Ministry of Home Affairs
5. (a) Reduction in Violence (Comparative Analysis of LWE Scenario: 2010 to 2013 & 2014 to 2017). A comparison of various statistics of LWE violence over last four years (2014 to 2017) with preceding three years (2010- 2013) indicates a significant improvement in the LWE scenario in the country. Important parameters are as under:- · Incidents of violence reduced by 36.6% from 6524 to 4136.
· LWE related deaths decreased by 55.5% from 2428 to 1081. · Elimination of LWE cadres increased by 14.6% from 445 to 510. · Surrenders by LWE cadres increased by 143% from 1387 to 3373.
(b) Geographical Spread reduced. · States reporting violence reduced from 10 (2013) to 9 (2017). · Districts reporting violence reduced from 76 (2013) to 58 (2017). · Police Stations reporting violence reduced from 330 (2013) to 291 (2017).
6. Raising of CRPF Bastariya Battalion. In order to enhance local representation in SF and also provide employment to local youth, a Bastariya Battalion has been raised. 743 Scheduled Tribes candidates from four most affected LWE districts of Chhattisgarh, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Sukma have been recruited. This figure includes 242 female candidates. All recruitment formalities have been completed and training is in progress.
7. Assistance under Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme. Under this scheme assistance is provided to 106 LWE affected districts for operational needs of Security Forces. Rs 1120.73 crore was disbursed over last four financial years (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 & 2017-18) as compared to Rs 875 Cr in the preceding four financial years (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14).
8. Fortified Police Stations Scheme. The scheme was approved in 2010. 386 Police Stations out of 400 have been completed. 320 Police Stations constructed in the last four years.
9. Road Requirement Plan Phase–I (RRP-I) (MORTH). RRP-I is under implementation for improving road connectivity in 34 LWE affected districts of 8 States i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. It envisages construction 5,422 km road length with an estimated cost of ₹ 8,585 crores, of which, 4537 km roads have been completed of which 1608 km roads constructed in last four years in most difficult areas.
10. LWE Mobile Towers Project (DoT). The scheme was approved in 2014. 2329 towers have been installed to improve connectivity in LWE affected areas. Further 4072 mobile towers are under consideration in Phase-II.
11. Skill Development (MOSDE). Launched in 2011 in 34 LWE affected districts. The scheme has been extended to 47 LWE affected districts in 2016 in which 47 ITIs and 68 Skill Development Centre would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 407.85 crores. Of these 15 ITIs and 43 SDCs have been established.
12. Financial Inclusion. The Department of Posts is opening 1789 Post Offices in 32 most LWE affected districts, where, there is no Post Office within 03 km of distance. Of these 565 Post offices are opened. Besides, the Department of Financial Services has opened 428 new Bank branches and installed 1045 ATMs in 35 most affected LWE districts in 33 months ( from 01.04.2015 to 31.12.2017).
13. Government on 27.09.2017 has approved continuation of existing schemes till 2020 with increased outlays and additional features.
(i) Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme: The Government of India reimburses the LWE affected State Governments the security related expenditure incurred on; ex-gratia payment to the family of civilian/security forces killed in LWE violence. training and operational needs of security forces, rehabilitation of surrendered Left Wing Extremist cadres, security related infrastructure for village defense committees and publicity material. The scheme has been strengthened with substantial increase in the rate of reimbursement. In addition, new items like compensation for incapacitation of security forces and property damage have been included for the first time.
(ii) Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) including construction of 250 Fortified Police Stations in LWE affected states: The Scheme has been revived for strengthening of the Special Intelligence Branches (SIBs) & Special Forces of the States and construction of 250 Fortified Police Stations in LWE areas. The next phase of fortification of police stations has been subsumed in Special Infrastructure Scheme.
Portals to strengthen Women Safety launched Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal to check objectionable online content. National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) to aid in monitoring & investigation of sexual crimes.
Details: Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal: The portal will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.
The portal is convenient and user friendly that will enable complainants in reporting cases without disclosing their identity. This will not only aid the victims/complainants but also help the civil society organizations and responsible citizens to anonymously report complaints pertaining to child pornography, child sexual abuse material or sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.
Complainants can also upload the objectionable content and URL to assist in the investigation by the State Police. The complaints registered through this portal will be handled by police authorities of respective State/UTs. There are other features such as a victim or complainant can track his/her report by opting for “report and track” option using his/her mobile number.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will proactively identify such objectionable content and take up with intermediaries for its removal. For this NCRB has already been notified as the Government of India agency to issue notices under Section 79(3)b of IT Act.
National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO): The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), which is accessible only to law enforcement agencies, will assist in effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences. It is a central database of “sexual offenders” in the country which will be maintained by the NCRB for regular monitoring and tracking by the State Police. The database is accessible only to the law enforcement agencies for investigation and monitoring purpose.
The database will include offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing. At present the database contains 4.4 lakh entries. The State Police have been requested to regularly update the database from 2005 onwards. The database includes name, address, photograph and fingerprint details for each entry. However, the database will not compromise any individual’s privacy.
Way ahead: The two portals launched are part of efforts in the direction of strengthening security of women and children. However, the field level challenges have to be overcome by the Police at the ground level to ensure speedy justice to the victims. The security agencies should fully utilize potential of the two portals and update the database regularly for greater effectiveness.
There is also need for timebound completion of investigation in sexual crimes to instill deterrence among potential offenders.
The plan: The visit of officers of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurships will begin with a meeting with Districts Collector / CEO-Zila Parishad and other State level officers implementing the programs.
The team will also have interactions with Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras, training providers, ITIs, Polytechnics and JSS administrations.
The team would also have conversation with students and industry present in these districts. This will enable a stock taking of the available skill ecosystem vis-à-vis the available data and provide good understanding of challenges to be addressed at the district level to make youth employable.
About Aspirational Districts Programme: Launched in January this year, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme aims to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country. The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a Mass Movement or a Jan Andolan.
With States as the main drivers, this program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.
Focus of the programme: To enable optimum utilization of their potential, this program focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the burgeoning economy. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this programme’s core areas of focus.
Significance of the scheme: If these districts are transformed, there would be tremendous improvement in the internal security environment of the country. If Prabhari officers can bring convergence in the development efforts of different Ministries and state Governments and the schemes specially launched by Home Ministry in these districts, it would serve as a great opportunity to ensure rapid development in the country.
About Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna: Aim: It aims to financially support those who lost their jobs or rendered jobless for whatsoever reasons due to changing employment pattern. Its beneficiaries will be insured persons covered under Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 for period of two years continuously.
Key features: Cash assistance: Under the scheme, relief will be payable in cash directly to bank account of insured persons in case of unemployment. This financial assistance will be given to insured persons even while they search for new engagement. Beneficiary insured workers will be paid money, from their own contribution towards ESI scheme, in cash through bank account transfer.
Under this scheme, workers will be able to draw 47% of their total contributions towards ESIC after remaining unemployed for at least three months from date of leaving their previous jobs. They can choose to receive the cash at one go or in instalments. It will be applicable to all factories and establishments employing at least 10 workers.
About ESI: ESI is self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers.
It is autonomous corporation by statutory creation under Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. It is managed by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) according to rules and regulations stipulated there in the ESI Act 1948.
‘Sputum sample transportation’ Project
What is Sputum? Sputum is a thick fluid that is produced in the lungs and the airways leading to the lungs. A sample of sputum is usually collected by the person coughing.
TB Sputum Test: The sputum test is often the first TB test to be used in countries with a high rate of TB infection. Sputum microscopy is inexpensive and simple, and people can be trained to do it relatively quickly and easily.
Need for and significance of postal transportation of Sputum: Most of the patients are not diagnosed because the specimen does not reach the laboratory due to non-availability of specimen transport mechanisms.
Transport of collected specimen also spares the patient’s from travelling to the reference laboratory. Prompt transport of specimen followed by efficacious testing will enable appropriate management of the TB patients and reduced disease transmission.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Background: Saudi Arabia has a history of bailing out Pakistan financially. In 2014, six months after Pakistan obtained its last IMF bailout, Saudi Arabia loaned it $1.5 billion that the government used to strengthen its rupee currency.
About CPEC: The CPEC is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, aimed at enhancing Beijing’s influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.
The 3,000 km-long China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) consisting of highways, railways, and pipelines is the latest irritant in the India–China relationship. CPEC eventually aims at linking the city of Gwadar in South Western Pakistan to China’s North Western region Xinjiang through a vast network of highways and railways.
The proposed project will be financed by heavily-subsidised loans, that will be disbursed to the Government of Pakistan by Chinese banking giants such as Exim Bank of China, China Development Bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
But, why is India concerned? Many experts are not in favour of India supporting CPEC. This is so because any Indian participation would inextricably be linked to the country’s legitimate claims on PoK.
CPEC rests on a Chinese plan to secure and shorten its supply lines through Gwadar with an enhanced presence in the Indian Ocean. Hence, it is widely believed that upon CPEC’s fruition, an extensive Chinese presence will undermine India’s influence in the Indian Ocean.
It is also being contended that if CPEC were to successfully transform the Pakistan economy that could be a “red rag” for India which will remain at the receiving end of a wealthier and stronger Pakistan.
Besides, India shares a great deal of trust deficit with China and Pakistan and has a history of conflict with both. As a result, even though suggestions to re-approach the project pragmatically have been made, no advocate has overruled the principle strands of contention that continue to mar India’s equations with China and Pakistan.
Way ahead: Only by respecting the sovereignty of countries involved, can regional connectivity corridors fulfil their promise and avoid differences and discord. China is a country which is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty. So it is expected that they would have some understanding of other people’s sensitivity about their sovereignty. Meanwhile, India must uphold its specific reservations on the project and draft a strategy to revert suitably in case CPEC is offered formally through official channels.
With this, a total of 26 Indian nuclear facilities will be under the international nuclear energy watchdog.
IAEA safeguards: What are they? Safeguards are a set of technical measures applied by the IAEA on nuclear material and activities, through which the Agency seeks to independently verify that nuclear facilities are not misused and nuclear material not diverted from peaceful uses. States accept these measures through the conclusion of safeguards agreements.
The objective of IAEA Safeguards is to deter the spread of nuclear weapons by the early detection of the misuse of nuclear material or technology. This provides credible assurances that States are honouring their legal obligations that nuclear material is being used only for peaceful purposes.
Need and implementation: IAEA safeguards are an essential component of the international security system. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the centrepiece of global efforts to prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons. Under the Treaty’s Article 3, each Non-Nuclear Weapon State is required to conclude a safeguards agreement with the IAEA.
Significance: Within the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, the IAEA’s safeguards system functions as a confidence-building measure, an early warning mechanism, and the trigger that sets in motion other responses by the international community if and when the need arises. Over the past decade, IAEA safeguards have been strengthened in key areas.
About IAEA: The IAEA is the world’s centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
It seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons. IAEA reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. The IAEA has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
The IAEA serves as an intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology and nuclear power worldwide.
‘Prahar’, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is capable of filling the gap between the multi-barrel rocket system ‘Pinaka’ and medium-range ballistic missile ‘Prithvi’. It can also engage multiple targets in different directions.
It has length of 7.3 meter, diameter of 420 mm and weighs 1,280 kg. It has operational range of 150 km and flight altitude of 35 km.
It is a solid-fuelled short-range missile fitted with inertial navigation system.
The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with advanced on board computer. It is a quick-reaction, all-weather, all-terrain, highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system.
Key facts: National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year.
Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years. Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events.
Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.
MAKA Trophy: Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy