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Special provision for States under Article 371
The number of States for whom special provisions have been made under Article 371 of the Constitution of India are 12. The details of provisions in respect of these States are In May 2013, the then Chief Minister of Goa had requested for granting special status to Goa, on the lines of special status granted to the States of Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand under Article 371 or any other provision of the Constitution of India, for regulating ownership and transfer of land in order to conserve the limited resources available for development and to ensure that the State preserve its unique identity. The matter was examined and was not considered feasible.


No other State has requested for special provisions under Article 371 of the Constitution of India.

This information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Shri Shantaram Naik in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose declassified
The Government of India has declassified all the available classified files and transferred these files to National Archives of India (NAI) for permanent retention. All declassified files pertaining to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose received in the National Archives of India (NAI), are first subjected to preliminary conservation and digitization, before being released in public domain. Both of these are time consuming exercise.

The issue of handing over documents relating to Netaji has been taken up with the governments of Austria, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Italy, Japan, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

Responses from the Governments of Russian Federation, Federal Republic of Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom have been received. Responses from the Governments of Austria, Republic of Italy and the United States of America are awaited.

This information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Shri Derek O. Brien in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Laser Walls along riverine stretches of India-Pakistan Border
Border Security Force (BSF) has taken various measures to check the infiltration of the terrorists along Indo-Pakistan border. Installing laser walls is one of the integrated measures taken by BSF. The laser technology developed by BSF has been designed to cover all the shortcomings experienced in the use of laser wall at various places in the past. The present technology has been found working satisfactorily to cover the unfenced riverine stretches.

To check the infiltration across borders has always been a top priority for the Government. The Government of India in tandem with the State Governments, have adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross border infiltration, which inter-alia, includes strengthening of border management and multi-tiered deployment along the International Border, monitoring of infiltration routes, construction of border fencing including plugging the gaps through technological solutions, weapons and equipments for Security Forces, improved intelligence and operational coordination.

The places where the laser walls is to be installed along Indo-Pakistan border, depends upon the threat perceptions and other related factors which are reviewed frequently.

This information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Shri Majeed Memon and Shri S. Thangavelu in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Security cover for important religious and cultural places
At present there is no proposal under consideration of Ministry of Home Affairs to provide any special security cover to some of the important religious and cultural places of the country. However, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under Ministry of Culture has intimated that a committee of that Ministry has recommended creation of a Special Force for protection of Museums, objects and protected monuments as part of a comprehensive security policy.

The responsibility for providing security to public places including places of religious and/or cultural importance, rests primarily with the State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations. However, threat inputs, if any, received by the Union Government through the Central Security Agencies, are promptly shared with the State Governments/UT Administrations concerned.

Further, in order to augment the security arrangements made by the State Governments/UT Administrations for important places and / or important events, festivals etc, based on the requests made by them, Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel are placed at the disposal of the State Governments / UT Administrations.

Central Security Agencies carry out periodic security reviews of important places, including places of religious or cultural importance, and the reports of such security reviews are forwarded to the State Governments/UT Administrations concerned for necessary action, as per the recommendation made therein, for strengthening security.

This information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Shri Ramdas Athawale in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Compensation to civilians killed/injured in the Pathankot
A total number of seven security personnel and one civilian were killed and 37 security personnel and one civilian were injured in the incident of terror attack in Pathankot Airbase.

As per the ‘Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims of Terrorist/Communal/Naxal Violence’, the payment of assistance to the victims/next of kin of victims of terrorist violence shall be paid by the District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner and thereafter, the State Government shall submit the proposals to the Ministry of Home Affairs for reimbursement. The Ministry of Home Affairs has not received any proposal from the State Government of Punjab for providing assistance under this scheme in relation to the civilian victims in the recent incident of terror attack in Pathankot Airbase.

The Security Audit of all security related establishments/infrastructure has been carried out by the organizations/agencies concerned to assess physical security measures and upgrade it wherever necessary. Post-Pathankot attack, the Air Force stations are further refining their security system for early detection and effective engagement of any threat. The BSF has identified 30 kms border in the area of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) to improve the border surveillance further.

This information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Modernising police force deployed in LWE affected districts of Bihar
An amount of Rs.220.00 crores has been released in the year 2014-15 to Bihar for development of affected areas under Additional Central Assistance (ACA)/Integrated Action Plan (IAP) by the NITI Aayog. In addition Rs.18.98 crores was reimbursed to Bihar under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme, Rs.4.04 crores has been provided under Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) for LWE affected districts, also in 2014-15.

The LWE affected States are provided Central Assistance under the Scheme of State Police Forces (MPF Scheme) for modernization and upgradation of the State Police and their intelligence apparatus. Details of the fund sought by Bihar Government and funds allocated to them under the MPF Scheme are as under;
  (Rs. in crore)
Year
Funds sought
Fund Allocated
2   2014-15
67.70
67.70
2   2015-16
25.62
25.62


This information was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Shri Bashistha Narain Singh in the Rajya Sabha today.

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NIDM to organise a two day National Workshop on Management of Animals in Emergencies
The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) is organizing a two day workshop on ‘Management of Animals in Emergencies’ here from tomorrow. This workshop is being organised by National Institute of Disaster Management in association with Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF) and the World Animal Protection.

During the inaugural session, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh will release the Disaster Management Plan for the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Government of India. The Plan has been developed to protect animals before, during and after disasters.

The aim of this workshop is to sensitize the key State Government Authorities of State Animal Husbandry Departments in exploring strategies for effectively managing the animal welfare needs during emergencies and protecting the livelihood of communities reliant on them for survival.


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