Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) Current Affairs - 2020

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.

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.