Law and Order in and around Hyderabad under AP Reorganisaiton Act





Law and Order in and around Hyderabad under AP Reorganisaiton Act

As per Section 8 (1) of A.P Reorganisation Act, “On and from the appointed day, for the purposes of administration of the common capital area, the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area”.


Business Transaction Rules (BTR) have not been amended by the Government of Telangana. Union Ministry of Home Affairs vide letter dated June 4, 2014 has written to Government of Telangana to furnish its comments on BTRs. Government of Telangana submitted its comments vide its letter dated 5-07-2014.

The State Government of Telangana overall did not agree with the proposal to amend to the State Business Transactions Rules. The Comments of the State Government are summarised as under:-

1. The Government of Telangana will furnish periodical reports on Law & Order to the Governor through Council of Ministers.

2. An Officer will be designated in the O/o DGP to deal with hate crimes and crimes related to extortion or any other specified crime and internal security and security of vital installations.

3. The common Capital area is an integral part of Telangana State. There cannot be any joint force in the Common Capital area as Law & Order is a State subject and the Police Officers of another State cannot have any jurisdiction.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Palvai Govardhan Reddy in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Cases of Crime Against Women in Delhi

On an average 40 cases of Crime against Women are registered daily by Delhi Police. This includes at least four cases of Rape (376 IPC) everyday. In the year 2014 (upto15th November, 2014), a total number of 13230 cases of crime against women were registered as against 11479 cases in the corresponding period of 2013, (upto 15th November, 2013) and thus there is an increase of 15.25% as compared to 2013 (upto 15th November, 2013).

The higher rate of crime against women in Delhi is attributed to the fact that the registration of rape, molestation and other crimes against women has increased as an outcome of increased awareness of general public and the special measures taken by the Government because of which women are now feeling encouraged to come forward and lodge their complaints. Moreover, a conscious decision was also taken by Delhi Police in August, 2013 to ensure truthful registration of crimes. Police machinery was suitably sensitized, enthused and monitored to ensure truthful registration of complaints which disclosed the commission of cognizable offences.

The President of India on 2nd April, 2013 had consented to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013, which has come into force since 3rd Feb, 2013 on crimes against women. It has enhanced punishment for crimes like rape, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, acid attacks, indecent gestures like words and inappropriate touch etc. The new laws have provisions for increased sentence for rape convicts, including life-term and death sentence, besides providing for stringent punishment for offences such as acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism.

Several steps have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety and security of women. Steps taken to instill confidence in the minds of girls and women include setting up of women helpline in each police station; increasing of Women Helpline No.1091 from 4 to 10 line; security audit of paying guest accommodation and girl hostels; watch on vulnerable routes; deployment of women in PCR vans at vulnerable places; and the deployment of women in certain areas prone to crimes against women. During the year 2014 (upto 31st October), 13038 girls have been imparted self-defence training organized by Delhi Police. Further, 7201 police officers have attended Gender sensitization programmes. Instructions have been issued for filing of charge sheets in rape cases within 20 days of arrest of accused as a result of which over 87% of cases of crime against women are being worked out within the first fortnight.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Arvind Kumar Singh and Shri Alok Tiwari in the Rajya Sabha today.

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DG Level Meeting Between BGB and BSF

Director General (DG) level Border Coordination Meeting do take place bi-annually which is hosted alternatively by Border Security Force (BSF), India and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Bangladesh.

During the recently held Director General BSF - Director General BGB Level Border Co-ordination Conference from 20th – 25th August 2014 at New Delhi, BSF has raised the points on the issue of illegal activities and on this, both sides agreed to exchange intelligence inputs and real time information. In this regard, BSF handed over the following list to BGB for taking necessary action at their end:-

(i) List of 71 Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) camps in Bangladesh.

(ii) List of 06 IIGs leaders under detention in Bangladesh.

(iii) List of 216 Bangladesh drug smugglers.

(iv) List of 407 Bangladesh cattle smugglers.

(v) List of 21 Bangladesh gold smugglers.

(vi) List of 190 Bangladesh FICN racketeers.

(vii) List of 219 Bangladesh touts involved in human trafficking/Illegal Migration.

(viii) List of 60 Bangladesh criminals involved in attack/assault on BSF personnel.

(ix) List of 378 Bangladesh criminals involved in fence breach..

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shri Majeed Memon in the Rajya Sabha today.

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SC Instruction to Trace Missing Children

While adjudicating W.P. (Civil) no. 75 of 2012, Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs. UoI, on 23rd September, 2014 the Hon’ble Supreme Court has given several directives to States with regard to missing children. All directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in this matter to the Central Government have been complied with.

As per the information available, with the National Crime Records Bureau with regard to cases of missing children, for the years 2011 – 2014, a mixed trend has been observed.

In pursuance of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order with respect to W.P. (Civil) no. 75 of 2012, Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs. UoI, the Ministry of Home Affairs has circulated an advisory to file mandatory FIR in case of missing children dated 25th June, 2013. In addition to above, the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several other steps to trace missing children;

(i) Issued a detailed advisory on missing children and steps to be taken for tracing the children on 31st January, 2012. It includes various directions to States / UTs like computerization of records, involvement of NGOs and other organizations, community awareness programmes etc.

(ii) A comprehensive pro-forma has been circulated to all States/UTs to facilitate better data collection on missing and found children

(iii) The Ministry of Home Affairs has established a total number of 225 Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) in various districts of the country

(iv) The Ministry of Home Affairs has also launched a portal on anti-human trafficking.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs has initiated a web portal named ‘Track Child’ in the country which is aimed at maintaining real time data of all missing children containing extensive identification details to facilitate matching of missing and recovered children.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shrimati Rajani Patil and Shri K.C. Tyagi in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Communal Clashes

As per available information, 694 communal incidents were reported during January-October, 2013 while 561 communal incidents were reported during January-October, 2014. There has, thus, been a decline of 19% in communal incidents during the period January-October 2014 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2013.

“Police” and “Public Order” are State subjects as per the provisions of the Constitution of India and the State Governments are primarily responsible for maintaining law and order and taking action under existing laws. However, the Central Government assists the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations in a variety of ways like sharing of intelligence, sending alert messages, providing Central Armed Police Forces, including the composite Rapid Action Force created specially to deal with communal situations, to the concerned State Governments on specific request and in the modernization of the State Police Forces. In addition, advisories are also sent from time to time on important developments having bearing on communal harmony. The Communal Harmony Guidelines circulated to the States and Union Territories in 2008 delineate steps to be taken to restore peace and order in case of outbreak of communal violence.

The activities of all organizations having a bearing on communal harmony in the country are under constant watch of law enforcement agencies and requisite legal action is taken, wherever necessary. The Central Government has declared Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an unlawful association under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on 1.2.2014 for a period of five years due to its continued indulgence in activities which are prejudicial to the integrity and security, have the potential of disturbing peace and communal harmony and disrupting the secular fabric of the country. The requests/suggestions received from State Governments and other quarters to ban any organisation for its alleged activities prejudicial to the security of the country are carefully examined before taking any final view in the matter.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shrimati Jharna Das Baidya in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Exodus of People from J&K after Ceasefire Violation by Pakistan

73,368 persons were reportedly displaced temporarily from the border villages of district Jammu, Kathua and Samba due to ceasefire violations from across the border, during the year.

There is no specific scheme for rehabilitation of the persons affected by cross border firing/ceasefire violations. However, in the event of shelling/firing from across the border, the affected people are shifted to safer places in Government buildings, schools and other public premises where they are provided basic amenities till restoration of normalcy on the border. Thereafter they return to their homes.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Parvez Hashmi in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Fencing along Indo-Pak Border
In order to prevent infiltration and cross border illegal activities, Government has sanctioned fencing in the State of  Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab,  Rajasthan and Gujarat  along Indo-Pakistan border. The details of border fencing sanctioned and installed  in the above mentioned States along the Indo-Pakistan border  are as follows:-
Name of the State
Sanctioned length   (in km)
Completed length    (in km)
Balance
Jammu and Kashmir
186
186
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Punjab
461
462.45*
-
Rajasthan
1056.63
1048.27*
-
Gujarat
340
261.28
78.72
Total
2043.63
1958.00
78.72
*Variation in length is due to topographical factors/alignment of fencing
The fencing works in the State of Gujarat is pending since   the balance stretches fall in the inundated/water-logged/marshy areas.  The executing agencies are deploying improved technology to fence the remaining stretches which can withstand the terrain and weather conditions. 
This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shri C.M. Ramesh in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Rules and Regulations for Private Security Guards

In order to regulate the working of the Private Security Agencies, the Central Government has enacted the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) (PSAR) Act, 2005 and has notified the Private Security Agencies Central Model Rules, 2006. PSAR Act, 2005 and the Rules made thereunder govern the functioning of the private security guards in the country.

As per PSAR Act, 2005, the responsibility of regulation and licensing of private security agencies lies with State Governments. This Ministry does not maintain any database or information regarding complaints against Private Security Agencies or Private Security Guards.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Dr. Anil Kumar Sahani in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Two-day Roundtable Meetings on ‘Innovations in Technologies for Disaster Rescue Efforts amongst Asia-Europe Meeting Countries’ and ‘Inauguration of the Virtual Knowledge Portal and Meeting of the 24x7 Point of Contact of the East-Asian Countries’ – A curtain raiser

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate the two-day Roundtable Meetings held in New Delhi beginning tomorrow to discuss and explore use of innovations in technologies for Disaster Rescue efforts amongst the Asia-Europe Meetings (ASEM) countries.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs are jointly hosting the Roundtable Meetings on “Innovations in Technologies for Disaster Rescue Efforts amongst Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries.” Besides, a meeting of the 24x7 Point of Contact (PoCs) of the East Asia Summit (EAS) countries and the inauguration of the Virtual Knowledge Portal (VKP) will also be held during the two-day event.

At the EAS Foreign Ministers’ Consultations in Bali, Indonesia on July 22, 2011, most of the countries had emphasized the need to improve coordination amongst EAS member countries on disaster management and relief. Taking cue from the East Asia Summit (EAS) in November 19, 2011, at Bali and successful organization of 1st EAS-India Workshop-2012 in New Delhi, followed by Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM11) in New Delhi in November 2013, an initiative for Roundtables on Disaster Management for ASEM/EAS/ASEAN countries has emerged.

The two-day Meeting beginning here tomorrow will be attended by the representatives of ASEM and EAS countries. Delegates from International Organizations such as ADPC, UN-SPIDER, UNICEF, UNESCAP, NSET and ECHO will also attend these meetings. Officials & experts from various Central Ministries, States, and Technical Institutions etc. from India will be participating in these meetings. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organizing an exhibition on “Innovations in Technologies for Disaster Rescue Efforts” on this occasion and more than 40 domestic and international industries will also participate in the exhibition.

The main objective of these roundtable meetings is to discuss and explore use of innovations in technologies for Disaster Rescue efforts amongst the ASEM countries as well as the inauguration of the Virtual Knowledge Portal (VKP) as a web based tool to share knowledge & best practices related to natural disaster risk assessment, mitigation, and response. These meetings will also offer an opportunity to promote multilateralism in cross border assistance in the event of disasters and establish a mechanism for activating the 24x7 Point of Contacts of the EAS countries. It will also be discussed how innovations in technology can be utilized to save lives and reduce effective response time by the Governments.

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Union Home Minister makes a Suo-moto Statement on operations being conducted by the State Police and the Central Armed Police Forces in the LWE affected states



Following is the text of the suo-moto statement made by the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh in the both the houses of Parliament on December 03, 2014 on the operations being conducted by the State Police and the Central Armed Police Forces in the Left Wing Extremism affected States:

  

“The State Police and the Central Armed Police Forces have been conducting operations in the LWE affected states to effectively tackle the problem of Left Wing Extremism. On the basis of intelligence inputs about the movement of CPI(Maoist) cadres, CRPF launched a multi phased massive operation on 16.11.2014 in the Chintagufa area of Sukma District, Chhattisgarh.



2. In this operation, 2253 CRPF personnel and 224 State police personnel (a total of 2477 security forces personnel) participated. During the first and second phase of this operation on 17.11.2014 and 21.11.2014, there had been several encounters between security forces and Maoists. On the basis of information received from various sources which include intelligence and media sources, there have been reports of killings of 12 Maoists on 21.11.2014. However, this is yet to be confirmed. During this multi phase operation, a few security forces personnel were injured who had been treated.



3. The third phase of this operation was started on 27.11.2014. After combing operations in this densely forested area, when the troops of 223 Bn and 206 CoBRA Bn were returning to their camps, they were ambushed by Maoists near village Kasalpar. This incident occurred at 10.30 AM on 01.12.2014. The troops retaliated and responded to the Maoists` attack bravely. This encounter lasted for around 3 hours. In this encounter, 14 CRPF personnel of 223 Bn. have been martyred and 14 others were injured. As soon as this encounter started, other parties of CRPF which were present nearby rushed for reinforcement.



4. The injured security forces personnel were brought to the base camp at Chintagufa and they were then sent to Jagdalpur and Raipur for further treatment. In this incident, the Maoists managed to take away the weapons and ammunitions of the deceased jawans.



5. On 2.12.2014, the martyred and injured security forces personnel were brought to Jagdalpur and Raipur by two MI -17 helicopters.



6. The details of martyred security forces personnel are given below:
S.N.
IRLA/F.NO
RANK
NAME
STATE
1.
5320
D/C
B.S. Verma
Uttar Pradesh
2.
9005
A/C
Rajesh Kapuria
Rajasthan
3.
125071953
SI/GD
Hemaraj Sharma
Rajasthan
4.
901151012
HC/GD
Panchu Ram
Rajasthan
5.
095261006
HC/RO
Kuldeep Punia
Uttar Pradesh
6.
115255884
CT/GD
Umaji Pawar
Maharashtra
7.
115141058
CT/GD
K. Ram Mohan
Andhra Pradesh
8.
015044748
CT/GD
P.L. Manjhi
Odisha
9.
125023735
CT/GD
Mukesh Kumar
Uttar Pradesh
10.
105176216
CT/GD
Gauri Shankar
Jharkhand
11.
105066314
CT/GD
Manish Singh
Madhya Pradesh
12.
060111144
CT/GD
Radheshyam Ram
Bihar
13.
0653342473
CT/GD
Safi Bhatt
Jammu & Kashmir
14.
125341335
CT/GD
Deepak Kumar
Jammu & Kashmir

7. On receipt of information about the incident, I along with senior officials reached Raipur on yesterday morning. DG, CRPF and other senior officers are camping in the area.



8. I would like to reiterate that the Central Government is committed firmly to tackle the Left Wing Extremism. For this purpose, the Central Government is implementing a multi –pronged strategy. This includes implementation of security related measures, development related measures and ensuring rights and entitlements of tribals and other weaker sections of the society. As a result of the implementation of this strategy, the morale of the Maoists has weakened. The number of surrenders of Maoists cadres has increased substantially in the current year. The LWE violence has also been declining since 2011 and this trend continues in the current year also. It is our firm commitment to provide every possible assistance to the security forces and we will continue the operations till this problem is fully eradicated. I would also like to clarify that whenever state Governments ask for CAPFs for maintaining peace, tackling extremism, natural calamities, MHA normally makes forces available after due consideration. CAPFs, always act as per the directions of the State Governments, maintaining coordination. We are also taking all possible measures to increase the capability of the State Governments.



9. I offer my condolences to the security forces personnel who laid down their lives in this incident and express my deep sympathy to the aggrieved family members.”
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Request by A.P. Government to declare Hudhud Cyclone as National Calamity

The concerned State Governments are required to undertake necessary relief measures of immediate nature in the cyclone ‘Hudhud’ affected areas out of the funds readily available in the corpus of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) as per norms. Financial assistance is towards relief and not for compensation of loss as suffered. Additional expenditure, if any, incurred over and above or on other than approved items/norms, is required to be met by the States from their own resources and not from SDRF/NDRF.

With regard to declaring a national calamity, it is informed that there is no provision to declare a natural calamity as a ‘national calamity/disaster’ in the guidelines. However, the Government of India adjudges a calamity of ‘severe nature’ on case-to-case basis taking into account inter-alia the intensity and magnitude of the calamity, level of relief assistance, capacity of the State Government to tackle the Problem, the alternatives and flexibility available with the Plan to provide succor and relief etc. The priority is immediate relief and response assistance in the context of a natural calamity. As such there are no fixed prescribed norms. However, for calamity of a ‘severe nature’, additional assistance is also considered from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after following the established procedure. Keeping in view of the intensity & magnitude of cyclone ‘Hudhud’ of October 2014 in Andhra Pradesh, it has been adjudged a calamity of a ‘severe nature’ for all practical purposes.

In order to support the affected people of the State, the Government of India has released assistance of Rs. 515.42 crore (Rs. 115.42 cr. from SDRF + Rs. 400 crore for NDRF) to Andhra Pradesh for immediate relief operations. The Government of India has provide all possible logistics assistance like deployment of the Army, Air Force, Navy, National Disaster Response Force at strategic locations, sufficient food, medicines, satellite phone etc., to the affected State Governments for managing the cyclone and its aftermath.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shri Devender Gout T. in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Cross-Border Infiltration in the Country



            The details of cross-border infiltration during the last three years, border wise are given below:
Border
State
2011
2012
2013
Cases
Apprehension
Killed
Cases  
Apprehensions
Killed
Cases
Apprehensions
Killed


Indo-Bangladesh
West Bengal



499
577
14
707
1028
24
1161
2815
17
Assam
43
-
24
-
13
-
Meghalaya
81
-
168
-
138
-
Tripura
92
03
166
01
96
-
Mizoram
42
-
06
-
01
-
                  Sub-total
835
17
1392
25

3063
17

Indo-Pakistan
Jammu & Kashmir
317
07
38
332
09
16
345
16
39
Punjab
42
06
54
12
30
10
Rajasthan
23
04
19
02
13
02
Gujarat
14
02
41
-
86
-
                      Sub-total
86
50
123
30
145
51

Indo-Nepal and

Indo-Bhutan
Uttar Pradesh
03
07
-
04
-
-
03
02
-
Uttrakhand
-
-
01
-
-
-
Bihar
-
-
10
-
-
-
Assam
-
-
02
-
-
-
Sikkim
-
-
-
-
-
-
West Bengal
-
-
-
-
01
-
Arunachal Pradesh
-
-
-
-
-
-
                       Sub-total
07
-
13

03
-



Indo-China
Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh
06
01
-
02
-
-
02
-
-
Jammu & Kashmir
-
-
-
-
03
-
Sikkim
-
-
-
-
-
-
Arunachal Pradesh
08
-
02
-
03
-
                 Sub-total
09
-
02
-
06
-

Indo-Myanmar
Arunachal Pradesh
122
09
-
219
35
-
180
43
06
Nagaland
42
-
74
-
69
-
Manipur
69
01
104
01
54
04
Mizoram
01
-
05
-
04
-
                    Sub-total
121
01
218
01
170
10

The number of infiltrators killed during the cross-border infiltration during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are 68, 56 and 78 respectively. No compensation is paid to the families of such infiltrators. However, families of personnel of the security forces martyred while combating cross-border infiltration are paid compensation as entitled by their respective Service Rules.



This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shri Mohd. Ali Khan in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill, 2007

After examination of the issues raised by the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee (DRPSC), it has been decided that a Committee in Ministry of Home Affairs under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (Border Management) may go into the issues raised by the DRPSC. The Committee constituted under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (BM) has finalised a draft Report, which has been circulated to the States for their views/comments.

Some of the essential features of the Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill, 2007, are as hereunder:

(i) Establishment of a Central Private Detective Regulatory Board for the purposes of the Bill, which may consist of five to seven members including Chairperson to be appointed for a term of three years. The Bill provides that the Central Government may nominate an officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India as its Chairperson.

(ii) Establishment of a State Private Detective Regulatory Board for the purposes of the Bill, which may consist of three to five members including Chairperson to be appointed for a term of three years. The Bill provides that the State Government may nominate an officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India as its Chairperson.

(iii) The Bill provides for requirement of licence to carry on or commence the business of private detective agency.

(iv) The Bill provides that an application for issue of licence shall only be considered from a person or persons after due verification of his antecedents. (v) The Bill enumerates various reasons when a person becomes ineligible for issue or renewal of a licence.

(vi) The Bill specifies the conditions for commencement of operation and engagement of private detective agencies. It also provides that a private detective agency shall ensure imparting of such training and skills to its private detective agents as may be prescribed by the Central Government.

(vii) The Bill enumerates detailed provisions regarding eligibility criteria to be fulfilled for employment or engagement of any person as a private detective agency by a private detective agency.

(viii) The Bill lays down detailed grounds for cancellation or suspension of license.

(ix) The Bill provides for maintenance of register by the private detective agency giving full details of the person managing the agency, particulars of detective agents engaged by it, gist of services provided etc.

(x) The Bill aimed to safeguard the rights of an individual to privacy and freedom and for the contravention of this provision provides for punishment with imprisonment and fine, in addition to suspension or cancellation of licence. (xi) The Bill provides for punishment for commission of offences by companies under the Bill.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to Shri Shantaram Naik in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Damage Caused by Deluge in J&K

As per the information received from the State Government, 282 humans and 61,326 cattle have been lost, 6.48 lakh ha. cropped area affected and 2.53 lakh houses have been reported damaged due to floods/ landslides during 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir.

With regard to the relief, it is mentioned that State Governments concerned are initially required to undertake relief operations of immediate nature in the wake of natural calamity from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). In case of a calamity of ‘severe nature’, additional assistance is extended from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) after following the laid down procedure. Financial assistance is towards relief and not for compensation of loss as suffered.

The Government of India had provided all possible logistics assistance like deployment of the Army, Indian Air Force, Navy, National Disaster Response Force for search and rescue operations, providing sufficient food, water, medicines, tents, blankets, dewatering pump, water purifying systems etc. to the State Government.

As regards the September, 2014 floods, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir had submitted a memorandum projecting demand of Rs. 43959.56 crore for the floods of 2014. Out of that, the State claimed that State Government had Rs. 1000 cr available under SDRF. The State had requested for providing Rs. 1926.11 crore from NDRF and a special package of Rs. 41033.45 cr for items, which were not covered by norms of NDRF. Upon receipt of the memorandum from the State Government of J & K, an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) visited the affected areas of the State from 17th to 19th October 2014 for an on-the-spot assessment of damages caused by the flood of 2014 as per norms of NDRF. The IMCT has sought some additional information from the State Government in order to finalize its report. The report of the IMCT will be considered by the Government as per laid down procedure immediately after it is submitted.

In order to support the affected people of Jammu & Kashmir, the Government of India has released an amount of Rs. 94.33 crore, in advance, from SDRF on 5-11-2014. Besides, the Government of India has released Rs. 1000 crore under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) on 22.10.2014 to the State for flood relief and rehabilitation. In addition, an amount of Rs. 570 crore for rebuilding of damage houses and Rs. 175 crore for damaged hospitals has been announced from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shri Sanjay Raut in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Repeal of AFSPA

Representations have been received from time to time from different organisations including Non-Governmental Organisations for withdrawal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee in its report submitted to Government on 06.06.2005, recommended repeal of AFSPA and suggested to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 by inserting a new Chapter VI-A in respect of North Eastern States so as to provide for provisions contained in Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. The recommendations of the Committee are under consideration of the Government.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Dr. Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Reviewing Swatantra Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

The distribution of pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 was audited by the Internal Audit Wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They had studied the sample data of the banks. Based on all the observations of the Audit, the Banks were asked to correct the discrepancies and re-submit the data. The revised data was again sought from all the Banks.

On scrutiny of the revised data, it further came to the notice of the Government that some discrepancies crept in due to the confusion about the policy of the Central Samman Pension Scheme in the minds of the Bankers. Moreover, they had included certain non-Central Samman pensioners in the list. In Some cases, Banks were either paying less amount than due or were paying more amount than due. In all such cases, the banks have been directed to pay the arrears or make the recoveries as the case may be.

On account of recoveries, the Banks have so far remitted 33.5 crore to the Central Government Account.

Government does not seek to set up a committee to review the scheme or to conduct an inquiry into the current state of affairs in respect of the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Smt. Vandana Chavan in the Rajya Sabha today.

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