Health, education to top PM Modi’s meeting with council of ministers

Progress made on setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), among other things, is likely to figure prominently when Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a review meeting with his Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

This will be the second review meeting of its kind, the first having been held on January 27 in which schemes related to the agriculture, rural development, consumer affairs, food and public distribution, chemical and fertilizer and water resources were discussed.

On Wednesday, the PM is also likely to review several issues related to the ministries of Women and Child Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Health and Family Welfare, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and Labour and Employment in the meeting, government sources told The Indian Express. As many as 26 agenda items have been shortlisted for this meeting.

Through a Cabinet decision in October last year, the government had cleared the setting of three news AIIMS at Mangalagiri near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Nagpur in Maharashtra and Kalyani in West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. Union Health Minister J.P Nadda will apprise the PM about the progress made on these projects. In addition, he will also dwell on the progress made under the National Health Mission. Similarly, Union Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani is likely to give a status report on the progress made on setting up six new IITs in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala and Karnataka.

The Union Cabinet had given an in-principle approval to set up these IITs as registered societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 last year. The HRD minister will also apprise the PM about the progress made on establishing six new IIMs in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab. Operationalisation of the budget announcement on Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, the setting up of a credit guarantee fund for Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana, and the progress made Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will also be up for review, sources said. Also, the PM’s pet projects—the Swachh Bharat Mission (rural and urban) and the Housing for All by 2022 Mission—will be reviewed. During the meeting, Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi is slated to talk about the recent amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014.

The progress made on the financial restructuring of Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur, and on the setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) will also be reviewed during the meeting with Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot expected to talk on these matters. Gehlot is also expected to brief the PM about the efforts being put in by his ministry for the nationwide celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B.R Ambedkar.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, National Skill Development Mission, National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, Common Norms for Skill Development Schemes implemented by Centre and Amendment to the Apprentices Act, 1961 will also be up for review during the meeting.

Credit-The Indian Express



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