Ngos Receiving Foreign Funds Under Fcra

Ngos Receiving Foreign Funds Under Fcra

In 2011-12, notices were sent to 21,493 associations who were found to have not submitted Annual Return under Foreign Contributiion (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA, 2010) for the years 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. In 2014, notices have been issued to 10343 associations who have not filed annual returns for 2009-10 to 2011-12.

Adverse reports were received from intelligence agencies against NGOs such as Tuticorin Diocesan Association, Tuticorin, East Coast Research and Development Trust, Thoothukudi, Centre for Promotion and Social Concerns, Madurai and Greenpeace India Society, Chennai. Based on inspections/ investigations, the FCRA registration of Tuticorin Diocesan Association and Centre for Promotion and Social Concerns were suspended and their bank accounts frozen. FCRA registration of East Coast Research and Development Trust was cancelled.

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


The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project implementation has started in most of the States/UTs. About 58 percent of Police Stations are generating FIR through the system.

As on 20th Feb 2015, 88 percent of total sites are ready for CCTNS implementation, 59 percent of the ten years’ legacy data has been digitized and 76 percent of the total sites have been provided network connectivity.

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


Steps for Safe Return of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley

Memoranda have been received from time to time from various associations of Kashmiri Pandits for their return and rehabilitation in the Kashmir Valley.

The Government from time to time has announced Packages for return and Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants such as in 2004 and in 2008.

Under Prime Minister’s Package 2004, 5242 two room tenements have been constructed in Jammu at four locations (Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagti) and have been allotted to the migrants. Further, 200 flats have been constructed at Sheikhpora in Budgam district (Kashmir Valley) and have been allotted to the migrants on sharing basis, who have joined the State Government service under employment component of Prime Minister’s Package 2008. Out of these 200 flats, 31 flats have also been allotted to the local migrants who migrated from their native places to other places within the Kashmir Valley.

A Comprehensive Package amounting to Rs.1618.40 crore was announced by the Government in 2008 for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants, which provided for many comprehensive facilities for the migrants e.g. financial assistance for purchase/ construction of houses, construction of transit accommodation, continuations of cash relief to migrants, students scholarships, employment, assistance to the agriculturists and the horticulturist and Waiver of interest on unpaid loan, etc. The Package is being implemented by the J&K Government and till now, one family has returned to the Valley availing the benefit of Rs.7.5 lakh for construction of house. 1474 State Government jobs have been provided to the migrant youths and 469 Transit accommodations have been constructed in the Kashmir Valley and allotted to the newly appointed migrant employees under the Package.

During the last one year, a series of deliberations have been held with the representatives of Kashmiri migrants and the State Government. The State Government has sent a proposal to the tune of Rs.5820 crore vide its letter dated 15.04.2014. The proposal has been examined and in the first phase in-principle approval has been conveyed to the State Government for providing 3000 state government jobs to the Kashmiri Migrants and construction of transit accommodations in the Valley for them. The State Government of J&K has also been requested for expediting the identification of suitable land in the valley for rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Migrants.

The review of such plans and packages is a continuous process and will continue to remain so in order to remove the bottlenecks and shortcomings, if any.

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


Relaxation in Restricted Area Permit in some Pockets in Ne

Proposal is under consideration for simplifying the permit system for Green Lake Trekking in Sikkim.

The entire areas of the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland have been excluded from the Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime till 31.12.2015 for foreign tourists subject to certain conditions. Certain relaxations have also been allowed in PAP regime in Arunachal Pradesh.

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


Deletion of Article 370 of the Constitution

There is currently no proposal under consideration of the Government to delete Article 370 of the Constitution.

Article 370 was made in the Indian Constitution for continuance of the State of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India on the basis of Instrument of Accession. Thus, Article 370 is a device to continue the existing relationship of State of Jammu and Kashmir with the Union of India. Through this Article, the Union Parliament gets jurisdiction to enact laws on matters specified either in the Instrument of Accession or by later addition with concurrence of the Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

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


Non-Filing of Annual Returns by Ngos

In 2011-12, notices were sent to 21,493 associations who were found to have not submitted Annual Return under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA, 2010) for the years 2006-07, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.  In 2014, notices have been issued to 10343 associations who have not filed annual returns for 2009-10 to 2011-12.  The details of NGOs who have not filed returns is available on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs  During 2012 registrations of 4138 associations was cancelled under FCRA for non-submission of Annual Returns.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to Shri D. Raja and Shri M.P. Achuthan in the Rajya Sabha today.


Incidents of Burning of Churches in Delhi

As per Delhi Police following incidents of attack on Churches occurred in Delhi: in the recent past -

(i)       Fire incident at St. Sebastian Church, Dilshad Garden on 01/12/2014.

(ii)      Breaking of window pane of Jasola Church on 6.12.14

(iii)     Fire incident at Church of Resurrection at Sector-6, Rohini on 3.01.2015

(iv)     Vandalism at Vikas Puri Church on 14.01.2015

(v)      Theft at Saint Alfonso Church, Vasant Kunj on 02.02.2015

Suitable instructions were given to Delhi Police to ensure enhanced deployment of forces around religious places, intensive patrolling in vulnerable areas, installation of CCTV cameras etc.  Delhi Police has also been asked to take all possible steps in the right earnest to ensure that the culprits in these cases are apprehended quickly.

Following steps have been taken by the Government to book the culprits and ensure the safety of places of worship in the capital: -

(i)                 All the Churches have been identified and assessed for their security arrangements.

(ii)               These Churches have been depicted/ plotted on a map for a holistic view.

(iii)             All the concerned officers specially DCsP and SHOs concerned have been directed to take care of security of these worship places.

(iv)             PCR Vans, ERVs and motorcycles patrol have been deployed around the Churches for enhanced security.  At all vulnerable locations, static deployment is made during night hours.

(v)               There are 240 Churches in Delhi. The DCP and police station staff have also been directed to make surprise visit to the Churches.

(vi)             The directors and management of these institutions have been requested to install CCTV cameras and deploy guards for the safety and security of these places. At present, 161 Churches have installed CCTV Cameras.  54 Churches have got installed CCTV cameras on the insistence of Police.

(vii)           Contact numbers of Coordinators of religious places have been exchanged with concerned police station staff.

(viii)         All field officers have been directed to keep a Visitors’ Register in each Church for making necessary entries by patrolling staff, in order to ensure proper patrolling.

(ix)             Local sources have been motivated to provide inputs for any such mischief well in advance.

(x)               A new Facebook page “Minority Brethren” has been created by Delhi Police for posting problems related to any institution or school etc.

(xi)             DCP Shri Joy Tirkey has been nominated as nodal officer for the redressal of the problems of minority community.

(xii)         The steps so taken for the security and safety of the Churches have been given wide publicity through media with an aim to reach the masses.

Other Part of the Country:

‘Public order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the provisions of the Constitution of India. The responsibilities of maintaining law and order, registration and prosecution of crimes including attacks on religious institutions in the states rest primarily with the respective State Governments. Details regarding attacks on religious institutions in the Country are not maintained centrally.

The Right to Freedom of Religion is guaranteed under Article 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India. Secularism is enshrined in the Constitution and there are provision of extant laws to deal with religion related offences and uphold the secular fabric. State Governments are competent to deal with religion related offences under the extant provisions of laws.

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 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on 01.02.2014 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.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in separate written replies to Shri P. Bhattacharya, Shri K.C. Tyagi, Shri Pramod Tiwari, Shri M.P. Achuthan and Shri D. Raja in the Rajya Sabha today.


Digital Literacy

The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development is currently implementing the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) to leverage the potential of ICT in teaching and learning process. Under the Scheme, apart from other activities, e-content in a number of subjects pertaining to the engineering, science, social science and humanities streams at Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduates (PG) levels have been created for the benefit of the students and learners.

The Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre of the UGC has taken up a number of initiatives for enhancing access to academic resources through ICT, namely: i) UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium that extends access to selected scholarly electronic journals and databases to the universities in different disciplines; ii) Shodhganga: A Reservoir of Indian Electronic Theses and Dissertations, that enables online submission of theses and dissertations by research scholars in digital repository set-up at the INFLIBNET Centre; iii) Shodhgangotri that enables research scholars to submit approved synopsis of research proposal submitted to the university; iv) Open Journals Access System (OJAS) that facilitates faculty and researchers in Indian universities to launch their open access journals on OJAS platform offered by the INFLIBNET Centre; v) Access management technologies that would facilitate users to access e-resources irrespective of their physical location. Besides, the Centre through a project entitled “National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content” (N-LIST) provides access to electronic journals and electronic books to eligible colleges.

The University of Delhi has informed that its Campus of Open Learning and Edinburgh College, Scotland have a MOU under UKIERI project (United Kingdom –India Education Research Initiative). As a result, University of Delhi organizes D-LITE (Digital Learning and Innovation for Tomorrow Education) where faculty members of the colleges are being trained on Digital/E-learning tools such as Web 2.0 tools, advanced presentation/audio-video lectures for classroom teaching with effect from 2013 to 2015.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras along with its National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) partners and National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have run, three Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) of 10 weeks each. lIT Madras is offering certification on successful completion of the course and nominal fee for online examination and certification is charged. Similarly IIT Kanpur has conducted five Online Courses with certification of 4-5 weeks duration. IIT Bombay has also run four courses globally and three more courses are currently going on. A project on the “Development of National Digital Library” has also been sanctioned to IIT Kharagpur.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.


UGC Sanctions Five Adjunct Faculty Positions for each Central University

Central Universities are adopting different methods/process to address faculty shortages in order to ensure that studies of students are not affected, which inter-alia, include hiring  ad-hoc faculty, Guest faculty, Contract faculty and Re-employed faculty. The details of faculty employed in 39 Central Universities under the purview of UGC on adhoc basis, Guest Faculty, Contractual and Re-employed is as under:-

Adhoc Guest Faculty Contract Faculty RE-employed Total
235 1975 576 136 2922

The main reasons for the shortage of faculty in Central Universities, inter-alia, includes:
i)        The expansion of the capacity of existing  Centrally Funded Educational Institutions (CFEIs) due to implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006.
ii)      The establishment of new CEFIs and their operation from temporary campuses.
iii)    The slow pace of development of permanent campus of the newly established CEFIs.
iv)    The remoteness of the new locations of some of the CFEIs.

v)      Non-availability of suitable candidates, particularly at higher level.

vi)    Litigation in certain cases.

Two modalities have been evolved for their engagement with the university system: The “Adjunct faculty” route for younger and mid-career professionals within the target groups, and the ‘scholar-in-residence’ avenue for senior professionals and specialists.

The UGC has sanctioned five Adjunct Faculty positions for each Central University.  The UGC has also framed the guidelines for empanelment of Adjunct Faculty in Universities and Colleges. These guidelines enable higher educational institutions to access the eminent teachers and researchers who have completed their formal association with the University/College, to participate in teaching, to collaborate and to stimulate research activities for quality research at M. Phil and Ph.D. levels; and to play mentoring and inspirational role.

Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission has been launched on 25.12.2014 which envisages to address comprehensively all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, & professional development, curriculum design, designing and developing assessment & evaluation methodology, research in Pedagogy and developing effective Pedagogy.

UGC has also collaborated with foreign countries such as USA. UK, Isreal, Norway and New Zealand for Joint Research, Under these Joint Research programmes, there are provisions for exchange of teachers/researchers who are the project participants. These programmes which facilitate exchange of teachers have bearing on the quality of teaching as well.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.


Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) which are residential upper primary schools for girls have been opened in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) with rural female literacy below the national average as per Census 2001 with 75% seats allocated to SC, ST, OBC, Muslim & BPL girls. The pay scales and other service benefits of KGBV teachers is a State matter.        
Under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, provision for a neighbourhood school within walking distance as per State/UT Government norms is provided under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) school infrastructure component. However, in sparsely populated hilly or densely forested areas with difficult geographical terrain, where opening of new primary or upper primary school may not be viable, and for urban deprived children, homeless and street children in difficult circumstances without adult protection, 263 residential schools have been provided under SSA. The State-wise details are at Annexure-II.
The funds allocated and spent under KGBVs Scheme during the last three years and the current year, year-wise is as under:

Funds Allocated
32980.45 (upto September, 2014)

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.
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