Cabinet approves the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018
- For regulation and standardisation of education and services by allied and healthcareprofessionals.
Details / Features of the Bill:
- Establishment of Central and State Allied and HealthcareCouncils; 15 major professional categories including 53 professions in Allied and Healthcare streams.
- The Council will be supported by Central and State Governments respectively through Grant-in-aid as needed.
- Professional Advisory Bodies under Central and State Councils will examine issues independently and provide recommendations relating to specific recognised categories.
- The Bill will also have an overriding effect on any other existing law for any of the covered professions.
- The State Council will undertake recognition of allied and healthcare institutions.
- An Interim Council will be constituted within 6 months of passing of the Act holding charge for a period of two years until the establishment of the Central Council.
Impact of the Bill:
- Bring all existing allied and healthcare professionals on boardduring the first few of years from the date of establishment of the Council.
- Opportunity to create qualified, highly skilled and competent jobs in healthcare by enabling professionalism of the allied and healthcare workforce.
- High quality, multi-disciplinary care in line with the vision of AyushmanBharat, moving away from a ‘doctor led’ model to a ‘care accessible and team based’ model.
- Opportunity to cater to the global demand (shortage) of healthcare workforce which is projected to be about 15 million by the year 2030, asper the WHO Global Workforce, 2030 report.
Allied Health professionals (AHPs)
- AHPs are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation and health systems management, among others.
- AHPs to name a few, include dental hygienists, diagnostic medicalsonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Uzbekistan
- Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotics, Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors.
- Cooperation in the Sphere of Law & Justice.
- exchange of experience by legal professionals, Government functionaries
- In the field of Tourism
- Establishment of the Uzbek-Indian Free
Pharmaceutical Zone in theof Uzbekistan.
- Important for pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceutical industry in both countries
- In the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
- In health and medical science
- In the field of Science, Technology and Innovation
MoU between Atal Innovation Mission, India and Fund “Talent and Success”, Russia
- Benefits:facilitate promotion of science & technology, strong foundation to the collaborative work through exchange of students, teachers, researchers and scientists between India and Russia.
ATAL Innovation Mission
Under NITI Ayog
AIM started with initial sum of Rs. 500 crores.
Started in 2015
- Atal Innovation
Mission (AIM) including Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is
Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and
- Its objective is to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.
- The sub-schemes of AIM include :-
- Establishing Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs)
- Atal Incubation Centres (AICs).
Cabinet approves Commemoration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji
The Union Cabinethas passed a Resolution to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, which falls next year, throughout the country and across the globe.
- Development of Kartarpur Sahib corridor:
- From Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river, in Pakistan, where Shri Guru Nanak Devji spent eighteen years.
Development of Sultanpur Lodhi:
- Historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi, associated with the life of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, shall be developed as a heritage town and on the Smart City principles.
- A heritage complex at Sultanpur Lodhi, “Pind Babe Nanak da” will be established to depict life in the times of Shri Guru Nanak Devji.
Mandatory Packaging in Jute Materials
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, has given its approval to expand the scope of mandatory packaging norms under the Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987
- The CCEA approved that 100% of the food grains and 20% of the sugar shall be mandatorily packed in diversified jute bags.
- Fillip to the development of jute sector; increasing the quality and productivity of raw jute, diversification of jute sector and also boosting and sustaining demand for jute product.
- Benefit farmers and workers located in the Eastern and North Eastern regions of the country,
Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling