The Cabinet approved the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 for regulation and standardisation of education and services by allied and healthcare professionals on Thursday. While the Bill empowers the centre and State governments to make rules, it will also have an overriding effect on other existing law for any of the covered professions, according to an official statement.

Under the Bill, a central and corresponding State allied and healthcare council will be established comprising 15 major professional categories including 53 professions in allied and healthcare streams, according to the statement.

The Council will be supported by Central and State Governments respectively through Grant-in-aid as needed. Total cost implication is expected to be ₹ 95 crore for the first four years, of which around ₹75 crore is earmarked for the States and the remaining fund will support the Central Council operations. An Interim Council will be constituted within 6 months of passing of the Act holding charge for a period of two years until the establishment of the Central Council.

Other decisions

The Cabinet also approved setting up of a medical college at Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli at a capital cost of ₹189 crore with yearly intake of 150 students. The project will be completed by 2019-20.

The Commission has been extended by the Cabinet to examine the issue of sub-categorisation of other backward classes in the Central List May 31, 2019. The Commission held extensive meetings with the stake holders including the State Governments and stated that another round of meetings are required to finalise the sub-categorised lists and the Report.

MoUs signed

Meanwhile the Cabinet also approved several MoUs between India and Russia, Uzbekistan, Mauritius and Tajkistan for collaboration on various projects. A MoU was signed between India and Tajikistan aiming at promoting cooperation on youth matters, which is valid for a period of five years through events, knowledge sharing and youth exchanges.

The MoU between Atal Innovation Mission, India and Fund ‘Talent and Success’, Russia will promote science and technology through exchange of students, teachers, researchers and scientists. The agreement between India and Uzbekistan is for cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovation. Partnership with Mauritius is for consumer protection and legal metrology

The Cabinet approved the commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev through development of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. This will facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpu on the banks of Ravi river, in Pakistan. Sultanpur Lodhi, associated with life of Guru Nanak Dev, in Punjab will be developed as a heritage town. A centre for inter faith studies will be also set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.