Following is the text of the opening statement of Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde at the monthly press conference of Ministry of Home Affairs at New Delhi today.:-
On 5th June, 2013, the Chief Minister’s Conference on Internal Security was held and discussions were held on Internal Security Situation in the country, Professionalization of Investigation, Modernization of State Police Forces, Strengthening of Intelligence Wings, National Counter Terrorism Centre, Communal Harmony, Border Management, Coastal Security, Prison Reforms and Modernization of Prisons, Crimes against women and measures taken by the States to combat them, Police training and Left Wing Extremism (LWE).
After the Chief Minister’s Conference, on 05.06.2013, I held a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Finance Minister of West Bengal and the Governor of Jharkhand and discussed the security related issues in the LWE affected States.
On 24.06.2013, Mr. Rand Beers, Acting Deputy Secretary, Homeland Security Department of USA met me in New Delhi and discussed bilateral security issues.
The State of Uttarakhand witnessed a severe disaster due to heavy rainfall, cloud bursts and landslides on 16-17 June 2013. All the 13 districts of Uttarakhand including 4200 villages were affected. The disaster was so massive that 580 people lost their lives, while 4472 people were injured. Besides over 3975 (including 795 local persons) people are missing. This was the position as on 8th July, 2013. The number of people who lost their lives may further rise, as the debris is cleared.
Hon’ble Prime Minister visited the affected area and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000/- each to injured persons from the Prime Minister Relief Fund. Besides, an assistance of Rs. 1000 crore was given to the State in this regard and the Central Government has already released Rs. 145 crore from SDRF to Uttarakhand on 20.06.13.
On 22.6.2013, I visited Uttarakhand along with Vice Chairman, NDMA, designated Member of NDMA (Shri V.K. Duggal), Union Home Secretary and other officers and reviewed the progress of search, rescue and relief operations. On 28.6.2013, I again visited Uttarakhand along with Vice Chairman, NDMA, Chief of Army Staff and Union Home Secretary. On 2nd July, 2013, Secretary (Border Management) also visited Uttarakhand in this regard.
On 16th June 2013, NDRF moved their teams urgently to Uttarakhand to augment their available team strength in Uttarakhand. Union Home Secretary took regular stock of the situation in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh by convening meetings of the line Ministries comprising officials from NDMA, BRO, ITBP, Ministry of Defence, NDRF, Ministry of Road & Surface Transport and co-ordinated the search, rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand. The Cabinet Secretary took daily meetings with all the concerned Ministries to speed up the search and rescue efforts. With the co-ordinated efforts of all above concerned Central and State Government agencies, 1,08,653 people were rescued (as on 08.07.2013). Salient points of rescue operations are given below:
(a) 14 teams of NDRF consisting of 449 personnel, 6500 personnel from Army, 1200 personnel from ITBP helped the State Government in disaster management duties.
(b) NDRF, ITBP and Armed forces rescued over one lakh people.
(c) Maximum number of helicopters deployed by IAF and Army on a single day were 45 and 13 respectively, while around 15 private helicopters were also utilized in the operation.
(d) As per the request of State Government, 2000 tonnes of wheat and 2000 tonnes of rice at economic cost was allocated by the Union Government to the State.
(e) The Ministry of Health placed 80 doctors at the disposal of State Government, to assist them.
(f) Out of 1350 damaged rural drinking water supply systems, 950 drinking water systems were rectified and made operational by the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.
(g) Bulk of the telecommunication facilities in the State were restored. Besides, 105 Satellite phones were distributed among various Central and State Government Agencies for disaster management duties in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
(h) Nine brave personnel of NDRF and six brave personnel of ITBP sacrificed their lives during the rescue operations.
During 4-13 June, 2013 and 21-30 June, 2013, two Jathas of Sikh pilgrims were sent to visit Gurdwaras in Pakistan on the occasion of Martyrdom day of Guru Arjun Devji and Barasi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji respectively.
On 13.06.2013, an SOP on Explosives/IEDs/Landmines related issues in LWE affected areas, which was prepared by an Expert Group constituted by BPR&D, was sent to the LWE affected States and CAPFs. On 25.06.2013, an SOP on different aspects of interaction with the common people was sent to the CAPFs deployed in the LWE affected States.
During the period from 29th May, 2013 to 26th June, 2013, 08 advisories / alerts were issued to the LWE affected States.
An amount of Rs.190.09 crore was reimbursed to State Governments of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh under Security Related Expenditure Scheme during June, 2013.
On 27.06.2013, a meeting of Project Clearance Committee of Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) was held under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary, MHA to consider the utilization of funds released to the States under the Scheme during the 11th Plan Period. The Committee also approved the project proposals for the year 2013-14 of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha for upgradation/ critical gap filling of Special Forces.
. During 19-20 June, 2013, the 20th Sectoral Level (Joint Working Group) Meeting between Myanmar and India was held in Bagan, Myanmar. The Indian side raised its concerns about the camps available to the Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) in Myanmar and are responsible for sustaining insurgency in North East. Myanmar side was requested not to allow operations by insurgent groups along the Indo-Myanmar border. Both sides agreed to cooperate to prevent cross border movement of armed groups, share information on seizure of arms and check arms smuggling/drug trafficking. The border management issues including constructions along the Indian-Myanmar Border, setting up of the intermediary additional pillars, human trafficking and poaching by Myanmar fishermen in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and trafficking of wild life parts were also discussed.
On 26.06.2013, a tripartite meeting comprising the representatives of Government of Assam, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and Government of India was held under the Chairmanship of Union Home Secretary at New Delhi to review the progress made in talks with ULFA and also to discuss their demands. The ULFA delegation was led by its Chairman, Shri Arabinda Rajkhowa. The ULFA leaders wanted that additional measures need to be taken for effective guarding of Indo-Bangladesh Border to check illegal infiltration from across the border. They were assured that Union Government is committed to take all possible measures to control the illegal influx and measures already taken along international border have helped in curbing illegal infiltration from across the border.
During the month, Rs.32.30 crore was sanctioned to the CAPFs (CISF, IB, CRPF and SSB) for acquisition of 388.53 acres of land and Rs.96.07 crore was sanctioned to IB and CRPF for construction of office/residential buildings. An amount of Rs.3.22 crore was sanctioned as an Ex-gratia Compensation to the Next of Kings (NOKs) of CAPFs (BSF, CRPF and ITBP) in 29 cases.
On the request of Government of Jammu & Kashmir, 90 Companies of CAPFs (60 Coys of CRPF [including 2 Mahila Coys], 25 Coys of BSF & 05 Coys of SSB) were provided in two phases w.e.f. 15th June, 2013 and 20th June, 2013 for security of Shri Amar Nath Ji Yatra-2013, till the completion of Yatra.
In the wake of the security situation and anti naxal operations in West Bengal additional 06 coys of CRPF were deployed in the State w.e.f.13th June, 2013.
In the wake of the naxal attack on train in Jamui (Bihar) on 14th June, 2013, additional 06 coys of CRPF were deployed in the State w.e.f.14th June, 2013.
Under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS), till date contracts for System Integrators (SIs) have been signed in 31 States/UTs and advance payment to SIs have been made in 22 States/UTs.
During the period from 21.05.2013 to 20.06.2013, the Narcotics Control Bureau seized 326.270 kg of Cannabis herb, 31.200 kg of opium, 11.450 kg of heroin, 0.490 kg of Methaqualone, 0.251Kg of cocaine. Twenty two persons including two Nigerian nationals were arrested during the period. The combined value of the drugs seized amounts to about Rs. 1.70 Crores.
Integrated Online Visa Application System under the Immigration Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) was operationalized in the Embassy of lndia (EoI) at Kuwait city, Kuwait, Eol Sofia, Bulgaria, Eol Baku, Azerbaijan. This facility is now operational at 120 Indian Missions abroad.
Land identification of 129 out of 131 Coastal Police Stations (CPSs) sanctioned under Coastal Security Scheme have been finalized and land acquisition process for these 129 CPSs has been initiated. Land has been acquired in 87 cases. Rs.97.57 crore were released to Coastal States/ UTs for starting of construction work, purchase of vehicles and operationalisation of Coastal Police Stations. During June, 2013 construction works have started in the case of 4 Coastal Police Stations.
Land identification for 44 Jetties out of 60 Jetties have been done by Coastal States/UTs and land has been acquired for 10 Jetties. Land has also been identified for all the 10 Marine Police Operational Centers for A&N Island.
Government has sanctioned 27 ITBP priority roads for 805 Km. along Indo-China border. Upto June, 2013, cumulatively 564.90 Km formation and 273.61 Km surfacing work has been completed.
The Government has sanctioned 2840 Km of floodlighting along Indo-Bangladesh border, out of which 1520 Km has been completed upto June, 2013.
Against an annual allocation of Rs.990 crores under the Border Area Development Programme for the current financial year, an amount of Rs.264.79 crore has been released to the States upto 30.06.2013.
Under the Police Modernisation Scheme, the Annual Action Plan proposals for the year 2013-14 have been received from 13 State, namely, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Odisha, Goa, Tamil Nadu, J&K, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. The High Powered Committee (HPC) discussed and considered the Annual Action Plans of 11 States, namely, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Odisha, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab and Chhattisgarh during the period from 18th June, 2013 to 28th June, 2013.
On 25th June, 2013 the Puducherry Salary Allowance and Pension of Members of the Legislative Assembly Amendment Bill, 2013 received the assent of the President of India.
In respect of the National Population Register, Data Entry has been completed for more than 117.29 crore persons. The Capture of biometrics, using UIDAI enrolment software has been done for more than 15.8 crore persons; adding 0.8 crore persons during the month.
10 July 2013