Policy Updates

Guidelines for Open Defecation Free (ODF) sustainability, released by the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation

  • 15 December, 2016

In an effort to continue focus on 'Sustainability' in sanitation, the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has released the Open Defecation Free (ODF) Sustainability Guidelines for the States to follow. These have been compiled on the basis...

India, Switzerland sign Joint Declaration to implement Automatic Exchange of Information

  • 22 November, 2016

Chairman CBDT, Sushil Chandra on behalf of India and Deputy Chief of Mission of Swiss Embassy in India, Gilles Roduit on behalf of Switzerland signed the 'Joint Declaration' for the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) between...

Launch of the new scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan’

  • 04 November, 2016

'Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan' was launched and it aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates through safe pregnancies and safe deliveries. It will provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres...

8th BRICS Summit Declaration: International Taxation and Financial Transparency

  • 16 October, 2016

The 8th BRICS Summit held in Goa, India on October 15-16, 2016 reaffirmed the commitments of BRICS countries towards a global tax body following the lack of consensus at the Third Conference on Financing for Development. The summit addressed...

India ratifies the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

  • 2 October, 2016

India ratified the Paris Agreement (on Climate Change) on 2nd October 2016, the day of Gandhi Jayanti. India's U.N. Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin handed over the official documents on ratification of the Paris agreement to the chief of the U.N. Treaty...

Approval by Cabinet: (i) Merger of Railway budget with general budget (ii) advancement of budget presentation (iii) Merger of Plan & Non Plan funds

  • 21 September, 2016

The Union Cabinet has approved three crucial proposals of Ministry of Finance namely, (i) the merger of Railway budget with the General budget, (ii) the advancement of the date of Budget presentation from the last day of February to the 1st of...

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has released Swachh Sarvekshan 2016 Gramin Report

  • 12 September, 2016

In an effort to create a sense of positive competitiveness among the States and Districts, 26 States and UTs, which were part of the baseline survey on sanitation and cleanliness conducted by NSSO in 2015 have been ranked on the basis of...

Guidelines for Appraisal and Approval of Public Funded Schemes and Projects, issued by the Union Finance Ministry

  • 5 August, 2016

In the context of the announcement, in Union Budget 2016-17, regarding the elimination of the Plan and Non-Plan classification of expenditure after the current financial year, the Union Finance Ministry has issued comprehensive guidelines for...

Next steps required on GST after passage of Constitution Amendment Bill

  • 4 August, 2016

A day after the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitutional Amendment Bill by Rajya Sabha, the Revenue Secretary (Union Ministry of Finance), Mr. Hasmukh Adhia presented a roadmap for the implementation of GST in the country. He...

Report of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes

  • 3 August, 2016

The Centre has accepted the major recommendations of a Chief Ministers’ panel on rationalisation of Centrally-Sponsored Schemes on 3 August. The panel has recommended that the number of CSSs should not normally exceed 30. In addition to that,...

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