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

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Central Government: All public transport vehicles must have GPS by Feb 20, 2014

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways set a deadline for public transport vehicles running in major cities with a population of over 10 lakh to install GPS devices by February 20, 2014. The Union government has directed all state governments to follow the guidelines.

All the owners of public service vehicles are required to get Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in their vehicles by February 20. Those who fail to install, then the necessary action shall be taken against the defaulters.

Under the Nirbhaya Fund for women safety, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Rs 1,405-crore project to track and monitor public transport and provide alarm buttons for alerting authorities.

The project:

  • Involves setting up of closed circuit television (CCTVs) and using GPS to ensure safety and security of women and girls in distress.
  • Will be implemented within two years after allocation of funds to set up a National Level Vehicle Security and Tracking System and City Command and Control Centre with installation of GPS, CCTV in public road transport.

Note: Earlier, the Road Ministry set the deadline for passenger vehicle owners to install these devices by September 30, 2013.

CCEA approved National Programme on Prevention & Management of Burn Injuries (NPPMBI)

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the proposal to convert and expand the pilot programme of Burn Injuries of the 11th Plan period into a full-fledged National Programme on Prevention & Management of Burn Injuries (NPPMBI) during the remaining part of the 12th Plan Period.

  • At an estimated cost of Rs. 4 billion, infrastructural facilities for burn management and rehabilitation in 67 state Government Medical Colleges will be established in different States.
  • Additionally, Rs. 17.16 crore has also been approved for completing three Burn Units of the 11th Plan Pilot Programme.

Objective: To improve awareness among the population, especially the vulnerable groups, i.e. women and children and industrial workers regarding prevention of burn injuries, apart from creating trained personnel for specialized treatment of burn injuries.