The Supreme Court on January 22, 2019 ruled that it would take an ‘in-chamber’ decision on listing of a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on January 3, 2019 notified the new food packaging regulations, replacing all provisions regarding the packaging requirements prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, the Act providing 10 percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of General Category, came into effect on January 14, 2019.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, SushilModi will be heading the seven-member group of ministers (GoM) that will look into revenue shortfall being faced by the states after the GST roll-out and suggest steps for augmenting collections.
The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister ArunJaitley and comprising state ministers, had on December 22, 2018, decided to set up the group of ministers to analyse reasons for the shortfall in revenue collections by the states since July 2017.
The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has drafted a five-year action plan for addressing the problem of drug and substance abuse in the country, dumping a long-pending draft policy on the matter.
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on January 7, 2019 approved an increase of 5000 seats in JawaharNavodayaVidyalaya (JNV) for the Academic Year 2019-20.
The Union Government will soon make it mandatory for linking Aadhaar with driving licences, as per Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on December 31, 2018 constituted a task force to look into the issues of suicides of the students in JawaharNavodayaVidyalayas.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi on January 2, 2019 approved the setting up of a high-level committee for the implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord and measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to the Bodo community.
The Union Cabinet on January 2, 2019 approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana (PMJAY).