1. Development Projects worth Rs. 3350 crores unveiled by PM in Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi disclosed today development projects worth Rs. 3350 crores for Varanasi today. These projects relate to different areas of Health, Sanitation, Smart City, Connectivity, Power, Housing and others. governor of UP Shri Ram Naik, CM of UP Shri Yogi Adityanath, and different dignitaries were available on the event.

The first identifies with building infrastructure like Highways, Railways and so forth while the other is to guarantee that the advantages of advancement connect with the general population. He included that few declaration were made in the Budget with this impact. Talking about the undertakings disclosed, PM said this is an exertion towards making Varanasi a critical focus of New India. PM additionally referenced about Rashtriya Kamdhenu Ayog, for preservation insurance and advancement of dairy animals and their descendants.

2. Cabinetapproves “Changes in Exploration and Licensing Policy for upgrading household investigation and generation of oil and gas”

The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Policy system on changes in investigation and permitting part to upgrade household investigation and generation of oil and gas. The target of the Policy is to pull in new interest in Exploration and Production (E&P) Sector, heightening of investigation exercises in up to this point unexplored regions and changing the arrangement in creating bowls.

Royalty and statutory levies, however, will be paid by Contractor. For unallocated/unexplored areas of producing basins, the bidding will continue to be based on revenue sharing basis but more weightage to work programme. An upper ceiling on biddable revenue share has also been prescribed to prevent unviable bids. The enhanced production would help in reducing import dependence, improve energy security of country and save the precious foreign exchange on import bill.

3. Cabinet approves continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) beyond March, 2019 (PMAY-G) Phase-II as follows:

  • Total target for construction of 1.95 crore houses under PMAY-G Phase-II upto 2022.
  • Continuation of rural housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana –
  • Gramin (PMAY-G) in Phase-ll till 2019-20 according to the current standards of PMAY-G Phase-l, with an objective of 60 lakh houses including money related ramifications of Rs.76,500 crore (Central’Share of Rs. 48,195 crore and State offer of Rs.28,305 crore)… ..


The left out rural households who are houseless and / or living in dilapidated houses subject to a ceiling of 1.95 crore would be provided pucca houses by 2022.

4. If the Cabinet Implementation of the “National Rural Economic Transformation Project under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Implementation of an Externally Aided Project namely “National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP) under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) through loan assistance (IBRD Credit) from World Bank.


The technical assistance provided by NRETP and the higher level interventions facilitated by the project will enhance the livelihoods promotion and access to finance and scale-up initiatives on digital finance and livelihood interventions.

5. Cabinet approves Swadesh Darshan Scheme:

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the following proposals:

Continuation of the Swadesh Darshan Scheme during 14th Finance Commission period and beyond; Rs. 2055.96 crores for 60 on-going projects completing in December 2019; andRs. 324.09 crores for 6 projects for which substantial funds have been released and projects to be completed in September 2020.


Swadesh Darshan Scheme – Integrated Development of theme based tourist circuits is the flagship scheme of Ministry of Tourism for development of tourism infrastructure in the country.

6. Cabinet approves continuation of KhadiGramodyogVikas Yojana

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the approval to the following:

To continue the existing schemes of MPDA, Khadi Grant, ISEC and Village Industry Grant, all subsumed under ‘Khadi and Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’ at the total cost of Rs. 2800 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The other key component is to make the ‘Production Assistance’ competitive and incentive based. The incentive structure focuses on improving productivity, turnover and quality assurances, and would be extended on the basis of an objective scorecard. While the Khadi Institutions would automatically be given the financial assistance of 30%, in order to become eligible for the additional incentive of 30%, these institutions must strive for efficiency, optimal utilization of resources, reduction of waste, effective managerial practices etc.

7. Cabinet approves revisions/modifications in National Programme for Mid-Day Meal in Schools

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the revision of norms under Mid Day Meal Scheme with an outlay of Rs.12,054 Crore for 2019-20 in addition to the subsidy of about Rs. 8,000 crore borne by Department of Food and Public Distribution. The accompanying modified standards and consideration of new parts would enhance the proficiency and viability of the plan.

Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), is a Centrally-Sponsored Scheme which covers all school children studying in Classes I-VIII of Government, Government-Aided Schools. The scheme covers more than 12 crore children studying in 11.4 lakh schools across the country.Government of India incurs more than Rs 17,600 crore in the scheme including the subsidy of about Rs.7,600 crore on food grains.The average per meal cost borne by Central Government is Rs 6.64 and Rs. 9.59 for students of primary and upper primary classes, respectively.

8. Cabinet approves Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme for achieving cumulative capacity

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs led by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Program for achieving cumulative limit of 40,000 MW from Rooftop Solar (RTS) Projects constantly 2022. The program will be executed with complete focal monetary help of Rs.11,814 crore.

CFA under residential category will be provided for 4000 MW capacity and the same will be provided on the basis of benchmark cost or tender cost, which is lower.Central financial support will not be available for other category i.e., institutional, educational, social, government, commercial, industrial, etc. The programme has directed employment potential.  Besides increasing self-employment the approval is likely to generate employment opportunity equivalent to 9.39 lakh job years for skilled and unskilled workers for addition of 38GW capacity under Phase-II of the scheme by the year 2022.

9. Cabinet approves launch Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers.

The proposed scheme consists of three components:

Component-A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants.

Component-B: Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.

Component-C: Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid-connected Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.

Every one of the three segments consolidated, the plan intends to include a sunlight based limit of 25,750 MW by 2022. The complete focal money related help gave under the plan would be Rs. 34,422 crore.

10.Cabinet approves Agreement on Proposed Participation of India in PISA

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval to the Agreement between India and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for participating in the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA), which will be conducted by the OECD in 2021. The Agreement was signed on 28th January 2019.


Learnings from participation in PISA will help to introduce competency-based examination reforms in the school system and help move away from rote learning.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will be part of the process and activities leading to the actual test.