Past six months committees in news (Jan - June) 2016

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Welcome to the online study with Mentor 4 BE. Here I am presenting the committees in News of past six months (Jan - June) 2016. This will help you in the upcoming bank exams as well to boost your general knowledge.

1) The PMO-appointed Empowered Committee on Innovative Collaborations under NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya has taken over the appraisal of the ambitious highspeed railway network to ascertain its way forward and how to go about implementing the first section between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, signifying the NDA government’s seriousness regarding the cost-intensive project.

2) Former Cabinet secretary T.S.R. Subramanian has been appointed chairperson of a committee set up by the Human Resource Development Ministry to draft the new education policy. The committee has been mandated to submit the draft of the new policy no later than December 31, 2015.

3) The Union Government on 27 October 2015 constituted RV Easwar Committee with a view to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The committee will be headed by Justice RV Easwar (Retd.), former Judge of Delhi High Court and former President of ITAT.

4) A one-man committee to be headed by Justice (Retd) AP Shah was constituted to look into acts of omission and commission and recommend compensation to ONGC whose natural gas from Bay of Bengal block had flowed to adjoining fields of Reliance Industries.

5) Justice (Retired) L Narasimha Reddy, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, will head the Judicial Committee to look into the implementation of One-Rank, One-Pension (OROP) scheme for the exservicemen. The panel was given a sixmonth deadline for submission of its recommendations.

6) Dr Arvind Subramanian led Committee has recommended standard rate for Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 17 to 18 per cent. The Committee has submitted its report to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi.

7) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 20 January 2016 released the first report of the Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) for comments from the stakeholders. The 21-member committee was constituted by the SEBI under the chairmanship of N R Narayan Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, to suggest measures for development of the alternative investment funds (AIFs) and startup eco-system in the country.

8) The Union Government constituted a committee of experts on defence spending. The committee will be headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (retd).

9) The Union Ministry of Finance on 28 December 2015 released the report of the Committee on Revisiting and Revitalising Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model. The 9-member committee was headed by former Finance Secretary Vijay Kelkar. The committee recognized the PPP Model in infrastructure as a valuable instrument to speed up infrastructure development in India.

10) Union Government on 11 January 2016 formed a five-member high level committee to monitor the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Corridor (bullet train project). The committee will be headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya.

11) Department of Posts on 1 January 2016 formed a one-man committee to study issues related to Gramin Dak Sevaks including wage structure and service conditions. The panel will be headed by Kamlesh Chandra, a retired member of the Postal Services Board, which will be assisted by T Q Mohammad, a senior administrative grade officer, as the secretary.

12) Union Government on 1 January 2016 constituted Shyam Benegal Committee for holistic interpretation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. The committee was formed with an aim to revamp Censor Board of India.

13) The Companies Law Committee submitted its report to the union government on 1 February 2016. It was constituted in June 2015 for examining and making recommendations on the issues arising out of implementation of the Companies Act, 2013. It was chaired by Tapan Ray Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and consist 8 members and one member convener.

14) Supreme Court on 2 February 2016 appointed a committee under former Chief Justice RM Lodha to sell assets of Pearls Agrotech Corporation Ltd (PACL) and refund 49 thousand crore rupees to the investors. The investors invested in the firm’s collective investment scheme (CIS) that was deemed illegal by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

15) The Supreme Court (SC) on 29 January 2016 directed the Union Government to set up a committee to investigate the living conditions and salary structure of over 3 lakh nurses employed in private hospitals and nursing homes across the country. The directive was given by a three-judge Bench headed-by Justice Anil R Dave while hearing a petition filed by the Trained Nurses Association of India.  

16) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 20 January 2016 released the first report of the Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) for comments from the stakeholders. The 21-member committee was constituted by the SEBI in March 2015 under the chairmanship of N R Narayan Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, to suggest measures for development of the alternative investment funds (AIFs) and startup eco-system in the country.

17) Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railway has announced Ratan Tata to head the Indian Railway Innovation Committee. The main aim is to carry out detailed analysis leading to optimized investment decisions and operations.

18) Union Government constituted a committee to consider Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities of Assam. The committee will be headed by Special Secretary (Internal Security) Ministry of Home Affairs, Mahesh Kumar Singla. The committee will recommend the modalities for granting of Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities namely Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes) in Assam.

19) The Finance Minister of West Bengal Amit Mitra on 19 February 2016 was named the chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST). Mitra will succeed Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani who had to resign in November 2015 over corruption charges.

20) Information and Broadcasting Ministry has constituted a three-member panel, headed by former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) BB Tandon, to see that guidelines set for government advertisements by the Supreme Court are followed. Senior TV journalist Rajat Sharma and ad-man Piyush Pandey will be the other members of the committee.

21) The Union Government constituted a high-level committee to suggest ways to strengthen the border protection along the border with Pakistan. It will also address the issue of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along Indo-Pakistan border. The committee will be headed by former Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and will submit its report in three months.

22) The Union Ministry of Finance on 21 March 2016 constituted a Sub-Committee under the aegis of the High Level Committee (HLC) to review issues related to excise duty. The committee will be headed by former Chief Economic Advisor Dr Ashok Lahiri and will review excise duty imposed on different jewellery articles in Budget 2016-17.

23) A Committee on Taxation of e-commerce constituted by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to examine the business models for e-commerce submitted its report on 21 March 2016.

25) Parkash Singh committee constituted to inquire into the omission and commission on part of all officers and officials of police and civil administration during Jat Quota agitation submitted its report to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

26) The Estimates Committee of Parliament, in its report on Ganga Rejuvenation recommended an overarching and fully empowered authority headed by the Prime Minister. The committee is chaired by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi.

27) The Supreme Court of India appointed a 3 member panel headed by former Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha to oversee the functions of Medical Council of India(MCI). MCI is a regulator of the medical profession and education in India. Other two members of this panel are former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai and Dr. SK Sareen.

28) The union government has constituted a five-member committee for a comprehensive review of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act. The committee will be headed by the former revenue secretary N K Singh.

29) The Union Government has constituted a 3 member committee to prepare a policy framework for taxi and other transport operators. The committee will be headed by Sanjay Mitra, Secretary of Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

30) The Union Government has announced that the H.R. Nagendra Committee on Yoga Education in Universities has recommended 7 programmes for implementation in universities.

31) The Shyam Benegal - headed committee constituted by the Information and Broadcasting ministry to look holistically into the functioning of the censor board submitted its report to I&B minister Arun Jaitley.

32) Maharashtra Government appointed taskforce headed by agriculture expert Kishore Tiwari submitted its report to CM Devendra Fadnavis. The taskforce appointed to address agrarian issues.

33) UP CM Akhilesh Yadav appointed a judicial commission to probe into the recent Mathura violence hours. The Judicial commission will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Mirza Imtiyaz Murtaza.

34) The Rajiv Gauba Committee on Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Urban Development.

35) Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has constituted a high-level committee under the chairmanship of PWD minister Satyendra Jain to look into the matters related to water bodies in the national capital.

36) Anand Desai led Expert committee set up to examine the Specific Relief Act, 1963 submitted its report to Union Law & Justice Minister DV Sadananda Gowda.

37) Parliamentary Standing Committee’s report on the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 was tabled in Parliament. The committee headed by Telugu Desam Party MP J C Divakar Reddy in its report recommended holding celebrities accountable for misleading advertisements and stringent provisions including jail term up to five years and penalty up to 50 lakh rupees.