Cabinet approves continuation of Centre’s tribal welfare schemes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the continuation of sub-schemes under Umbrella programme for the development of Scheduled Tribes from the period till March 2020.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said, over 10 crores Scheduled Tribe people will benefit from it. The total layout for the programme is 11,900 crore rupees. The scheme will also promote efficiency in the delivery of service and enhance the reach of welfare schemes of government in service deficient tribal areas in the sectors such as livelihood, health, education, through efforts of Voluntary Organisations.

Union Cabinet also approved a proposal for official amendments in The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill that seeks to add several new tribes in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Chhattisgarh so they could avail benefits of various government schemes.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, the Bill seeks to add to the list tribes like Bhuinya, Bhuiyan, Bhuyan, Dhanwar, Dhanuhar, Dhanuwar, Nagesia, Nagasia, Kisan, Oraon, Dhanka, Dhangad, Sawar, Sawara, Saunra, Saonra and Binjhia. He said after the Bill becomes an Act, members of the communities newly-listed in the revised list will also be able to derive benefits meant for Scheduled Tribes under the existing schemes of the government.

Cabinet, which met yesterday, also approved a three-year extension of tenure for the National Commission for Safai Karmacharis (NCSK) beyond March 31. The tenure of the Commission was to end on March 31 this year. The government said that the major beneficiaries of the proposal will be the safai karamcharis and persons engaged in manual scavenging in the country since the panel will work for their welfare and uplift.

Cabinet also approved leasing out 1.61 acres of land at Alipur in Delhi to Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) for setting up a Kisan Mandi which will benefit farmer producer organisations (FPOs) as well as consumers.

The land, owned by state-run Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS), will be leased out to the SFAC. Organisations, retailers, wholesalers, hotels and catering institutions, resident welfare associations and ordinary consumers can buy from this platform, with no agents/middlemen involved.

Cabinet also approved the allotment of land to Pasteur Institute of India (PII) for setting up of new viral vaccine manufacturing unit at Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. The project entails production of viral vaccines such as TCA anti-measles vaccine, Japanese encephalitis and anti-sera at the PII, Coonoor. The allotment of land will encourage the production of life-saving vaccines for children and strengthen the vaccine security of the country.

Cabinet also approved an agreement between India and Morocco for setting up a Joint Working Group (JWG) on counter-terrorism. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be the basis for obtaining and exchanging information on terrorist activities.

Cabinet also approved the introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019. The Bill provides for amendment of the legal framework to act as a deterrent to the erring NRI spouses and creating more accountability and offer protection against exploitation of Indian Citizens married to NRIs. Once the Bill is passed, marriages performed by NRIs would be registered in India or Indian Missions & Posts abroad.

The CCEA also approved the Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Technology Up-gradation Scheme (CLCS-TUS) with a total outlay of 2900 crore rupees. The scheme aims at improving the competitiveness of MSMEs by integrating various ongoing schematic interventions aimed at up-grading technology through the Credit Linked Capital Subsidy (CLCS).

The scheme will facilitate technology up-gradation, improvement in Quality of products by MSMEs, enhancement in productivity, reduction in waste.


The Hindu


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