Friday, June 29, 2012

Chidambaram Presents MHA Report Card for June
            Release of  Rs. 72.11 crore to eight LWE-affected States as advance under the SRE Scheme for implementation of Annual Work Plan 2012-13, Sectoral level meeting between India and Myanmar at Kolkata, reimbursement of Rs. 108.33 crore to the Govt. of J&K under SRE scheme, sanction of Rs.76.97 crore for the execution of land and construction of buildings for CAPFs and  operationalization of  integrated on-line visa application system under the Mission Mode Project on IVFRT (Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration & Tracking) were some of the important activities of Ministry of Home Affairs during this month.  This was stated by Union Home Minister Sh. P. Chidambaram while presenting the report card of Ministry of Home Affairs for June 2012 here today.  Following is the text of his statement:
Visit to States
            On June 11, 2012, I visited Mumbai and held a meeting with the Chief Minister and senior officials of the State Government to review the situation in Gadchiroli and Gondia districts.

Internal Security

            On May 29, 2012, the Union Home Secretary along with DG CRPF and other officers visited Chhattisgarh and held deliberations/interactions with stakeholders concerned to review the LWE situation in the State.
            A total amount of Rs. 72.11 crore was released to 8 LWE-affected States as advance under the SRE Scheme for implementation of Annual Work Plan 2012-13.
            A sum of Rs.99 lakh was sanctioned as assistance to
33 beneficiaries at the rate of Rs.3 lakh each under the Central scheme of assistance to the victims of terrorist/communal/naxal violence.
North East
            On June 26, 2012, the Sectoral Level Meeting between India and Myanmar was held at Kolkata. Issues related to border management and Indian Insurgent Groups in Myanmar were discussed. Myanmar has agreed to operationalise the third border level officer meeting point between Changlang and Pan Hsan by October 2012.
            On June 29, 2012, a meeting was held by the Home Secretary with the representatives of ULFA to review the progress made in the talks.
Jammu and Kashmir
            During the month, Rs.108.33 crore was reimbursed to the Government of J&K under SRE Scheme. 
CAPFs (Central Armed Police Force)
            Sanctions amounting to Rs.76.97 crore were issued for the acquisition of land and construction of office/residential/other infrastructure buildings for the following CAPFs:
Rs. 12.71 crore
Rs. 31.69 crore
Rs.   1.49 crore
Rs. 15.31 crore
Rs. 15.77 crore

Rs.76.97 crore
            On June 7, 2012, sanction amounting to Rs.28.56 crore was given to CISF, CRPF and ITBP for the purchase of uniform cloth for subordinate officers and jawans for 3 years.
            On June 18, 2012, Rs.7 crore was released to CAPFs as grant-in-aid by MHA as Special Welfare Grant for the welfare of CAPF personnel.
            On June 21, 2012, Rs.11.75 lakh was released as reward to 15 State Police Sportspersons who had won medals in the World Police and Fire Games held at New York City (USA) between August 26 and September 5, 2011.
            On June 14, 2012, CCEA granted approval for the extension of the CCTNS project up to March 2015. During the month, LoI for System Integrators (SIs) was issued by the States of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha under the CCTNS project. As of now, 21 LoIs have been issued to SIs out of which 16 contracts have been signed. Of these 21 States, 17 States/UTs have also issued Lols to their State Project Management Units (SPMUs).  Capacity building (infrastructure) was completed for 10 units in the current month taking the cumulative figure to 876 units. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for networking with BSNL have been signed by 22 States/UTs till date, while 8 State/UTs have existing network for connectivity or are going for SWAN connectivity.
            On the request of Government of Jammu and Kashmir 85 additional Coys of CAPFs (66 Coys of CRPF including 2 Mahila Coys and 19 Coys of BSF) have been provided for security of Shri Amar Nath Ji Yatra-2012.
            Lump sum ex-gratia compensation amounting to Rs.2.75 crore was sanctioned to the next of kin of 22 deceased CAPF personnel.

Border Management

            India-Bangladesh Border: In June 2012, 7 kms of fencing and
7 kms of road works were completed under phase II of the project. Poles for floodlighting were erected on a length of 18 kms and cables were laid on
18 kms stretch during the month.
            Border Area Development Programme (BADP): Rs.216.95 crore have been released under BADP to 5 States viz.  Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal and the Annual Action Plans of 4 States viz. Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland and Uttar Pradesh are under examination.
            Integrated on-line visa application system under the Mission Mode Project on IVFRT (Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration & Tracking) was made operational at the Indian missions/embassies at Athens in Greece, Ljubljana in Republic of Slovenia, Jakarta, Medan and Bali in Indonesia and Accra in Ghana. This facility is now operational at 71 Indian Missions abroad.
            5 Pakistani prisoners were repatriated to Pakistan on completion of their sentences.
The following appointments were made:
Shri R. K. Dutta, IPS (KTK:81) as Special Director, CBI
Shri Karnal Singh, IPS (AGMU:84) as Special Director in Enforcement       
Shri Neeraj Kumar, IPS (AGMU:76) as Commissioner of Police, Delhi
            Under Rule 16 of All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968, every member of the IPS shall submit his/her Return of Property in the prescribed form by 31st January every year in respect of the year ending previous 31st December.  The IPS cadre has a strength of 3325 officers.  Of these, Property Returns for the year 2011 of 550 officers have not yet been received by MHA, although the due date of 31st January, 2012 is long over.  The list of such officers has been put on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs. State Governments had been requested to secure the Property Returns of these officers.  In some cases, the officer concerned has informed the MHA that he/she had already submitted his/her Return to the State Government and it is the State Government which had apparently failed to forward the Return to the Central Government.  Hence, MHA is advising the officers through an announcement on the website that if they had already submitted their Returns to the State Government, and yet their names appear in the defaulting officers’ list, the officer concerned should submit a copy directly to the Central Government.  I have included this paragraph in the monthly report so that all IPS officers are put on notice that they are obliged to submit their Property Returns and, if they have not done so, they should do so immediately.

Union Territories

            On June 18, 2012, sanction was issued for grant of Ration Money Allowance at the rate of Rs.1697 per month to all non-gazetted personnel of A&N Police including personnel of India Reserve Battalion posted in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Disaster Relief
            On June 1, 2012, the third Regional Workshop for the Western Zone at Ahmedabad; on June 7, 2012, the fourth Regional Workshop for the Northern Zone at Chandigarh; and on June 11, 2012, the fifth Regional Workshop for the Eastern Zone at Bhubeneshwar were held by the Task Force constituted for review of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
            Vide Notification dated 20.6.2012, Shri V.K. Duggal, IAS (Retd.) was nominated as Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
            During the month, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 446 personnel and 41 boats were deployed for rescue and relief operations during floods and other emergencies in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

Census 2011 and National Population Register (NPR)

            Scanning of Population Enumeration schedules has been completed. The data processing of more than 24.3 crore (90%) out of the total of 27 crore schedules has been completed.
            The capture of biometrics for National Population Register (NPR) is in progress and, as on date, data entry of 66.68 crore persons and biometrics of 3.12 crore persons have been completed. Under the coastal NPR, more than 31.78 lakh cards have been produced so far.
            Field work for the 2nd round of Annual Health Survey has been completed in all the 284 districts in 9 Annual Health Survey States (viz. Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh). The field work of third party audit is likely to be completed shortly.
            On June 25, 2012, sanction for prosecution was accorded to prosecute 12 accused in Case Crime No. RC-01/2012/NIA-HYD pertaining to smuggling and circulation of high value FICN in India affecting the security of the nation.
            On June 29, 2012, sanction for prosecution was accorded to prosecute 2 absconding accused, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, in Case Crime No. RC-02/2011/NIA relating to Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.


            During the month, the President gave her assent to the following Bills:
            a)         The Rajasthan Stamp (Amendment) Bill, 2011
            b)         The Maharashtra Slum Areas (Improvement, Clearance and
                        Redevelopment) (Amendment) Bill, 2011
            c)         The Kerala Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2004
            d)         The Registration (Bihar Amendment) Bill, 2010.
            Two mercy petitions of three condemned prisoners namely Laliya Doom and Shiv Lal of Rajasthan and Bantu of Uttar Pradesh were considered under Article 72 of the Constitution and their death sentences were commuted into imprisonment for life.
Other matters             
            Under Article 80 of the Constitution of India, Sh. K. Parasaran, an eminent jurist and Prof. Mrinal Miri, an eminent philosopher and educationist were nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
            From June 11-13, 2012, Union Home Secretary visited USA to participate in the 3rd Strategic Dialogue between India and USA. He also held talks with Deputy Secretary, Homeland Security, Govt. of USA regarding security issues between India and USA.
            A Committee of Eminent Freedom Fighters under the Chairmanship of MOS(S) had been constituted to look into the issues relating to welfare of freedom fighters. The 1st meeting of the Committee was held on 14.06.2012 at Dehradun.
            The work relating to preparation of computerized inventory of records relating to claims and compensation of displaced persons for their transfer to the National Archives has been completed.  The total number of records is 10,45,885.
            The drive to implement the judgments of Courts in relation to pension to freedom fighters continued. During the month, 4 judgments were implemented and 191 judgments are pending for implementation.

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