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English Release 27-February 2015
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  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • VICE PRESIDENT RELEASES HINDI TRANSLATION OF BOOKS BY LATE DR. NARENDRA DABHOLKAR
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Text of PM's reply to the debate on Motion of thanks to President’s Address
  • AYUSH
  • Panchagavya Therapy
  • Election Commission
  • Bye-elections to the Council of States from various States.
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Sowing Area Under Rabi Rice and Summer Pulses And Oilseeds
  • Online Agri Platforms for Sale of Agri Produce
  • Malpractices in Cooperative Societies
  • Decrease in Crops Sowing Area
  • Dependence on Imported Pulses
  • Infrastructure for Online Trading
  • Fertility of Agricultural Land
  • Setting up of Fish Brood Banks
  • Production of Foodgrains and Fruits in Maharashtra
  • Min of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Steps Taken to Keep the Prices of P&K Fertilizers at Reasonable Rates
  • No Proposal for Deregulation of Urea
  • Min of Commerce & Industry
  • 'Make in India' Programme
  • Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
  • Ease of Doing Business Index
  • Ban on Import of Poultry Products from United States
  • Boost to Leather Sector
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • TRAI issues draft Tariff Order prescribing framework for commercial interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in DTH services, for consultation.
  • TRAI issues a draft Amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order, 1999 for revision of tariff regime for national roaming service for comments of the stakeholders.
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Recommendations for Restructuring of FCI are Under Consideration of the Government
  • National Food Security Act Implemented in Eleven States
  • Steps to Ensure Better Targeting of Food Subsidies
  • 612.91 Lakh Tons of PDS Foodgrains Allocated to the States During Current Year
  • Rs 16,904 Crore Subsidy Released to the States for Procuring Foodgrains for Central Pool
  • Damage in Central Pools Stocks Brought Down to 0.044%
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • National Company Law Tribunal
  • Regulation of Salary
  • Contribution to Political Parties
  • Corporate Frauds
  • Competition Commission of India
  • Min of Culture
  • Government accepts the resignation of Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar from the Chairmanship of Coordination Committee of Zonal Cultural Centres (CCZCC)
  • Min of Defence
  • Indian Navy Concludes Its Annual Exercise
  • Participation of States in Republic Day Celebrations
  • Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme
  • Setting up of Technology Development Board
  • Transportation of Arms and Ammunitions
  • Aircraft and Helicopter Crashes
  • Shortage of Articles in Army
  • Procurement of Arms and Ammunition
  • Production of Defence Equipment
  • Road Projects of BRO
  • Illegal Entry of Foreign Vessels

  • To be Answered on the 27th February, 2015
  • National Cadet Corps
  • Development of Defence Industries
  • Import of Defence Equipment
  • Veterans Commission
  • Export of Defence Products
  • Submarine Construction Project
  • Purchase of Fighter Aircraft
  • Replacement of Avro Fleet
  • Blacklisting of Companies
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Maldivian Minister Calls on the Minister for Science & Technology and Earh Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan to Discuss Issues Relating to Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (Rimes)
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Dr. Kshatrapati Shivaji, IAS(MH:86) Appointed as Chairman and Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India(SIDBI) on Deputation Basis for a period of Three Years
  • ED Investigation on Black Money
  • Recommendations made by the Shome Committee/Tax Administration Refroms Commission
  • Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana; Provides Health Insurance to Unorganized Workers Belonging to BPL Category and their Families
  • Cut in Repo Rate
  • Payment of Dividents from Public Sector Banks
  • Improvement in Female Literacy and Educational Challenges
  • Wiping Every Tear from Every Eye: The Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Mobile Numbers Provide the Solution
  • Major Reform Initiatives Undertaken by Government in Banking, Insurance and Financial Sector
  • Economic Survey highlights the need for balance between ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skilling India’
  • A Growth Rate of over 8 Per Cent Expected for the Coming Year
  • Government Remains Committed to Fiscal Consolidation; Economic Survey says Enhanced Revenue Generation is a Priority
  • Infrastructure Growth in terms of Eight Core Industries Higher than Industrial Growth since 2011-12
  • India’s National Solar Mission Being Scaled up Five-Fold to 100,000 Megawatts
  • India needs to create additional Fiscal Space: Economic Survey 2014 – 15
  • Economic Survey Recommends Reform of Railway’s Structure, Commercial Practices, Overhaul of Technology
  • Skill Development and Employment are major Challenges: Economic Survey
  • Economic Survey 2014-15 Highlights
  • The Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) will enhance Fiscal Federalism in India: Economic Survey 2014-15
  • Government approves a Rs. 200 crore Central Sector Scheme for implementing e-platform for agri-marketing
  • Hyper-Growth in Tech start ups in India, says Economic Survey on Services Sector
  • Services Sector Clocks Double Digit Growth
  • External Sector is returning to the path of strength and resilience: Economic Survey
  • Inflation shows a declining trend during the year 2014-15 (April-December)
  • Foodgrains production for 2014-15 estimated at 257.07 million tonnes; will exceed average food grain production of last five years by 8.5 million tones
  • From Carbon Subsidy to Carbon Tax: India’s Green Actions
  • Food Subsidy Bill stands at Rs. 107823.75 crore during 2014-15 (upto January, 2015), shows an increase of 20% over previous year
  • Create National Common Market in Agricultural Commodities: Economic Survey 2014-15
  • Revive public investment to improve investment climate: Economic Survey 2014 – 15
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Medical Facilities in Tribal Areas
  • Mission Indradhanush will Provide Immunization Against 7 Life-Threatening Diseases
  • Steps Taken to Reduce IMR and MMR
  • National Deworming Drive Launched in 11 States
  • Healthcare of Elderly People
  • Health Research
  • AIIMS Like Institutions
  • Essential Drugs
  • Stufies for Assessment of Health and Family Welfare
  • Polio Eradication Programmes
  • National Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Therapy
  • Evaluation of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA)
  • Steps Taken for Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Rajnath Singh calls for Promotion of Education with Scientific Temper and Skills
  • Min of Law & Justice
  • Press Communique Related to Appointment of Shri Justice Amitava Roy, Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court as the Judge of the Supreme Court
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • ACC Appointments
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 59.19 per bbl on 26.02.2015
  • Min of Planning
  • The Government to continue the financial assistance to 88 districts for Left Wing Extremism Affected Districts
  • Initiatives to improve the performance in infrastructure sectors
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • National Science Day 2015
  • CSIR Wins International Competition to Set up Wax Deoiling Technology at Numaligarh Refinery of BPCL
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • 2774 adoptions during April-December, 2014
  • 26.55% reduction in moderately/severely underweight children under ICDS between 2009-10 to 2013-14
  • 887 Lakh rupees released to States/UTs for effective implementation of District Action Plans under BBBP programme
  • An amount of Rs 12727 lakh for Child Care Institutions and Rs 915 lakh for Specialized Adoption Agencies allocated under ICPS during 2014-15
  • Setting up of Special Juvenile Police Units under JJ Act, 2000
  • A sum of Rs. 400 lakhs and a total of 24000 beneficiaries covered under the STEP Scheme till date during 2014-15

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Cabinet31-January, 2013 15:59 IST
Official Amendments to Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposals submitted by the Department of Personnel & Training for moving official amendments to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 as reported by the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 27th December, 2011. The Bill was taken up for discussion and passing in the Rajya Sabha on 29.12.2011. Discussions remained inconclusive. Thereafter, the Rajya Sabha adopted a motion on 21.05.2012 to refer the Bill to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha for examination and report.

The Select Committee submitted its report to the Rajya Sabha on 23.11.2012. The Select Committee has, in its Report, made recommendations suggesting amendments to Clause 3(4), 4(1 )(e), 14(1)(g), 14(1)(h), 20(1), 20(2), 20(3), 20(5), 20(6), 20(7), 20(8), 23, 25, 37, 46, 63-97 and Part-II of the Schedule. The Committee has also recommended consequential amendments in other provisions of the Bill as may be necessary.

Significantly, the Committee has recommended to do away with Part-III of the Bill which deals with setting up of the Lokayukta in the States. The Committee has recommended replacement of Part-Ill of the Bill with a new Section 63 which provides for setting up of the institution of Lokayukta through enactment of a law by the State Legislature within a period of 365 days from the date of commencement of the Act. Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

Some of the other important recommendations made by the Committee and decisions taken by the Government on them are as follows:

(a) In clause 3(4) of the Bill (dealing with disqualifications for becoming Member of Lokpal), the Select Committee has recommended that the words "connected with any political party" may be replaced by the words "affiliated with any political party", so as to overcome the ambiguity associated with the word "connected with any political party'". Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

(b) In clause 4(1 )(e) of the Bill (composition of the Selection Committee for selection of Lokpal), the Select Committee has recommended that the fifth member of the Selection Committee (i.e., eminent jurist) may be nominated by the President on the basis of recommendation of the first four members of the Selection Committee (viz.. Prime Minister, Speaker (Lok Sabha), Leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha) and Chief Justice of India). Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

(c) The Select Committee has recommended exclusion of bodies and institutions receiving donations from the public from the purview of Lokpal. Since bodies receiving donations from the public were also covered in the original Lokpal Bill, 2011 and the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee had also endorsed this inclusion and had additionally, recommended the inclusion of entities receiving donations from foreign sources under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), Government has decided not to accept this recommendation and seek an official amendment in the Bill as reported by the Select Committee. However, having regard to Section 10(23BBA) of the Income Tax Act (regarding exemption of income of bodies /authorities established under Central or Provincial Act for administration of public religious or charitable trusts or endowments or societies for religious or charitable purposes registered under Societies Registration Act), Government has decided to exempt only such bodies or authorities established, constituted or appointed by or under any Central or State or Provincial Act providing for administration of public religious or charitable trusts or endowments or societies for religious or charitable purposes registered under the Societies Registration Act.

(d) In clause 20(1) of the Bill, the Select Committee has recommended that the Lokpal should be given the power to order an investigation straightaway (without first ordering a preliminary inquiry) in case Lokpal finds that a prima facie case exists. Government has decided to accept this recommendation subject to the modification that the Lokpal should, before coming to a conclusion that there exists a prima facie case for entrusting the matter for investigation, call for the explanation of the public servant and only then decide whether there exists a prima facie case for ordering investigation.

(e) The Committee has recommended that in clause 20(2) of the Bill, the seeking of comments from the public servant during the preliminary inquiry should not be mandatory and has accordingly suggested the addition of the word "may" in the said clause. As the affording of an opportunity to the public servant and to the government/competent authority at this stage, would help clear doubts in several cases and would substantially reduce the number of cases going for regular investigation. Government has decided to oppose this recommendation of the Select Committee and move an official amendment for the purpose. Similar recommendation of the Select Committee to dispense with opportunity of hearing to the public servant before ordering regular investigation by the Lokpal in clause 20(3) of the Bill, is also proposed not to be accepted.

(f) The Select Committee has recommended that the power to grant sanction for prosecution of public servants could be shifted to the Lokpal in place of the Government. The Select Committee has also recommended that Lokpal may be required to seek comments of the competent authority and the public servant before taking such decision. Government has decided to accept this recommendation.

(g) The Select Committee has recommended a number of amendments in the Bill with a view to strengthening the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), including (i) the setting up of a Directorate of Prosecution headed by a Director of Prosecution under the overall control of Director, CBI, (ii) the appointment of the Director of Prosecution on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission, (iii) maintenance of a panel of advocates by CBI, other than Government Advocates, with the consent of the Lokpal for handling Lokpal referred cases, (iv) transfer of officers of CBI investigating cases referred by Lokpal with the approval of Lokpal, (v) provision of adequate funds to CBI for investigating cases referred by Lokpal, etc. Government has decided to accept all these recommendations except one. i.e. seeking approval of Lokpal for transfer of officers of CBI investigating cases referred by Lokpal, as it would, in Government's view, affect the smooth functioning of the CBI.

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