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Daily News Digest:14 February 2019

Cabinet approves continuation of Centre's tribal welfare schemes

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. 

The total layout for the programme is 11,900 crore rupees.

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. 

Introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019

The Union Cabinet has 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.

CCEA approves CLCS-TUS with total outlay of Rs. 2900 crore

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Technology Up-gradation Scheme (CLCS-TUS) with a total outlay of 2900 crore rupees. 

The scheme has been approved for continuation beyond the 12th five-year Plan for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Cabinet approves Patna Metro Rail project

The Union cabinet on 13 Feb approved a ₹13,366-crore Metro rail project for Patna, expected to be completed in five years with two rail corridors.

The Danapur Cantt-Mithapur corridor will pass through the heart of Patna and connect densely populated areas like Raza Bazar, Secretariat, high court and Law University Railway Station.

Bihar announces Mukhyamantri Vridhajan Pension Yojna

Bihar government has announced a universal old age pension scheme - Mukhyamantri Vridhajan Pension Yojna- MVPY for all people above 60 years of age.

The scheme will come into force from the 1st of April this year.

Rajasthan passes 5% quota bill for Gujjars, four other communities

Rajasthan government on 13 Feb passed a bill to provide five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutions to Gurjars and four other communities. 

The government introduced the Rajasthan Backward Classes Amendment Bill, 2019, which was passed by the assembly. 

The government has also decided to increase the ceiling of creamy layer from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.

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