Governance Current Affairs - 2019

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MoU on Maldivian Civil Servants training and Capacity Building operationalised

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Maldivian Civil Servants became operational. This comes following discussions between senior officials of National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) from India and Maldives Civil Service Commission at Male (capital of Maldives)

Background

The MoU was signed between National Center for Good Governance, India and the Civil Services Commission of Maldives during official state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2019. It had envisaged capacity building activities for 1000 Civil Servants of Maldives at NCGG, India over the next 5 years.

Under, NCGG was designated nodal institution for designing customised training modules and its implementation taking into account requirements of Maldives’s Civil Service Commission.

The subject matter of training programs includes public administration, public policy and governance, e-governance and service delivery, information technology, urban development and planning, ethics in administration and challenges in implementation of SDGs.

PM Modi’s visit to Maldives

It was his first foreign visit after assuming office for second term. He had emphasised India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and assured India’s full support to Maldives in realising its aspirations for broad based socio-economic development and strengthening of democratic and independent institutions.

Parliament passes Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019

Parliament has passed Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019 that seeks to repeal certain enactments and to amend certain other enactments. The bill provides for repealing 58 old and obsolete laws which have no relevance at present and makes minor amendments to two other laws. It was introduced in Lok Sabha on 25 July 2019 by Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019

Repealing certain laws in whole: Bill repeals 68 laws that have been listed in 1st Schedule of Bill.

These include: (1) Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1976 (2) Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2001.

Amendment of certain laws: Bill makes minor amendments to two Acts which relate to substitution of certain words. These two Acts are: (1) Income Tax Act (IT), 1961 and (2) India Institutes of Management (IIM) Act, 2017.

NOTE: Since NDA government came to power for 1st term in 2014, it started identifying obsolete laws and has so far repealed 1,428 old and archaic central Acts and about 75 laws which Centre drafted for states in view of President rule have also been repealed till date. This periodic review of old laws is part of governance.