Current Affairs July 2018 - Committees


1 - Sunil Mehta Panel on NPAs submitted its report with recommendations to FM

Sunil Mehta Panel

The Sunil Mehta committee which was formed with a view to tackle Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) and creating credit capacity submitted its report with recommendations to Finance Minister Piyush Goyal.

The Sunil Mehta panel presented project 'Sashakt' and has recommended a five-pronged strategy to deal with stressed assets. The plan focuses on turning around assets in a manner that will create additional jobs by reviving businesses and prevent job losses from foreclosures.

2 - Government forms panel to upgrade norms for computation of economic data

Economic Data

The government has set up a 13-member committee to upgrade the norms for computation of economic data at states and districts level in the backdrop of plans to revise the base year to 2017-18 for National Accounts or GDP calculation.

The Committee for Sub-National Accounts will be headed by Ravindra H Dholakia, a retired professor of IIM Ahmedabad. The panel has been asked to review the concepts, definitions, classifications, data conventions, data sources and data requirements for preparation of State Domestic Product (SDP) and District Domestic Product (DDP) and to lay down revised guidelines.

3 - Law Commission recommended regulating betting

Regulating Betting

The Law Commission recommended that gambling and betting on sports, including cricket, be allowed as regulated activities taxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes and used as a source for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).

The commission's report is titled Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including Cricket in India. The commission has also recommended linking Aadhar or PAN card of an individual indulging in betting and gambling, and making the transaction cashless to regulate illegal activities such as money laundering.

4 - Union Government constituted task force to suggest ways on reducing import dependence

Import Dependence

The Union Government has constituted a high-level task force to identify various items and policy interventions to reduce dependence on imports. The panel will be chaired by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.

The panel will advise ways to cut import of those items which can be manufactured or explored in the country. It will also consist of secretaries from Departments of Commerce, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Skill Development, Revenue, Defence Production, Steel, Petroleum, Electronics and Telecommunications.

5 - MCA constituted a 10-Member Committee to review the offences under the Companies Act, 2013


The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has constituted a 10 Member Committee, headed by the Secretary of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, for review of the penal provisions in the Companies Act, 2013.

The MCA seeks to review offences under the Companies Act, 2013 as some of the offences may be required to be decriminalised and handled in an in-house mechanism, where a penalty could be levied in instances of default. The Committee shall submit its report within 30 days.

6 - Committee on Resolution of Stressed Assets suggests a Five-Pronged Approach for Stressed Assets Resolution

Stressed Assets Resolution

The Committee on Resolution of Stressed Assets has given its Report suggesting a five-pronged approach for stressed assets resolution by the banking industry in the areas of SME resolution.

Banks have initiated steps for taking forward the suggestions with due approvals: Banks may put in place a Robust Monitoring Process, Bank-Led Resolution, AMC/AIF-led resolution, resolution through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and an asset trading platform. Also, six new Debts Recovery Tribunal have been established to expedite recovery.

7 - Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee

Shekatkar Committee

The Shekatkar Committee to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure submitted its report in December 2016. Measures as recommended by the Committee and taken up for implementation include −

  • Optimization of Signals Establishments

  • Restructuring of repair echelons in the Army

  • Redeployment of Ordnance echelons

  • Better utilization of Supply and Transportation echelons and Animal Transport Units

  • Closure of Military Farms and Army Postal Establishments in peace locations

  • Enhancement in standards for recruitment of clerical staff and drivers in the Army

  • Improving the efficiency of the National Cadet Corps

8 - Government sets up high-level committee to check mob lynching

Mob Lynching

In order to formulate appropriate measures to address the situation of mob lynching, the Union Government has set up a high level committee chaired by the Union Home Secretary to deliberate in the matter and make recommendations. The committee will submit its recommendations to the Government within four weeks.

Government has further decided to constitute a Group of Ministers headed by the Union Home Minister to consider the recommendations of the high level committee. The Group of Ministers will submit their recommendations to the Prime Minister.

9 - Government to constitute committee to facilitate expeditious resolution of transporters' demands

Transporters Demands

The government has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, Road Transport and Highways to facilitate expeditious resolution of the demands of the transport fraternity.

Government will notify a National Permit Scheme to facilitate seamless movement of tourist vehicles across the country. With regard to toll collection, the government has agreed to put in place a mechanism to ensure seamless movement of transport vehicles across toll plazas with the help of technology within six months.

10 - IRDAI forms panel for transparency in motor insurance

Motor Insurance

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has set up a seven-member committee to suggest ways to bring transparency in payouts made to the auto dealers by the insurers for getting motor insurance business. IRDAI Member - Non Life P.J. Joseph is the Chairman of the committee.

The panel will also examine the deviations from the existing norms. The committee has been asked to submit its report within two months. The IRDAI regulations do not allow any person other than insurance agents and insurance brokers, to sell vehicle insurance policies.

11 - NGT forms monitoring committee to clean Yamuna


The National Green Tribunal formed a monitoring committee to clean Yamuna. NGT appointed retired expert member B S Sajwan and former Delhi Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra as members of the committee. The committee has been asked to submit action plan by September and a detailed report in the matter by December 31.

67% of the pollutants that enter the Yamuna would be treated by two sewage treatment plants at Delhi Gate and Najafgarh under the first phase of the ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project’.

12 - Government constituted High Level Empowered Committee to address the issues of stressed thermal power projects

Thermal Power Projects

In order to resolve the stress and revive Thermal Power Assets, the Government has set up a High Level Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary with representatives from the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and the lenders having major exposure to the power sector.

The Committee would look into the various issues with a view to resolve them and maximise the efficiency of investment including changes required in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and any other measures proposed for revival of stressed assets so as to avoid such investments becoming NPA.

13 - Justice Srikrishna committee submits report on data privacy

Justice Srikrishna

The Justice Srikrishna committee has submitted the ‘Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 to the Union Minister for Electronics and IT, law and justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Bill could form the basis of India’s first data privacy law.

The Bill aims to protect the digital rights of Indian citizens and addresses issues such as consent, protecting children’s rights in the digital age and at empowering citizens to fight for their digital rights.