Constitution & Law Current Affairs - 2019

Summary of latest bill and acts passed or pending in 2019 in Parliament of India with their salient features and issues for Current Affairs 2019 preparation for various examinations such as UPSC, SSC, State Civil Services, CLAT, Judicial Services etc.

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Petroleum Ministry: ‘CAG has the right to undertake audit KG-D6’

The Petroleum Ministry has stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has the right to undertake the audit of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)’s KG D6 block on behalf of the government.

As per the Ministry, CAG can undertake the audit of block KG-DWN-98/3 of RIL under Section 20 of the CAG’s Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service (DPC) Act, 1971. It also stated that the right of the government to audit the records of the contractor derived from the provisions under Article 25.5 of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC), signed between the government and the contractor.

Revised National Food Security Bill cleared by the Union Cabinet

The revised form of the National Food Security Bill has been cleared by the Union Cabinet. As per the revised Bill:

  • 67% of nation’s population (including 75% rural and 50% urban) will be entitled for subsidized grains under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).
  • 5 kg of rice, wheat or coarse cereals at Rs. 3, 2 and Re. 1 a kg a month to every beneficiary who will be identified by the States based on parameters prescribed by the Union government.
  • Antyodaya Anna Yojna, which serves 2.43 crore beneficiary households with 35 kg grains a month under the TPDS, will continue.
  • Maternal benefits will not be provided to a pregnant woman beyond two live births to encourage “two-child norm”.
  • Subsidized prices of grains may be revised after 3 years to the level of the minimum support price paid for procurement of grains.
  • Bill will be implemented in phases.
  • While the existing allocation of grains to the States shall be protected, the cost of transporting grains to ration shops shall not be passed on to consumers as was proposed earlier.
  • The additional burden on the food subsidy is estimated at about Rs. 23,000 crore at 2012-13 prices.
  • The grain requirement is estimated at 61.23 million tonnes.