Policy Watch – January 4th, 2018

Important policy updates from 29th December 2017 – 4th January 2018.


E-catalogue to Promote Engineering Goods at a Global Level

As part of the Brand India Initiative, Indian companies that adhere to international standards and quality will be showcased on an e-catalog, for buyers across the globe. This initiative seeks to promote India’s high-quality engineering products, medical devices, textile machinery and accessories, and electrical machinery equipment and pumps and valves, internationally. Currently, 150 Indian companies have been listed on this e-catalog and the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India intends to promote the platform also at international exhibitions.

For more information: The Hindu Business Line

NARI Portal

The Ministry for Women and Child Development has launched NARI, a portal providing complete information on all existing government schemes for women. It presently carries information on about 350 schemes, which will be updated from time to time. The Schemes are categorised into seven sections; education, employment, health, housing, and shelter, addressing violence, decision making and social support. Additionally, a website called ‘e-SAMVAD’ has also been launched, wherein NGOs can share their best practices, feedback, and suggestions in this field.

For more information: Economic Times

Three Ministries Collaborate for Technology Mission for Railways

The Ministries of Railways, Human Resource Development and Science and Technology department have signed a MoU, which will facilitate co-financing by all of them for identified railway projects and conduct applied research. The three ministries will cooperate and collaborate on the Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR). The funding pattern of the ministries of Railway, HRD and Science and Technology will be 30%, 25%, and 25% respectively. Research on projects pertaining to safety, energy, environment and urban railways will be taken up.

For more information: Economic Times

Railway SMS Facility Extended to 1373 Trains.

The facility provided by Indian Railways of informing passengers through SMS regarding the status of train delay by more than an hour has been extended to 1373 more trains, including Garib Rath, Duranto, Jan Shatabdi, Suvidha, Hamsafar and Superfast trains. This facility was initially available only for passengers of Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Tejas and Gatimaan trains.

For more information: PIB Release

PM India Website Now Available in 11 Regional Languages

The Prime Minister’s official website has launched an Assamese and a Manipuri language version, in keeping with the demands made by people of the two states. The portal is now available in a total of 11 regional languages, in addition to English and Hindi. The measure can be seen in the light of increasing communication possibilities for people from all parts of the country with the Prime Minister.

For more information: North East Today


Database of Healthcare and Allied Professionals

A web portal has been launched by the Ministry of Health, with a database of all allied and healthcare workers, with the aim to bring about transparency and to keep a track of the number of such professionals. The repository will include professions such as anesthesiologists, art therapists, audiologists, cardiovascular technologists, etc. Owing to such mapping of manpower available in the field, better policies can be framed in this regard.

For more information: Business Standard

Online Oncology Tutorial Series

The Ministry of Health has launched a digital oncology tutorial series. It will assist doctors, including general physicians and dentists with training on the basics of oncology detection, so that early detection, diagnosis, prevention, rehabilitation and treatment of cancer can be possible. The course has been designed for a period of seven weeks, which will equip doctors with the required knowledge and skills in understanding this medical problem. The course will be conducted with the use of tools such as video lectures, case studies, assessment questionnaires and interactive webinar sessions with experts from Tata Memorial Hospital.

For more information: The Hindu Business Line

AIIMS in Bilaspur

The Cabinet has approved setting up of AIIMS in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur region, under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. This project will use an outlay of 1,350 crores under the said scheme and will be completed in 48 months. The new AIIMS is set to have 750 beds, a medical college with a capacity of 100 seats, along with a nursing college with 60 seats.

For more information: NDTV


India-UK Pact to Improve Public Transport

The cabinet has approved a MoU between India and London’s transport authority, to improve the public transport system in India. The agreement will also help in improving ties between India and the United Kingdom and will focus on establishing an integrated public transport system for all.

For more information: The Hindu Business Line

Boost to Port Projects

The Government has decided to revise the concession pact for PPP projects at major ports in order to make it more investor-friendly for investors. The revised model will include an exit clause for developers to employ, by divesting their equity up to 100%, on the lines of the provisions for Highway sector. It will also include a dispute resolution mechanism based on the highways sector model.

For more information: Financial Express