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Regional office of the Ministry of Skill development and Entrepreneurship

Question: In which state, regional office of the Ministry of Skill development and Entrepreneurship, of the Government of India will be opened?
(a) Uttarakhand
(b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Madhya Pradesh
(d) Assam
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On June 21, 2017, Dr. K.P. Krishnan, secretary, ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship informed about the opening of the Regional Office of the Ministry in Uttarakhand.
  • This will be the first time that the regional office of a central Ministry will be opened in any state of the country beyond Delhi.
  • The State Government will provide land for its establishment.
  • It will be easy to implement all the related schemes of Central Government and State Government, including the Prime Minister Skill Development Plan, through this Regional Office.
  • On this occasion, the Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to make a joint working group of Tata Trust and Uttarakhand government officials.
  • This Joint Working Group will prepare a road map for the state in areas of skill development, employment generation, bio-economy, e-governance, tourism etc.
  • Tata Strives, a subsidiary of Tata Group, will set up two residential training centers in Kumaon and Garhwal with the support of the state government to provide employment training.

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Cabinet approves phasing out Foreign Investment Promotion Board

Cabinet approved abolishing Foreign Investment Promotion Board

Question: Which of the following is not correct about Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB)?
a) It processes FDI proposals and makes recommendations for Government approval.
c) The Minister of Finance who is in-charge of FIPB would consider the recommendations of FIPB on proposals with total foreign equity inflow of and below Rs. 3000 crore.
c) The recommendations of FIPB on proposals with total foreign equity inflow of more than Rs. 3000 crore would be placed for consideration of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
d) It advertizes Indian market in foreign countries.
Ans: (d)

  • On May 24, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved to the phasing out of Foreign Investment Promotion Board.
  • The proposal entails abolishing the FIPB and allowing administrative Ministries/Departments to process applications for FDI requiring government approval.
  • FDI applications and approval of the Government shall now be handled by the concerned Ministries/Departments in consultation with the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce.
  • DIPP will also issue the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for processing of applications and decision of the Government under the extant FDI policy.
  • The move will provide ease of doing business and will help in promoting the principle of Maximum Governance and Minimum Government.
  • It is notable that the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) is an inter-ministerial body, responsible for processing of FDI proposals and making recommendations for Government approval.
  • As per the approval rules, The Finance Minister who is in-charge of FIPB considers the recommendations of FIPB on proposals with total foreign equity inflow of and below Rs. 3000 crore. Proposals of more than Rs. 3000 crore are placed for consideration of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).


Govt approves setting up of NSEBC

Approval for setting up of a National Commission for socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC)

Question: Which of the followings institution is to be set up by dissolving the National Backward Classes Commission?
(a) National Commission for Educationally Backward Class
(b) National Commission for Socially Backward Class
(c) National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Class
(d) National Samrasta Commission
Answer- (c)
Related facts:

  • On March 23rd , 2017, the Union Cabinet approved the establishment of National Social and Educational Backward Classes Commission (NSEBC) as a Constitutional body for socially and educationally backward classes.
  • An amendment to the Constitution by inserting an article 338B shall be made to give Constitutional status to this commission.
  • The commission shall comprise one Chairman, one Vice-Chairman and three members.
  • The cabinet has also approved the Repeal of National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 and Dissolution of the Commission constituted under the Act of 1993.
  • The bill is the resultant of the demands for constitutional status for the National Commission for Backward Classes in order to allow it to hear the grievances of OBCs in the same manner that the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes hear complaints.
  • Bill, after passing, will confer Constitutional status to the Commission and Parliament’s approval for every inclusion into and exclusion from the Central List of Other Backward Classes shall be necessary.


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