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India govt seeks House nod for Rs 2 lakh crore supplementary grants

The second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2023-24 includes 71 Grants and 1 Appropriation…reports Asian Lite News

The central government on Monday sought approval from Parliament for the second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants worth Rs 200,299.54 crore for the current financial year 2023-24.

Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregate to Rs 78,672.92 crore and gross additional expenditure, matched by savings of the Ministries/Departments or by enhanced receipts/recoveries aggregates to Rs 121,625.40 crore.

The second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2023-24 includes 71 Grants and 1 Appropriation.

Supplementary grants typically refer to additional grant amounts sought by the government during a financial year, over and above the amounts already authorized in the budget. They are necessary when the authorized funds are insufficient to meet the current expenditure.

Supplementary grants are primarily required to meet expenses that cannot be deferred until the next financial year and were not foreseen when the original Budget for the table was presented.

LS adopts motion of thanks on President’s Address

Earlier, Lok Sabha adopted the motion of thanks on the President’s address after the reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who lambasted the opposition parties and outlined the achievements of the government.

The motion was adopted by a voice vote. Over 60 members took part in the debate on the motion of thanks which commenced on Friday.

The budget session of parliament began on January 31 and is the last before Lok Sabha elections expected in April-May. The session began with the address of President Droupadi Murmu to the joint sitting of the two Houses.

In his reply, the Prime Minister strongly attacked the Congress and took a veiled dig at its leader Rahul Gandhi.

He said the government has been able to contain inflation despite the geo-political situation in the world created by two wars. He said the country was on course to becoming the world’s third-largest economy.

The Prime Minister’s remarks were loudly cheered by ruling party members. (ANI)

Cong raises Ladakh, Maldives issues  

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday during his reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address questioned the Defence Minister for the situation in Ladakh and claimed that vast areas of Ladakh have been occupied. While speaking in the Lok Sabha on Monday, he said China is emboldened today and the Modi government has failed in its China’s policy. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh immediately intervened and expressed disagreement over the Congress leader’s comments pertaining to LAC.

Bill to tackle entrance exam malpractices

A bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday to effectively deter persons, organised groups or institutions that indulge in unfair means and adversely impact the public examination system for wrongful gains.The Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024 was introduced in Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Personnel and Training Jitendra Singh.

Kupwara: Youths participate in army recruitment rally in Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir on May 20, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Bill to amend J&K local body laws introduced

A bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha to provide reservation to Other Backward Classes in the panchayats and the municipalities in Jammu and Kashmir and to bring consistency in the local bodies laws of the Union territory with the provisions of the Constitution. The Jammu and Kashmir Local Bodies Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2024 was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai.

Parliament condoles Namibian President’s demise

Both houses of Parliament of India, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha expressed condolences and observed a moment of silence on the demise of Namibian President, Hage G Geingob. “Both Houses of Parliament today expressed condolences on the passing away of Dr. Hage G Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia. A dear friend of India, his contribution to a deeper India-Namibia and India-Africa relationship will always be remembered,” said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a post on X.

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Centre nod for 56,415 cr investment proposals in 16 states

The scheme also aims at increasing the housing stock for the police personnel and their families within the police stations in urban areas…reports Asian Lite News

India has approved capital investment proposals worth Rs 56,415 crore in 16 states in the current financial year. 

Approval has been given under the scheme entitled ‘special assistance to states for capital investment 2023-24’.

Capital investment projects in diverse sectors have been approved including health, education, irrigation, water supply, power, roads, bridges and railways, official sources said. 

Funds for meeting the state share of Jal Jeevan Mission and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana have also been provided to states under this scheme to enhance pace of the projects in these sectors. 

In view of a higher multiplier effect of capital expenditure and in order to provide boost to capital spending by states, the scheme was announced in the Union budget 2023-24. 

Under the scheme, special assistance is being provided to the state governments in the form of 50-year interest free loan up to an overall sum of Rs 1.3 lakh crore during 2023-24.

The scheme also aims at increasing the housing stock for the police personnel and their families within the police stations in urban areas. 

Another objective of the scheme is to promote national integration, carry forward the concept of ‘Make in India’ and promote the concept of ‘One District, One Product’ (ODOP) through construction of Unity Mall in each state. 

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Cabinet nod to pacts with Nepal, Myanmar

Each party shall fund the components of the research approved under this MoU to be conducted in their country or may apply jointly for third party funding…reports Asian Lite News.

In a testimony to the close collaboration in health sector with its neighbours, India’s Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved agreements signed between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and its counterparts in Nepal and Myanmar.

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICMR and Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) that was signed on 17 November 2020 and 4 January 2021 respectively, according to a Cabinet press release.

The objectives of this MoU is collaboration on joint research activities of mutual interest such as cross-border health issues, Ayurveda/traditional medicine and medicinal plants, climate change and health, non-communicable diseases, mental Health, population based cancer registry.

It also includes tropical diseases (vector borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, JE etc.), influenza, clinical trial registry, health research ethics, capacity building through exchange of knowledge, skills tools and fellows and collaboration for adoption of tools, guidelines, protocols and best practices related to health research.

Union Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan addresses at the launch of the National Clinical Registry for COVID-19, Vaccine Web Portal, Mobile Stroke Unit and ICMR-NIN Documents, at ICMR headquarters, in New Delhi on Sep 28, 2020. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Each party shall fund the components of the research approved under this MoU to be conducted in their country or may apply jointly for third party funding.

For the exchange of scientists under approved collaborative projects, the sending Party shall bear the cost of travel of visiting scientists whereas the receiving Party will provide the accommodation and living expenses of the scientist/researcher, the Cabinet statement informed.

Commitment of funds for workshops/meetings and research projects may be decided from time to time as per the funds available at that time, it said.

According to the Cabinet statement, arrangements to implement and execute all these activities shall be agreed to by the Parties prior to commencement of the activity.

In a separate release, the Cabinet on Wednesday informed of its approval of a MoU signed between ICMR and the Department of Medical Research (DMR), Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar.

The objective of this MoU signed in February, 2020 in New Delhi is to build on the health research relationship in the topics of mutual research, it noted.

The main objectives of the agreement with Myanmar are elimination of infectious diseases (to be decided mutually), development of network platform of emerging and viral infections, training /capacity building in research methodology management, clinical trials, ethics etc. and Harmonization of regulatory mechanism.

According to the Cabinet release, as per the MoU with DMR of Myanmar, the Parties shall establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of delegates from each organization.

JWG sessions shall be held alternatively in India and in Myanmar, it added.

The expenses related to travel, including visa entry, accommodation, per diem, health insurance, local transportation of its JWG members, shall be borne by the Sending Party whereas the organizational expenses of the JWG meetings shall be borne by the Host Party, the release said.

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