Raising of New Battalions in BSF and ITBP. Out of the proposed 15 additional battalions (6 Bns of BSF and 9 Bns of ITBP), the Government has sanctioned raising of 6 additional battalions to BSF and the proposal for raising of 09 additional battalions in ITBP is under consideration.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the progress of schemes being implemented by the Foreigners Division of MHA with a view to improve the efficiency and transparency of various services being provided to Indian and foreign nationals. Shri Rajnath Singh appreciated the fact that the e-Visa scheme, introduced in the year 2014 for Tourism category, has been extended to cover Business and Medical categories also and this facility is now available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into India through 25 International Airports and five Sea Ports in the country. Integrated Online Visa System under the Immigration, Visa, Foreigners Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) project has been operationalised in 163 out of 178 Indian Missions abroad.
It is a fact that political parties cannot receive contribution from any foreign source as defined under Clause (c) of Section 2 of the FCRA, 1976. Section 29 B of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951 also prohibits political parties from receiving foreign contributions. Clause 217 of the Finance Bill, 2018 seeks to amend Section 236 of the Finance Act, 2016 which relates to amendment to sub-clause (vi) of the clause (i) of Sub section (1) of Section 2 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. The proviso to the said sub-clause inserted under the Finance Act, 2016 states that where the nominal value of share capital is within the limits specified for foreign investment under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999), or the rules or regulations made there under, then, notwithstanding the nominal value of share capital of a company being more than one half of such value at the time of making the contribution.
The two-day meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on Homeland and Public Security of India and Israel concluded. The Indian delegation was headed by Shri T.V.S.N. Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Israeli delegation was led by Ambassador of Israel, Mr. Daniel Carmon. The delegations had inter-ministerial representations from both sides.
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) for Central Assistance to the States of Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of the Ministries of Home, Finance and Agriculture and NITI Aayog attended the meeting.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), USA and Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), India on Law Enforcement Training. This has paved the way for enhanced cooperation between the two countries in security related matters under the aegis of the India-US Homeland Security Dialogue.
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a review meeting of Internal Security (II) Division of MHA. Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba, Special Secretary (IS), Smt. Rina Mitra, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Shri Abhay and Senior Officers of MHA and NCB attended the meeting. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has further liberalised the Arms Rules to boost “Make in India” manufacturing policy of the Government as also to promote employment generation in the field of manufacturing of arms and ammunition.
In pursuance of directions given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court for setting up a National Security Commission while adjudicating the PIL filed by Prakash Singh V/S Union of India and other concerning Police reforms, a Committee namely “Committee on National Security and Central Police Personnel Welfare (CNS & CPPW)” has been constituted for recommending the names of IPS officers to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for appointment at the level of Director General at the centre.