Union Cabinet learnt to have cleared bill on electoral reforms

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday is learnt to have cleared a bill on electoral reforms, including allowing the Election Commission to seed Aadhaar number with electoral rolls on voluntary basis. According to the bill cleared by the cabinet, the electoral law will be made “gender neutral” for service voters. Another provision of the bill will … Read more

Govt to introduce bill in Lok Sabha Monday to repeal contentious farm laws

To repeal the three contentious farm laws, the government on Monday will introduce in Lok Sabha a new bill, which states that though “only a small group of farmers are protesting” against these legislations, the need of the hour is to take along everyone for inclusive growth. The bill has been listed for introduction and … Read more

Centre sets up empowered group of secretaries to monitor PM Gati Shakti roll out

The government on Monday said it has constituted an empowered group of secretaries (EGOS), headed by the cabinet secretary, which will be a monitoring mechanism for the development and implementation of the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan. In a notification, the commerce and industry ministry said this 20-member group will set out procedure and … Read more

Dearness Allowance hike to 31% effective from July 1, says Finance Ministry

Dearness Allowance for central government employees has been hiked to 31 per cent of the basic pay from 28 per cent with effect from July 1, 2021, the Finance Ministry said. In an office memorandum, the Department of Expenditure, under the Finance Ministry, said the term ‘basic pay’ means the pay drawn as per the … Read more

Congress demands probe after CAG flags irregularities in BharatNet project

The Congress on Saturday demanded an independent, high-level and time-bound enquiry into financial irregularities in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) flagged by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its preliminary report. Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera claimed that financial irregularities in MeitY is the reason … Read more

Union Cabinet to meet physically after more than a year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a Union Cabinet meet on Wednesday, its first physical meeting in over a year. The Union Cabinet will meet at 11 am on Wednesday. Sources said the last Cabinet meeting held physically was in the first week of April last year, when the coronavirus pandemic struck the country. The … Read more

New Culture & Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy: With promotion to Cabinet, BJP’s main man in Telangana rewarded

With his elevation from Union minister of state for home, Reddy becomes the first person from Telangana to hold a Cabinet rank. (Picture courtesy: Indian Express) From a humble foot soldier in the Janata Party in 1977 to being promoted to minister of tourism and culture, life has come full circle for G. Kishan Reddy. … Read more

Mansukh Mandaviya: The veterinarian key to India’s Covid-19 fate

Among the seven ministers promoted to the Cabinet, Mandaviya became Gujarat’s youngest MLA at 28 years when he entered the Assembly in 2002. (Picture courtesy: Indian Express) Mansukh Mandaviya takes over the Union health ministry at a critical juncture. On the one hand, the government is ramping up its Covid-19 vaccination drive; on another, it … Read more

Cabinet reshuffle likely on Wednesday amid buzz of big reset

The long-anticipated reshuffle and expansion of the Union Cabinet is expected to take place on July 7. There are speculations of several senior leaders like former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, RCP Singh to be accommodated in the Cabinet. Recently, Uttarakhand former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat met the PM as well. In 2019, … Read more

Cabinet clears Covid relief stimulus package

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Covid-relief stimulus package announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman two days ago, information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said. The approved schemes include a Rs 3.03 lakh revamped scheme for the power distribution sector, Rs 1.5 lakh crore additional credit for small and medium businesses, and export insurance … Read more