Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Current Affairs - 2019

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CCEA nod to convert 7,200 km of state roads to highways

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its nod to convert 7,200 Kms of states roads into national highways. Together with this, during the UPA regime, approx 17,000 km of the state highways converted into national highways.

  • Also, the Cabinet decided to rename “Ennore Port” in Chennai as “Kamarajar Port”. 

Note: National Highways Development Project (NHDP) is the flagship road building programme of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, currently running into seven phases. The present length of the National Highways in the country is about 80,000 km.

Cabinet nod for Equal Opportunity Commission & Coal Regulator

The Union Cabinet approved the creation of Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), to check discrimination of minority communities in jobs and education. 

About Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC)
  • Exclusively for minorities.
  • Mandate: To ensure that no minority community is discriminated against on religious grounds by redressing complaints.
  • Deal with grievances viz. denial of accommodation or buying rights to minorities in housing societies.
  • Has to make binding recommendations that people from minority communities find adequate representation in government employment or educational institutions.
  • The Justice Sachar Committee that went into the socio-economic backwardness of Muslims had recommended setting up of the Commission.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) also gave its nod to the proposal to set up coal regulator. The coal regulator would be

  • Set up through an executive order.
  • Empowered to specify the principles and methodology for determination of price of raw coal and washed coal and any other by-product generated during washing.
  • Also regulate methods for testing for declaration of grades or quality of coal, specify procedure for automatic coal sampling and adjudicate upon disputes between the parties. The bill for setting up a regulator for the sector is pending before Parliament.