A delegation from the United Kingdom led by the Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams of Trafford, held talks with the Indian delegation led by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju. The discussions covered variety of important issues ranging from cooperation in matters of migration, tackling extremism, extradition, sharing of criminal records etc. During the meeting, Shri Rijiju also called for implementation of the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to check money laundering and terrorist financing.
The third bilateral meeting between Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), India and Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), Sri Lanka on Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and related matters began. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Abhay, Director General, NCB while the Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Mr. Sajeewa Medawatte, Deputy Inspector General, PNB. Indian delegation consisted of officials from Tamil Nadu Police, Coast Guard, MHA and MEA, apart from NCB officials.
The Task Force constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) presented its report on “Establishing a Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)” to the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. The Task Force was constituted by the MHA with approval of Union Home Minister on 18th August, 2017, headed by Ms. Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.
The 23rd meeting of the Western Zonal Council comprising of the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli is scheduled to be held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will chair the meeting. The Chief Minister of Gujarat is the Vice Chairman and host. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, will also participate in the deliberations.
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, chaired the third meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) In Delhi. The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands (four in A&N Islands i.e. Smith, Ross, Long, Avis and five in Lakshadweep i.e. Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam, Suheli). For these Islands, Final Site Suitability Reports have been prepared, Carrying Capacity determined and Environmental zoning carried out to ensure sustainable development.
MHA had categorized 106 districts in 10 states as Left Wing Extremism affected. These districts are covered under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme (SRE) of the MHA for the purpose of reimbursement of security related expenditure like transportation, communication, hiring of vehicles, stipend for surrendered Maoists, temporary infrastructure for forces etc to the states. Out of 106 districts, 35 districts which accounted for 80-90 % of country-wide LWE violence were categorized as ‘Most Affected Districts’. This categorization provided the basis for focused deployment of resources - both security and development related.
The Government has notified new Arms Rule-2016 in July, 2016. The Rules were further liberalised in October 2017 to encourage investments and generation of employment in the field of manufacturing of arms/ammunition and weapon systems, to give boost to the Government’s Make in India Policy. Under the new rules, the licences granted for manufacturing will be valid for the life time of the licence company and the requirement of renewal every 5 years has been done away with. Licence fee has been reduced significantly. Further, single manufacturing licence will be allowed for multi-unit facility within the same state or in different states within the country.
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the administrative issues of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) at a high level meeting. While taking stock of the recruitment and promotion procedures of the CAPFs, Shri Rajnath Singh called for initiation of special mechanisms for reducing delays and fast-tracking recruitment process.