The Union cabinet on Tuesday approved the promulgation of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019, in a move aimed at protecting the rights of married Muslim women.
The cabinet also approved the necessary official amendments in the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, also called as Triple Talaq Bill, which pending in Rajya Sabha to replace the ordinance. The government said that the proposed ordinance will protect the rights of married Muslim women and prevent divorce by the practice of instantaneous and irrevocable ‘talaq-e-biddat’ by their husbands. Promulgation of the proposed ordinance will provide the rights of subsistence allowance, and custody of minor children to victims of triple talaq.
The cabinet also approved additional dearness allowance of 3% over the existing rate of 9% to government employees and dearness relief to pensioners from 1 January 2019.
The cabinet also approved the proposal for transfer of 50.76 acres of land at Sarangpur, Chandigarh, to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh. “The pressure on PGI Chandigarh was increasing as it caters to a large population. The decision will benefit managing patients in a better manner. This will benefit the poorest of the poor patients attending the PGIMER, Chandigarh. Health services and tertiary care will be more effective," said finance minister Arun Jaitley at the cabinet briefing.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the second phase of grid connected rooftop solar programme for setting up 40,000 megawatts (MW) by 2022, involving central assistance of ₹11,814 crore, in a move that will help burnish India’s clean energy credentials.
The government has been promoting a green economy with the cabinet earlier this month approving the second phase of Central Public Sector Undertaking Scheme for setting up 12,000MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects. Under the scheme, a viability gap funding support of ₹8,580 crore will be provided for projects to be set up during 2019-20 to 2022-23 and it is mandatory for these projects to use domestically manufactured solar photovoltaic cells and modules.
India is ranked fifth globally in terms of installed renewable energy capacity, according to the government. India has a solar installed capacity of 24.33 gigawatts (GW), with another 22.8GW capacity under implementation.