Industrial Growth



Industrial Growth 

The growth registered in various industries of the country such as heavy engineering equipment and machine tools, automotives, heavy electrical engineering etc., during each of the last three years and the current year, sector-wise is as under:

 (Rs. in crore)
Industry Sector
2012-13
2013- 14
2014- 15
(Est.)*
Growth
(%)
Heavy Engineering Equipment & Machine Tools
57360
60231
64525

7.13
Heavy Electrical and power plant equipment
134375
131825
129782
(-)1.55
Automobile Sector
511710
489165
529522
8.25
* Note:  Figures are as per estimates of industry associations
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2012-13
2013- 14
2014- 15

Target
Actual
Target
Actual
Target
(Est.)*
Heavy Engineering Equipment & Machine Tools
Not fixed
57360
67055
60231
65610
64525

Heavy Electrical and power plant equipment
Not fixed
134375
138240
131825
140000
129782
Automobile Sector
Not fixed
511710
540543
489165
579000
529522
* Note:  Figures are as per estimates of industry associations

The targets were not achieved due to general economic slowdown leading to lower investment by user sector.

For Capital Goods, the reduction in Excise Duty from 12% to 10% has been extended till 31.12.2014 to help industrial growth.

For 2015- 16, the reduction in customs duty from 7.5% to 2.5% on specific machine tools components during current budget would help in enhancing growth in production in  Machine Tool Sector.

The Government has also launched a Scheme on enhancement of competitiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector which envisages infrastructural interventions like setting up of (i) Centers of Excellence for technology development (ii) Common Engineering Facility Centers, (iii) Integrated Industrial Infrastructural Centre and (iv) Test & Certification Center.  The Scheme also envisages financial intervention through the component Technology Acquisition Fund Programme for acquisition/ transfer of technology. The Scheme has been notified on 5.11.2014 and is under implementation. The Notification is also available in the Departmental website dhi.nic.in

For Automobile Sector, Government reduced excise duty on vehicles until December, 2014 to help the industry revive from slowdown, as under:

(i)            For Small Cars, 2 wheelers and 3 wheelers and commercial vehicles from 12% to 8%.
(ii)          For SUV from 30% to 24%.
(iii)         On cars of length more than 4000 mm but engine capacity less than 1500 cc from 24% to 20%.
(iv)        On cars of length more than 4000 mm and engine capacity above 1500 cc from 27% to 24%.

         This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri  G.M. Siddeshwara in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.
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Electric Vehicle Market 
In order to promote electric & hybrid vehicles, Government had notified a scheme namely FAME-India [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid & ) Electric Vehicles in India] on 25th March, 2015. For this scheme, Government has allotted initial outlays of Rs.75 Crore.

It is a fact that due to high costs and lack of charging infrastructure electric vehicles could not record adequate sales. FAME-India scheme attempts to address the entire ecosystem of electric & hybrid vehicles and is expected to result into increase in sale of electric vehicle in the market.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits 
Due to onset of militancy in the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in early 1990s, most of the Kashmiri Pandit families along with some Sikh and Muslim families migrated from the Kashmir Valley to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country. Present number of registered Kashmiri migrant families is about 62,000. About 40,668 registered Kashmiri migrant families are residing in Jammu; about 19,338 registered Kashmiri migrant families are living in Delhi and about 2,000 families are settled in other states.

The Government announced a Comprehensive Package amounting to Rs. 1,618.40 Crore in the year 2008 for the return and rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Migrants, which provides for many facilities for the migrants e.g. financial assistance for purchase/construction/ repair of houses, construction of transit accommodation, continuation of cash relief, scholarship to students, employment/self-employment, assistance to the agriculturists and the horticulturist and waiver of interest on unpaid loan etc. The Prime Minister’s Package – 2008 is being implemented by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir. So far state government jobs have been provided to 1,553 migrant youths and one family has availed the benefit of Rs. 7.5 Lakh for construction of house. Also, 469 Transit accommodations have been constructed in the Kashmir Valley and these have been allotted to the newly appointed migrant employees under the Package.

The expenditure incurred by the State Government of Jammu and Kashmir in respect of relief and rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants is reimbursed by the Government of India under Security Related Expenditure (Relief & Rehabilitation) – SRE (R&R). An assistance of approx. Rs. 1,599.18 Crore has been provided to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir by the Central Government in this respect under SRE (R&R) since 1989-90.

No proposal to create separate zones exclusively for the Kashmiri Pandits in the State of Jammu and Kashmir is under consideration.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Shri P.Nagarajan, Shri Sudheer Gupta, Shri Lallu Singh, Shri Ashwini Kumar, Shri Gajanan Kirtikar, Kunwar Haribansh Singh, Shri Lalubhai Babubhai Patel, Shri B.Sriramulu and Adv. M. Udhayakumar in the Lok Sabha today. 
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Arrest of Foreigners 
Details of the number of foreigners arrested during the last three years under various sections of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and for  violating other provisions of immigration control rules and regulations are given below:-

Year
Number of foreigners arrested
2012
7484
2013
10043
2014
                                           6913 (provisional)


There is no definite trend of increase in the number of foreigners arrested under Foreigners Act, 1946.  While there was an increase in the number of foreigners arrested during 2013 over the previous year, the number of foreigners arrested has declined in 2014. With the implementation of various modules under Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) Project, law enforcing agencies are in a better position to know about the foreigners who are violating visa conditions/various rules & regulations while in India and agencies are arresting & deporting such foreigners. Besides use of Hi-tech devices at Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) and emphasis on training of Immigration staff and other law enforcing agencies are also contributing in detection of forgeries caused by foreigners in their travel documents, leading to arrest of foreigners.  Law enforcement agencies maintain a strict vigil on the activities of the foreigners in the country and take appropriate action. Central Government is vested with powers to deport a foreign national under section 3(2) (c) of the Foreigner Act 1946. The powers to identify and deport such foreign nationals have also been delegated to the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. Detection and deportation of such foreign nationals is a continuous process.

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

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Anti-National Activities BY NGOs 
Ms. Teesta Setalvad is associated with two NGOs namely (1) Citizen for Justice and Peace, and (2) Sabrang Trust which are registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA, 2010). As far as funding from Ford Foundation is concerned, only Sabrang Trust has been funded.

There are inputs from security agencies that some amounts have been credited from Ford Foundation to some NGOs which are not registered under the provisions of FCRA, 2010. Hence, to keep a watch on such recipients, the credits from Ford Foundation have been put under prior permission category under FCRA, 2010.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by Shri Muthamsetti Srinivasa Rao (Avanthi) in the Lok Sabha today. 

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 Issues relating to Commerce, Governance and Policy in the Arctic region were discussed at a Indo-Norwegian Seminar 

India and Norway today discussed issues of co-operation in the Arctic region. The Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan met the Norwegian delegation led by Shri Eivind S Homme, Ambassador of Norway to India at the beginning of the day-long seminar in New Delhi to kick start discussions on growing severity of climate change as perceived most in the Arctic. These issues are of special significance to the Indian subcontinent as several studies indicate an apparent link between the polar atmospheric processes and the Indian monsoon intensity. Geo-strategic and geo-economic imperatives of the region also came up for discussion. 

The Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India Dr Arvind Gupta, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr Vinod Kumar, Director, Norwegian Polar Institute, Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther were among those who addressed the Seminar. 

Although India’s engagement with the Arctic dates back to nearly nine decades when it signed the Svalbard Treaty in February 1920, our focused scientific studies of the Svalbard region centered on the International Arctic Research facilities were initiated only around eight years back with the Indian station “Himadri” that was set up at Ny-Alesund. Indian scientists have initiated several innovative programmes in such disciplines as Climate Change, Glaciology, Atmospheric sciences and Biological Sciences. To date, over 125 researchers from nearly two-dozen national research institutions and Universities have visited Ny-Alesund for scientific data collection and the results have been published in over 60 peer-reviewed national and international journals. India is a Member of International Arctic Science Committee and in May 2013, India along with some other Asian countries were given the permanent Observer’s status in the Arctic Council. 

The success stories of India’s scientific endeavours in the Arctic are largely reflective of the synergy between the scientists of India and Norway. The day-long Seminar comprises keynote addresses by scientists from both India and Norway focusing on climate change in the Arctic and its global consequences and also the importance of the Arctic as a platform for Indo-Norwegian scientific cooperation. Following the scientific presentation and discussions a Session on Commerce, Governance and Policy in the Arctic, and a Panel Discussion w as held. 

India’s premier think-tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), now in its 50 years, along with three Norwegian research institutions Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) has been on the forefront in fostering Indo-Norwegian co-operation in the Arctic region from a geostrategic and governance perspective. The edited volume Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy by Uttam Sinha and Jo Inge Bekkevold was also released on the occasion. 

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Disbursement of Freedom Fighter Pension 

The Government has decided to transfer central freedom fighter pensioners from State Bank of India to other banks – authorized for the purpose, for disbursal of pension due to certain irregularities like paying pension to more than 3,000 dead pensioners for many years after their death, payment of wrong amount of pension to many pensioners, delayed payment of revised Dearness Relief, loss of more than 1,100 original disburser’s portion of PPOs. On account of these irregularities more than Rs.16 crore has already been recovered from State Bank of India. 

In order to avoid any hardship to the pensioners, they have been advised to open account in any bank of their choice, from the 19 banks authorized for the purpose and the banks have been advised to approach such pensioners and open their accounts on priority. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by Dr. P.Venugopal in the Lok Sabha today. 
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Transfer of CRPF Land 

Ministry of Home Affairs has received a proposal from the Government of Maharashtra for exchange of 2.3 hectares land belonging to CRPF with the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (Government of Maharashtra Undertaking) for development of a Multi-Modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur, in lieu of an equal land to be given to the CRPF. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in principle, agrees with the request. However, as per existing policy, the proposal is under process for seeking approval of the competent authority. 

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

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Extradition Treaties 

India signs bilateral extradition treaties to encompass a broader category of offences. It is the policy of the Government to sign extradition treaties with as many countries as possible. The Extradition Treaties/Arrangement concerned provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of persons of any nationality who are wanted in India for offences involving imprisonment of at least one year and vice-versa. The Treaty is aimed at suppressing crime including terrorism, by ensuring the availability of fugitive criminals for trial. 

Extradition Treaties have been entered into with the following 37 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Vietnam. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Shri Ashwini Kumar in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Marine Police Training Institute 

The Government of India has finalized the location to establish the Marine Police Training Institute (MPTI), on the Western Coast of the country, at Pindara Village, District: Devbhoomi Dwarka in the State of Gujarat. Action has been initiated for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR), which includes the financial estimates also. 

The location for setting up of MPTI on the Eastern Coast of the county would be finalized after due consideration of various aspects of coastal security, training requirements and finalisation of DPR of MPTI on the Western Coast. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by Shri C.S. Putta Raju in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Political Settlement with NSCN (IM) 

Talks with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isac-Muviah) {(NSCN (IM)} for settlement are continuing. Interlocutor has been appointed for the purpose. 

NSCN (K) has walked out from the dialogue process with the Government of India. NSCN (K) with its Myanmar based leadership is mainly interested in extortion & has nothing to do with Naga issues. 

The protection of the interests of State Governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland will always be prime before any settlement is arrived at. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to a question by Dr. Thokchom Meinya in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Air Wing of BSF 

Government has approved procurement of 08 nos. of Mi-17 V5 helicopters for BSF Air Wing for anti-Naxal operations, Disaster Management functions, NSG requirements and other duties. The first batch of 02 helicopters has been inducted in BSF Air Wing in April, 2015. 

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

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Extradition of Terrorists 

Dawood Ibrahim is an accused in the Mumbai serial blast of 1993 and a Red Corner Notice No.A0135/4-1993 is in existence against him. The United Nations Security Council has also issued a Special Notice No. U-65/4-2006 against him. The subject has not been located so far. Extradition process with regard to Dawood Ibrahim would be initiated once the subject is located. 

However, Government of India has made requests in respect of fugitives wanted by Indian Authorities in terrorist cases namely Willy Naruenartwanich to Thailand, Usmani Ghani Khan to Saudi Arabia, Abdul Wahid Siddibapa to the United Arab Emirates, Velu alias Boopalan @ Dileepan @ Niranjana to the United Kingdom and Mohammad Hanif Tiger @ Mohammad Hanif Umerji Patel to the United Kingdom for expeditious extradition of these fugitives. 

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

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Categorisation of States Under MPF Scheme 

Under the Modernisation of State Police Forces (MPF) Scheme, the States are grouped into two categories, namely Category ‘A’ and Category ‘B’ for the purpose of funding both under ‘Non-Plan’ and ‘Plan’. Category ‘A’ States, namely, J&K and 8 North Eastern States including Sikkim, are eligible to receive financial assistance on 90:10 Centre: State sharing basis. The remaining States are in Category ‘B’ and are eligible for financial assistance on 60:40 Centre: State sharing basis. Accordingly, the State of Chhattisgarh falls under Category ‘B’ under the said Scheme. 

The proposal of the Government of Chhattisgarh to include the State in Category ‘A’ for funding on 90:10 Centre: State sharing basis has been considered and the Chhattisgarh Government has been intimated that there is no proposal to change the funding pattern on MPF Scheme. The focus of Modernisation of Police Force (MPF) scheme is to strengthen the police infrastructure. Some of the major items of police infrastructure covered under the scheme are police building, police housing under Plan and mobility, weapons, equipment for training, computerization, forensic science and Mega City Policing (MCP) under Non-Plan. The Plan component under MPF Scheme was started only in 2013-14. No fund has been provided under Plan component of MPF Scheme during 2015-16. The Scheme stands transferred to the States. Consequently, there will be no Central Funding of construction activities of police building and police housing for State Police Forces under MPF Scheme. However, there is a non-plan allocation of Rs. 595 crore under BE 2015-16 for mobility, equipment, weapons, etc for State Police under MPF Scheme. Police and Public Order fall under the category of subjects within the domain of the State as per Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. Although the Central Government has been supplementing the State Governments through the aforementioned Scheme, the primary responsibility for modernizing the Police Force and maintaining law and order in the respective States lies with the State Government. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in a written reply to a question by Smt. Kamla Devi Paatle in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Refugee Determination System 

There is no national law on refugees at present. Only Standard Operating Procedure are issued by Ministry of Home Affairs to deal with foreign nationals in India, who claim to be refugees. 

As per information available, the number of Afghan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Stateless persons who claim to be refugees and living in India are as under:- 

Afghan : 10,340 
Myanmar : 4,621 
Sri Lanka : 1,01,896 
Tibetans : 1,10,095 

Long Term Visas are granted to refugees based on existing guidelines after due security verification etc which permits them for facilities at par with other foreigners such as – employment in the private sector, undertake studies in any academic institution. 

Refugees are registered under the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] who meets regularly with all refugees and their representatives to discuss their concerns and jointly look for solutions to their problems as much as possible. In very exceptional circumstances, UNHCR provides individual assistance that may include monthly stipends or resettlement to a third country. India is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees. 

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

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ACC Appointment 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development assigned to Shri Radha Krishna Mathur, IAS (MT:77), Defence Secretary for a period up to 24.5.2015 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent or till further orders, whichever is the earliest. 

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