SIT on Pilot Basis to Investigate Crimes Against Women


SIT on Pilot Basis to Investigate Crimes Against Women

In order to augment the capacity of States in the domain of investigation of heinous crimes against women, the Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed the States/UTs to set up Investigative Units for Crime against Women (IUCAW) in most crime prone districts of each State on a 50:50 cost sharing basis.



Since Police is a State subject under Constitution of India, all States/UTs including the State of Madhya Pradesh, have been given the liberty to choose appropriate location for setting up of IUCAW within their State. No specific location in any State has been earmarked by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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

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CCTNS project to make landmark change to Internal Security scenario in the country: Kiren Rijiju

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has said the ongoing Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project when completed will mark a revolutionary change to manage and monitor the Internal Security situation in the country. Addressing the 30th Raising Day function of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) here today, Shri Rijiju said it will see the dawn of new age projects including the e-courts, e-prisons and e-hospitals. He said the CCTNS project was conceived by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs as part of Police Modernization programme under the National e-Governance project. The CCTNS software application is being developed in consultation with various stakeholders particularly the States and UTs which can also make need-based alterations according to local requirements.

Lauding the NCRB, Shri Rijiju said that despite acute staff crunch, the NCRB has contributed effectively and the information they provide acts as backbone of all law and order related departments. He said the world is becoming increasingly complicated by the day and the role of NCRB is going to be crucial in the scenario of security challenges to come.

While giving welcome address, the Director General of NCRB, Shri R.R. Verma said under the CCTNS project police stations have already started generating online FIRs and a database of crime records and criminals is being prepared that will enable tracking of criminals anywhere at the press of a button.

About 58 percent of Police Stations across the country are presently generating FIR through the CCTNS system. As on February 20, 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.

A Souvenir was released on the occasion of the Raising Day and the Indian Postal Department has released a Special Stamp to mark the occasion.


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World conference for disaster risk reduction to be held in japan Union home minister to lead indian delegation

Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh is leading the delegation of senior officers from the Central and State Governments for the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai, Japan from 14th March to 18th March 2015.

Shri Rajnath Singh will present the official country statement on 14th March 2015 in the plenary meeting. He will also chair a Ministerial Roundtable, Meeting on ‘International Cooperation in Support of a Post-2015 Framework’ on 15th March 2015.

The Union Home Minister will visit Onagawa, on 15th March 2015, where 46 rescuers from National Disaster Response Force had worked in the rescue operations during the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. On 16th March, Shri Rajnath Singh will chair the Asian Leaders meeting, which will decide the modalities for the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction Framework in Asia-Pacific Countries. The Home Minister will also inaugurate a Buddhist Art Exhibition at Tokyo National Museum and interact with the members of the Indian community at Sendai and Tokyo.

About 7000 delegates from all parts of the world are expected to participate in the efforts to evolve a strategy for disaster risk reduction, following the current ‘Hyogo Framework of Action’. The earlier framework has provided critical guidance to reduce disaster risks and to strengthen cooperation among stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels. Though member countries have made considerable progress by investing their resources in dealing with disasters, there are challenges in implementing the framework, due to diverse social and economic conditions.

The participants in the conference will share varied expertise available in the area of capacity building, risk assessment, risk financing and to identify areas where international cooperation is possible amongst member states in addition to greater political commitment.


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Funds Earmarked for Implementing Future Surveillance Projects

There is no proposal, at present, to implement a centralized CCTV Surveillance System and biometric entry/ exit system for visitors in Government offices.

The Secretariat Security Organization (SSO) is the nodal agency for the security of Government Buildings under the security cover of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). At present, there are 52 buildings under MHA security cover, housing offices of various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India. Access control to Government building under MHA security cover is also regulated. Entry of visitors to these buildings is regulated through the various Reception Offices from where visitor passes are issued and a record thereof is kept. Only bonafide persons holding valid Identity Cards or the visitors holding valid temporary/daily visitors pass are allowed entry after checking/frisking. Presently, securities Personnel of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as well as Secretariat Security Force (SSF) are used for security of Government buildings. The strengthening of security of the Government buildings is a continuous process. From time to time, the Ministry of Home Affairs issues instruction to various Ministries/Departments to streamline and strengthen the Government buildings security.

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

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Benefits to 1984 Sikh Riot Victims

As per records, in the country as a whole 3325 persons were killed in 1984 riots, out of which, 2733 persons were killed in Delhi alone (as per Ahooja Committee Report).

The Union Government had set up following two inquiry commissions:

(i) Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission (in 1985); and

(ii) Justice Nanawati Commission (in 2000)

(i) The Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission submitted its report to the Government of India in August, 1986. As per recommendations of the Commission, following action was taken:

(a) Delhi Administration had appointed following three Committees:

(i) Kapur-Mittal Committee - to inquire into the delinquencies and conduct of Police officers of Delhi Administration

(ii) Jain-Agrawal Committee - to look into the allegations of grave offences committed during the riots and to give such directions to the prosecuting agency as the facts of each would warrant.

(iii) RK Ahooja Committee - to find out the exact number of deaths that took place during the riots in Delhi.

Recommendations of all above three Committees were accepted and implemented.

(b) Schemes for self-employment with Government assistance were implemented by the Delhi Administration.

(c) The financial reliefs granted to the victims earlier were revised.

(d) The Commission had also made some observations, i.e. both quantitative and qualitative expansion of Delhi Police, etc., which were taken into account by the Government.

(ii) The Justice Nanawati Commission had submitted its report on 09.02.2005. After considering the recommendation of Commission, the Government had, vide letter dated 16.01.2006, sanctioned a ‘Rehabilitation Package’ with total financial outlay of Rs.714.76 Crore. These amounts are reimbursed to the State Governments only after receiving Utilization Certificate from them. Till date, a sum of Rs. 534.20 crore has already been reimbursed by this Ministry to the concerned State Governments. This package has been duly closed with effect from 30.06.2012. The Government has, on 16.12.2014, sanctioned to grant an additional amount of Rs. 5.00 lakh to the Next of Kin of the persons, who died during 1984 riots. Action against some political leaders and police personnel were also initiated, as per the recommendation of Justice Nanawati Commission.

As per the Constitutional provisions, ‘Police’ & ‘Public Order’ are State Subjects and therefore, such action is required to be taken by the concerned State Governments.

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

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Internally Displaced Persons in Assam

Due to violence committed by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Sombijit) (NDFB/S) in December, 2014, more than 2.86 lakh persons took refuge in the relief camps set by the State Government of Assam. As per report, all inmates have returned to their native place/villages and all relief camps have been wound up.

The State Government has provided ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh to adult and Rs. 3 lakh to minor to the Next of the Kin (NoK) who died in the violence. Besides, Central Government has also provided Rs. 3 lakh to the NoK of the deceased. The State Government of Assam had provided relief materials and rehabilitation grant of Rs. 50,000 per family for fully damaged and Rs. 22,000 per family for partially damaged houses.

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

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Advanced Technology to Check Infiltration

The fencing is not feasible along the riverine stretches of the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh Border. There is about 145.876 km of unfenced riverine stretches along the Indo-Pakistan Border which is about 6.3% of the Indo-Pakistan Border. Similarly, there is about 930.076 km of unfenced riverine stretches along the Indo- Bangladesh Border which is about 22.7% of the border. The riverine segment of the borders are being patrolled and dominated with the help of water crafts/ speed boats/ floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) of the Border Security Force water wing.

The BSF, deployed on the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh Border, has developed its own technical solutions like Farheen LASER walls which are very useful to guard reverine/ nullah gaps. These LASER walls have been deployed along the Jammu International Border. The thermal sensors like Hand-Held Thermal Imager are already installed along the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh Border. Further, at present, there is no proposal for installation of anti-tunnel ground sensors in the fenced stretches of both the borders.

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

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Man-Days Lost Due to Strike

                 A statement showing the State-wise and year -wise details of  Man-days Lost during 1.4.2009 to 31.3.2013 is

State and year wise No. of Strikes, workers involved and Mandays Lost During 1.4.2009 to 31.3. 2013


2013(1st Jan. to 31st March)(P)

State
No. of Strikes
No. of workers involved
Mandays Lost

Andhra Pradesh
1
600
54000

Arunachal Pradesh
..
..
..

Assam
3
13773
25800

Bihar
1
20627
39992

Chhattisgarh
8
38463
38485

Goa
2
579
9554

Gujarat
10
49816
103566

Haryana
-
-


Himachal Pradesh
..
..
..
Jammu & Kashmir
-
-
-
Jharkhand
..
..
..
Karnataka
14
63159
121779
Kerala
27
55796
190693
Madhya Pradesh
7
127898
255796
Maharashtra
5
30405
60810
Manipur
-
-
-
Meghalaya
-
-
-
Mizoram
..
..
..
Nagaland
-
-
-
Odisha
-
-
-
Punjab
3
55404
112008
Rajasthan
6
54648
132336
Sikkim
..
..
..
Tamil Nadu
7
4156
75310
Tripura
-
-
-
Uttar Pradesh
3
23553
47106
Uttarakhand
-
-
-
West Bengal
8
73414
146828
A & N Islands
-
-
-
Chandigarh
-
-
-
D & N Haveli
-
-
-
Daman & Diu
-
-
-
Delhi
-
-
-
Lakshadweep
-
-
-
Puducherry
-
-
-
Total
105
612291
1414063


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Migrant Workers


As per Census, 2001, the total number of internal migrants is 309.385 million.  The Central Government monitors the implementation of the provisions of the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 for the establishments which fall under the Central sphere. The responsibility for enforcement of the provisions of the Act for the establishments located under the States sphere lies with the respective State Governments. The Central Government and some of the State Governments have signed Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate strengthening of inter-state coordination mechanism for smooth implementation of the activities in source and destination areas of migrant workers.

             All the benefits and facilities meant for migrant workers are provided to migrant workers including minimum wages. In case of any violations of the provision of Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 in the Central Sphere come to the notice; the concerned authorities take appropriate action against the defaulters. Details about number of inspections conducted, irregularities detected, prosecution launched and number of convictions obtained are enlisted



This was stated by Shri  Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC)  for Labour  and Employment in response to a written question in Rajya Sabha  today


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Under-Utilization of CESS Collected for Welfare of Construction Workers

As per information received from the State Governments, Rs. 2859.86 Crore, that is 17.63 percent, has been spent for the welfare of the construction workers out of the total cess amounting to Rs. 16214. 51 Crore collected till 31.12.2014.

The main reason for low level of utilization of fund is the failure of the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Boards to properly formulate and operate welfare schemes for the workers as mandated under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

The Central Government has been issuing directions to the State Governments and their Boards for proper utilization of fund and providing social security coverage to the building and other construction workers. Such directions under Section 60 of the Act have been issued on 27.09.2010, 12.07.2013, 27.02.2014 and 16.10.2014, requiring the States inter-alia, to mandatorily provide welfare schemes for the workers covering death benefits, accident benefits, funeral assistance, education assistance, pension for persons not able to work due to old age/disability, medical insurance, assistance for purchase of tools, skill upgradation, maternity benefits and grant for repair and construction of houses.

This was stated by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment in response to a written question in Rajya Sabha today

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Declaration of Geo-Heritage Sites

The Geological Survey of India [GSI], an attached office of the Ministry of Mines, received proposals from the State Governments of Sikkim, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir. The details are given below:

Sikkim: A request was received from Dept. of Mines, Minerals & Geology; Govt. of Sikkim for development of Geo-Tourism in Pre-Cambrian (Fossil) Park at Mamley, Namchi, South district, Sikkim. GSI has issued a resolution declaring the Stromatolite bearing Dolomite / Limestone of Buxa Formation at Mamley as Geoheritage site on 24.06.2014 requesting the State Government to issue necessary notification and instructions for their protection and conservation.

Kerala: A proposal was received from the State Planning Board, Government of Kerala for declaring the Varkala Cliff as National Geological monument. A Resolution declaring the Varkalla Cliff as Geoheritage site has been issued by GSI on 28.05.2014 requesting the State Government to issue necessary notification and instructions for their protection and conservation.

Jammu and Kashmi: A request had been received from the Industries and Commerce Department, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir for preservation of Geological Fossilliferous Zone at Guryal near Khanmoh District, Srinagar. GSI is evaluating the geological setting within the constraints of prevailing law and order situation in the area.

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today


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Labourers Employed In Mining Sector


            Adequate provisions for safety and health of persons employed in mines are made in the Mines Act, 1952; Mines Rules, 1955; Coal Mines Regulations, 1957; Metalliferous Mines Regulations, 1961 and Oil Mines Regulations, 1984. The Mine management is required to comply within such provisions in their mines. To see that the mine management carries out the mining operations in accordance with the legal provisions to ensure safety of mining workers, officers of Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) make periodic inspections of mines. The compliances of such provisions are checked during the course of inspections and enquiries by officers of DGMS and suitable measures such as notices, prohibitory orders are issued to ensure compliance.

            As far as the mining sector is concerned, the Government has the mechanism to assess the number of fatal accidents and number of persons killed due to those accidents. All these accidents occurred due to some violations of safety norms in the mine by the mine management or by the workers of mine. The number of fatal accidents and number of persons killed in mines of India during the last three years and current year is as follows:




 As per available information, the State-wise details of average daily employment in mines, as reported by mines management, during the year 2011-2013 is given at Annexure.

            ‘Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana’ (RSBY) was launched on 1st October, 2007 to provide smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 30,000/- per annum to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families (a unit of five) in the unorganized sector. The scheme became operational from 01.04.2008.

            It is the endeavour of the Government to extend RSBY to all unorganised workers in a phased manner. During the course of implementation, apart from BPL families, RSBY coverage has been extended to various categories of unorganised workers including Mine Workers.



            The RSBY has benefitted 38515411 families up to 31st March, 2014. As many as 10311 hospitals in the country are rendering services to the insured persons including 6093 private hospitals and 4218 Government hospitals


This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today

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Satellite Survey and Aerial Photography for Identification of Mines


Geological Survey of India [GSI], an attached office of Ministry of Mines, is using remote sensing satellite (IRS-Indian Remote Sensing Satellite) data and aerial photographs for delineation of target areas for mineralized zones in different parts of the country. The State-wise and location-wise details of programmes for identification of target areas for mineralisation including Maharashtra, since 2009-10 till date, are given below:



Satellite images and aerial photography are being used as a preliminary tool for identification of target areas for mineralization.



This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today

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Auction for Fresh Lease of Iron Ore Deposits


                The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Ordinance, 2015 was promulgated on 12.1.2015 to amend the MMDR act, 1957. The Ordinance provides that mineral concessions, including for iron ore, will be granted through auction. State Governments grant mineral concessions under the provisions of the MMDR act, 1957.

                The transitions provisions in the Ordinance provides that period of mining leases granted before promulgation of the Ordinance will be deemed to be extended till the following  period, whichever is later:



(i)            31st March, 2030 in case mineral is used for captive purpose, or 31st March, 2020 in case mineral is used for other than captive purpose;

(ii)           Completion of renewal period;

(iii)          fifty years from date of grant of mining lease.

 The transition provisions for extension of period of mining leases have been provided to ensure regular supply of raw material to the industry. The data on such mining leases is not maintained centrally.

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today



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