National - 2017 February

February 1

Textile Ministry Inaugurates Meghalaya’s First Ever Apparel and Garment Centre at Ampati.
Union minister for textiles Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the first-ever apparel and garment making centre in the state in the presence of Union MoS for home Kiren Rijiju and chief minister Mukul Sangma near Ampati in South West Garo Hills.
The sprawling centre, covering an area of 45,000 square feet, was set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) at Hatisil near Ampati at an approximate cost of Rs. 14.26 crore.
The Union ministry of textiles was implementing projects worth Rs. 70 crore in the sericulture and weaving sector for Meghalaya alone.
At present, out of Rs. 53 crore, close to Rs. 32 crore has already been sanctioned for the state to promote handlooms.

Income tax department launches 'Operation Clean Money'.
Income tax department has initiated Operation Clean Money. The operation involves e-verification of large cash deposits made during 9th November to 30th December 2016.
Data analytics has been used for comparing the demonetization data with information in ITD databases. In the first batch, around 18 lakh persons have been identified.
ITD has enabled online verification of these transactions to reduce compliance cost for the taxpayers while optimizing its resources.
The taxpayer will be able to submit online explanation without any need to visit Income Tax office.

Ministry of Defence to Set up Rs. 1500 crore Defence Unit in Madhya Pradesh.
The Ministry of Defence is set to open its Defence Unit in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh.
The unit would be set up in Kailaras and Sabalgarh tehsil areas and span over 969.735 hectare of land at a cost of Rs. 1500 crore.
The Cabinet has decided to hand over 334.584 hectare free of cost, acquired 34.745 hectare private land and has sent a proposal to give 600.406 hectare forest land in exchange of as much revenue land, to the Defence Ministry.

NEET 2017: Notification out, CBSE to conduct exam on May 7.
As many as 10 lakh candidates are likely to appear in the exam to be held in 1500 examination centres.
NEET 2017: CBSE will conduct National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (UG), 2017 on May 7. The Board has invited online application from medical aspirants for admission to MBBS/ BDS courses in India in medical/ dental colleges.
NEET 2017 will be conducted in 80 cities across the country. Indian citizens, Non-Resident Indians, Overseas
Citizens of India, Person of Indian Origin and Foreign Nationals are eligible to appear in NEET (UG) 2017 and will also be eligible for 15 per cent All India Quota seats.
The test will be held for admission into medical/ dental colleges except for those institutions which have been established through the Act of Parliament like AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry.

Major Ports to Go Green, to Save Rs. 75 crore Annually. 
The Ministry of Shipping, as a part of its 'Green Port Initiative' has been emphasizing on use of renewable sources of energy to power Major Ports across the nation.
The Ministry aims to set up 91.50 MW of solar energy capacity at the twelve Major Ports and 45 MW of wind energy capacity by the two Major Ports of Kandla and V.O. Chidambaranar. Major Ports have started the process of setting-up renewable energy projects by investing Rs. 704.52 crores (Solar – Rs. 412.02 crores and Wind – Rs. 292.50 crores) in these projects.
These renewable energy projects will help in the reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 136,500 MT annually.
These projects will also help to reduce cost of power purchased by utilization of renewable energy for power generation, resulting in estimated saving of Rs. 75 crores annually, when fully commissioned.
The total capacity of the wind energy projects is 45 MW out of which 6 MW has already been commissioned by Kandla Port.

Cabinet approves Amendments.
The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Castes of the State of Odisha.
The Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 to change name of the Union Territory from Pondicherry to Puducherry.
The Bill namely Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017 incorporating the above changes will be introduced in the Parliament.
Proposal of Sualgiri, Swalgiri caste, as per approved Modalities, was found to be eligible for its inclusion as a synonym of Sabakhia caste at SI. No. 79 in the list of Scheduled Castes of Odisha.

February 2

Manipur Government, UNC to leave for tripartite talks in Delhi.
The representatives of the Manipur Government and agitating United Naga Council (UNC) are leaving for New Delhi to take part in tripartite talks called by the Centre.
The aim of the talk is to find a solution to the three-month indefinite economic blockade by UNC in the state.
The tripartite meeting has been convened by the Union Home Ministry considering the miseries being faced by the people of Manipur due to the blockade which began on first of Novmeber last year.
The economic blockade has led to extreme shortage of essential commodities including food items, lifesaving drugs and motor fuel.

Political parties need to file audited returns by December every year to avail tax benefit: Govt.
After capping anonymous cash donations to political parties at Rs. 2,000, the government is amending law to make it mandatory for them to file returns on income by December every year or risk losing tax exemption status.
It is also changing the law to keep the identity of the donor confidential who buys the just-introduced electoral bonds from banks to make such donations
Right now, many political parties file their tax returns very late after 2-3 years. Because there is a provision in the law that you can file late returns but you won’t get expenditure allowances if you file late. whatever is the time limit, within that time limit they have to file I-T returns.
Amendment to the RBI Act and the I-T Act is already there in the Finance Bill. There is an amendment which we are making in the Representation of People Act which is in the Finance Bill. RPA says all donations above Rs. 20,000 will have to be given to the Election Commission with the name and address. The anonymity will be lost there. So, we have to amend that section also.

Govt to launch new scheme to fund export infrastructure.
A new scheme will be launched in 2017-18 to create infrastructure for exports, a move aimed at reducing transaction costs for traders.
"A new and restructured central scheme with a focus on export infrastructure, namely, Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) will be launched in 2017-18'', Indian exporters face huge challenges in terms of infrastructure, particularly in states.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharamanhad about TIES and stated that it would aim at funding export infrastructure in states.
She had stated that all the pending or incomplete projects will have to be undertaken by states.
Recording positive growth for the fourth month in a row, India's exports rose by 5.72 per cent to USD 23.9 billion in December on better performance by petroleum, engineering and pharmaceuticals segments.

NCPCR Organises Short Film, Photograph and Poster Competition for Promotion of Child Rights in the Country.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is organising an All India Short Film, Still Photograph and Poster Competition for promoting child rights in the country.
The Commission has invited entries from film makers, producers, artists and individuals who are Indian citizens of above 18 years of age. There is no entry fee for this competition. Entries for short films can be in any language with sub-titles in Hindi or in English.
There are first, second and third prizes for each category of competitions. The first prize for short films is One Lakh Rupees and second & third prize are Rs. 75,000 & Rs. 50,000 respectively.
The winners of all categories will be awarded at a function on the Foundation Day celebrations of the Commission in New Delhi.
This is the first time that the Child Rights body is organizing such a competition after it came into existence in the year 2007.

Chennai oil spill: Indian Oils R&D advised to take part in containment.
Indian Oil's R&D to take active part in the containment of the oil spill that took place near Ennore Port at Chennai recently.
The Tamil Nadu Government is currently engaged in clearing the oil.
Around 15 departments are involved in this and around 1,025 employees are working non-stop.
Collected various samples of fish in Marina, Pattinapakkam and Mahabalipuram beaches. Lab to test to see whether fish have been contaminated or not. It was perfectly fine, it is consumable.

Visit of Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC to Air Bases in Jammu and Kashmir.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC is on a two day visit to air bases in Jammu and Kashmir.
Accompanying the CAS, Mrs. Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association, interacted with the families of service personnel and applauded them for the untiring support they have provided to their husbands.
The Chief of the Air Staff is also visiting AF Station Srinagar.He interacting with Senior Army Officials at BB Cantt in Srinagar. Having led a fighter Sqn from Srinagar Air Field during the Kargil Operations, he is well familiar with the lay of the land and the operating environment.

India's civil aviation sector desperately falling short of skilled workers, says Civil Aviation Minister.
Reiterating government’s push to skill development, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati the civil aviation sector is desperetely in need of skilled workers and is key to the growth of the India’a aviation sector, which is growing over other developed and developing economies globally.
There is an increasing demand for trained and skilled people in the aviation sector.
India is on the cusp of exponential growth in the aviation sector and a critical need was felt for India to invest in research and innovation in the aviation in order to ensure that the growth is protected and to develop into a global aviation hub.
The programme was attended by senior officials from the Indian aviation sector to include air operators, airport operators, ancillary service providers and regulatory authorities.
Jayant Sinha, MoS for civil aviation urged the university to be innovative and include research programmes.
The first Executive Development Programme on Aviation Management is being conducted by the University in collaboration with Indo US – American Cooperation Programme.

February 3

GoAir flights from Hyderabad to 5 new destinations.
GoAir has commenced additional flights out of Hyderabad to five new destinations. There will be non-stop flights from Hyderabad to Goa, Port Blair, Pune, Guwahati and Bagdogra.
The new routes aim at connecting Hyderabad with network cities and providing passengers flexible options in planning their travel.
In addition, Kochi being an important market, GoAir will connect Kochi with its first ever direct flight from Ahmedabad. This will be from mid-February 2017.
Launched in November 2005, GoAir of the Wadia Group currently operates across 23 destinations with over 975 weekly flights and approximately 2,000 plus connections weekly.

Capital gains tax exemption for Amaravati farmers.
The farmers in the region gave 33,000 acres of land to the State government under the land pooling system for the construction of the new capital, Amaravati.
However, capital gains tax remained a major worry for them and they represented repeatedly to the Union Finance Minister to exempt them from the tax.
Shiv Kumar, Maple Software CEO and the Chairman of the AP Chapter of CII was a welcome move and the farmers deserved it, as they had sacrificed their fertile lands for the construction of the new capital.

Cashless Initiatives in Indian Railways.
Approximately 59 per cent of total reserved tickets were booked through cashless mode i.e. through internet or through credit/ debit cards across counters. Also, cashless transactions in case of freight business is more than 99 per cent.
With a view to further promoting cashless transaction, it has been decided to install 10,000 Point of Sale (POS) machines in association with State Bank of India at various locations of Indian Railways in the following order of priority:
PRS location
UTS locations at suburban stations
Parcel/ Goods locations where cash is accepted
Other UTS locations
As the POS machines are GPRS-based, the communication system of Railways is not required for operation of these machines.

Installation of Bio Toilets in Railways.
The Government has provided Rs. 1155 crores in current fiscal towards fitment of bio-toilets in coaches as part of Swachh Bharat.
In 800 trains are having either some coaches or all the coaches fitted with bio-toilets. It had earlier been targeted to fit bio-toilets in the entire fleet of coaches by the year 2021-22. Target has now been advanced to the year 2019.

Installation of CCTV Cameras in Railway Stations.
The Government has provided funds to the tune of Rs. 500 crores have been sanctioned for provision of CCTV surveillance cameras at 983 stations.
In 344 railway stations, where CCTV cameras have been provided. As regards the target for provision of CCTV cameras at all 983 identified stations.

Indian Railways to eliminate all Unmanned Level Crossings on Broad Gauge Safety Measures by Ministry of Railways.
It is the endeavour of Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings (UMLCs) in a phased manner.
Closure – Closing unmanned level crossings having NIL/ Negligible Train Vehicle Unit (TVU).
Ministry of Railways has announced a specific sub-mission to eliminate all unmanned level crossings on Broad Gauge in next 3-4 years.

Beneficiaries from States of North Eastern Region under Mahatma Gandhi BunkarBimaYojana.
Under the Mahatma Gandhi BunkarBimaYojana (MGBBY), 4.33 lakh handloom weavers from North Eastern States availed benefits in the last five years.
During the period of 2012-13 to 2016-17, 25.93 lakh weavers have been covered till now.

Rs. 200 crore released to States/ UTs to compensate women victims of violence/ acid attack.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) have started collecting data on the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act, 2005 using Ministry of Home Affairs approved revised proforma of 'Crime in India' since 2014.
A total number of 426 cases and 461 cases have been registered under the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

February 4

TRAI imposed Rs. 11 crore penalty on telcos for poor service: Govt.
Apart from Aircel, Trai has imposed Rs. 70 lakh penalty on BSNL and Rs. 2.5 lakh on Vodafone for breaching 3G service quality benchmark.
Telecom regulator TRAI has imposed over Rs. 11 crore penalty on service providers, highest on Aircel, for poor service quality including call drops.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has imposed over Rs. 3 crore penalty on Aircel for not meeting set quality parameters for 2G service and Rs. 1.56 crore for poor 3G service quality.
Penalty of Rs. 2.27 crore has been imposed on BSNL, Rs. 1.64 crore on Reliance Communications (including Reliance Telecom), Rs. 89 lakh on Tata Teleservices, Rs. 84 lakh on Vodafone, Rs. 40 lakh on Bharti Airtel, Rs. 13.5 lakh on Telenor, Rs. 3 lakh on Sistema and Rs. 1.5 lakh on MTNL for failing to meet 2G service quality parameters.

Authorities set up pink polling stations to woo women voters.
First-time woman voters were also given teddy bears at these specially designed polling stations.
In a bid to encourage women voters in Goa to exercise their votes in the state assembly elections, the authorities have set up several pink-coloured polling station, completely managed by woman officers. 
The assembly elections for 40 seats in Goa. The state has 32,354 first-time voters, which includes 18,172 female voters.

Nabard sanctions Rs. 8,800 crore loans in Odisha in FY16.
Against these sanctions, the regional office has disbursed Rs. 8,367 crore to the state government, banks and corporations.
The regional office of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned Rs. 8,800 crore in Odisha under the categories of loans to state government, refinance support to banks and direct loans.
The support extended to the state government under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) XXI was Rs. 3,000 crore, registering an increase of about 15 per cent over the previous year’s sanctions. Similarly, the disbursement under various tranches of RIDF has reached an all-time high of Rs. 2,264 crore, an increase of about 45 per cent over the previous year.
Refinance for short-term loans of Rs. 4,200 crore were sanctioned and disbursed to the Odisha State Cooperative Bank. It also disbursed long-term refinance of Rs. 512 crore to commercial banks.

Air India to start 3 flights a week non-stop from Delhi to Washington.
Air India will start three flights a week non-stop bring 30,000 people from India to America every year for economic, commercial and family purposes.
Air India will now establish three flights a week non-stop from New Delhi to the Dulles International Airport (in suburb of Washington DC).
The bridge over 7,400 miles connecting the two countries and the capital.
Dulles International Airport connects Washington with as many as 30 capitals of the world. The neighbourhood in and around Dulles Airport has a substantial Indian American population.

UIDAI clamps down on 50 fraud sites offering Aadhaar services.
In a massive crackdown on unauthorised agencies offering Aadhaar-related services illegally and charging excessive money from the public, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has shut down 12 such websites and 12 mobile apps available on the Google Playstore.
The UIDAI has further directed authorities for the closure of another 26 such fraudulent and illegal websites and mobile applications.
Any violation is punishable under Section 38 and Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act that provides punishment.

February 5

Centre keen to boost rail connectivity in Arunachal: Gohain.
In its effort to provide better connectivity to bordering areas of the northeastern region, the central government has proposed railway lines to Tawang, Bamey and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.
While the survey for Murkongselek-Rupai-Pasighat line has already been started, the NFR is expecting to start the survey in the two other proposed lines adding the three proposed railway lines are expected to cost between Rs. 50,000 crore to Rs. 70,000 crore.

Health Ministry launches Measles-Rubella vaccine campaign.
With an aim to eradicate Rubella and Measles from India, the Union Health Ministry launched the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign, targeting 41 crore children across the country.
The campaign will first be launched in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep, covering nearly 3.6 crore target children.
Globally, in 2015, measles killed an estimated 1, 34,200 children, mostly under the age of five years. In India, it killed an estimated 49,200 children.

A 16 member expert panel constituted by M/o AYUSH to prepare a Yoga Protocol for diabetes control.
A 16 member committee of experts has been constituted by Ministry of AYUSH to prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control. The Committee is headed by Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-Vyasa University.
A total of 49 proposals on Diabetes Mellitus under EMR Scheme of Ministry of AYUSH have been received to verify the efficacy of Yoga on Diabetes Mellitus from various Govt.

Initiatives and Achievements of Ministry of Human Resource Development.
In pursuance to Hon'ble Prime Minister's vision for ‘Transforming India’, Ministry of Human Resource Development took a leap forward in transforming education sector with the motto of(Education for All, Quality Education).
While 'Education for All' has driven the expansion in education with new institutes of School (KVS, NVS) & Higher Education (IITs, IIMs, IIITs, IISER) and Institutional capacity building initiatives like, SWAYAM PRABHA - 32 DTH channels on 24×7 basis for educational programmes, restructuring of IIT fees to make more inclusive, Amendments in UGC Act to make more gender sensitive, SWAYAM - MOOCs, Swachh Vidyalaya and e-governance initiatives like ShaGun Portal, e-Pathshala, Shaala Siddhi etc.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel lays foundation stone of Center of Excellence for Para Sports in Gujarat.
Minister Vijay Goel, laid the foundation stone of the Center of Excellence for Para Sports Gandhinagar, which will be the first ever training facility in the country dedicated to para athletes.
The Center of Excellence is being set up at an estimated budget of over Rs. 50 crores.
With a total strength of 50 (boys and girls), annual budget for this scheme will be Rs. 50 lakhs.

February 6

Railways plans Railway Line on Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Railways Ministry is planning A 240-km broad-gauge railway line connecting Port Blair with Diglipur on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The line, set to cost over 2,413 crore.
The Andaman capital city in the south connecting with the largest town on the north Andaman island currently linked by a 350-km bus service that takes over 14 hours and a ship that takes around 24 hours. There is no air connectivity.

ONGC removes Rajiv Gandhi's name from building, switches to Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan.
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has quietly changed the name of its newly built corporate office here to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan after rescinding the name Rajiv Gandhi Urja Bhawan given to it by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nine years back.
The building, built at the cost of Rs. 600 crore, was to house corporate office of India's largest oil and gas producer and its overseas subsidiary ONGC Videsh Ltd.
The decision to change the name of the building was taken after it was made Registered Office of the company and the offices situated in Delhi besides company secretariat were shifted to it including that of ONGC Videsh Ltd.

HRD ministry to set up NTA to conduct exams for higher, secondary education.
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRB) will soon set up a department – National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct examinations for higher and secondary education.
NTA will be the single authority that will conduct entrance tests for all higher institutions like JEE, NEET, NET and other prestigious exams.
Its main purpose is to bring reforms in the education system. Initially examinations like IIT, NIT and even university exams will be conducted by NTA. Later on secondary school exams will also be handed over to it.

Nagaland to submit memorandum to PM to exempt it from Part IX A of Constitution.
The Nagaland Cabinet submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister to issue an ordinance to exempt the state from the provision of Part IX A of the Constitution.
The decision comes in the wake of various tribal organisations opposing elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULB) with 33 per cent reservation of seats for women.
Article 371 (A) of the Indian Constitution deals with special provision with respect to the state of Nagaland.

Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) Launched In Assam.
In a move to bring about paradigm shift towards holistic development of villages, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) in Guwahati.
This Scheme is a mega mission with a financial outlay of Rs. 30,000 crore and it will be implemented in the entire village the state.

Bureau of Civil Aviation Security suspends IndiGo's security training centre licence.
The training academy is run by IndiGo's parent company, InterGlobe Aviation.
Now, IndiGo would have to outsource the training programme.
The move comes at a time when the airline is already facing frequent glitches in its aircraft.
Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has suspended the licence of budget carrier IndiGo's aviation security training facility for alleged lapses in the examination system conducted by it.

Steps taken to Prevent Coal Mine Accidents.
The provisions of Mines Act, 1952, Subordinate Rules and Regulations made thereunder are being administered for ensuring the safety in coal mines by Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS).
This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
The Minister further stated that these provisions are reviewed from time to time by DGMS taking inputs from experience of officials of DGMS, industry & academic institutions and the recommendations of the tripartite committees.

February 7

I&B Ministry earns Rs. 15 lakh by selling old junk.
The information and broadcasting ministry not just earned nearly Rs. 15 lakh by selling old junk and trash that had accumulated over the years, but also freed 60,000 square feet space across several media units.
As part of a 'cleanliness fortnight', the ministry gave a thrust to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with the message that charity begins at home.
The ministry had been successful in retrieving 60,624 square feet space after the special campaign was launched.
A sum of Rs. 14,21,484 was realised after auctioning the disposed goods. On redressal of grievances, total of 4,132 grievances had been addressed during the last one year.

Several new drugs have been developed under AYUSH System: Shri Shripad Naik.
Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has developed anti-diabetic drug AYUSH-82 and AYUSH-SG for Rheumetoid Arthritis.
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) has developed 9 drugs out of which 2 are of vegetable origin, 5 are from different strains of Dengue virus and two are of chemical origin.
771468 registered practitioners of AYUSH throughout the country.

Centre forms panel to work for doubling farmers' income.
The Centre has constituted a committee to achieve the target of doubling the income of farmers by March 2022 Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
The Ministry of Agriculture, to understand the impact of demonetisation on the farming sector, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP) conducted a short survey of farmers in some villages around Delhi under "Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav" (MGMG).
The total area sown under Rabi crops as on January 27, 2017 stood at 637.34 lakh hectares as compared to 600.02 lakh hectares in the corresponding period last year, indicating no significant impact of demonetisation on Rabi sowing.

Steps taken to Promote Fisheries under the scheme of Blue Revolution.
Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries provides financial assistance to all State Governments and Union Territories including Lakshadweep for promoting fisheries Sector.
The Blue Revolution Scheme, with its multi-dimensional activities, focuses mainly on increasing fisheries production and productivity from aquaculture and fisheries resources.
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry has convened a meeting of officials of Kerala State Cooperative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd.

Government Steps To Encourage MRO Facilities in India.
Carriers avail maintenance services from DGCA approved maintenance organizations depending upon their commercial considerations, duration for accomplishment of maintenance and lease requirements.
There are 109 (MROs) approved in India of which 07 are capable of carrying out overhaul of planes.
The MRO business of Indian carriers is around Rs. 5000 crore, 90 per cent of which is currently spent outside India - in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE etc. Given our technology and skill base, the government is keen to develop India as an MRO hub in Asia, attracting business from foreign airlines.

CBDT issues Certificates of appreciation to nearly 3.74 lakh tax payers for their contribution towards Nation building.
CBDT has issued the third round of Certificates to nearly 3.74 Lakh tax payers. With this, the total number of certificates issued by CBDT now stands at approximately 23 Lakh.
Individual tax payers may take note that such certificates of appreciation are only sent by e-mail in various categories on the basis of the taxes paid.
Tax payers have no outstanding tax liabilities, the return is e-filed within the prescribed due date and verified through Digital Signature or Electronic Verification Code (EVC) or submission of signed ITR-V to CPC Bangalore.

NABARD to monitor conversion of Kisan Credit Cards into RuPay Cards on mission mode.
Acting on the promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Government has now decided that NABARD will coordinate the conversion of operative/ live Kisaan Credit Cards into Rupay ATM cum Debit Kisaan Credit Cards (RKCCs) by Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) on priority.
The Government has been closely monitoring the progress of conversion of Kisan Credit Cards (KCCs) to RuPay ATM cards.
As per the revised Kisan Credit Card (KCC) Scheme issued by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), allowed withdrawal through ATM/ Debit Cards as one of the delivery channels for the drawl, for the current season/ year.

February 8

Parliament passes bill for wage payment via cheques, e-mode.
Parliament passed a bill seeking to enable the Centre and state governments to specify industrial units which will have to pay wages only either through cheques or by transferring into bank accounts.
On Valentine’s Day, Delhi University Students Attend Meet Titled 'Love Without Fear' Addressing Issue Of Attacks On Women's Autonomy.
No way are we taking away the rights of workers. This bill is going to strengthen those. We want them to get their wages through transparent manner.

Cabinet approves 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ for covering 6 crore rural households.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate. The outlay for this project is Rs. 2,351.38 crore.
Under the scheme 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17; 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18; and 300 lakh in the FY 2018-19. each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.
As per the 71st NSSO Survey on Education 2014, only 6 per cent of rural households have a computer. This highlights that more than 15 crore rural households (@ 94 per cent of 16.85 crore households) do not have computers and a significant number of these households are likely to be digitally illiterate.

Setting Up of New Atomic Power Plants.
The Government has accorded 'in principle' approval for the sites at Gorakhpur in Haryana and Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan for setting up 4 reactors of 700 MW each.
The Government has also accorded financial sanction for Units 1 & 2 at Gorakhpur (GHAVP 1&2-2×700 MW) and work on the project has commenced.
The nuclear power project at Gorakhpur, Haryana (GHAVP 1&2) is being set up by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a Public Sector Enterprise under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Heavy Water Reactors.
Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) are under construction in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Haryana.
More PHWRs are proposed to be set up in the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Karnataka.
PHWRs are expected to contribute a significant portion of electricity to be generated from nuclear sources in the country.

Desalination of Water in Coastal Areas.
Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) is putting up a 5000 cubic meter per day (5.0 MLD) seawater desalination plant in Odisha’s coastal district of Ganjam, adjacent to Gopalpur, through MoU mode between Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), a Public Sector Undertaking under DAE.
A 6300 cubic meter per day (6.3 MLD) Nuclear Seawater Desalination plant has already been commissioned and is in operation at Kalpakkam, Chennai along Bay of Bengal in IGCAR, DAE.
The site at Ganjam district, Odisha has been considered since it is located on the coastline of Bay of Bengal (only 750 meters away from shore line) Capacity of the plant at Odisha is 5000 m3/day (5.0 MLD) at a cost of Rs. 112.90 crore.

Cabinet approves Rs. 2,351 crore digital literacy programme.
The Cabinet approved 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' with an outlay of Rs. 2,351.38 crore to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the fiscal year 2016-17, 275 lakh in FY 2017-18 and 300 lakh in FY 2018-19.

Railways launch first phase of station redevelopment programme.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched the first phase of station redevelopment programme for 23 major railway stations across the country.
The Railways will take up 400 stations in 100 top cities for redevelopment into smart stations.
The entire project is being touted as the world's largest programme, will use at least 2,200 acres of land and see investments worth Rs. 1 lakh crore.
The first phase will utilise a budget of Rs. 6000-9000 crore, and the tenders will awarded through free bidding.

Incentive schemes on Digital Payments promotion gets a fillip.
The Niti Ayog's scheme have seen 7.6 lakh citizens receive reward money worth Rs 117 crore in 45 days for using digital modes of payment.
NITI Aayog's dual incentive schemes Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojana.
The daily cash backs to 15,000 consumers, 90 additional consumers and 3,000 merchants have won Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000 each as weekly prize money for adopting this scheme.

February 9

Ganga Act: Two separate committees formed to prepare draft.
The committee has been asked to establish difference between de-silting and sand mining and also to establish need for de-silting for (ensuing) ecology and e-flow of the river Ganga.
The Government has formed two separate committees to prepare draft of Ganga Act, which aims at expediting implementation of Namami Gange programme and lay down guidelines to rid the holy river of silt.
79-year-old Malviya is chairman of Ganga Mahasabha, which was formed by his grandfather and Banaras Hindu University founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

Govt to start Highway Advisory Services in 13 states through AIR.
The government is going to start Highways Advisory Services to provide real time traffic updates on 12 National Highways in 13 States through All India Radio.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, phase one of the pilot projects was implemented on Delhi-Jaipur National Highway No. 8.
In Delhi, Alwar and Jaipur, real time traffic updates of duration five minutes each, is being provided in 18 bulletins everyday through All India Radio Stations.

Cabinet nod for rural digital literacy programme.
The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' or PMGDISHA to make six crore rural households digitally literate.
The outlay for the project is Rs. 2,351.38 crore. The programme aims to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019.
PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. As many as 25 lakh candidates will be trained in FY 2016-17, 275 lakh in FY 2017-18 and 300 lakh candidates in FY 2018-19. Each of the 250,000 gram panchayats in the country will be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.

President’s Estate to Generate 670 KW Solar Energy through rooftop Solar Panels.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the first phase of a Solarization Project in the President’s Estate.
670 KW of solar power will be generated through rooftop solar panels installed on seven buildings in the President's Estate.
The savings in electricity bills resulting from this project is expected to be more than approximately Rs. 80 lakh per year. The generation of solar power will result in significant reduction in carbon footprint and make the Estate more energy efficient.

Opening of the first batch of new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department of Posts (DOP) announced their decision to utilize the Head Post Offices (HPO) in the various States as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens of our country.
The objective of this partnership is to extend passport services on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage.
The pilot projects for this joint venture between MEA and DOP was inaugurated on 25 January, 2017 at the HPO at Mysuru in Karnataka by Shri Ananth Kumar, Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs; and at the Post Office at Dahod in Gujarat by Gen (Retd).

934 hostels sanctioned till date under the Working Women Hostel Scheme.
934 hostels have been sanctioned till date under the Working Women Hostel scheme of Ministry of Women & Child Development all over the country benefitting more than 70,000 working women.
As per the Scheme guidelines, the proposals forwarded by all the State Governments/ UT Administrations including North Eastern States are considered by a Project Sanctioning Committee headed by Secretary (WCD) for sanction of Working Women Hostels under the Scheme.