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Yogima Sharma

  • Niti Aayog seeks Cabinet nod for battery push

    Niti Aayog seeks Cabinet nod for battery push

    The move is part of an effort to push use of EVs, for which high battery cost is a big hurdle. The batteries, currently being imported, account for more than half the cost of an EV and local manufacturing could help bring this down. The projects would cost as much as $5 billion (Rs 35,500 crore).

    Labour Ministry moots social security fund linked to CSR norms

    Labour Ministry moots social security fund linked to CSR norms

    The ministry has proposed constituting a social security fund or funds for provision of social security to unorganised workers, platform workers or gig workers or any class of such workers to be administered by the central government in the social security code.

    Skilling flagship may see over 2x allocation boost

    Skilling flagship may see over 2x allocation boost

    The new technologies to be covered under the widened PMKVY may include artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data, 3D printing, virtual reality and robotics. This is in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world, the official said.

    House panel to vet two labour codes

    House panel to vet two labour codes

    Ministry feels delay is essential as bills’ technical provisions are significant. The ministry has decided to seek the committee’s views as it feels the proposals will have farreaching implications, but the move may slow down the pace of labour reforms being pushed by the government.

    NITI Aayog preparing draft model Land Title Act, 2019

    NITI Aayog preparing draft model Land Title Act, 2019

    Conclusive land titles are guaranteed by the state for their correctness and entail provision for compensation by the state in case of any disputes. Guaranteed title systems have been developed and adopted in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

    GoM set up to resolve land leasing issues

    GoM set up to resolve land leasing issues

    The model legislation, drafted by the Aayog three years ago, is yet to be adopted by states. Most state governments have either legally banned or slapped restrictions on agricultural land leasing that have forced tenancy to be informal, insecure and inefficient. The share of agriculture in GDP is only about 14%, but it employs 49% of the country’s total workforce.

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