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President of India addresses Founder’s Week Celebrations of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, Gorakhpur

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the Founder’s Week Celebrations of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, Gorakhpur in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh today (December 10, 2018).


Speaking on the occasion, the President noted that the Gorakhnath Peeth have made important contributions in the eastern Uttar Pradesh region in spreading awareness and knowledge. The Parishadhas helped in character building of youth by inculcating in them respect for culture, devotion to the nation and readiness for social work.

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Streamlining of National Pension System (NPS)



The Union Cabinet in its Meeting on 6th December, 2018 has approved the following proposal for streamlining the National Pension System (NPS).


·         Enhancement of the mandatory contribution by the Central Government for its employees covered under NPS Tier-I from the existing 10% to 14%.

·         Providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to central government employees.

·         Payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012.

·         Tax exemption limit for lump sum withdrawal on exit has been enhanced to 60%. With this, the entire withdrawal will now be exempt from income tax. (At present, 40% of the total accumulated corpus utilized for purchase of annuity is already tax exempted. Out of 60% of the accumulated corpus withdrawn by the NPS subscriber at the time of retirement, 40% is tax exempt and balance 20% is taxable.)

·         Contribution by the Government employees under Tier-II of NPS will now be covered under Section 80 C for deduction up to Rs. 1.50 lakh for the purpose of income tax at par with the other schemes such as General Provident Fund, Contributory Provident Fund, Employees Provident Fund and Public Provident Fund provided that there is a lock-in period of 3 years.




The new entrants to the central government service on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the National Pension System (NPS). The Seventh Pay Commission (7th CPC), during its deliberations, examined certain concerns regarding NPS and made recommendations in the year 2015. The 7th CPC recommended for setting up of a Committee of Secretaries in this regard. Accordingly, a Committee of Secretaries was constituted by the Government to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of NPS in the year 2016. The Committee submitted its report in the year 2018. Accordingly, based on the recommendations of the Committee, draft Cabinet Note was placed before the Cabinet for its approval.


Implementation strategy and targets


The proposed changes to NPS would be made applicable immediately once time critical decisions are taken in consultation with the other concerned Ministries / Departments.


Major impact


·         Increase in the eventual accumulated corpus of all central government employees covered under NPS.

·         Greater pension payouts after retirement without any additional burden on the employee.

·         Freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and investment pattern to central government employees.

·         Benefit to approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS.

·         Augmenting old-age security in a time of rising life expectancy.

·         By making NPS more attractive, government will be facilitated in attracting and retaining the best talent.


Expenditure involved


The impact on the exchequer on this account is estimated to be to the tune of around Rs. 2840 crores for the financial year 2019-20, and will be in the nature of a recurring expenditure. The financial implications on account of provisions regarding payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012, would be in addition to the amount indicated above.


No. of beneficiaries


Approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS would be benefitted from the streamlining of the National Pension System.


States/districts covered


Pan India.


Details and progress of scheme if already running


Presently, the new entrants to the central government service on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the NPS. NPS is being implemented and regulated by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority in the country.




DRI continues to crackdown on Gold Smuggling – 66 KGof smuggled gold valued at about Rs. 21 crore seized

In a major operation launched by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, (DRI), Ministry of Finance against an organized smuggling syndicate, 66 kg of smuggled gold valued at about to Rs 21 crorehas been seized on 06th and 07th December, 2018. The seizure has been made at Lucknow, Kolkata and two premises in Siliguri.  In this DRI operation, four persons have also been arrested and four cars used in smuggling have been seized.



A specific information was receivedby DRI that a smuggling syndicate is actively engaged in smuggling of huge quantity of foreign origin gold from Bhutan into India through Indo-Bhutan border in West Bengal and sending it to different parts of India.


On 06th December, 2018, one car along with two occupants was intercepted by DRI officers after a high-speed chase near Lucknow. Search of the intercepted car resulted in recovery and seizure of 33 bars of 1 kg each,weighing 33 kgs of foreign gold valued at Rs. 10.56 crores concealed under a specially made cavity near the driver seat. Out of two occupants of the said intercepted car, one was the main controller of the syndicate.



In another related operation launched by DRI officers in early hours of 07th December, 2018, one car along with two occupants wasintercepted near Kolkata and from their possession another 33 pcs of gold of foreign origin weighing 33 kg valued at Rs.10.46 crore were seized. The smuggled gold was concealed in a specially built box fixed behind the dash board and also in a specially built cavity near gearbox of the car.


In a swift follow-up action at Siliguri, Rs.3.5 lakhs in cash which are suspected to be the proceeds of smuggling and two more cars were seized under the provisions of the Customs Act. All the carswere found to have specially built cavities, indicating their usage for carrying smuggled gold in the past as well.


In the Current Financial Year 2018-19,Large Number of Cases of Gold Smuggling have been registered/booked. During the period April to November 2018, Indian Customs has already seized about 2.63 Tons of gold. During the Financial Year 2017-18 (April to March), Indian Customs had seized 3.22 Tons gold which was 103% higher than in 2016-17.


This gold is believed to be smuggledfrom India’s land borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and China.



Direct Tax Collections for F.Y. 2018-19 up to November, 2018

Gross collections at Rs. 6.75 lakh crore which is 15.7% higher than the gross collections for the corresponding period of last year

Posted On: 10 DEC 2018 12:13PM by PIB Delhi

The Provisional Figures of Direct Tax Collections up to November, 2018 show that gross collections are at Rs. 6.75 lakh crore which is 15.7% higher than the gross collections for the corresponding period of last year.

Refunds amounting to Rs.1.23 lakh crore have been issued during April, 2018 to November, 2018, which is 20.8% higher than refunds issued during the same period in the preceding year. Net collections (after adjusting for refunds) have increased by 14.7% to Rs. 5.51 lakh crore during April – November, 2018. The Net Direct Tax collections represent 48% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for F.Y. 2018-19 (Rs. 11.50 lakh crore).

So far as the Growth Rate for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT) is concerned, the Growth Rate of Gross Collections for CIT is 17.7% while that for PIT (including STT) is 18.3%. After adjustment of refunds, the Net Growth in CIT collections is 18.4% and that in PIT collections is 16.0%. It is pertinent to mention that collections of the corresponding period of F.Y. 2017-18 also included extraordinary collections under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), 2016 amounting to Rs.10,833 crore (Third and last instalment of IDS), which do not form part of the Current Year’s collections.



ue Date for Filing FORM GSTR-9, FORM GSTR-9A and FORM GSTR-9C extended till 31st March, 2019

The competent authority has decided to extend the Due Date for filing FORM GSTR-9, FORM GSTR-9A and FORM GSTR-9C till 31st March, 2019. The requisite FORMs shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly. Relevant Order is being issued.


Earlier, FORM GSTR-9 and FORM GSTR-9A were notified vide Notification No. 39/2018-Central Tax, dated 04.09.2018 while FORM GSTR-9C was notified vide Notification no. 49/2018-Central Tax, dated 13.09.2018 as part of the CGST Rules.



India Day inaugurated as Partners ‘Forum 2018 takes Centre stage

Health Ministry brings together partners and youth to share best practices from states

Posted On: 10 DEC 2018 4:18PM by PIB Delhi

Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) inaugurated the ‘India Day’, an official side event organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the development partners in the run up to the Partners’ Forum 2018, here today. Speaking at the function, Ms Preeti Sudan stated that flexibility has been at the core of all our initiatives in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent (RMNCH+A) programme and a major contributor to its success. She further added that States have launched various innovative initiatives under RMNCH+A that encourage people to be partners in their own health and well-being.

Speaking at the function, Shri Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, stressed on the various aspect of RMNCH+A and stated that the Government recognizes the crucial significance of the first 1,000 in a child’s life. Our health cadres and midwifery services are geared at this. Equally, our focus is on children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating mothers, who we seek to strengthen through a series of initiatives like the Poshan Abhiyaan and Anaemia Mukt Bharat, he said.

India Day event is aimed to reflect on the journey of the RMNCH+A programme and to share and learn from the good practices and innovations implemented by different States/UTs and organisations to address various health challenges around maternal and child health in order to sustain progress on global goals.

Besides providing a platform for expressing the vision and achievements of RMNCH+A by major stakeholders from national, state, and community, India Day also showcased the key themes through engaging formats such as film and performances to depict the lived realities of key stakeholders. Frontline workers, the youth and peer educators expressed their perspectives on the journey so far and the road ahead. The event’s sessions—conducted under the broad themes of community-based interventions, services and systems and enablers like use of data—highlighted the interventions that have worked well in states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The RMNCH+A strategy iscentred on the continuum of care approach, catering to health needs at every stage of the lifecycle.

RMNCH+A is aligned with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and its key programming tenets articulating well-defined targets to end preventable deaths, ensure health and well-being and expand enabling environments, popularly known as the Survive, Thrive and Transform approach. The agenda of the 2018 Partners’ Forum is framed around these objectives. With India Day, the MoHFW has communicated both its approach to this end as well as its commitment.

In India, maternal, child, neonatal and adolescent health gained tremendous momentum since RMNCH+A was rolled out. India’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) has fallen from 556 in the year 1990 to 130 in 2014–16 (SRS data). The country’s progress can be gauged from the 77% decline in MMR that it achieved during 1990­–2015, compared to global decline of 44% during this period. In child health also, India’s achievements have been strong. Under-five mortality rate (U5MR) in India has fallen significantly, from 126 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 39 per 1,000 live births in 2016.


Year End Review 2018 – MNRE

India attains global 4thand 5thpositionsin wind and solar power installed capacities; India now at 5th global position for overall installed renewable energy capacity

A total of 101.83 billion units of power were generated in the country during the year 2017-18 from renewable energy

The Government has declared the trajectory of bidding 60 GW capacity of solar energy and 20 GW capacity of wind energy by March 2020,leaving two years’ time for execution of projects.

Keeping in view our commitment to a healthy planet and our Nationally Determined Contributions as per the Paris Accord on Climate Change, India made a pledge that by 2030, 40% of installed power generation capacity shall be based on clean sources, it was determined that 175 GW of renewable energy capacity will be installed by 2022. This includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro power.

The substantial higher capacity target will ensure greater energy security, improved energy access and enhanced employment opportunities. With the accomplishment of this ambitious target, India will become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world, even surpassing several developed countries.The Share of Renewable Energy in overall installed capacity in the country as on 31.10.2018 is given below:

            Source Installed Capacity (GW) Percentage
Thermal 221.76 GW (63.84%)
Nuclear 6.78 GW (1.95%)
Hydro 45.48 GW (13.09%)
Renewable 73.35 GW (21.12%)
Total 347.37 GW (100%)

  • A total of around 73.35 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed in the country as on October, 2018 from all renewable energy sources which includes around 34.98 GW from Wind, 24.33 GW from solar, 4.5 GW from Small Hydro Power and 9.54 GW from Bio-power. Further, projects worth 46.75 GW capacity have been bid out/under installation. The Government has declared the trajectory of bidding 60 GW capacity of solar energy and 20 GW capacity of wind energy till 31.03.2020. Projects worth each 30 GW solar power and 10 GW wind power capacity would be bid out each in the year 2018-19 & 2019-20.
  • This has given assurance to the renewable energy developers & investors community about long term commitment & planning of the Government in the RE sector encouraging them to make risk free investments in the country. Status of projects as on October, 2018 is given below:
Sector Target (GW) Installed capacity (GW) as on 31.10.2018 Under Implementation (GW) Tendered (GW) Total Installed/ Pipeline (GW)
Solar Power 100 24.33 13.8 22.8 60.93
Wind power 60 34.98 7.02 2.4 44.4
Bio Energy 10 9.54 0 0 9.54
Small Hydro 5 4.5 0.73 0 5.23
Total 175 73.35 21.55 25.2 120.1

  • India has 5th Global position for overall installed renewable energy capacity, 4th position for wind power and 5th position for solar power.
  • Registered lowest ever solar tariffs in India of Rs.2.44 per unit in reverse auctions carried out by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in May 2017, for 200 MW and again in July, 2018, for 600 MW.Registered lowest ever wind tariff of Rs.2.43 per unit in a tender of 500 MW project by Gujarat Government in the month of December 2017.
  • The cumulative renewable energy installed capacity has increased from 35.51 GW as on 31.03.2014 to 73.35 GW as on 31.10.2018 (increase of around 106% during last four &a half years). The capacity addition of over 37.84 GW grid connected renewable power has been achieved during last four & half years (2014-15 to 2018-19) which includes 21.7 GW from Solar Power, 13.98 GW from Wind Power, 0.7 GW from Small Hydro Power and 1.5 GW from Bio-power.The year wise capacity addition is given below-


Progress of Renewables in India during the last four and Half years (2014-15 to 2018-19 as on 31.10.2018)
Sector Cumulative Ach. in MW (as on 31.03.2014) Capacity Addition in MW Cumulative Achievement in MW (as on 31.10.2018)
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Wind Power 21042.57 2311.78 3423.05 5502.37 1865.23 841.35 34986.35
Small Hydro Power 3803.74 251.61 218.60 105.9 105.95 21.15 4506.95
Bio Power 8041.63 355.72 364.09 187.65 552.82 44.00 9545.91
Solar Power 2631.90 1112.08 3018.9 5526 9362.64 2661.12 24312.58
Total 35519.84 4031.19 7024.64 11321.92 11886.64 3567.62 73351.79


S. No. Sector           Cumulative
    2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 Capacity(as on 31.10.2018)
1. Waste to Energy 12.00 14.13 12.21 5.50 3.13 175.28
2. Biomass Gasifiers 6.76 12.54 4.30 0.92 0.00 163.37
3. SPV Systems 60.00 87.67 115.50 216.63 96.11 767.51

  • A total of 101.83 billion units of power were generated in the country during the year 2017-18 from all renewable energy sources as compared to 61.78 billion units generated in 2014-15 (increase of around 65% during last four years). Share of renewable energy in terms of overall power generation has reached to around 8% from 5.5% in 2014-15.

  • Further, 62.66 BU of energy is generated during 2018-19 upto August 2018.Year wise details of renewable energy generation are given in following table:-

Year Overall Generation (in BU) Renewable Generation (in BU) % share of RE
2014-15 1110.18 61.78 5.56
2015-16 1172.98 65.78 5.60
2016-17 1241.38 81.54 6.56
2017-18 1303.37 101.83 7.81
2018-19(up to Aug 2018) 590.04 62.66 10.62

  • On 14thJune, 2018,the Ministry of Power has notified the long term RPO trajectory from 2019-20 to 2021-22. The year-wise RPO levels are as under:

Long term RPO trajectory 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Non-solar 10.25% 10.25% 10.50%
Solar 7.25% 8.75% 10.50%
Total 17.50% 19.00% 21.00%

  • Issued guidelines for procurement of solar and wind power through tariff based competitive bidding process involving reverse e-auction.
  • Issued order on waiving the Inter State Transmission Systems charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be commissioned by March 2022.
  • Notified standards for deployment of solar photovoltaic systems/devices.


  • The Government has revised the target of Grid Connected Solar Power Projects from 20,000 MW by the year 2021-22 to 100,000 MW by the year 2021-22 under the National Solar Mission.
  • The country currently has the fifth highest solar installed capacity in the world with total installed capacity of 24.33 GW as on October, 2018 against a target of 100 GW by 2022. Further, 22.8 GW capacity is under implementation or have been tendered out.

  • The Ministry plans to bid out remaining solar power capacity in 2018-19 and 2019-20, so that bidding gets completed for entire 100 GW capacity additions by March 2020, leaving two years’ time for execution of projects.
  • The tariff for grid-connected solar power projects is determined through competitive bidding process involving reverse e-auction.  This has helped in bringing down the tariff significantly. The lowest solar tariff discovered as on date is Rs. 2.44/kWh in July 2018 in ISTS based bidding of solar projects in India. The solar tariff has come down from around Rs 18/kWh in 2010 to Rs. 2.44/kWh in 2018 due to various factors like economies of scale, assured availability of land and power evacuation systems etc.
  • Solar Parks are being set up in the country. 47 solar parks of aggregate capacity 26,694 MW has been approved in 21 States up to November, 2018.Over 1,00,000 lakh acres of land identified for various solar parks out of which over 75,000 acres have been acquired. Solar projects of aggregate capacity 4195 MW have been commissioned inside various solar parks.
  • The Ministry is also taking up projects for new emerging technologies such as floating solar power.


  • The country currently has the fourth highest wind installed capacity in the world with total installed capacity of 34.98 GW as on October, 2018 against a target of 60 GW by 2022. Further, around 9.4 GW capacity is under implementation or have been tendered out.
  • The Ministry plans to bid out 10 GW wind power capacity each year for 2018-19 and 2019-20, so that bidding gets completed for entire 60 GW capacity additions by March 2020, leaving two years’ time for execution of projects.
  • The recent assessment conducted by National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) indicates a gross wind power potential of 302 GW in the country at 100 meter above ground level.
  • The capacity additions till 2017 were through Feed in Tariff (FiT) mechanism. Subsequently, the tariff regime has been shifted from Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) to bidding route.
  • The Government has issued ‘Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding Process for Procurement of Power from Grid Connected Wind Power Projects’, vide Resolution notified on 8th December, 2017, with an objective to provide a framework for procurement of wind power through a transparent process of bidding. This has resulted in discovery of lowest ever tariff for wind power.
  • The National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy was issued in May 2018. The main objective of the policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for optimal and efficient utilization of wind and solar resources, transmission infrastructure and land. The wind – solar PV hybrid systems will help in reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.
  • A bid for setting up of first 1200 MW Greenfieldwind solar hybrid project was floated by SECI.
  • The National Offshore wind energy policy was notified in October 2015 with an objective to develop the offshore wind energy in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) along the Indian coastline.
  • Initial studies carried out by NIWE indicate offshore wind energy potential off the coasts Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
  • LiDAR was commissioned on the monopile platform in November 2017 at Gulf of Khambhat, off Gujarat coast for wind resource assessment.
  • NIWE floated Expression of Interest (EoI) for establishment of 1 GW offshore wind farm in Gulf of Khambhat region off Gujarat coast. 35 parties (both national and international) showed interest.
  • National targets for offshore wind capacity additions of 5 GW by 2022 and 30 by 2030 declared.
  • The expansion of the wind industry has resulted in a strong ecosystem, project operation capabilities and a manufacturing base. State-of-the-art technologies are now available in the country for the manufacture of wind turbines.  All the major global players in this field have their presence in the country. Over 24 different models of wind turbines are being manufactured by more than 12 different companies in India. Wind turbines and components are being exported to the US, Australia, Europe, Brazil and other Asian countries. Around 70-80% indigenization has been achieved with strong domestic manufacturing in the wind sector.


  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has been promoting programmes to promote Biomass Power and Bagasse Cogeneration in the country with an objective to utilize country’s available biomass resources like bagasse, rice husk, straw, cotton stalk, coconut shells etc. for power generation.
  • Waste to Energy projects are also being set up for generation of Energy from Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Waste / Residues such as municipal solid wastes, vegetable and other market wastes, slaughterhouse waste, agricultural residues and industrial wastes & effluents.
  • A total capacity of 9.54 GW ofgrid connected bio-powerhas been installed in the country as on October 2018 against a target of 10 GW bio-power by 2022. This includes 8.73 GW from bagasse cogeneration, 0.68 GW from non-bagasse cogeneration and 0.13 GW from waste to energy.


  • A total capacity of 4.5 GW of grid connected small hydro power has been installed in the country as on October 2018 against a target of 5 GW small hydro power by 2022. Further, 126 no. of projects of capacity 0.73 GW are under various stages of implementation.


  • Energy Storage is one of the crucial & critical components of India’s energy infrastructure strategy and also for supporting India’s sustained thrust to renewables and electric mobility.  With an objective to strive towards leadership in the energy storage sector by creating an enabling policy and regulatory framework, a comprehensive National Energy Storage Mission (NESM) has been developed. The Mission focuses on demand creation, indigenous manufacturing, innovation and necessary policy support for proliferation of Energy Storage in the country.


  • The Ministry is implementing off grid and Decentralized renewables programme for meeting energy demand for cooking, lighting, motive power, space heating, hot water generation, etc. The Ministry also supports deployment of decentralized solar applications like solar lanterns, solar street lights, solar home lights, solar pumps, etc. in the country.As on October, 2018, over 40 Lakhs no. of Lantern & Lamps, 16.72 lakhs no. of Home Lights, 6.40 lakhs no. of Street Lights, 1.96 lakhs no. of solar pumps and 187.99MWp Stand Alone has been installed in the country.


  • The MNRE has decided to scale-up its RD&D effort to Technology Development and Innovation Programme. The focus is on promoting application oriented innovation, integrated with research and development for for commercial applications and testing and standardization for quality and reliability assurance in renewable energy sector. A Technology Development and Innovation Policy (TDIP) is also being finalised. It is based on a robust ecosystem for support for research, innovation and validation for technology development and demonstration, testing and standardization, awards for innovation linked with start-ups.


  • As part of HRD programme of the Ministry, a robust RE education and training system is developed. SPV lighting systems, Solar Thermal systems, SHP have been incorporated in the regular syllabus of 2 years certificate programme for seven trades i.e Electronics, Electrician, Machinist, Welder, Carpenter, Fitter and Plumber. Course modules and Modular Employable Skilling programme (MES) of NCVT have been developed. Parallelly, through Sector Skill Council of Green Jobs NOSs/QPs have been developed for various job roles in Renewable Energy sectors and regular training programmes are being organised for these job roles with the support of MNRE or MSDE as per National Skill Development Policy 2015.

2nd Global Re-Invest Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo (2nd Re-Invest)

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy hosted the First Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA), 2nd Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Energy Ministerial Meet and 2nd Global RE-Invest Meet & Expo from 3rd to 5th October 2018 at the India Expo Mart, Greater NOIDA.
  • The three-day event saw participation of over 20,000 delegates including representatives of over 77 countries out of which 40 were at ministerial level.
  • This Meeting provided a platform for experts to discuss energy needs within the region, identification of hurdles in cooperation and coordination among concerned agencies. The event also witnessed the cementing of ties between the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and ISA in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

International Solar Alliance (ISA)

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) became first international intergovernmental organization headquartered in India on 6th December, 2017. ISA is part of India’s vision to provide clean and affordable energy to all. So far 71 countries have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA. Out of these,48 countries have ratified the same.

  • The First Assembly of the ISA was held on 3 October, 2018 in India. 37 ISA member Countries, including India and France, attended the Assembly. In addition, 25 countries that have signed the Framework Agreement of ISA but yet to ratify; 13 Prospective Member countries that are yet sign the Framework Agreement of the ISA; and 3 Partner countries that are beyond inter-tropical zone attended the Assembly as Observers.

  • In the First Assembly inter-alia India’s resolution for amending the Framework Agreement of the ISA for opening up the ISA membership to all countries that are members of United Nations was adopted.

  • India has recognized ISA’s judicial personality by entering into Headquarter agreement with ISA.