Fees in Sainik Schools



Fees in Sainik Schools 
Sainik Schools are primarily self-sustaining institutions. The amount of fee varies from school to school and depends also on contributions from the State Governments. As per the guidelines issued by Sainik Schools Society in June 1999, the tuition fee was revised to Rs.20,000/- for the year 1999-2000 allowing an increase of 10% per year thereafter. In 2010 an order was issued enhancing tuition fee by 11% for the academic year 2010-11.
Thereafter no order for further increase in tuition fee has been issued. No complaints regarding the higher rate of fees in Sainik Schools have been received. However, 2 references were received during the year 2015 viz. Letter dated 14th January 2015 from Shri Subramanian Swamy and letter dated 4th March 2015 from Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Both these references enclosed the representation of Parents Association of Sainik School, Amaravathinagar (PASSAM), Tamil Nadu inter-alia requesting for waiver of tuition fee or reduction in the fee structure. Keeping in view the cost of living in general and the representations received, Government has taken the following steps to lessen the burden of fee on parents:-

• The rate of Defence Scholarship has been increased from Rs.5,250/- to 16,000/- for children of Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Rs.10,500/- to 32,000/- for children of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Other Ranks (ORs) per annum per cadet.

• The Ministry of Defence provides 100% additionality of pay & allowances of the employees of Sainik Schools arising out of the implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Harishchandra Chavan in Lok Sabha today. 

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Availability of Night Vision Devices 
Government constantly reviews the security scenario and, accordingly, decides to induct appropriate defence weapons / equipment. Mismatches between requirements and availability can sometimes occur which are continually addressed by the procurement process.

Capital procurement of defence equipment is guided by the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). Proposals for acquisition of capital assets flow out from the Defence procurement planning process which is based on a 15 year Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP), Five Year Service Capital Acquisition Plan (SCAP) and an Annual Acquisition Plan (AAP).

As provided in DPP 2013, Capital Procurements are carried out through a multi-stage process which, inter-alia, includes Acceptance of Necessity, Solicitation of Offers, Technical and Field Evaluations, Contract Negotiations, approval of Competent Financial Authority and signing of Contract. Five Capital Procurement Contracts pertaining to Night Vision Devices in the Army have been signed since 2012-13.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri R Parthipan in Lok Sabha today. 

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DNA Profiling of Soldiers 
Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) approved a pilot project (2012-2014) titled “Development of Protocol for DNA Profiling (Identification) and Repository of Personnel of Armed Forces”. The pilot project has been completed. The objectives of the project were to devise a protocol for collection, preservation and transportation of blood samples of the soldiers, maintain absolute accuracy in personnel information and tagging of specimen and to devise protocol for procedure for identifying service personnel from any fragment of body tissue. Standing Operating Procedure for collection of blood samples of soldiers posted at different locations all over the country and their transport to DNA repository, storage and profiling laboratory at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune has been developed.

No project based on the outcome of the pilot project has been scaled up so far. Army has a well established procedure / system for identification of a soldier in the forward area / battle zone. Identification is done by physical examination, identification marks, finger print (Thumb impression) and personal effects of the deceased.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Anurag Singh Thakur in Lok Sabha today. 

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Objection Over Road Construction 
Government has taken cognizance of the development of infrastructure by China along the India-China border including Arunachal Pradesh. The Government has prepared a holistic and comprehensive plan to develop and upgrade infrastructure along the Indo-China border to meet the operational requirement of defence forces.

73 roads are identified as strategic Indo-China Border Roads (ICBR), out of which 61 roads have been entrusted to Border Roads Organisation (BRO) with a length of 3417.51. Out of 61 ICBRs with BRO, 21 roads of length 661.59 km have been completed.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao in Lok Sabha today. 

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Security Threats 
Threat assessment is a part of existing coastal security construct. Based on the threat assessment, list of Vital Areas (VA) and Vital Points (VP) for each Coastal State including Gujarat have been prepared. The list of VA/VPs also covers major industrial establishments. Coast Guard stations at a particular place are established after taking into account the threat perception, vulnerability gap analysis and presence of other stations/coastal marine police stations in the vicinity. Further, Government has taken several measures to strengthen Coastal Security, which include enhanced patrolling and improved surveillance. Post interception of the suspect boat near International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) off Gujarat coast on 01-01-2015, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has maintained strong presence in the area, through regular and continuous surface patrol and aerial surveillance, so as to deny any subsequent attempt by adversaries to enter our maritime zones.

Hazira is located approx 50 NM (i.e. 90 KM) deep inside the Gulf of Khambhat. The International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) with Pakistan sea border is approx 360 NM (i.e. 650 KM) from Hazira via sea route.

Security audit of important industrial units is conducted by the concerned officials from time to time. In addition, the Coastal State Governments in consultation with the Coast Guard had conducted a vulnerability gap analysis to examine the requirement and identify location of Coastal Marine Police Stations to ensure seamless coverage of the entire coastline.

Taking into consideration that Coastal Marine Police Stations at Hazira and Dahej have been established and the air assets at Coast Guard Air Station at Daman located 40 nautical miles south of Hazira are also available, if needed at short notice, it was decided not to set up a Coast Guard Station at Hazira at the moment.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Smt Darshana Vikram Jardosh in Lok Sabha today. 

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Use of Highway Stretches as Landing Strips 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has initiated action to use highway stretches as ‘landing strips’ in an emergency. A landing was carried out by a Mirage 2000 aircraft on the Yamuna Expressway on 21st May 2015.

A generic plan for utilisation of National Highways as landing Strips during eventualities by IAF has been sent to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Mohite Patil Vijaysinh Shankarrao and others in Lok Sabha today. 

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New Defence Procurement Procedure and Defence Procurement Manual, 2016 on the Anvil: Parrikar 
The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today said that MoD will soon be coming out with a new DefenceProcurement Procedure as well as the DefenceProcurementManual, 2016. Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry in New Delhi the Defence Minister said that the currentDefence Procurement Procedure is under amendmentand is under the consideration of his Ministry after a Committee of experts headed by Shri Dhirendra Singh had submitted its report. The Committee was appointed to evolve a policy framework to facilitate Make in India in defence manufacturing, align the policy evolved with DPP-2013 and suggest requisite amendments in DPP-2013 to remove bottlenecks in the procurement process and also simplify/rationalize various aspects of defenceprocurement. Alongwith this, the Defence Procurement Manual is under the process of internal vetting and is expected to be finalized by end June, 2016.

The DPP has evolved to DPP-2013 through an iterative process since the first DPP in 2002 (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013). It encapsulates the experience gained in implementing the procurement process over the years, feedback from the stakeholders, i.e. User Services, Quality Control and Maintenance Agencies, Defence Finance, Administrative Wing and Industry. Amendments are carried out continuously keeping in view the requirements of all stakeholders.

In DPP-2013, the acquisition of Weapon Systems and equipment for the Armed Forces flows from the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP). The current LTIPP spells out the capability desired to be achieved by the Armed Forces over 15 years duration (2012-27) The Categorization Committees while considering categorization of all capital acquisition under the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), follow a preferred order of categorization, in decreasing order of preference, as indicated below:

(i) Buy(Indian)

(ii) Buy & Make (Indian)

(iii) Make

(iv) Buy & Make

(v) Buy (Global)

This hierarchy of Categorization clearly marks a shift towards indigenous equipment. Department of DefenceProduction with its OFs and DPSUs has been a major instrument to foster Indigenization. However, over the last few decades, provisions such as “Make” and BUY+Make(Indian)” categories have been introduced to facilitate the participation of the private sector in defence production.

Taking part in the discussion, Members of Parliament suggested that Government should give incentives under the Buy(Indian) and Buy & Make(Indian) categories. They also said that PSUs should also be allowed to bid for Buy(Indian) category and that offsets should be in terms of overall requirements of users.

The Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Shri Pinaki Mishra, Prof. Saugata Roy, Prof. A. SeetaramNaik, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Dr. Mahendra Prasad, Shri T.K. Rangarajan, Shri Bhupender Yadav, and Shri Samsher Singh Manhas.

The DefenceSecretary Shri G. Mohan Kumar, Defence Production Secretary Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, DG, DRDO Shri S. Christopher and other senior officials of MoD attended the meeting. 

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Modernisation Projects 
Details of the amount allocated for modernization of the defence forces during the year 2014-15 is as follows:
(` in crores)
Year
Budget
Estimates
Revised
Estimates
Actual
Expenditure
Savings
Savings as
% of Revised Estimates

Capital Acquisition:
2014-15
75,148.03
66,151.73
65,862.38
289.35
0.44
Only a minor sum of Rs. 289.35 crore (0.44% of allocation) remained unspent during 2014-15  as  a  cumulative  effect  of  small savings under various heads of account. However, force-wise details of the expenditure are as follows:-
              (` in crores)
Service
Revised Estimates(RE)
For the year 2014-15

Actual Expenditure
Capital Acquisition Budget:  
Army
16,927.35
13,867.40
Navy
17,075.24
20,905.54
Jt. Staff
330.75
280.05
Air Force
31,818.39
30,809.39
Total:
66,151.73
65,862.38
Budget allocation of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) falls under the category of other than Capital Acquisition Budget.  There was no under-utilisation of the funds in respect of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).  Details of the expenditure is as follows:-



            (Rs. in crores)
Service
Revised Estimates(RE)
for the year 2014-15
Actual Expenditure
Other than Capital Acquisition Budget:
DRDO
7147.52
7482.52
In the Union Budget of 2014-15, it was announced to set aside an initial sum of  `100 crore towards setting up Technology Development Fund (TDF).  The Cabinet Note along with the Draft TDF Scheme was prepared by Department of Defence Production after carrying out inter-ministerial consultations. Draft Cabinet Note was discussed in the meeting of Committee of Secretaries (CoS)  held  under  the  Chairmanship  of  Cabinet  Secretary  on  30th September, 2015.  During the meeting, it was decided that Department of Defence Production and Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) will consider empowering DRDO to sanction research projects to private sector entities, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), on the same lines as is being done by DRDO in respect of Government agencies.  The draft TDF scheme at present, is under examination at DRDO in view of the decision of Committee of Secretaries.

Utilization of Defence budget is monitored by means of the financial compilation prepared by Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) which captures the details of defence expenditure incurred all over the country.  The progress of expenditure is reviewed periodically at various levels in the Ministry and Service Headquarters to identify any areas where expenditure may be lagging.  This helps to identify and resolve any problems in implementation of planned activities.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Sanjay Haribhau Jadhav and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Indigenisation Of Military Hardware 
As per an internal analysis carried out by the Department of Defence Production the indigenous content in defence procurements for the year 2014-15, is approximately 40%.  The details regarding procurement from public and private sector, separately are not maintained in the department.  However, the details of procurement of defence items from Indian sources and foreign sources for the year 2014-15 are given below:

THE VALUE OF PROCUREMENT OF DEFENCE ITEMS FROM INDIAN AND FOREIGN SOURCES IN THE YEAR 2014-15 FOR ARMY, AIRFORCE AND NAVY
                                                                                                                                  Rs. in crore)
Year
Total Procurement
Procurement from foreign sources
Procurement from Indian sources
Percentage of Procurement from Indian sources

I
II
III
III
          I  x 100
2014-15
78753.85
29222.30
49531.55
62.89%

The methodology for computation of ‘Indigenous content’ for an equipment or an item has been prescribed in Defence Procurement Procedure-2013.  It stipulates that ‘Indigenous content’ shall be arrived at by excluding from the total cost of that equipment / item, the following elements at all stages (tiers) of manufacturing / production / assembly:
        Direct costs (including freight / transportation and insurance) of all materials, components, sub-assemblies, assemblies and products imported into India;
        Direct and Indirect costs of all services obtained from non-Indian entities / citizens;
        All license fees, royalties, technical fees and other fees / payments of this nature paid out of India, by whatever term / phrase referred to in contracts / agreements made by vendors / sub-vendors; and
        Taxes, duties, cesses, octroi and any other statutory levies in India of this nature.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Baijayant Jay Panda in Lok Sabha today.
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Ordnance Factories 
As per the extant Disinvestment Policy of the Government, unlisted Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with no accumulated losses and having earned net profit in three preceding consecutive years are to be listed. Among the Defence Sector CPSEs, which are wholly owned by the Government, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved disinvestment of 10% paid up equity of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) out of Government of India’s shareholding of 100% through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the domestic market as per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Rules and Regulations.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Prahlad Joshi in Lok Sabha today. 

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Defence Contracts 
Procurement of different types of vehicles for Army is a continuous process.  However, the following contracts for supply of Heavy Mobility Vehicles (HMV) under Capital Acquisition have been concluded in the recent past:

Type of vehicle
Quantity
Cost
(Rs. in Crore)

Date of Contract
HMV 6x6 with Material Handling Cranes
1239
914.00
31st March 2015
Vehicle Platform for GRAD BM 21 Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher
100
90.89
19th September 2014
Field Artillery Tractor 6x6 for Medium Guns
100
63.96
23rd July 2015
HMV 8x8 with Material Handling Cranes
255
215.04
31st August 2015

The delivery of these vehicles will be as per the terms and conditions of the respective contracts.
This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri B Senguttuvan in Lok Sabha today.

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Employees of HAL 
The Group-wise number of employees working in HAL as on 30.11.2015 are as follows:

S. No.
Group
No. of Employees
1.
Group-‘A’
9259
2.
Group-‘B’
217
3.
Group-‘C’
20981
4.
Group-‘D’
18
TOTAL:

30475

A total of 303 Officers / Staff have resigned from the company in the year 2014-15 and 2015-16. The group-wise number of employees resigned from HAL during the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 are as follows:-
S. No.
Group
No. of employees resigned from HAL



2014-15
2015-16
(Upto 30.11.2015)
(i)
Group-‘A’
98
131
(ii)
Group-‘B’
7
5
(iii)
Group-‘C’
34
28
(iv)
Group-‘D’
Nil
Nil
Total:

139
164
With the approval of Prime Minister an Expert Group was constituted for restructuring and strengthening of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under the Chairmanship of Shri B.K. Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission on 21st October, 2011.  The action plan on the recommendations of the Expert Group was approved by Raksha Mantri on 17.4.2013.  The Expert Group made 38 recommendations, out of which 32 recommendations have been accepted while 2 recommendations have been partially accepted and 4 recommendations were not accepted.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri CR Chaudhary in Lok Sabha today.

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Roads Along Indo-Nepal Border 
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved construction and up-gradation of 1377 km of strategic roads along Indo-Nepal border in the States of Uttarakhand (173 km) Uttar Pradesh (640 km) and Bihar (564 km) after consultation with concerned State Governments.

Further, three roads of total length 202.65 km namely Pithoragarh-Tawaghat, Tawaghat-Ghatibagarh, and Ghatibagarh-Lipulekh are entrusted to Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for development in the State of Uttarakhand nearer to Indo-Nepal border.

The land required for construction of the roads approved by MHA is to be acquired by the concerned State Government.

In case of BRO, 278.384 Hectare of Government land and 3.470 Hectare of private land has been acquired through State Government for three roads entrusted to BRO in State of Uttarakhand.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Jagdambika Pal in Lok Sabha today. 

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Indo-Singapore Cooperation in Defence Sector 
India and Singapore have been cooperating in various areas in the defence sector with the objective of enhancing bilateral defence relations between the two countries and to learn from each other’s capabilities and experiences. An Agreement on Defence Co-operation has been signed with Singapore in November, 2015, which has replaced the previous Agreement on Defence Cooperation signed in October, 2003. The salient features of the new Agreement, inter-alia, include regular bilateral Defence Ministers’ Dialogue, exchange of high level visits, institutionalized mechanisms of interactions, cooperation in the area of co-production and co-development, maritime security cooperation, joint military training and exercises, cooperation in search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Indo-Singapore Cooperation in Defence Sector 
India and Singapore have been cooperating in various areas in the defence sector with the objective of enhancing bilateral defence relations between the two countries and to learn from each other’s capabilities and experiences. An Agreement on Defence Co-operation has been signed with Singapore in November, 2015, which has replaced the previous Agreement on Defence Cooperation signed in October, 2003. The salient features of the new Agreement, inter-alia, include regular bilateral Defence Ministers’ Dialogue, exchange of high level visits, institutionalized mechanisms of interactions, cooperation in the area of co-production and co-development, maritime security cooperation, joint military training and exercises, cooperation in search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde and others in Lok Sabha today.
AIP Technology for Submarines 
DRDO has undertaken a project on development of Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) for Submarine, based on Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC) Technology.  The details of Project are given below:-

Date of Sanction
:    16th August 2010.

Probable Date of Completion (PDC)
:    31st March 2016.

Cost of Project
:    Rs. 216/- Crores.

Present Status:-



(i)
Pre-Production Floor Module (PPFM) of AIP has been established.  Laboratory testing has been completed to prove the concept.  Indian Navy has also witnessed the trials.

(ii)
Land Based Prototype of AIP has been realized.

The AIP is based on Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC) Technology.  The Fuel Cell, stacks along with Hydrogen generation, has been tested continuously and expected power has been achieved in Pre-Production Floor Module (PPFM).

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Kambhampati Haribabu in Lok Sabha today.

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Boeing P-8i Aircraft 
The contract for procurement of eight P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Anti-Submarine Warfare (LRMRASW) aircraft worth 2.137 Billion US Dollars was signed on 1st January 2009. All eight aircrafts have been delivered.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Adv. M Udhayakumar in Lok Sabha today. 



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