Decisions taken by the Union Cabinet

 
Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the MoU between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine. The MoU will involve cooperation through joint initiatives in the Health Sector and strengthen bilateral ties between India and Australia . The main areas of cooperation include the following:
1. Communicable diseases such as Malaria and TB;
2. Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases;
3. Anti-Microbial Resistance and responding to public health emergencies;
4. Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices;
5. Digital Health;
6. Tobacco Control; and
7. Any other area of cooperation decided mutually between the two countries.
v Cabinet approves agreement on Audio Visual Co-Production between India and Bangladesh
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the agreement on Audio Visual Co-Production India and Bangladesh . India has so far entered into audio-visual co-production agreements with Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Canada, China and the Republic of Korea.
Salient features of the Agreement
· The Agreement would cover co-production of films, documentaries, and animations films.
· An audio-visual co-production made in accordance with the proposed Agreement shall be entitled to all the benefits which may be accorded to any national audio-visual work by both countries in accordance with their respective laws and regulations.
· It will lead to exchange of art and culture among the two countries and create goodwill and better understanding among the peoples of both the countries.
· Co-productions provide an opportunity to create and showcase our soft power.
· It leads to generation of employment among artistic, technical as well as non-technical personnel engaged in the arena of Audio-Visual Co- production including post-production and its marketing, thus adding to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of both the countries.
· The utilization of Indian locales for shooting raises the visibility / prospect of India as a preferred film shooting destination across the globe.
v Cabinet approves MoU on Cooperation in the field of Mass Media between India and Bangladesh
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the MoU on Cooperation in the field of Mass Media between India and Bangladesh .
 
The main areas of cooperation are:
i. Both the countries to facilitate training/study tour of personnel in the field of mass media and public relations.
ii. Encouraging the exchange of experts in the field of Mass Media
iii. Encourage cooperation between educational, training and research institutions in the field of Mass Media & Communication. Also facilitating exchange of publications generated by these institutions.
iv. Co-operation and Sharing experiences in the field of regulations of the Mass Media activities and statistical data relating to the Mass Media.
v. Facilitating accredited mass media representatives to set up offices in the creation of conditions necessary for performance of professional duties on the basis of reciprocity.
 
v Cabinet approves MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes between India and Bangladesh
 
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes between India and Bangladesh for starting regular movement of passengers and tourists in water crafts between the two countries. The operationalization of this MoU will promote people to people contact and cooperation between the two countries in respect of economic, social and cultural advancement. It will also generate employment opportunities for the people of India and Bangladesh .
 
v Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Bangladesh in the field of judicial sector cooperation
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of MoU between India and Bangladesh in the field of judicial sector cooperation. It is aimed at developing, promoting and strengthening mutual cooperation between the judiciaries of the two countries. The MoU provides for promoting mutual interaction among judges and officials at various levels of the judiciary through exchange visits, training and academic programmes. It will also encourage mutual exchange of information on latest developments in the field of law and justice. It will enable exchange of knowledge in infrastructure and information technology in this field.
 
v Cabinet approves MoU between India and France on Technical Cooperation in Civil Aviation
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and its French counterpart, Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), France to implement Technical Cooperation Program in civil aviation sector. The Technical Cooperation Program will be beneficial for enhancement of skills and expertise of AAI’s officers. This MoU is also beneficial for imparting training of engineers, technicians, managers etc.
 
v Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river and Sirajganj-Daikhawa stretch of Jamuna river in the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river and Sirajganj-Daikhawa stretch of Jamuna river in the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route by undertaking necessary dredging jointly by the two countries. The MoU will considerably reduce the logistics cost of cargo movement to North Eastern India. It will also reduce the congestion through the Siliguri Chicken’s Neck corridor.
 
v Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries. The subscription under the MGPSY was very low and no new subscription was received for more than a year. Closure of the scheme will, therefore, obviate the avoidable recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure.
 
v Cabinet apprised of the MoU with Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane S.P.A. of Italy on Technical Cooperation in the Rail Sector
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane S.P.A. of the Republic of Italy on 31st January, 2017 on technical cooperation in railway sector. The MoU will provide a platform to Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector to promote safety, efficiency and sustainability. The MoU will also facilitate exchange of information, experts meetings, seminars, technical visits and implementation of jointly agreed cooperation, projects. The objective of this MoU is to develop technical cooperation activities in the railway sector to promote safety, efficiency and sustainability, to their mutual benefit. It will enable technical cooperation in the following areas:-
a. Safety audit of Indian Railways and measures required for enhancing safety in train operation;
b. Assessment and certification of advanced technology based safety products and systems to Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL4);
c. Training and competency development with focus on safety including in areas of advanced signaling and train control systems;
d. Modern trends in Maintenance and diagnostic;
e. Any other area jointly identified by the participants.
 
v Cabinet approves Collaboration Agreement to support the Belmont Forum Secretariat
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of the Collaborative Agreement with French National Research Agency (ANR), France for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat from January, 2015 to December, 2017 at a total estimated expenditure of Euro 40,000. The Cabinet also approved continued financial support to Belmont Forum Secretariat beyond 2017. The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils.
 
It provides an opportunity to identify study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for the society, in an accelerated way through trans­national research collaboration between natural and social scientists and alignment of international resources India is a member of Belmont Forum, besides Australia, Brazil, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, South Africa, UK and USA etc. Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), represents India in the Belmont Forum since 2012. In order to coordinate the activities of the Belmont , a Secretariat is hosted by one of the Belmont forum member on rotational basis. ANR, France is hosting the Secretariat from January, 2015 to December, 2017. Expenditure for hosting the Secretariat will be borne by Belmont Forum member countries in kind or cash contribution.
 
v Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Georgia
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia . The Agreement between the two countries is based on latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template keeping in view of developments in Civil Aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries.
 
Presently there is no Air Services Agreement between these two countries. ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the two countries. The agreement will help establish air connectivity between the two countries. The Air Services Agreement between India and the Georgia has the potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries bringing it in tune with the developments in the civil aviation sector. It will provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity while providing commercial opportunities to the carriers of both the sides ensuring greater safety and security.
 
The features of the Air Services Agreement are as follows:
 
i. Both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline.
 
ii. Now the Indian carriers can operate to any points in Georgia from any points in India . Whereas the carriers of Georgia can establish direct operation to six points namely New Delhi , Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad , Chennai and Goa . Apart from this through routing flexibility any intermediate and beyond point can also be served by the designated carriers of both sides.
 
iii. The designated airlines of either country shall have the right to establish offices in the territory of the other country for the promotion and sale of air services.
 
iv. The designated Airline of each party can enter into cooperative marketing arrangements with the designated carriers of same party, other party and that of a Third party. In view of this, it will not only facilitate the direct connectivity but also connectivity through 3rd country carriers. It will provide viable options for the carriers of both countries.
 
v Cabinet approves extension of implementation of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project by one year
 
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of the implementation phase of the Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project for another year beyond 31st March 2017. The extension would help in achieving the remaining objectives of the project comprehensively. The maintenance phase of the Project will continue till 2022 as approved earlier. With a total outlay of Rs. 2000 crore, a sum of Rs. 1550 crore, which was the total allocation to the project so far, has been spent till 2016-17.
 
The Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) aims to integrate the CCTNS project with the e-courts and e-prisons databases in the first instance and with the other pillars of the criminal justice system – Forensics, Prosecution, Juvenile homes and a nationwide Fingerprint data base of criminals in a phased manner. The integration will be achieved by providing access to the Judiciary, Police and Prisons through a desktop dashboard to facilitate expeditious and informed decisions and aid investigations.
 
v Cabinet approves Collaboration Agreement to support the Belmont Forum Secretariat
 
The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of the Collaborative Agreement with French National Research Agency (ANR), France for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat from January, 2015 to December, 2017 at a total estimated expenditure of Euro 40,000. The Cabinet also approved continued financial support to Belmont Forum Secretariat beyond 2017.
 
The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It provides an opportunity to identify study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for the society, in an accelerated way through trans­national research collaboration between natural and social scientists and alignment of international resources
 
India is a member of Belmont Forum, besides Australia, Brazil, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, South Africa, UK and USA etc. Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), represents India in the Belmont Forum since 2012. In order to coordinate the activities of the Belmont , a Secretariat is hosted by one of the Belmont forum member on rotational basis. ANR, France is hosting the Secretariat from January, 2015 to December, 2017.
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