Model Police Act

Model Police Act

Government had constituted a Committee to draft a Model Police Act, which was published in 2006. A copy of the draft Model Police Act, as framed by the Committee, was forwarded to States for consideration and appropriate action, on 31st October, 2006. The Model Police Act, 2006 was studied again and reviewed in line with the changing realities and making ‘Police’ more responsive, efficient and citizen friendly. Thus, a revised Model Police Bill, 2015 has been prepared and placed in public domain for comments.

Further, “Public Order” and “Police” are “State subjects” as per entry 2 of the list II of the VII schedule of the constitution of India. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the State Governments/UTs administration to implement the various police reforms measures. The Centre has persuaded the States from time to time to bring the requisite reforms in the Police Administration.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to a question by Shri Sirajuddin Ajmal in the Lok Sabha today.


Shri Kiren Rijiju addresses 4th Foundation Day of Land Ports Authority of India

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has said that the Government will make all out efforts to boost land border trade with neighbouring countries. Addressing the 4th Foundation Day of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) here today, he said geographically land border trade is vital to India’s development.

Shri Rijiju said all developed countries, even the nations small in size and borders, have huge border trade volumes with neighbouring countries. He said intra-regional trade and prosperity are directly linked. Shri Rijiju said there is a need to explore new trade routes to ensure more productive contacts with our neighbours especially in the North East where all the States share their borders with neighbouring countries. Realising this, the Government has launched the ambitions Bharat Mala project under which highways will be built and road infrastructure created all along India’s borders including the coastal boundary.

Shri Rijiju said, unlike the airports and sea ports, developing land ports has different challenges as it is dependent on the creation of infrastructure and connectivity on both sides of the international borders.

Presiding over the function, Shri Anup Kumar Srivastava, Secretary, Department of Border Management, said the Integrated Check Posts being developed by the LPAI have a potential to be a game changer. In his welcome address Shri Y.S. Shahrawat, Chairman, LPAI, said intra-regional trade in South Asia is a meagre 5%, only higher than sub-Saharan Africa. He said the Authority will soon commission ICPs at Raxaul on Nepal border and Moreh on Myanmar border.

Former Foreign Secretary Shri Shyam Saran, in his Foundation Day Lecture, said land borders should not be seen as dangerous places and the other side seen as hostile to our interests, instead borders should be seen as connectors.

On the occasion Shri Rijiju launched the logo and the website of LPAI.

The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) came into being on March 1, 2012. LPAI was established under Land Ports Authority of India Act, 2010 as a statutory body to function as a body corporate under the administrative control of the Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs. Vested with the powers on the lines of similar bodies like Airports Authority of India, the LPAI is mandated to provide better administration and cohesive management at border crossings on India’s land borders. The Land Ports Authority of India Rules, 2011 was published on 20.07.2011.

LPAI is mandated inter alia to plan, develop, construct, manage and maintain Integrated Check Posts (ICPs), regulate functions of various agencies working at such Check Posts, coordinate with various concerned Ministries, Departments of the Government of India or other agencies for regulating the entry and exit of passengers and goods and establish necessary service facilities.

LPAI brings together various agencies responsible for coordination of various Government functions including those of Security, Immigration, Customs, Plant & Animal Quarantine etc., as also for the provision of support facilities such as warehousing, parking, banking, foreign exchange bureau among others at ICPs along India’s vast land borders.


Assessment of SPO role

A committee under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Jammu and Kashmir), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with representatives of Principal Home Secretary, Government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Director General of Police of J&K and Internal Finance Division of MHA as members, has been constituted to carry out a review of the existing Special Police Officers (SPOs) of J&K including their nature of duties performed, utility and efficacy.

The Government has approved the enhancement of payment of honorarium to SPOs of J&K from Rs.3000/- per month to upto Rs.6000/- per month with effect from 01.01.2016. Around 24,000 SPOs are likely to be benefitted.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in written reply to question by Shri P.Nagarajan in the Lok Sabha today.


Amendment in FCRA

Section 2 of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 is proposed to be amended to facilitate smooth implementation of CSR activities as provided in Companies Act, 2013 and Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 by companies which otherwise fall in the category of foreign source.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Shri Harish Chandra alias Harish Dwivedi in the Lok Sabha today.

Land swap with Bangladesh

The ratification of Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 and its Protocol of 2011 has resulted in the exchange of 111 Indian enclaves (with a total area of 17,160.63 acres) in Bangladesh with 51 Bangladeshi enclaves (with a total area of 7,110.02 acres) in India and preservation of the status quo on territories in adverse possession. Moreover, with the adjustment of adverse possession in the implementation of Protocol, India received 2777.038 acres of land and transferred 2267.682 acres of land to Bangladesh.

Basic amenities are lacking in the 51 erstwhile Bangladesh enclaves handed over to India. The Government of India has approved a scheme which includes improvement/creation of infrastructure in former Bangladesh enclaves in India to be funded by the Government of India and implemented by the Government of West Bengal over of period of 5 years i.e. 2015-16 to 2019-20.

The Government has sanctioned barbed wire fencing to the extent of 3326.14 km along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Out of this, fencing to the extent of 2716.57 km has been completed. The ongoing works are targeted to be completed by March, 2019.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Shri Vinod Kumar Sonkar in the Lok Sabha today.


Union Home Minister extends his greetings on International Women’s Day

We as a nation committed to empower women: Shri Rajnath Singh

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has extended his greetings on the occasion of International Women’s Day today.

In his message on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said that on the International Women’s Day, we celebrate the milestones reached on the road to women security, gender equality and women empowerment. He said that the Government is sensitive to the problems of crimes against women and it has strengthened legal and institutional infrastructure to deal with it. The Minister said that Ministry of Home Affairs has also initiated the process for setting up the Nationwide Emergency Response System (NERS) and having ‘112’ as the emergency number.

“We as a nation are committed to empower women and work towards making a safer environment for girls and women in our society”, the Union Home Minister added.


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