20 January 2014 Current Affairs

Union Cabinet Approved Setting up of Rail Tariff Authority

The Union Cabinet has approved to set up Rail Tariff Authority on 20 January. Rail Tariff Authority will be an advisory body which will advise the Railway Ministry on fares. RTA will comprise of a chairperson and four members at the apex level. At present railway fare and freight rates are set by the Railway Board in accordance with the Railway Act, 1989.

Union Cabinet Granted Minority Status To Jain Community

The Jain community was on 20 January accorded minority status by the central government which will enable them to avail of benefits in government schemes and programmes. The Jains became the sixth community to have minority status after Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis. The community is already enjoying minority status in some states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan but the new decision extends that status across the country.

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