Activities Funded by Government in Naxal Affected States



Activities Funded by Government in Naxal Affected States 

Funding for the Special Forces of the LWE affected States was initiated in 2013-14 under the Scheme of Special Infrastructure to cater to the critical infrastructure gap which could not be covered under any other existing scheme. The scheme focused on the four worst LWE affected States of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha with lesser extent funding to the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. 


The States have established the Special Forces with different nomenclatures depending upon their requirements. During last two years Bihar Government has raised 5 Units of Special Task Force (STF) (Cheetah), the Chhattisgarh Government has sanctioned 460 personnel in STF and the Jharkhand Government has raised 6 Assault Groups of Special Task Force (Jaguar). 

During the financial years 2013-14 & 2014-15, a total sum of Rs.122.13 crore (Rs. 74.13 crore + Rs. 48.00 crore) was released to the States of Andhra Pradesh (Rs. 16.99 crore), Bihar (Rs.19.10 crore), Chhattisgarh (Rs. 32.90 crore), Jharkhand (Rs. 16.52 crore), Odisha (Rs.33.62 crore) and Telangana (Rs. 3.00 crore). 

No fund provision has been made by the Ministry of Finance under the Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) for the financial year 2015-16 and the Scheme stands transferred to the States, in view of devolution of 42% from 32% of Centre’s tax receipts to States. 

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

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Scrapping of Official Secrets Act, 1923 

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC), in its Report of June 2006, had, inter-alia, recommended that the Official Secrets Act (OSA), 1923 should be repealed, and substituted by a chapter in the National Security Act, containing provisions relating to official secrets. 

The ARC had made this recommendation ostensibly on the ground that the Law Commission had recommended in 1971 that an ‘umbrella Act’ should be passed to bring together all Acts/Laws relating to national security. However, in 1980, the National Security Act (NSA) was enacted only to provide for preventive powers to deal with likely threats to maintenance of public order and security of the country etc., besides maintenance of essential services. In such a situation, the Government decided not to repeal the OSA as the other enactments relating to national security such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, Chapters 6 and 7 of the Indian Penal Code etc. have also not been merged in the NSA. 

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

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Extension of AFSPA to Arunachal Pradesh 

In order to control the anti-national and criminal activities of various militant groups including NDFB(S), ULFA(I) and NSCN(K), various districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam were declared ‘disturbed area’ under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 for a brief period. Now only the area falling under the jurisdiction of 16 Police Stations areas of various districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam have been declared as ‘disturbed area’ along with whole of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, for a period of six months. 

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

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Moral and Civic Education 

In order to emphasize moral education, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks prescribe themes and examples related to moral conduct across subject areas and the various stages of school education in the syllabi and textbooks for classes I - XII. The NCERT has also brought out a Value Education Framework entitled “Education for values in schools - A framework” which provides guidelines to schools to identify their priorities of values and plan their actions accordingly. In addition, the NCERT has developed a Resource Book for teachers ‘Ways to Peace’. 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made moral education compulsory in the curriculum offered to the schools affiliated to it. The CBSE has published source books for classes VI-VIII and a Teacher’s Manual on Life Skills for Classes IX-X and also on Environmental Education and Adolescent Education which help to foster values in children. The CBSE has also introduced value based questions from the prescribed books in the Summative Assessment II in classes IX-X and in the final examination in classes XI-XII from the year 2012-13 and launched a value education kit comprising of a Hand Book for Teachers, Value Cards and a CD on songs on the theme of Duty, Solidarity and Respect for Nature. 

Universities being autonomous in academic matters are free to draw up their syllabi and curricula. However, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is funding various programmes at the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate levels concerning Human Rights and Value Education in universities and colleges. The Commission has also been implementing the scheme of Human Rights and Value Education and provides financial assistance to the eligible Universities/Colleges under this scheme. 

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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MoU between India and Seychelles on renewable energy cooperation 

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Renewable Energy Cooperation between India and Seychelles in March, 2015, during the visit of the Prime Minister to Seychelles. 

The objective of the MoU is to strengthen, promote and develop renewable energy cooperation between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. 

The MoU will also help in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of renewable energy. 

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South Korean Parliamentary Delegation to visit India under bilateral exchange 

A Parliamentary Delegation from the Republic of Korea will arrive in New Delhi tomorrow i.e May 7, 2015 on a four day visit on the invitation of the Parliament of India. The 19-member delegation led by Shri Chung Ui-Hwa, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea will have five members of the National Assembly. 

During their stay in India, the delegation will visit LG Electronics India Ltd., at Greater Noida, Rajghat and Qutub Minar in New Delhi and Taj Mahal and Agra Fort besides meeting the Presiding Officers of Parliament and some union ministers. They will also watch the proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament besides visiting Parliament Museum and Central Hall of Parliament. 

Lok Sabha Speaker Smt.Sumitra Mahajan will host a dinner for the delegation visiting India under bilateral exchange programme. 

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Approval to amendments in the Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011 (17 of 2014) 

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today approved amendments in the Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2011 by moving an amendment Bill in Parliament during the Budget Session, 2015. This is being done with a view to incorporate necessary provisions aimed at strengthening safeguards against disclosures which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country, security of the State, etc. 

The amendments would address concerns relating to national security. This would strengthen the safeguards against disclosures which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country, security, strategic, scientific or economic interest of the State, relations with a foreign State or leads to incitement of an offence. Safeguard have also been provided in respect of such disclosures which have been exempted under section 8(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005. 

Background: 

In order to give statutory protection to whistle blowers in the country, the Public Interest Disclosures and Protection to Persons making the Disclosures Bill, 2011 was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August, 2010. The said Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, in December, 2011, as the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, 2011 and was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 21.02.2014. The Bill has received the assent of the President on 9th May, 2014. 

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ACC Appointments 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following: 

1. Shri Jitendra Kumar Dadoo, IAS (UT:83), as Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, on in-situ basis, by temporarily upgrading the post held by Shri Dadoo. 

2. Shri Madan Lal Meena, IAS (WB:83), DDG, CAPART as DG, CAPART in the pay of Additional Secretary. 

3. Continuation of assignment of additional charge of the post of Enforcement Director, Directorate of Enforcement under Department of Revenue assigned to Shri Rajan S.Katoch, IAS (MP:79), Secretary Department of Heavy Industries for a period of three months beyond 30.4.2015 or until further orders, whichever is earlier. 


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Induction Programme of IAS Officers 

There is a proposal to reduce the tenure of induction programme for officers inducted to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from eight weeks to six weeks. 

The induction Training Programme will entail four weeks of Academic instruction and two weeks of site visits within India and abroad. The Academic instruction will include inputs on public administration, law and Constitution of India, economics, management and behavioural sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Two weeks site visits will include exposure to good governance practices within India and abroad. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri B.Vinod Kumar in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Redressal of Grievances 

The Government is committed to bringing in a legislation for ensuring effective redressal of grievances of citizens related to non-delivery of entitled goods and services by the Government. However, at this stage, no realistic time frame can be indicated for introduction of such a Bill in the Parliament. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Smt. Hema Malini in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Appointment of Functional Directors / CMDs in CPSEs 

In accordance with the Government of India’s Resolution dated 3rd March, 1987, Public Enterprises Selection Board is responsible for the selection and placement of personnel in the posts of Chairman, Managing Director or Chairman-cum-Managing Director (Level-I), and Functional Director (Level-II) in PSEs as well as in posts at any other level as may be specified by the Government. Notification dated the 4th April, 2008, allowed Private Sector Executives also to apply for Board level post(s) in CPSEs for a period of 5 years. Issue of extension of period is under examination of the Government. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri N.K. Premachandran in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Relief of Five Years Age Limit 

There is no proposal to give relief of five years in age limit to the candidates of all categories to apply for Government and semi-Government services. Instructions allowing relaxation in upper age limit for recruitment of the candidates of different categories to various posts under the Central Government already exist. 

Further, instructions issued by the Central Government are not suo-moto applicable to autonomous bodies, statutory organizations, public sector enterprises, trusts, banks, semi-Government services, etc. which are governed by their respective regulations/instructions issued under Statute/Act of the Parliament by which they are created or came into existence. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Gopal Shetty in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Prosecution in Corruption Cases 

It has been frequently observed that investigating agencies do not send complete proposals of sanction for prosecution and processing of cases are delayed due to unavailability of requisite documents. During the last one year at least 12 such incomplete cases have been received. Incomplete cases have been submitted by CBI as well as state vigilance/investigating agencies of different states. 

Department of Personnel & Training has circulated Hon’ble Supreme Court’s guidelines in judgement of Criminal Appeal No.1838 of 2013 to all Chief Secretaries of State Governments & all Ministries/Departments of Government of India & Central Bureau of Investigation vide this Department’s letter No.142/15/2015-AVD.I dated 26.03.2015. It has been mentioned in guidelines that the prosecution must send the entire relevant record to the sanctioning authority including the FIR, disclosure statements, statements of witnesses, recovery memos, draft charge sheet and all other relevant material. In order to curb the delay, DoP&T has switched over to Single Window system with effect from 01.08.2014 for receiving prosecution sanction proposals in the Department as per the revised check-list. 

CBI/State investigating agencies cite different reasons for not submitting the relevant papers in individual cases. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri A. Arunmozhithevan in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Non-Imposition of Penalty 

Under Section 20(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the Information Commission, at the time of deciding any complaint, shall impose a penalty of two hundred and fifty rupees each day till application is received or information is furnished, with the total amount of such penalty not exceeding twenty five thousand rupees, if it is of the opinion that the Public Information Officer, (a) has refused to receive an application for information without any reasonable cause; or (b) has not furnished information within the time specified; or (c) malafidely denied the request for information; or (d) knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information; or (e) destroyed information which was the subject of the request; or (f) obstructed in any manner in furnishing the information. 

In addition to the above, under Section 20(2), the Information Commission may also recommend for disciplinary action against such Public Information Officer. 

During 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the Central Information Commission imposed penalty on Central Public Information Officers in 87 and 138 cases respectively. Penalty has not been recovered in 09 cases for the year 2012-2013 and in 51 cases for the year 2013-2014. 

The Central Information Commission has reminded the concerned Public Authorities to recover the penalty amount from the salary of the penalized officers and remit the same to the Commission. 

The data on penalty imposed by State Information Commissions is available in respective State Information Commissions. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Dushyant Chautala and Shri P.R.Sundaram in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Post Retirement Benefits 

Department of Personnel & Training has not made any change in instructions contained in OM No. 22011/4/1998-Estt.(D) dated 12.10.1998 and reiterated vide OM No. 22011/1/2014-Estt.(D) dated 14.11.2014. These instructions provide for consideration of retired employees, who are within the zone of consideration in the relevant year(s) while preparing year-wise panel(s) for promotion. Such retired officials, however, have no right for promotion as they are not available to assume charge of the higher post. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. Udit Raj in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Production of Minerals 

The Minister for Mines and Steel Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in statement laid on the table of the Rajya Sabha informed the members that according to new series of the Gross Domestic Product, the gross Value Added (GVA) by the mining and quarrying sector at constant prices (2011-12) is increasing in comparison to previous years, as indicated below:

Mineral
2012-12 (NS)
2013-14 (NS)
2014-15 (AE)
GVA of Mining & Quarrying Sector (at constant Prices) (in Rs. Crore)
2,62,253
2,76,380
2,82,605

NS: New Series Estimates; AE: Advance Estimates
Source: Central Statistical Office

The Minister further added that the Government has amended the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Act, 1957, through the MMDR Amendment Act 2015 with effect from 12.1.2015, to address the constraints faced by the mining and quarrying sector. The amendments in the MMDR Act, 1957 will give impetus to the mining sector by:
(i)            Removing discretion in grant of mineral concessions, as mineral concessions will now be granted through auction by competitive bidding:
(ii)          Allowing opening of mines which were closed due to pendency of decision on applications for second or subsequent renewal through extension of validity of lease period of the existing leases;
(iii)        Providing security of tenure of mining lease period with a uniform lease period of 50 years;
(iv)        Simplification of procedure, and removal of delay by eliminating requirement of prior approval of Central Government for grant of mining lease through auction;
(v)          Establishment of National Mineral Exploration Trust, a dedicated fund to encourage exploration to augment mineral resources;
(vi)        Allowing easy transferability of mineral concessions granted through auction, which would facilitate investment in the mining sector;
(vii)      Establishment of District Mines Foundation, which will work for the interest and benefit of persons, and areas affected by mining related operations.

            The Central Government has further empowered Stated Governments in respect of 31 minerals, which have been notified as ‘minor minerals on 10.2.2015, for regulation of grant of mineral concessions and for purposes connected therewith.

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Vacant Posts of Heads of Organisations 
At present, the posts of Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Director General, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) are vacant with effect from the dates shown against each:

                        Name of Post                          Date of vacancy         
           
                        Chairman, AICTE                               05.01.2015
                        DG, DRDO                                        01.02.2015
                        Chairman, CBSE                                 28.11.2014
                        Director, NCERT                                21.10.2014
                                   
Necessary steps have been initiated for expeditious selection of regular incumbents to these posts inter alia including advertisement inviting applications, constitution of Search-cum-Selection Committee, etc. as per the post-specific extant procedure. Order for appointment of Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangthan has already been issued on 29.04.2015.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Rama Kishore Singh in the Lok Sabha today.


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