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Govt to review ineffective MoUs with various countries

Shishir Sinha New Delhi | Updated on November 09, 2014

Cabinet Secretariat meeting today





The Narendra Modi Government has decided to do away with ineffective Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) signed by India with various countries.

“The MOUs which are more than five-years-old and have registered little progress will specifically be reviewed to see whether there is any rationale to keep them alive,” a note circulated by the Cabinet Secretariat to various Ministries and departments said.

Satish Agnihotri, Secretary (Coordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat, has called for a meeting on Monday to review the status of such MOUs. Notice for the meeting has been sent to nine Ministries and departments. These include Ministry of Defence, Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, Department of Defence Production , Defence Research and Development Department, Justice Department, Electronics and Information Department, Department of Posts, Telecommunication Department, and Legal Affairs Department.

These Ministries and departments have been asked to give details on all MoUs signed so far and those in the pipeline.

No legal binding

MoU is an instrument to show willingness for future co-operation between two countries and is singed when senior dignitaries visit each other. It is an indication of intentions before final agreement is signed. It does not grant any right to the signatories. There is also no legal binding on any of the party signing such a document.

According to the External Affairs Ministry’s annual report for 2013-14 India signed a 56 bilateral documents in 2013, most were MOUs.

Published on November 09, 2014

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