Conduct of National Anthem and National Song

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Conduct of National Anthem and National Song 

The singing/playing of National Anthem on various occasions and need for paying due respect to the National Anthem by observance of proper decorum on such occasions are regulated by ‘Orders relating to the National Anthem of India’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’. Government has been sending Advisory to all States/UTs from time to time to comply with the instructions in this regard. It was the desire of the Constituent Assembly of India, as expressed in the form of a statement made by its President on the 24th January, 1950, that the song Vande Mataram which has played a historic part in the struggle for Indian freedom, shall be honoured equally with the National Anthem, and shall have equal status with it. Government hopes that every citizen of India will remember the historic role of the song in our freedom struggle and show due respect to the song when it is played or sung.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written reply to a question by Shri M.P. Veerendra Kumar in the Rajya Sabha today.

Foreign Citizens Illegally Residing in the Country 

As per available information, approximately 330 Pakistani and approximately 1770 Bangladeshi nationals have been deported during the last three years. No Rohingya immigrant has been deported during the last three years.

Illegal migrants enter into the country without valid travel documents in clandestine and surreptitious manner. Therefore, it is not possible to have a correct estimate of such illegal migrants, including Bangladeshi nationals, residing in the country. Some instances of violation of the law and involvement in illegal activities by foreign nationals have been reported. Registration of cases and action thereon comes within the purview of the police stations and State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations concerned. Statistical data of this nature is not centrally maintained.

Central Government is vested with powers to deport a foreign national under section 3(2)(c) of the Foreigners Act, 1946. These powers to identify and deport illegally staying foreign nationals have also been delegated to the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations and the Bureau of Immigration under the Foreigners Act, 1946. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants is a continuous process. A revised procedure for detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants was communicated to the State Governments/UT Administrations in November, 2009, which was partially modified in February, 2011 and further modified in February, 2013. The procedure includes sending back then and there the illegal immigrants who are intercepted at the border while entering India unauthorisedly. The Central Government is also implementing a Mission Mode Project on Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) which will facilitate improved tracking of foreigners by integrating and sharing information captured during visa issuance at Missions, during immigration check at the Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) and during registration at the offices of the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs)/ Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs).

Law enforcement agencies also maintain a strict vigil on the activities of foreigners in the country and take appropriate action in cases of any illegal activities.

Cancellation of Licence of NGOs 

In the year 2017, since 4842 NGOs did not submit annual returns in compliance with FCRA, 2010 and Rules made there under, their registrations were cancelled.  The details of cancellation of registration certificate are available on the FCRA web Portal of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As per available information, in the year 2015, registration of more than 8500 NGOs were cancelled for not adhering to the provisions of FCRA 2010 and Rules made thereunder.

Foreign funding received by NGOs  

The quantum of foreign funding received by Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in India in the last three years (as per Annual Returns submitted by the Associations/NGOs) is given below:-

Year - Quantum of foreign fund received (in Rs. crores)
2014-15 - 15,299
2015-16 - 17,773
2016-17 - 6,499

            Registration of 18868 NGOs have been cancelled during the period 2011 to 2017 for violation of various provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) rules, 2011. Details are available on FCRA Public Portal at

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