Committees in News 2017: GK Updates

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Committees in News 2017
1. Committee of CMs headed by Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu submitted its report. It was formed to prepare road map for rapid adoption of digital payment methods.
1.     Levying a handling charge for cash payments above Rs. 50,000.
2.     Tax breaks must be provided to consumers and merchants using digital modes of payments.
3.     Abolition of merchant discount rate (MDR).
2. Expert Group under Sumit Bose, that was set up to prepare Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) has submitted its report to Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). Objective of expert group was to study criteria for allocation of resources to States and identification and prioritization of beneficiaries under various programmes using SECC data.
3. Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Committee, headed by N.K. Singh has submitted its report on changes in FRBM Act 2003.
4. Government constituted committee to frame uniform rules for states to avoid delay in proper implementation of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, to be headed by Secretary from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD).
5. Ministry of Water Resources constituted committee to assess availability and utilisation of waters of Mahanadi and its tributaries to resolve disputes over sharing of river waters among five states - Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
6. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports constituted a committee to suggest improvements in the National Sports Development Code (NSDC) and functioning of Indian Sports Federation. It will be headed by Injeti Srinivas.
7. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports reconstituted committee with objective of identifying potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. Committee will be headed by Olympic Gold Medalist Abhinav Bindra.
8. Special task force for women safety in Delhi has been reconstituted under Chairmanship of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
9. 16 member committee constituted by Ministry of AYUSH to prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control, to be headed by H.R. Nagendra.
10. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) constituted 11 member Panel on Food Fortification and Nutrition to identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general and also in specific target groups. Panel will frame regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem.
11. Government appointed Working Group on Migration headed by Partha Mukhopadhay recommended necessary legal and policy framework to protect the interests of migrants in country. Panel stated that migrant population makes substantial contribution to economic growth, making it necessary to secure their Constitutional rights.
12. Government constituted committee to crack down on benami firms, to be headed by Revenue Secretary and Corporate Affairs Secretary.
13. Government formed committee Under Afzal Amanullah, to study ways to improve India’s Haj policy and look into issue of subsidy to pilgrimage. It is being done in light of 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing it by 2022.
14. Human Resource Development Ministry constituted a committee of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) to look into issues of girl’s education, to be headed by Telangana's Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari.
15. Reserve Bank of India has set up committee to suggest measures to tackle cyber security challenges. It will be headed by Meena Hemchandra (RBI Executive Director). 
16. A Committee has been formed to examine working of the regulatory bodies Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) and their governing legislations - Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973, for suggesting suitable reforms for AYUSH. Committee will be headed by Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
17. Committee under Chairmanship of Madhukar Gupta submitted its report, about strengthening border protection and address vulnerabilities in fencing along Indo-Pakistan border.
18. Committee under Partha Mukhopadhay has suggested to enable migrants to avail benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) in destination State by providing for inter-State operability of PDS, to protect interests of migrants in the country.
19. Defence Ministry approved proposals of committee headed by D.B. Shekatkar, to bring reforms in military and improve its financial management.
20. Committee constituted to prepare draft Ganga Act, under Girdhar Malviya has submitted its report. The draft Ganga Act addresses critical issues pertaining to National River Gaga on its Cleanliness (Nirmalta) and uninterrupted flow.
21. Committee headed by Ashok Lavasa submitted its Report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, regarding 7th CPC recommendations on Allowances.
22. Government constituted Inter- Disciplinary Committee chaired by Special Secretary (Economic Affairs) to examine existing framework with related to Virtual Currencies (Bitcoin Etc.).
23. Shunglu committee submitted its report regarding abuse of power by Delhi government led by Aam Aadmi Party. Committee was formed by former Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung,to look into decisions taken by AAP government in Delhi.
24. Uttar Pradesh government constituted committee to implement its decision of waving off farmers’ agricultural loans worth approx 36300 crores, to be headed by Rahul Bhatnagar (UP Chief Secretary).