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Government issues draft amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued draft amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, making Vehicle Tracking System device and FASTags mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining national permit.

Proposed amendments

FASTags: It makes mandatory for vehicles to affix sticker confirming fitting of the Fastag in front wind screen of vehicles.

National Permit (N/P): It stipulates additional conditions for obtaining national permit. It also includes display of words ‘National Permit or N/P’ in front and rear of vehicles in bold letters. N/P will have to be inscribed on rear and left side incase of trailers.

Tanker carrying dangerous or hazardous goods: Its body has to be painted in white colour and display prescribed class label on both sides and rear of tanker. It should be also affixed with reflective tapes at front and rear.

Fitness certification: It will be not required at time of registration of new transport vehicles sold as fully built vehicles. Such vehicles will be deemed to be having certificate of fitness for a period of two years from the date of registration. Fitness certificate of transport vehicles will be renewed for period of two years for vehicles up to eight years old and for one year for vehicles older than eight years.

Digital Certificates: Henceforth, pollution under control certificates and driving license can be carried in physical or digital form.

Goods carrying vehicles: They will be required to carry goods in closed body of the vehicle or container. In case it is necessary to carry goods in open bodies, then goods will be covered by using tarpaulin or any other suitable material.  Goods of indivisible nature, not capable of being carried in a closed body or being covered, may be carried without cover.

Load Carrying Capacity: The gross vehicle weight (GVW) for two-axle truck (two wheels in front axle and four wheels in the rear) has been raised from 16.2 tonnes to 18.5 tonnes, for three-axle trucks it has been increased from 25 tonnes to 28.5 tonnes; and for five-axle trucks from 37 tonnes to 43.5 tonnes. This will help reduce transportation (logistic) cost and consequently, commodity prices. Overloading is very rampant which will be stopped to an extent along with corruption.

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Maharashtra becomes first state to unveil Public Cloud Policy

Maharashtra became first state in country to unveil Public Cloud Policy that virtually mandates state government departments to shift their data storage onto cloud.

Earlier in October 2017, State Government had formed four-member committee to draft policy framework on cloud usage, which had submitted a policy document that’s being now adopted as public cloud policy.

Key Facts

The policy will result in additional private sector investments worth US $2 billion for cloud industry as government is one of biggest creators and consumers of data. It will aim to generate 5 lakh jobs in next five years.

The policy is likely to be formally set in motion through detailed government resolution. In coming days, five to six top cloud service providers like Amazon or Microsoft will be empanelled for data storage onto cloud.

Under the policy framework, state government will make mandatory its various departments for storing data within country and to use public cloud in cases wherever Right to Information Act (RTI) is applicable. Later, it will also allow for enhanced security features for private and sensitive data to be stored on the cloud.

State Innovation and Start-up Policy

The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister also had approved State Innovation and Start-up Policy. Its objective is to attract Rs.5,000 crore investments in development of incubation and start-ups. It will be applicable till 2022.

Under it, on an average three incubators in each of the 12 designated sectors and develop at least 2,000 start-ups will be established in next five years. It will result in development of at least 10 lakh sq ft of incubation space within the state. It will provide Rs.2,500 crore for youth entrepreneurship activities (1% of State Budget).

Under it, an establishment up to 5 years from date of its registration will be considered as start-up. Its annual turnover must be up to Rs. 25 crore. It should be based on innovative concept, innovative commercialisation of products and services or it can also be based on innovative production methods and processes.

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