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Ministry of Home Affairs10-November, 2012 17:20 IST
Union Home Minister Asked Agencies to Address Gaps in Fencing in Riverine Terrain along Indo-Bangla Border
Following is the text of opening statement of Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde in monthly press conference of Ministry of Home Affairs at New Delhi today

 

Following is the text of opening statement of Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde in monthly press conference of Ministry of Home Affairs at New Delhi today.:-

 

                        During the month I visited Border areas in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and Assam.

 

2.           On 6-7th October, 2012, I visited Kargil & Leh districts of Leh-Ladakh region.  I discussed the developmental issues with the Council Members, Chief Executives, Ministers of J&K and officials of Leh & Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council.  I also visited Border out post of ITBP at Lukumbe on Indo-China border at the height of 15000 ft. and interacted with Jawans and participated in Sainik Sammelan.

 

3.                  I visited the Integrated Check Post at Attari on 7th October, 2012 and reviewed the progress of ongoing works with Punjab Government and Central Government officials.

 

4.                  From 12th to 14th October, 2012, I visited Jammu and Kashmir Region.  I visited Trade Facilitation Centre at Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch District and interacted with traders the various issues relating to LoC trade and travel.  I visited Border out Post of BSF at Suchetgarh in R.S. Pura in Jammu district and inspected the border fencing and interacted with Jawans guarding the international border.

 

5.                  I along with the Chief Minister chaired the Unified Command meeting in Srinagar and reviewed the security situation in the State.  I also met senior police and army officers.  Development issues were discussed with Chief Minister, J&K and senior government officers.  The progress of the Dal conservation project was reviewed by me.  I also visited the famous Hazratbal shrine and met public.  I attended a school function and met young people, boys and girls who came from across the valley to study in the School.

 

6.                  I went around the city with the Chief Minister and visited many significant public places including the main bazaar near the Lal Chowk area. I met with a number of tourists and interacted with traders and shopkeepers.

 

7.                  I also visited the famous shrine of Charar-E-Shariff along with local leaders.  At Srinagar, several delegations, prominent citizens, MLAs and others made representation to me.

 

8.         I visited the Indo-Bangladesh Border from 19.10.2012 to 20.10.2012. I started from Dubri in Assam and then travelled by boat for an hour covering about 40 Kms in river Brahmaputra crossing riverine Border Out Post (B.O.P) Mahamayachar and landed at Shishumara B.O.P. Thereafter I travelled by road alongside international boundary and inspected the fencing, floodlighting and Border Roads, before taking off from Mankachar. I have instructed the concerned agencies to address all the gaps because of the riverine terrain urgently through technology, so as to ensure better surveillance.  I have also instructed the Border Security Force to enhance the surveillance on the Brahmaputra River. A high level delegation led by DG, BSF has been deputed to Israel to see the technological development for border surveillance in such areas.

 

9.         As a welfare measure, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), on 1st November, 2012, has approved the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs to designate the retired Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel as “Ex-Central Armed Police Force (Ex-CAPF personnel)”.  The above designation shall boost the moral and motivation level of the CAPF personnel and it shall enable the various State Governments to provide specific benefits to the retired CAPFs personnel.

 

10.       A Tripartite Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) among the Central Government, Government of Assam and the factions of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) and DHD/Joel Group was signed on 8.10.2012.  The Memorandum provides for enhanced autonomy for the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council in Assam and a special package for speedier socio–economic and educational development of the area for which the Council has been set up. 

 

11.       The 13th meeting of the Home Secretaries of Bangladesh and India was held on 16-17 October, 2012 at Dhaka. The issues relating to security, border management, enhancement of cooperation of law enforcement agencies on smuggling of arms and narcotic drugs, construction of ICPs/LCSs within 150 yards of Zero Line, increased joint patrolling to curb criminal activity along the border, mechanism of regular consultation between the DC-DM of border districts for resolving the local issues, cooperation for apprehension of wanted criminals, liberalisation of visa precedence, etc. were discussed. The implementation of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Combating Terrorism, Agreement on Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking, ratification of Land Boundary Agreement (LBA)-1974 by the Government of India and protocol signed in 2011, were also discussed.

 

Internal Security

12.    On 15th October, 12, a Special Court of National Investigation Agency for the State of Kerala was notified. This Special Court will be presided over by the Hon’ble Judge Mr. P. K. Lakshmanan.

 

North East

13.  A new Border Liaison Office (BLO) has been set up in Arunachal Pradesh Sector at Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh  vis-à-vis Pan Hsuan(Myanmar). The 1st meeting of Border Liaison Officers (BLOs) was held on 30th October, 2012 at Changlang to work out the modalities for operationalization of BLO.

14.        In the current year upto October 31, 2012, 186 extremists were neutralised in Police encounter.  During the said period 1836 extremists were arrested and 1165 surrendered before the State Authorities.

 

Jammu & Kashmir

15.   11th meeting of the Project Appraisal Committee was held on 01.10.2012 in which proposals of CMC Limited and Cognizant Technology Solutions under the Special Industry Initiatives (SII) Scheme for J&K were approved. 

 

16.  An amount of Rs.14.52 crore under SRE has been reimbursed to Government of Jammu & Kashmir on 12.10.2012.

 

Naxal Management

17.       A meeting of Chief Secretaries / Director Generals of Police of all Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected States was held on 18.10.2012 to review the security and development related intervention in LWE affected States.

 

18.       On 23.10.2012, Rs. 221.60 Lakh were released to the CRPF for carrying out Civic Action Program in naxal affected areas.

 

Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) :

19.       During the month, an amount of Rs.16 crore for acquisition of land and about Rs.328 crore for construction of office/ residential buildings were sanctioned for CAPFs.

 

20.       On the recommendation of the Election Commission of India, 60 Companies of CAPFs were mobilised for Assembly Elections in Himachal Pradesh from 25.10.2012 to 05.11.2012.

 

21.       The Ministry of Home Affairs on 17th October 2012, gave in principle approval for the proposal of the Ministry of External Affairs to deploy an armed contingent drawn from any of the CAPFs at the Embassy and the Embassy residence in Tripoli.

 

Foreigners

22.       During the month, the Integrated Online Visa Application System (under the Mission Mode Project on Immigration Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking) has been operationalized in the Indian Missions at Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru and Sao Paulo, Brazil. This facility is now operational at 93 Indian Missions abroad.

 

23.       The State Governments/ Union Territories have been given access to Prior Reference Cases (PRC) Visa Applications data using Virtual Private Network (VPN). They are clearing the PRC cases online through VPN and the decision is communicated electronically to Indian Mission. The PRC applications from IVFRT enabled Indian Missions are also being uploaded to central server for electronic clearance by agencies. Till date, my Ministry has cleared over 1, 45,000 PRC cases electronically.

 

24.       Gorkhaland Territorial Administration: In terms of clause 14 of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement, the Government of India has released Rs. 65 crores to the State of West Bengal out of Rs. 200 crores for the current year for projects to develop socio – economic infrastructure in GTA areas in Darjeeling District of the State.

 

25.       Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS):  Under the Crime and Criminal Network Tracking and System (CCTNS), till October 2012, Contracts with System Integrators have been signed in 26 States/UTs, advance payment to BSNL has been made in 23 States/UTs and Service Level Agreement (SLA) with BSNL for Networking Solution has been signed in 26 States/ UTs.

 

Disaster Management

26.       NDRF personnel were deployed along with Boats, Vehicles, Medical First Responder and collapsed Structure Search and Rescue and other equipments for response and relief activities in Assam (299 personnel, 34 boats), Andhra Pradesh (9137 personnel, 14 boats), Bihar (200 personnel, 29 boats), Maharashtra (217 personnel, 11 boats) and Sikkim (35 personnel, 2 boats).  In all 11,283 persons were rescued/ evacuated and 28 dead persons were retrieved in these States.

 

Border Management

27.       Land identification of 116 out of 131 Coastal Police Stations under Coastal Security Scheme has been finalized and land acquisition process in 74 cases has been initiated till October, 2012. Land identification for 27 Jetties out of 60 has been done by Coastal States/UT’s. Site for 10 Marine Police Operational Centers have been selected. Rs. 33.57 crore has been released in October, 2012 for construction of Coastal Police Stations, Jetties and operationalisation of Coastal Police Stations.

 

28.       Government has sanctioned 27 ITBP priority roads along Indo-China border totalling 804 Km. against which 557.30 Km formation and 175.36 Km surfacing has completed as on date.  50 Km of floodlighting work was completed during the month of October, 2012 along the Indo-Bangladesh Border.

 

29. An outlay of Rs.990 crore has been earmarked in the budget of 2012-13 under Border Area Development Programme and the same has been allocated to the 17 border States. Against this an amount of Rs. 752.45 crore (76%) has already been released to all the 17 BADP States as first installment.

 

Union Territory

30.       Union Cabinet, in its meeting held on 18th October, 2012 has approved the waiver of loan plus interest thereon for Tsunami affected fishermen in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.  370 Tsunami affected fishermen of Andaman & Nicobar Islands were having outstanding loan plus interest thereon amounting to about Rs.2.10 crore, as on 31st March, 2012.

 

State Legislation

31.         During the month, the President of India assented to the Chhattisgarh Rent Control Bill, 2011, the Code of Criminal Procedure (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2009 and the Registration (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Bill, 2012.

 

Creation of National Population Register (NPR):

32.       The capture of biometrics is in progress in the States of Manipur, Nagaland, NCT of Delhi, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. As on date, biometrics has been captured for more than 6.86 crore persons, adding 98 lakh persons during the month. Data Entry has been completed for more than 89.76 crore persons, adding 7.63 crore during the month.”

 

 

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