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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - November 2020

Nov 2020

Mar 03, 2021

Govt. to Decriminalise 12 Offences under LLP Act

    • The corporate affairs ministry plans to decriminalise 12 offences as well as omit a provision entailing criminal liability under the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act, 2008, for greater ease of doing business for law-abiding LLPs.
    • The objective of the de-criminalisation exercise is to remove criminality of offences from business laws where no malafide intentions are involved. An exercise was undertaken to identify those provisions of the LLP Act, violations of which do not result in injury to the public interest but are presently criminal in nature with fine as well as punishment after conviction being provided for in the Act.
    • Offences that relate to minor/ less serious compliance issues, involving predominantly objective determinations, are proposed to be shifted to the In-House Adjudication Mechanism (IAM) framework instead of being treated as criminal offences.
    • Further, offences that are more appropriate to be dealt with under other laws are proposed to be omitted from the LLP Act.

Uttar Pradesh Passes Bill for Recovery of Damages from Protesters

  • The Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed two bills including one that relates to recovery of damages to public and private properties from protesters, amid opposition demands that it be referred to a select committee.
  • According to the Uttar Pradesh Recovery of Damages to Public and Private Property Bill, 2021, protesters found guilty of damaging government or private properties will face imprisonment of one year or a fine ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 1 lakh.
  • The House also passed the Uttar Pradesh Goonda Control (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to empower joint and deputy commissioners of police to act under the legislation.
  • The Goonda Act allows police to keep habitual offenders under preventive detention for a year. According to the law, a "goonda" is a person who, either by himself or as a member or leader of a gang, habitually commits or attempts to commit or abets the commission of offences.

Haryana Governor Approves Bill Allowing 75% Reservation in Private Jobs

  • Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya has given assent to the Bill providing 75 per cent reservation in the private sector to job seekers from the state.
  • The Haryana Assembly had late last year passed the Bill, a key poll promise made by the ruling alliance partner Jannayak Janta Party.
  • The Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020 provides quota for local people in private sector jobs that offer a salary of less than Rs. 50,000 a month.
  • The quota will initially apply for 10 years, according to the Bill.
  • The Bill covers private companies, societies, trusts and partnership firms in the state. It provides for training to eligible local candidates when qualified people are not available.

Mar 02, 2021

E-Daakhil Portal for Consumer Grievance Redressal Operational in 15 States, UTs

  • As per the government, the 'E-Daakhil' portal for consumer grievance redressal is now operational in 15 states and Union Territories (UTs). The Consumer Protection Act, 2019, which came into force from July 20, 2020, has a provision for e-filing of consumer complaints in the consumer commissions and online payment of the fees for filing a complaint, according to an official statement.
  • A web application for e-filing of consumer complaints named 'edaakhil.nic.in' has been developed by NIC for the purpose.
  • The government said the portal is now operational in 15 states and UTs. "The Department of Consumer Affairs is now proactively following up with the states to launch e-filing portal at their ends."
  • E-filing was launched by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) on September 7, 2020.
  • Delhi was the first state to implement it on September 8, 2020.

Mar 01, 2021

MP Cabinet Approves Law to Give Life Imprisonment to Food Adulterators

  • Madhya Pradesh Cabinet approved a Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021 to give life imprisonment to food adulterators.
  • Informing about it, the state's Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, "Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has approved Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021 to give life imprisonment to food adulterators." 
  • It is noteworthy, in December 2019, an awareness rally was held in Bhopal to fight the menace of adulteration. The rally saw the participation of the people of all age groups. The rally was held from Roshanpura to Lal Parade in the capital city. The enthusiastic volunteers were heard raising slogans against adulteration and demanded pure food products. 

Feb 28, 2021

Punjab Cabinet Approves Mission 'Lal Lakir' in All Villages

  • The Punjab Cabinet has approved the implementation of the mission 'Lal Lakir' aimed at facilitating villagers to monetise property rights and availing benefits provided by government departments, institutions and banks in all villages across the state. As no record of rights is available for such properties within the 'Lal Lakir', the same cannot currently be monetised as per the real value of the property and no mortgages can be created on such properties.
  • The right of record of properties within 'Lal Lakir' in the villages of the state will be prepared with the cooperation of the government of India under the SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme.
  • This will enable mapping the land, households, habitation and all other areas falling within 'Lal Lakir'. It will go a long way in improving the living standard of villagers and boosting their self-esteem.

Feb 26, 2021

Cabinet Approves PLI Scheme for Pharmaceuticals, IT Hardware

  • The Union Cabinet approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for the pharmaceuticals and IT hardware sectors, entailing an outlay of Rs. 15,000 crore and Rs. 7,350 crore, respectively.
  • The PLI scheme for pharmaceuticals, whose duration is for nine years from 2020-21 till 2028-29, will benefit domestic manufacturers, help create employment and is expected to contribute to the availability of a wider range of affordable medicines for consumers.
  • The scheme also aims to create global champions from India that have the potential to grow in size and scale using cutting edge technology and thereby penetrate global value chains.
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