Current Affairs Feb 2018 - Committees


1 - 8 member committee to review Flexi Fare Scheme

Flexi Fare Scheme

An eight member committee comprising General Manager/West Central Railway, Principal Financial Advisor/East Central Railway, Executive Director Passenger Marketing, Railway Board, Executive Director Traffic Commercial (Rates), Railway Board, Advisor (Transport)/Niti Aayog, Executive Director/Revenue Management & Marketing Automation/Air India, Director/Revenue/Le Meridian and Professor of Transport Economics/Walchand Hirachand was constituted to review the flexi fare scheme.

The terms of reference of the committee was to examine all options and recommend best option keeping in mind interest of passengers and Railways. The committee was mandated to examine impact on revenue generated for railways.

2 - Defence Ministry constituted a committee to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects

Defence Ministry

The Union Ministry of Defence has constituted a 13-member Raksha Mantri's Advisory Committee on Ministry of Defence (MoD) Capital Projects (RMCOMP) to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for the modernisation of the armed forces.

The committe will undertake an independent review and check the status of ongoing critical projects worth more than Rs 500 crore. The committee will be headed by Vinay Sheel Oberoi. The other members of the committee are R K Tyagi, R K Jain, Amber Dubey and R Anand.

3 - Punjab Government sets up Revenue Commission

Revenue Commission

The Punjab state government has set up a six-member Revenue Commission to revisit the existing land Acts to make them relevant with the changed land use situation.

Justice (Retd) SS Saron of Punjab and Haryana high court will head the commission. The Commission has a term of one-year. It will propose new laws and procedures, along with other methods, to make revenue administration more transparent and responsive to the needs of the people.

4 - Government constituted Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) for NER


The Union Government has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) for the North Eastern Region (NER). The IMC is to create synergy in various programmes of the Union Government to enable medicinal and aromatic plants sector become vibrant and develop the resources to its potential.

The Committee will review the existing mechanism or institutional arrangements for management and development of MAPs resources of NER. The IMC will comprise members from various Ministries, Departments and several organisations in the relevant fields.

5 - Union Government constituted committee to study Brahmaputra and Flood Control Measures in Assam

Union Government

The Union Government has constitued a committee to study the Brahmaputra and flood control measures in Assam and neighbouring states. The Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Mr Rajiv Kumar, will head the committee.

TThe Assam government has submitted required report on flood control measures to the committee. The Water Resource department has made measures to repair the damaged river embankment due to flood. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Guwahati had announced to provide 100 crore rupees to find out permanent solution of flood in the state.

6 - Union Government sets up the “NITI Forum for Northeast”

NITI Forum

The Union Government has issued order setting up the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’. The forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER). It will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER.

The NITI Forum for Northeast will identify various constraints of economic growth in the NER and recommend suitable interventions for addressing these constraints.

7 - UGC constituted committee to select top 20 educational institutions in India


The University Grants Commission has constituted a four-member empowered expert committee (EEC) headed by former chief election commissioner of India, N Gopalaswami, to shortlist the 20 institutions of eminence (IoE).

The other members of the committe are Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemman Professor, Harvard Business School; Pritam Singh, former director of IIM, Lucknow and MDI, Gurugram; and Renu Khator, chancellor, University of Houston System. The 20 selected institutes will enjoy complete academic and administrative autonomy.