New Delhi: From building more Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) to bringing ex-servicemen within the health insurance benefits umbrella, the Narendra Modi Government has taken a slew of decisions in its last Cabinet meeting.
Reports say the Cabinet, in the Thursday meeting, approved 30 decisions which included projects for Delhi Metro and a committee to draw up norms for unauthorised colonies.
Several states are to benefit from infrastructure projects and Mumbai is set to get 191 air-conditioned rakes. The new KVs, which will start functioning from the 2019-20 academic session, will cater to one lakh students and help increase the number of KVs to 1,252. A sum of Rs 1,579 crore has been put aside for development of these KVs over five years.
Another significant decision taken was that of approval of Delhi Metro’s Phase IV comprising three priority corridors. Then, there is the decision of approval of the grant of ex-servicemen contributory health scheme (ECHS) facilities to WWII veterans, emergency commissioned officers, short service commission officers and premature retirees.
Khurja in UP and Buxar in Bihar are to get a super thermal power project with a capacity of 1,320 MW each. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) also okayed construction of Kiru Hydro Electric project (624 MW) by Chenab Valley Power Projects Private Limited in J-K. The project is located on the Chenab river in Kishtwar district.
The CCEA also gave its approval for extension of time and scope for revival and development of unserved and under-served airstrips of state governments, Airports Authority of India, civil enclaves, CPSUs, helipads and water aerodromes at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore.
The Cabinet also approved the continuation of the fourth phase of the National AIDS Control Programme for three years from April 2017 to March 2020. Rs 6,434.76 crore has been earmarked for three years. With an outlay of Rs 3,342 crore till 2019-20, the Flood Management and Border Areas Programme has also been approved across the country.