National - 2019 JANUARY

January 1

100% houses in 25 states electrified under Saubhagya Yojana.
The country achieved yet another milestone in the power sector with completion of electrification in 100% households in 25 states at year end.
Now, only about 10.48 lakh householdsare left to be electrified in 4 states - Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh.
These states are also taking all concerted efforts to achieve, at the earliest, saturation of household electrification.
The central government launched 'Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana' (Saubhagya) in September 2017 to achieve the goal of universal household electrification in the country by 31 March, 2019.

Lok Sabha passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill
It amends the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and replaces the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.
The Bill is aimed at revamping medical education regulatory system in the country.
The 1956 Act provides for supersession of the MCI and its reconstitution within a period of three years.
The Bill amends this provision to provide for the supersession of the MCI for a period of one year.

Government extends CLSS for MIG housing loans till March 2020.
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs headed by Minister of State Hardeep S. Puri, extended the Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) Scheme by another 12 months till March 31, 2020.
Around 93,007 beneficiaries have been covered till date and have already received Rs. 1,960.45 crore of subsidies in the scheme.
The scheme covers two income segments in the MIG viz. Rs. 6,00,001 to Rs. 12,00,000 per annum for MIG-I and Rs. 12,00,001 to Rs. 18,00,000 per annum for MIG-II.
About Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS):
Prime Minister NarendraModi on 31.12.2016 announced the commencement of a new Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme for the Middle Income Group (CLSS for MIG).
The purpose of the scheme was to meet the aspirations of young professionals and entrepreneurs of Middle Class Segment seeking housing loans for acquisition/ construction of houses (including re-purchase) from Banks, Housing Finance Companies and other such notified institutions.
About Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs:
Minister: Hardeep Singh Puri (MOS independent charge)
Headquarters: Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi

Govt can check online food, grocery delivery items any time: FSSAI
National food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued guidelines to enable government to monitor the online food and grocery operators such as Grofers and BigBasket as well as food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato any time.
The guidelines are part of directives issued by the regulator to re-operationalise licensing and registration of e-commerce food companies.
An image of the said food should be out up in the platforms of the Companies so that consumers can recognize the product.
A remaining shelf life of 30% or 45 days of the food should be maintained before expiry at the time of delivery.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI):
Headquarters: New Delhi.
Chief Executive Officer: Pawan Kumar Agarwal.
Chairperson: Ms. Rita Teaotia.

January 2

Government sets up export promotion cell for MSMEs
 The MSME ministry has established an export promotion cell to create a sustainable ecosystem for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The benefits likely to accrue from the setting up of the cell include integration MSMEs intoglobal value chain, evaluation of readiness of MSMEs to export their products and services, and recognition of areas where improvements are required in order to be able to export effectively and efficiently.
About Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises:
Minister: Giriraj Singh (MOS independent charge)
Headquarters: Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi

Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Minister of State forWomen and Child Development Ministry, Dr. Virendra Kumar announced that Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions across 18 states was initiated by the government of India. To work as a forum to empower EWRs by developing leadership capacities through training.
Under this, State Institute of Rural Developments (SIRDs) and State Resource Centres (SRCs) will collaborate with Ministry of Women and Child Development in conducting training programmes across the States.

Panel suggests not to allow new Engineering colleges from 2020
A government appointed panel headed by IIT- Hyderabad chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy has suggested to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to stop setting up new engineering colleges from 2020 and review the creation of new capacity every two years.
The panel has also suggested that no additional seats should be approved in traditional engineering areas such as mechanical, electrical, civil and electronics.
It has also recommended that institutes should be encouraged to convert current capacity in traditional disciplines to emerging new technologies as the current capacity utilization in traditional disciplines is just 40% as opposed to 60% seat occupancy in branches such as computer science and engineering, aerospace engineering and mechatronics
About All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):
Chairman: Anil Sahasrabudhe
Headquarters: New Delhi
Parent Agency: Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development

January 3

Cabinet approves setting up HLC for implementation of Assam Accord
The Union Cabinet took several key decisions including setting up of a high-levelcommittee (HLC) to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord to hold discussions with all stakeholders on the quantum of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for Assamese people among other decisions.
Measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to Bodocommunity also approved.
About Clause 6 of Assam Accord:
After Assam agitation of 1979-1985, Assam Accord was signed on 15th August, 1985.
It envisaged that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

Aadhaar amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that amends the Aadhaar Act 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha amid opposition by the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
The Amendments are being done keeping the Supreme Court verdict in mind and rejected the Opposition's concern over privacy.
About Aadhar Amendment Bill:
The Bill seeks to amend three separate laws governing Aadhaar, telecom sector, and banking regulation
The bill to amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 is crucial.
The government is trying to create the ground for allowing Aadhaar usage by private entities despite a Supreme Court ruling in September that Aadhaar can only be used for welfare schemes and for delivering state subsidies.
It had barred private companies from using Aadhaar data for authenticating customers.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals.
The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows:

Apprised of MoU between India and Morocco on Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security.
First-ever three-way merger in Indian Banking with amalgamation of Vijaya, Dena and Bank of Baroda.
Ex post facto approval to India’s Approach for COP 24, Katowice, Poland (2-15 December 2018).
'The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018' for revision in list of Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
Allows inclusion of merchant exporters under Interest Equalisation Scheme (1ES) for Pre and Post Shipment Rupee Export Credit.