Enemy Property Ordinance, 2016 Promulgated

Enemy Property Ordinance, 2016 Promulgated 
The President of India has promulgated the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016 on January 07, 2016 to make amendments to the Enemy Property Act, 1968. 

The amendments through the Ordinance include that once an enemy property is vested in the Custodian, it shall continue to be vested in him as enemy property irrespective of whether the enemy, enemy subject or enemy firm has ceased to be an enemy due to reasons such as death etc; that law of succession does not apply to enemy property; that there cannot be transfer of any property vested in the Custodian by an enemy or enemy subject or enemy firm and that the Custodian shall preserve the enemy property till it is disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

The above amendments to the Enemy Property Act, 1968 will plug the loopholes in the Act to ensure that the enemy properties that have been vested in the Custodian remain so and they do not revert back to the enemy subject or enemy firm.

The Enemy Property Act was enacted in the year 1968 by the Government of India, which provided for the continuous vesting of enemy property in the Custodian. The Central Government through the Custodian of Enemy Property for India is in possession of enemy properties spread across many states in the country. In addition, there are also movable properties categorized as enemy properties.

To ensure that the enemy property continues to vest in the Custodian, appropriate amendments were brought in by way of an Ordinance in the Enemy Property Act, 1968 by the then Government in 2010.

This Ordinance, however lapsed on 6th September, 2010 and a bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2010. However, this bill was withdrawn and another bill with modified provisions was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 15th November, 2010. This bill was thereafter referred to the Standing Committee. However, the said bill could not be passed during the 15th term of the Lok Sabha and it lapsed.

In the wake of the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971, there was migration of people from India to Pakistan. Under the Defence of India Rules framed under the Defence of India Act, the Government of India took over the properties and companies of such persons who had taken Pakistani nationality. These enemy properties were vested by the Central Government in the Custodian of Enemy Property for India.

After the 1965 war, India and Pakistan signed the Tashkent Declaration on 10.01.1966. The Tashkent Declaration inter alia included a clause, which said that the two countries would discuss the return of the property and assets taken over by either side in connection with the conflict. However, the Government of Pakistan disposed of all such properties in their country in the year 1971 itself. 
Shri Kiren Rijiju interacts with J&K children 
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju met the children from Jammu and Kashmir here today. The group of 39 students in the age group of 12-16 years, are mainly from poor families of remote area of Jammu region. As part of the programme, the children were taken to Ahmadabad, Rajkot, Delhi, Agra and Amritsar. The tour of students is being organized by the Border Security Force (BSF).

During the meet, the children shared their experience of visit to different historical places and thanked the BSF and the Government of India for organising tours of this nature.

While interacting with the children, Shri Kiren Rijiju appreciated the efforts of BSF in organising the tour for the students. He thanked BSF for not only securing the border areas of the country but also winning the hearts of children in the border areas.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said India is one of the oldest and beautiful country in the world and everyone has contributed for India’s existence. The tour which gives insight about the historical, cultural and social profile of the country, will help the children to understand the diversity of India and improve their knowledge and general awareness about historical places, social values, culture & traditions, he added.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the children should share their experience with their friends and families when they go back home. In his message to the children, the MoS said that hard work and education are the key elements for success and happiness in life.

BSF is organising such programmes since 1999-2000. Till date, 1539 children from J&K have participated in BSF sponsored 55 Bharat Darshan Tours. 
Update on Pathankot Terror attacks 
In the ongoing investigations by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Pathankot Terrorist attacks, Post mortem examinations of the bodies of the terrorists killed have been conducted at Pathankot Civil hospital on 7th January, 2016. Body tissues of the terrorists have been preserved for DNA Sampling.

During investigations DNA Samples have been collected from the vehicles used by the terrorists and the same are being sent for forensic examination. Footprints suspected to be of the terrorists, have been lifted by forensic experts from Bamihal village in the border area and from within the Airforce station and have been sent to Central Forensic Science Lab (CFSL) for examination.

All the arms and ammunitions used by the terrorists in the attack have been seized. These include AK series rifles, pistols, grenades and assorted ammunition. Other articles found on the bodies of the terrorists and from the crime scene and suspected to belong to the terrorists have been seized. These include food articles and medicines carried by the terrorists. Search of the Air force station campus is being conducted to recover any trace evidence left behind by the terrorists.

SP Salwinder Singh has been summoned to NIA HQrs on Monday, 11th Jan, 2016, for questioning in connection with the investigation. He was abducted while riding a personal vehicle which was hijacked and later used by the terrorists on the night of 31st Dec, 2015.

Four NIA teams are camping in districts of Punjab to verify the facts and examine witnesses in close cooperation with Punjab Police. 
Scholarship for needy children of CAPFs and Assam Rifles personnel 
            About 300 needy children of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty in recognition of their  sacrifice will be provided scholarship for their schooling.
 M/s  Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF) Bangalore have proposed  scholarship for the children as a good gesture to recognize the sacrifices of the CAPFs and Assam Rifles personnel.
The following categories of children are entitled for monthly scholarship as indicated against each category:

Children studying  from 1st to   4th standard.
@ Rs. 500/- per month
Children from 5th to   7th standard
@ Rs. 750/- per month
Children from 8st  to 12th standard
@ Rs. 1000/- per month

            MHA will provide details of these 300 children to SDF to remit the eligible amount into the accounts of the guardian of such children.

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