A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Mint)
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Mint)

Union cabinet approves general elections to Lok Sabha 2019

  • Cabinet also nods promulgation of Daman and Diu Civil Courts (Amendment) Regulation, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil Courts and Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Regulation
  • Proposal for accession to the Nice, Vienna and Locarno agreements also approved

NEW DELHI: The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the general elections to the Lok Sabha 2019 for issuance of statutory notifications under Representation of the People Act, 1951. It provides for calling upon the parliamentary constituencies to elect members to the house of the people, on the dates to be recommended by the Election Commission of India in its proceedings.

In other decisions, the cabinet also approved promulgation of the Daman and Diu Civil Courts (Amendment) Regulation, 2019 and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil Courts and Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Regulation, 2019 under Article 240 of the Constitution. The government said that the move will be helpful in bringing uniformity in judicial service.

“It will also help overcome the difficulties being faced by the litigants in travelling to Mumbai for filing appeals due to existing limited pecuniary jurisdiction. Enhanced pecuniary jurisdiction will accelerate the justice delivery system, besides making access easier for litigants without having to travel outside the Union Territory," the government said in an official statement.

The cabinet also approved the proposal for accession of India to --the Nice Agreement concerning the international classification of goods and services for the purposes of registration of marks, the Vienna Agreement establishing an international classification of the figurative elements of marks, and the Locarno Agreement establishing an international classification for industrial designs.

The government said that the accession to the Nice, Vienna and Locarno agreements will help the Intellectual Property Office in India to harmonise the classification systems for examinational of trademark and design applications, in line with the classification systems followed globally.

“It would give an opportunity to include Indian designs, figurative elements and goods in the international classification systems. The accession is expected to instill confidence in foreign investors in relation to protection of IPs in India. The accession would also facilitate in exercising rights in decision making processes regarding review and revision of the classifications under the agreement," an official statement said. 

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