shortfall in the settlement. (5.4.2006)

Ø       Release of Rs.1700 crore to provide interest relief of two percentage points in the interest rate on principal amount up to Rs.1 lakh each on crop loans availed by the farmers for Kharif and Rabi 2005-06. (30.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for introduction of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament to  ensure the democratic, autonomous and professional functioning of the co-operatives. (30.3.2006)

Ø       Approval to the Government of India’s contribution of Rs. 48.33 crore for the Khalsa Heritage Project to the Government of Punjab and release of the balance amount of Rs. 46.33 crore. An amount of Rs. 2 crore has been released to the State Government of Punjab during 2004-05. (30.3.2006)

Ø       Approval to the overall expenditure of Rs. 242.95 crores by various Ministries / Departments / Organizations on providing relief items, provision of tents, procurement of construction material for erection of temporary / intermediate shelters and for other construction-related activities in the earthquake affected areas in J&K. The Cabinet also gave its approval for expenditure incurred by Central Para Military Forces (CPMFs) on providing relief items.  (30.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for transfer of Gobindgarh Fort at Amritsar measuring approximately 30 acres, along with additional land measuring 2.81 acres near the Fort to the State Government of Punjab without any cost and encumbrances.  (30.3.2006)

Ø       Introduction of the National Institutes of Technology Bill 2006 in the Parliament and bringing all the 19 National Institutes of Technology within the ambit of the above Act. This would enable the National Institutes of Technology to become centres of excellence like IITs and help fulfill the need of the country for quality manpower in the field of engineering, science and technology. (23.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for the revival plan of Cement Corporation of India Limited (CCI). The plan will allow CCI to close seven non-operating units and sale of assets of all seven non-operational units through Asset Sale Committee based on fresh valuation. (9.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for introduction of the National Jute Board Bill, 2006 in the Parliament. The Bill will help in the restructuring and coordinating the operations of the large number of organizations functioning in the jute sector. (9.3.2006)

Ø       Approval to a proposal to undertake the design and development of Resourcesat-2 Mission at a total estimated cost of Rs.138.79 crores with a foreign exchange component of Rs.88.50 crores. (9.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for a proposal for signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the field of agriculture. This will promote further bilateral cooperation through joint activities and exchanges in the areas of agricultural activities and also through exchange of scientific delegations and experts; as well as trainings between                  the two countries. (4.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for signing the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Chile and India. It will facilitate the ongoing endeavour to strengthen trade and economic relations between the Republic of Chile and the Republic of India. (23.2.2006)

Ø       Approval for taking over Tripura Engineering College, Agartala as a fully funded Institute of the Central government and converting it into National Institute of Technology with Deemed to be University Status and make it a fully-funded Central Government institution.(23.2.2006)

Ø       Issue of oil bonds to restore financial health of PSU oil marketing companies. (23.2.2006)

Ø       Repealing of the Assam Rifles Act, 1941.   (23.2.2006)

Ø       Approval to enact the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2006 enabling non-resident Indians who have absented from the place of their  ordinary residence in India owing to their employment, education or otherwise to get themselves enrolled in the electoral rolls and thus exercise their voting                   rights. (15.2.2006)

Ø       Introducing limited amendments in Companies Act, 1956 through a Bill called Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2006. These amendments would enable smooth implementation of the MCA 21 e-governance project – the modernization and e-governance initiative of the Government being implemented by the Ministry of Company Affairs. (15.2.2006)

Ø       Modification of components of Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme in the Tenth Plan. For the remaining period of the Tenth Plan, the Sub-Mission for  Water Quality is proposed to be re-oriented  by retaining 20% of the ARWSP funds at the Centre.  If any focussed funding is required to tackle severe cases of contamination of water, the ceiling could be exceeded in exceptional cases. All new projects sanctioned under the sub-mission for water quality will have the involvement of the Gram Panchayats/ Village Water Sanitation Committees (VWSC) in selection/ implementation and maintenance of the assets. (1.2.2006)

Ø       Approval for moving amendments to the Khadi and Village  Industries Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2005.  The amendment Bill would facilitate the reconstitution and revamping of the KVIC. (1.2.2006)

Ø       Major rationalisation of the policy on foreign direct investment (FDI) to further simplify the procedures for investing in India and to avoid multiple layers of approvals that were presently required in some activities. The whole FDI policy has been reviewed in an integrated manner, to remove anomalies and inconsistencies. This is not so much an exercise to revise caps, as to simplify and rationalise the procedures. (24.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for creation of the post of Consul General to reopen Consulate General of India (CGI), Karachi (Pakistan).  (24.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for signing an MoU between India and Saudi Arabia on combating crime and ratifying the same.  (19.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for renaming of civil enclave at Leh as Late Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe, Airport. (6.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for Promulgation of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (Amendment) Ordinance, 2006 and replacement of it by an Act in the coming Budget Session of Parliament. The Parliament passed the Constitution (93rd Amendment) Bill 2005 in Winter Session 2005. In order to exempt eligible minority educational institutions, it has become necessary to empower the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NEMEI) with necessary power through the Ordinance.  (6.1.2006)

Ø       Grant of enhanced ex-gratia and relief / rehabilitation to the victims of 1984               riots. (29.12.2005)

Ø       Declaration of the existing domestic airport at Jaipur as an International Airport.  (29.12.2005)

Ø       Approval to the agreement signed in Islamabad on January 4-6, 2004 on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA). (29.12.2005)

Ø       The Cabinet approved the National Policy for Persons with Disabilities.   The policy aims to set up mechanisms for promotion and protection of rights of persons with disabilities and provide them equal opportunity to participate fully in the society.  This will also enhance their dignity and self-respect.  (29.12.2005)

Ø       Approval for introduction of the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board Bill, 2004 in the Parliament during the coming Winter session for creation of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board through an Act of Parliament and also gave its approval to create the posts with support staff for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board and Appellate Tribunal. (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval for the package for revival of short term rural cooperative credit structure. The revival package is aimed at reviving the short-term rural cooperative credit structure (CCS) and make it a well-managed and vibrant medium to serve the credit needs of rural India, especially the small and marginal farmers. (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval  for introduction of an amendment Bill in the Parliament  to amend the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 to protect and save the endangered tiger by constituting the National Tiger Conservation Authority  to implement the recommendations of the Tiger Task Force. (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval for signing an agreement between India and Pakistan for regulation of bus service between Amritsar and Lahore and Amritsar-Nankana Sahib. This Agreement will expand economic cooperation and  facilitate people-to-people contact between the two countries. The Cabinet also approved the setting up of a Standing Committee. Once the Agreement is signed, the Standing Committee would be set up. (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval to undertake the Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Project – Operation flights (F04 to F10) at a total estimated cost of Rs. 1325 crore with a foreign exchange component of Rs. 311 crore. The GSLV project includes seven operational flights and will meet the requirement of various application satellites in areas such as communication, meteorology, education and health etc. (16.12.2005)

Ø       Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to amend the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2005 to include in Clause 3 that the processing period of 60 days prescribed earlier for grant of No Objection Certificate by the Competent Authority is increased to 90 days with a right to the applicant to ascertain the stage of his application for affiliation after 60 days.  (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval for signing the United Nations Convention against Corruption at United Nations Headquarters in New York and also for initiating the process of enactment of requisite enabling legislation by the concerned Ministries/ Departments before approval for ratification of the Convention.  (8.12.2005)

Ø       Approval to amend the Constitution by inserting a new clause (5) in Article 15 for the advancement of socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. The Amendment Constitution Bill, 2005 would enable the States to make reservation of seats for the socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the SC and ST in the educational institutions including the unaided private professional educational institutions and, to regulate admission or fee in such institutions. The respective States would enact their own laws according to their own requirements. (8.12.2005)

Ø       Approval to amend the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (CECA) between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) through a protocol. (8.12.2005)

Ø       Fare & subsidy for Haj – 2006. Cabinet decided to retain the amount of Rs. 12,000 to be paid by each pilgrim for the round trip to Jeddah / Madinah and the remaining cost as subsidy to be paid by the Government to airlines. Transportation of up to 60,000 pilgrims by SAA at a cost of USD 745 per pilgrim return fare for Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad and USD 819 per pilgrim return fare for Chennai, Lucknow and Bangalore. Transportation of balance pilgrims by Air India / Indian Airlines from Kolkata, Calicut, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Patna, Guwahati, Jaipur and Srinagar. (1.12.2005)

Ø       Approval  to undertake design, develop & launch GSAT-6/INSAT-4E, a multi-media mobile satellite system,  at a total estimated cost of Rs. 269 crores  with a foreign exchange component of Rs. 102 crores.  (1.12.2005)

Ø       Approval for enactment of a law on Disaster Management. The enactment of law on disaster management will provide for requisite institutional mechanisms for drawing up and monitoring the implementation of disaster management plans, ensuring measures by various wings of Government for prevention, or mitigating the effects of disasters and for ensuring a holistic, coordinated and prompt response to any possible, or actual disaster situation. (24.11.2005)

Ø       Approval for enactment of the Bill titled “The Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill, 2005”. (24.11.2005)

Ø       Cabinet approved the setting up of an Inquiry Authority to establish the truth or otherwise of the unverified references contained in the Volcker Committee’s Report relating to payment of surcharge / kickbacks paid to the then Government of Iraq for allocation of quotas of oil for food/essential items.  The said Authority will be a single member Authority headed by Mr. Justice R.S. Pathak.  (10.11.2005)

Ø       Approval  for taking over Engineering College,  Raipur, as a fully-funded Institute of the Central Government and converting it into National Institute of Technology (NIT) with ‘Deemed to be University Status’ and make it a fully-funded Central Government institution. (10.11.2005)

Ø       Approval for establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for funding infrastructure projects the SPV will be called the India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) (3.11.2005)

Ø       Approval for the participation of India as the Guest of Honour country in Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) 2006, which will enable India to arrange for a multi-faceted display of its books, art, culture and academic achievements. (3.11.2005)

Ø       Approval for setting up of Indian Institutes of Science, Education and Research (IISER) at Pune and Kolkata at a cost of Rs.500.00 crore each. (3.11.2005)

Ø       Approval to introduce a Bill in Parliament for repealing the Agricultural Produce Cess Act, 1940 and the Produce Cess Act 1966 in order to remove the cess on exports. (27.10.2005)

Ø       Raising of the sectoral cap for FDI in Telecom Sector from 49 per cent to 74 per cent.  (27.10.2005)

Ø       Approval for introduction of Downlinking Guidelines for better regulation of satellite TV Channels uplinked from abroad and down-linked in India especially to address concerns over content.   (20.10.2005)

Ø       Approval to rename the Varanasi Airport as “Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi”.  (20.10.2005)

Ø       Approval for creation of a non-lapsable fund for elementary education – ‘Prarambhik Shiksha Kosh’ to receive the proceeds of the Education Cess as well as unspent balances relating to Elementary Education  meant for North-East States.  (6.10.2005)

Ø       Approval for revised cost to completion of ongoing 1020MW Tala Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan at Rs.4124 crore on agreed terms and conditions by the two Governments. (6.10.2005)

Ø       Approval for extension of Rationalised Short Service Commission (Scheme in the Indian Air Force for Flying (Women) in transport, helicopter and navigation streams, aeronautical engineering (Electronics & Mechanical) and non-technical ground duty branches i.e. administrative, logistics, accounts, education and meteorology beyond December, 2005 with existing terms and conditions, revised to the extent that the term of engagement of the Rationalised SSC Scheme will now be 10 + 4 years. (29.9.2005)

Ø       Approval for establishing the Armed Forces Tribunal under Article 246 of the Constitution of India, as per the Armed Forces Tribunal Bill, 2005 for the adjudication of complaints and disputes regarding service matters and appeals arising out of the verdicts of Court Martial of the uniformed personnel of the Army, Navy and Air Force. (29.9.2005)

Ø       Conversion of Manipur University into a Central University resulting in its accelerated development to minimize the imbalance in educational facilities available in the North-Eastern Region. (22.9.2005)

Ø       Approval for establishment of a Regional Centre for Biotechnology Training and Education under the auspices of UNESCO sponsored by Deptt. of Biotechnology, Government of India and also gave its approval to implement the programme. (22.9.2005)

Ø       Approval to continue helicopter services in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Tripura. (22.9.2005)

Ø       Setting up of “C-DoT Alcatel Research Center” in Chennai with an outlay of Rs.212 crores, of which equity will be Rs.106 crores.   (22.9.2005)

Ø       Approval for the revision of guidelines on constitution, functions and procedures of Consultative Committees.  Of a total of 6 meetings of the Consultative Committees in a year, it shall be mandatory to hold four meetings. Of these, three meetings shall be held during inter-session periods. One other meeting may be held during the session or inter-session period, according to the convenience of the Chairman of the Committee. One meeting of the Committee in a year could be held outside Delhi during inter-session period. (2.9.2005)

Ø       Approval for sanctioning the payment of compensation to the farmers of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in place of subsidy for loss of crops due to Tsunami at an additional cost of Rs. 70.28 crores. (25.8.2005)

Ø       Approval for the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2005 to be introduced in the Parliament. A comprehensive study of Juvenile Justice System will be undertaken.  (25.8.2005)

Ø       Cabinet approved the enhanced amount payable to freedom fighters as pension and, on their demise, to their spouses as dependent family pension. (11.8.2005)

Ø       Time-bound clearance for power and coal projects. Stipulation of a time limit of 24 weeks for appraisal / approval of power and coal projects.  (11.8.2005)

Ø       Approval for one time increase of Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) by 5% for Gramin Dak Sevaks with effect from April 1, 2004.  (11.8.2005)

Ø       Approval for the signing of an Agreement between India and Nepal on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and also for ratifying it. (4.8.2005)

Ø       Approved the proposal to further pursue the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Bill 2004 in Parliament for its enactment and also to move in Rajya Sabha certain Official Amendments. (4.8.2005)

Ø       Amendment to Railways Act, 1989 for setting up of Rail Land Development Authority.  (4.8.2005)

Ø       Modifications in the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Bill, 2005 for eliminating the possibility of misusing the proposed law by the relatives of the husband to further victimize and harass the wife; or the woman living in a relationship like marriage. (4.8.2005)

Ø       Approval for the adoption of National Plan of Action for Children.The National Plan of Action will set goals regarding all indicators relating to children’s survival, health, education, development and protection. (4.8.2005)

Ø       Approved a proposal to exempt those war disabled pensioners from the payment of contribution for Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), who were disabled due to injuries received during proclaimed wars or any other encounters which had been specifically accorded such status. (14.7.2005)

Ø       Assistance package of Rs.1984 crore to IX Plan of Bhutan for the period July 2002 to June 2007.  It comprises development subsidy of Rs.710 crore, project tied assistance of Rs.734 crore and other subsidies and refunds of Rs.540 crore.(14.7.2005)

Ø       Cabinet approved the establishment of Global Development Network (GDN) as an international organisation with its headquarters in New Delhi. (23.6.2005)

Ø       Introduction of a Bill in the Parliament to amend the Jute Manufacturers Cess Act, 1983 empowering the Central Government to exempt the goods produced or exported by the jute manufacturing units located in the North Eastern Region from levy of cess for a specified period for accelerated economic growth of the States in the North Eastern region. (23.6.2005)

Ø       Print media policy approved.  Foreign Direct Investment ceiling of 26 per cent may be retained, but investments by Non-Resident Indians/Overseas Corporate Bodies/Person of Indian Origin and portfolio investments by recognised Foreign Institutional Investors may be included in the Foreign Direct Investment limits for the news and current affairs segment and facsimile edition of foreign newspapers and periodicals could be brought out. (16.6.2005)

Ø       Approval for the continuance of the Block Grant Scheme of funding with some modifications, based on the experience of implementation for the IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Kharagpur and Kanpur), IIMs (Calcutta, Bangalore and Ahmedabad) and IISc. Bangalore. Approval has also been given for the extension of the modified Block Grant Scheme to the two new IITs (Guwahati & Roorkee), three new IIMs (Lucknow, Indore and Calicut), the Indian School of Mines (Dhanbad), the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai and the National Institutes of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata with a stipulation that the level of corpus may be allowed up to Rs.100 crore in the case of IITs and IISc and Rs.50 crore in respect of other institutions. (16.6.2005)

Ø       Merger of DA equal to 50% of the existing basic pay in respect of employees following Central Dearness Allowance (CDA) pattern of  Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with effect from April 1, 2004. (16.5.2005)

Ø       Amendment of the Labour Laws for simplifying the forms of returns and registers prescribed under certain labour laws. (16.5.2005)

Ø       Approval for the amendment of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 to provide for abolition of the Central Administrative Tribunals and State Administrative Tribunals. (20.4.2005)

Ø       Allowing Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) to charter Ships for Oil Imports directly instead of going through Transchart, an agency under Ministry of Shipping, as recommended by the Committee of Secretaries by amending the existing policy on chartering of ships for imports by PSUs.[8.4.2005]

Ø       Approval to the progressive filling up of the backlog of reserved vacancies of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The Cabinet has decided to set up a Monitoring Committee under Cabinet Secretary to review effective implementation of the policy. [8.4.2005]

Ø       Setting up of Administrative Reforms Commission.  [8.4.2005]


Ø       Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and USA in the field of transportation, science and technology.   [8.4.2005]


Ø       Declaration of domestic airport at Nagpur as international airport and renaming it as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport.[8.4.2005]

Ø       Signing and ratification of Air Transport Agreement between India and                USA.  [13.4.2005]

Ø       Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between India and USA in the field of “Maritime Transport Science & Technology”.  [13.4.2005]

Ø       Special Package for National Highways in the North-East. The package includes 4/6 laning of 4000 km of National Highways in the region. Approval has also been given for 4/6 laning of additional 6000 km under NHDP Phase III-B. NHDP Phase III would be implemented on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis and the overall cost of four laning of 10,000 km (4000 km + 6000 km) would be Rs.55,000 crore.[5.3.2005]

Ø       Introduction of Unemployment Allowance Scheme. An insured person going out of insurable employment involuntarily on or after April 1, 2005, on account of closure of a factory or establishment, retrenchment or permanent invalidity, after being in an insurable employment and contributed under the scheme for five or more years, shall be entitled to claim unemployment allowance for a maximum period of six months during his/her entire service.[16.3.2005]

Ø       Launching of National Electricity Policy. The policy aims at access to electricity for all households in the next five years; availability of power to be fully met by 2012; supply of reliable and quality power of specified standards in an efficient manner and at reasonable rates; per capita availability of electricity to be increased to over 100 units by 2012; minimum lifeline consumption of one unit per household per day by the year 2012; financial turnaround and commercial viability of electricity sector; and protection of consumers’ interest.[2.2.2005]

Ø       Enhancement of composite foreign holding in Telecom sector to 74 per cent. With this decision, the current FDI ceiling in the Telecom sector in certain services (such as Basic, Cellular, Unified Access Services, Global Mobile Personal Communications Services and other value added services, has been increased from 49 per cent to 74 per cent.[2.2.2005]

Ø       Continuation of the Commission for Economically Backward Classes beyond   January 5, 2005. [17.2.2005]

Ø       Cabinet releases Rs.500 crore towards National Calamity Contingency Fund. Cabinet Committee constituted to monitor relief & rehabilitation. Relief and Rehabilitation package costing Rs.2731.04 crore for the people affected by Tsunami on December 26, 2004 in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and UT of Pondicherry. Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Package costing Rs.821.88 crore for UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.[17.2.2005, 27.12.2004, 19.1.2005]

Ø       Setting up of National Disaster Management Authority under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister to be assisted by an Executive Committee of Secretaries and building up specialized capabilities for rapid intervention in case of disasters. The Authority will draw up Disaster Management Plan, coordinating and monitoring its implementation as also coordinating response to a disaster. [24.2.2005]

Ø       Launching of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).  [4.1.2005]

Ø       Declaration of domestic airport at Srinagar as an International Airport. [27.1.2005]


Ø       Launching of the National Project for repair, renovation and restoration of water bodies directly linked to agriculture and approval for incurring expenditure of Rs.225 crore as the share of the Centre (being 75 per cent of the total scheme outlay of Rs.300 crore) and Rs.75 crore as State share. The Scheme aims at restoring and augmenting storage capacities of water bodies, recovering and extending their lost irrigation potential. The period of duration for completion of the National Project will be approximately 7 to 10 years. [27.1.2005]

Ø       Enhancement of the basic pension for unemployed and unmarried daughters of freedom fighters from Rs.600 per month to the eldest daughter & Rs.350 each per month to the other two daughters to Rs.1500 each per month for all three daughters. Under this scheme, approximately 1100 unemployed and unmarried daughters of freedom fighters will be benefited.[27.1.2005]

Ø       Approval for introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the Railways Act, 1989 to include commercial utilization of the railway land/air-space  and for setting up “Rail Land Development Authority”.[8.12.2004]

Ø       Approval for undertaking the GSAT-5/INSAT-4D Spacecraft Project at a total cost of Rs.123.75 crore with a foreign exchange component of Rs.83.25 crore. The launch of the high power satellite will enhance the capacity and provide much needed back up to the present C-band capacity. [22.12.2004]

Ø       Decision on strengthening Air India; establishing improved operational synergy between Air India and Indian Airlines, allowing eligible Indian Scheduled Carriers to operate on international routes and discontinuing the practice of mandating commercial agreements on all new services, reviewing the existing commercial agreements and phasing them out over the next five years. [29.12.2004]

Ø       Reconstruction and completion of Salma Dam Project Stage-I (3x14 MW) in Afghanistan at the cost of Rs.351.8757 crore. [3.11.2004]

Ø       Amendment of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 2004, providing for enhancement of the punishment for contravention of the provisions of the Regulation to ‘imprisonment for a period of upto two years and with a fine upto Rs.10,000. [11.11.2004]

Ø       Creation of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions to grant direct affiliation to Minority Educational Institutions to a Scheduled University. ‘Scheduled University’ initially includes the six affiliating Central universities, viz., University of Delhi, North Eastern Hill University, Pondicherry University, Assam University, Nagaland University and Mizoram University. [11.11.2004]

Ø       Setting up of Financial Intelligence Unit India (FIU-IND) with the aim of preventing and combating money laundering and related crimes. [11.11.2004]

Ø       Proposal to introduce legislation to provide a regulatory framework for the New Pension System. [11.11.2004]

Ø       Granting of Constitutional status to the National Commission for Minorities by introduction of a Bill in the Parliament to amend the Constitution and another Bill to repeal the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The Constitutional status to the Commission would infuse greater confidence among the minorities about the working and the effectiveness of the Commission.[24.11.2004]

Ø       Introduction of National Food for Work Programme (NFFWP). [13.10.2004]

Ø       Reconstitution of National Commission on Farmers with revised terms of                  reference. [13.10.2004]

Ø       Formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle ‘Sethusamudram Corporation Limited’ to raise finance and to undertake such other activities to facilitate creation and operation of a navigable channel from Gulf of Mannar to the Bay of Bengal through the Palk Bay, or, for any other project in the port sector. [2.9.2004]

Ø       Setting up of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority to fulfil India’s obligation under Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of WTO as also to stimulate investment in research and development for the development of new plant varieties which will facilitate the growth of the seed industry and ensure the availability of high quality seeds to the farmers. [2.9.2004]

Ø       Repeal of POTA and Amendment of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The CMP of UPA Government contains a commitment to that effect. Given the abuse of POTA in the past, the Government decided to promulgate an Ordinance to repeal POTA. It was also decided to promulgate another Ordinance, 1967 for the incorporation of certain provisions in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act to deal with various facets of terrorism. [17.9.2004]

Ø       Creation of new category of languages as ‘Classical Languages’ and declaring Tamil as a ‘Classical Language’.[17.9.2004]

Ø       Setting up of a separate Department of Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare in the Ministry of Defence in response to the long-standing demand by ex-servicemen that the Government address their needs and aspirations in a focussed manner.[17.9.2004]

Ø       Setting up of National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganised/Informal Sector.     [17.9.2004]

Ø       Approval for the signing and ratification of the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Children, namely, Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.[17.9.2004]

Ø       Setting up of the National Commission for welfare of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities. It will suggest criteria for identification of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities. It will also recommend measures for the welfare of socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities, including reservation in education and government employment. [29.9.2004]

Ø       Approval for the Astronomy Satellite (ASTROSAT) project at an estimated cost of Rs.177.85 crore with a foreign exchange component of Rs.106.59 crore. [26.7.2004]

Ø       Approval for submission of India’s Initial National Communication to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The objective of the Convention is to achieve stabilisation of concentrations of greenhouse gases of anthropogenic origin in the atmosphere at the level that would prevent dangerous interference with the climate system.   (15.6.2004)

Ø       Adoption of the Common Minimum Programme as the “National Common Minimum Programme” (NCMP) for its speedy and effective implementation. With a view to implementing the programme effectively, each Ministry concerned with the items would be expected to work out modalities along with financial implications.  The concerned Ministries would, in consultation with the Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance and the Department of Legal Affairs,  Ministry of Law & Justice, work out road maps along with proposals for legislation for implementing such items and seek approvals at appropriate levels of the Government. Each Ministry would develop its own periodical monitoring and reporting mechanism. With a view to overseeing effective implementation of NCMP, it has been decided to set up a National Advisory Council with a Chairperson with the rank of a Cabinet Minister and 20 members to be appointed by the Prime Minister. [28.5.2004]





Some of the major decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, are listed below. The dates on which the decisions were taken are given in brackets.

Ø       Approval for continuation of the ‘Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls’ in the year 2006-07 in 51 Districts as per existing guidelines.  (9.5.2006)

Ø       Implementation of  Phase-II of Special Package for the North East Region (including Sikkim) and Island Territories at a total estimated cost of Rs.400.17 crore (AIR -  Rs.143.32 crore and DD – Rs.265.85 crore).  CCEA has also given its ex-post-facto approval for the expenditure incurred during the financial year 2005-06.  (9.5.2006)

Ø       Approval for floating and approval of tenders for Kaniah Opencast Coal Mining Project of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL) for outsourcing coal projection and overburden removal for 10 Million tonnes per year                     capacity.  (18.4.2006)

Ø       Approval to implement the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) for establishing and managing six AIIMS like institutions, one each in the States of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal. (5.4.2006)

Ø       Approval for continuation of the Centrally sponsored scheme of assistance to State Scheduled Castes Development Corporations (SCDCS) during the 10th Five Year Plan 2002-07 with an allocation of Rs.188.26 crore. (9.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for the modification of certain parameters of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).  Revision in the unit cost of both models of household toilets under TSC from Rs.625 to Rs.850 and from Rs.1000 to Rs.1350 to offset the inflationary pressure.  (9.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for incurring an expenditure of Rs.100 crores for upgrading the overall infrastructure of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) by 2006-07.  (9.3.2006)

Ø       Approval for additional (350-430) Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV – residential schools) for girls belonging to SC, ST, OBC and Minority Communities, in difficult areas, at upper primary level.  (1.2.2006)

Ø       New Central Sector Scheme called ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship’ (RGNF) with effect from 2005-06 for providing fellowships to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students to pursue regular and full time M.Phil and Ph.D courses. (19.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for amendment in Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in N-E, Sikkim, J&K, H.P. and Uttaranchal (TMNE) during the X plan to provide for enhancement of assistance of the components of TMNE at par with National Horticulture Mission.(19.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for establishment of a Central Institute of Horticulture at Medziphema Campus, Nagaland.  (12.1.2006)

Ø       Approval for implementation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Micro Irrigation during the Tenth Five Year Plan with a total cost of Rs.2091.85 crore . (29.12.2005)

Ø       Extension of the ongoing World Bank assisted Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) for another five years from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2010 at a total cost of Rs.115,610 lakhs. (23.12.2005)

Ø       Delegation of investment decision-making powers to OIL and IOC for acquiring exploration and production assets abroad.   (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval to implement the scheme Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) on Intellectual Property And Technology Management (IPTM) at a total cost of Rs.145.15 crore over the period of Tenth Five Year Plan.  (16.12.2005)

Ø       Approval for transmission system of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) associated with Barh Generation Project (3 X 660 MW) at a total estimated cost of Rs.3779.46 crore. (1.12.2005)

Ø       Approval to the Boards of ONGC, IOC and GAIL to offload their cross-holdings in each other. (24.11.2005)

Ø       Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for the children of working mothers - by merging the existing two schemes viz. National Creche Fund Scheme, with the Scheme for Assistance to Voluntary Organisation for running Creches for the children of Working/ailing women and liquidating the corpus of Rs.19.90 crore. (24.11.2005)

Ø       Approval for National Steel Policy envisaging that India should have a modern and efficient steel industry of world standards, catering to diversified steel demand.  The aim of the policy is to make the Indian steel industry globally competitive not only in terms of cost, quality and product mix but also in terms of global benchmarks of efficiency and productivity.

Ø       Revised scheme of Quality Improvement in Schools having a X Five Year Plan Outlay of Rs.115 crores. (3.11.2005)

Ø       Approval for setting up of the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee, on the  model of Public Investment Board (PIB), with the authority to appraise projects where the capital cost or the cost of underlying assets of the project exceeds Rs.100 crore.  (27.10.2005)

Ø       Setting up of Parbati Hydroelectric Project Stage-III (4 X 130 MW) in Himachal Pradesh by NHPC at an estimated cost of Rs.2304.56 crores. (20.10.2005)

Ø       Modification in the grant-in-aid pattern of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme to provide grant-in-aid to States/UTs for supplementary nutrition to the extent of 50% of financial norms, or 50% of expenditure actually incurred, whichever is less. (6.10.2005)

Ø       Establishment of an Early Warning System for mitigation of Oceanogenic Disasters like Tsunami and ‘Storm Surges’ in the Indian Ocean at an estimated cost of Rs.125 crore. (6.10.2005)

Ø       Enhancement of monthly wage limit from Rs.2500/- to Rs.3500/- with effect from April 1, 1993 instead of February 5, 2002 under the Textile Workers’ Rehabilitation Fund Scheme (TWRFS). (29.9.2005)

Ø       Amendments to the on-going Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS) for Small Scale Industries (SSI). The amendments will include   raising the ceiling on loans under the scheme from Rs.40 lakh to Rs.1 crore and raising the rate of subsidy from 12 per cent to 15 per cent for SSI units in          general. (22.9.2005)

Ø       Construction of 660 kms long product pipeline by Oil India Limited from Numaligarh to Siliguri, at an estimated cost of Rs.468.92 crores.  (22.9.2005)

Ø       Improvement of selected road length of 7639 kms in the North Eastern region at an estimated cost of Rs.12,123 crores. (22.9.2005)

Ø       Approval of an amount of Rs.298.76 crore towards the conservation and management of Dal-Nagin Lake in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir under the umbrella scheme of National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP).  (22.9.2005)

Ø       Sale of 8% Government owned equity in MUL, leaving a balance stake of 10.28% Government owned equity in MUL.  (2.9.2005)

Ø       Setting up of Chamera Hydro Electric Project Stage III (231 MW) in Himachal Pradesh by NHPC with an estimated cost of Rs.1405.63 crores. The cost includes Interest During Construction and Financing Charges of Rs.119.66 crores. (25.8.2005)

Ø       Setting up of Uri Hydroelectric Project Stage-II (4 X 60 MW) in the State of Jammu & Kashmir by NHPC at an estimated cost of Rs.1724.79                           crores. (25.7.2005)

Ø       Implementation of National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) in the country with a total investment of Rs. 1718 crore. (25.7.2005)

Ø       Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks for creating up to 25 Integrated Textile Parks for Export. CCEA also approved the budget allocation of Rs. 625 crores in 2005-06 and 2006-07 for the scheme as contribution of the Government of India. (25.7.2005)

Ø       Introduction of a Scheme for financial Support to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure scheme would lead to increase in investment in critical infrastructure sectors, improved productivity of investment and improve quality and service delivery. (25.7.2005)

Ø       Implementation of Rs.290 crore scheme for Integrated Development of the Leather Sector (IDLS) during the Tenth Five Year Plan period. (30.6.2005)

Ø       Setting up of a world class Drug Research Institute at Lucknow under X Five Year Plan at an estimated cost of Rs.190 crore. (16.6.2005)

Ø       Disinvestment 10 per cent equity of Bharat Heavy Electricals                         Limited. (26.5.2005)

Ø       Approval for the establishment of transmission system associated with Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) – 5 & 6 at a total estimated cost of Rs.499.45 crore. (26.5.2005)

Ø       Package of relief measures to revive the coffee sector.   (26.5.2005)

Ø       Approval   for implementation of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project  at a cost of Rs.2,427.40 crore. (19.5.2005)

Ø       Launching of a National Horticulture Mission (NHM) in the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation as a Centrally sponsored Scheme with an outlay of Rs.2300 crore for X Plan and appropriate structures at the National, State and District levels to promote the holistic growth of horticulture in the country. (19.5.2005)

Ø       Approval for taking up the project on ‘Spearheading Small Civilian Aircraft Design, Development and Manufacture’ by National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) / CSIR with a total cost of Rs.96.00 crore. (27.4.2005)

Ø       Approval for the continuation of the existing 1562 Fast Track Courts for a further period of five years, involving an expenditure of Rs.509 crore. (27.4.2005)

Ø       Additional incentive under Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS). Accordingly, grant will be provided for the textile processing units, in addition to the normal interest subsidy of 5 per cent and a capital subsidy of 10 per cent for benchmarked processing machinery under TUFS prospectively. (20.4.2005)

Ø       Implementation of Central Sector Scheme “Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds” in X Plan with a total plan outlay of Rs.159 crore.   [8.4.2005]

Ø       Enhancement of assistance to disabled persons. Income eligibility ceiling has been raised from the existing Rs.5000 per month to Rs.6500/- for 100 per cent and from Rs.6501 to Rs.10,000 per month for 50 per cent concession.  [8.4.2005]

Ø       Strengthening distribution network of PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG for the targeted segments of the population in line with the National Common Minimum Programme.   [8.4.2005]

Ø       Umbrella Scheme of “Studies on Inputs for Agricultural Economic Policy and Development” with an outlay of Rs.110.89 crore. It envisages studying the cost of cultivation of principal crops and setting up agro-economic research centres.   [20.4.2005]

Ø       Restructuring of the Jute Corporation of India for strengthening its financial footing so that it can play an effective role in maintaining Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Jute and in stabilizing prices through large scale buffer stock      operations.    [27.4.2005]

Ø       Approval for design and manufacture of small civilian aircraft by National Aerospace Laboratories and CSIR.  The project will catalyse Feeder airlines services by building of air-bridges between smaller towns and in inaccessible geographical terrain like the N-E region, providing societal services like air ambulance, disaster relief and security operations such as surveillance and coast guard, etc.   [27.4.2005]

Ø       Bill to amend section 66 of the Factories Act to provide flexibility in the matter of employment of women. The new  provisions in the Act no woman shall be required or allowed to work in any factory except between the hours of            6 a.m. and 7 p.m.   [29.3.2005]

Ø       Conversion of Manipur University into a Central University.    [29.3.2005]

Ø       Approval to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to bid for Asian Games, 2014.    [29.3.2005]

Ø       Declaring NAFED as an agency in addition to Cotton Corporation of India for undertaking price support operation in cotton in addition to Cotton Corporation of India.   [17.2.2005]

Ø       Rural Electricity Infrastructure and Household Electrification.   [17.2.2005]

Ø       Implementation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Assistance for Capacity Building’ during X Plan period for providing financial assistance to the States/Union Territories for upgradation and strengthening of emergency facilities of hospitals in towns/cities located on National Highways with an outlay of Rs.110 crore.  [4.1.2005]

Ø       Constitution of “National Investment Fund”. The broad investment objective of the Fund will be investment in social sector projects which promote education, healthcare and employment; and capital investment in selected profitable PSEs that yield adequate returns, in order to enlarge their capital base to finance expansion/ diversification.  [27.1.2005]

Ø       Implementation of “Umbrella Scheme on Technology Vision 2020 Projects in Mission Mode” in six identified areas, including agriculture agro-food processing; road construction and transportation equipment; upgradation of textile machinery/industry; healthcare services and herbal/natural products and upgradation of science and engineering colleges with an outlay of Rs.347.54 crore upto 2006-07.  The Scheme would benefit in strengthening the technological capabilities of the nation in the respective sector; imparting skills to the rural masses and unemployed youth; bridging technological gap in harnessing country’s potential in technology development frontier areas; making India globally competitive by producing world class quality products/processes and realization of a developed India by 2020.   [27.1.2005]

Ø       Scheme of Information and Communication Technology in Schools.  This is a Centrally sponsored scheme with an allocation of Rs.800 crore during X Plan and will cover 9380 Secondary and Higher Secondary schools. Financing pattern of the scheme is 75 per cent by the Centre and 25 per cent by the                            States. [15.12.2004]

Ø       Approval for acquisition of 109 vessels to strengthen Customs Marine Capability at an estimated cost of Rs.153.85 crore.  [15.12.2004]

Ø       Cost Neutralisation Scheme for Export of Indian Cotton.   [22.12.2004]

Ø       Constitution of Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector                      Enterprises.    [3.11.2004]

Ø       National Mission on Bamboo Applications by Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council during X Plan with a budgetary support of Rs.100 crore from the Department of S&T and an anticipated contribution of Rs.64 crore by participating agencies and partners. The investment would lead to an anticipated value addition of around Rs.800 crore annually by the end of X Plan period and to substantial employment creation.     [3.11.2004]

Ø       Sanctioning of Rs.150 crore as the share of the Central Government (90 per cent grant and 10 per cent loan) for taking up critical flood control and anti-erosion schemes in Brahmaputra and Barak Valley by the State Governments of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur) during X Plan period.   [24.11.2004]

Ø       Approval for execution of Kameng Hydro-electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs.2496.90 crore.   [24.11.2004]

Ø       Additional investment in Sakhalin I project of ONGC Videsh. The Government has authorized ONGC Videsh Ltd. to invest an additional amount of up to US$1.07 billion for the Phase I development of Sakhalin-I offshore field. ONGC/OVL will raise this money from their own resources. The additional investment in the project will help in acquiring equity oil abroad and will help in increasing oil security for the country.   [24.11.2004]

Ø       Implementation of National Cancer Control Programme at an outlay of Rs.266 crore during X Five Year Plan. Approval for incurring of expenditure on infrastructural facilities in the 2nd campus of CNCI, Kolkata to the extent of Rs.25 crore in X Plan. This is aimed at enhanced availability of cancer treatment facilities.   [24.11.2004]

Ø       Development of Indira Gandhi National Open University and Open Learning System during X Plan period at an expenditure of Rs.510 crore out of which Government of India share will be Rs.380 crore. The Government has also decided to continue the Scheme at the tertiary level after X Plan period.  [13.10.2004]

Ø       Approval for continuation of Development and Reform Facility by allocation of Rs.1000 crore per annum for the Special Plan for Bihar during the remaining three years of X Plan (2004-05 to 2006-07) and allocation of Rs.250 crore per annum for the Special Plan for the undivided Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput (KBK) districts of Orissa. With the implementation of this scheme, accelerated socio-economic development of the areas is expected, particularly in terms of the interventions specific to each area.   [13.10.2004]

Ø       Implementation of INDUS Project launched by the Ministry of Labour & Employment, in cooperation with the Department of Labour, USA under ILO in 20 identified districts in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and the NCT of Delhi. The project will provide rehabilitation of 80,000 working children in the identified hazardous industries. [13.10.2004]

Ø       Setting up of Investment Commission. The Commission will help in promoting the flow of investment both domestic and foreign. The Commission will endeavour to reduce gap between proposals and projects under implementation and to quicken the pace of investment.  [27.10.2004]

Ø       Implementation of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project at an outlay of Rs.408.36 crore during the period 2004-09. The project would be implemented in the entire country.   [15.9.2004]

Ø       Approval for an outlay of Rs.445 crore for National Programme for Control of Blindness during X Plan.  [17.9.2004]

Ø       Setting up of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council. [17.9.2004]

Ø       Implementation of Technology Mission on Cotton during X Plan with an outlay of Rs.568.17 crore including Central share of Rs.472.60 crore.  [25.8.2004]

Ø       Development and Operation of International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) in Cochin Port. The project will improve the container handling facilities at the Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal (RGCT), Kochi and result in establishment of container handling facilities for trans-shipment purposes at Cochin Port.   [25.8.2004]




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