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 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 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.
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.