Following are the highlights of the activities of
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) during the year 2016:
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the Inter-State
Council meeting in New Delhi (16.7.2016).
The Union Ministers participated in the meeting along with the Chief
Ministers and Administrators of States and Union Territories. For the
first time a meeting of the Inter-State Council had covered wide ranging
topics of common interest to the Centre and the States. Previously
Inter-State Council meetings focused on just one or two sectors. It is
also important to add here that this meeting had been held after a gap
of 10 years.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the DGPs
Conference in Hyderabad.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the three-day conclave of
DGPs at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) in
Hyderabad from November 25-27, 2016 and discussed issues ranging from
terrorism to cyber crime.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Asian
Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016, held in
New Delhi (3.11.16).
This is the first major inter-governmental event after the adoption of
the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). This
Conference paved the way towards implementation of this Framework in the
Asian region. It also devised a mechanism for monitoring its progress.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released National
Disaster Management Plan, 2016 in New Delhi (1.6.2016).
This is the first ever national plan prepared in the
country. The NDMP has been aligned broadly with the goals and priorities
set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Vision
of the Plan is to “Make India disaster resilient, achieve substantial
disaster risk reduction, and significantly decrease the losses of life,
livelihoods, and assets – economic, physical, social, cultural and
environmental – by maximizing the ability to cope with disasters at all
levels of administration as well as among communities.
Civilian victims of cross border firing gets a
compensation of Rs 5 lakh. (12.7.2016).
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh approved that the civilian
victims of cross border firing along the border will be given a
compensation of Rs 5 lakh. Any civilian who dies anywhere in the country
due to terror attack, naxal violence, firing from across the border,
shelling or IED explosion, will be given Rs 5 lakh as compensation
Union Home Minister approved New Prison Manual 2016
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has approved
the new Model Prison Manual, which aims at bringing in basic uniformity
in laws, rules and regulations governing the administration of prisons
and the management of prisoners all over the country.
Enhancement of representation of women in CAPFs
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had approved the
33% posts at Constable level for being filled up by women.
Enhancement of Honorarium in respect of SPOs of Jammu &
Kashmir to Rs. 6000 per month (1.1.2016).
The Ministry of Home Affairs has enhanced the honorarium of Special
Police Officers (SPOs) of Jammu and Kashmir upto Rs. 6000 per month from
Rs. 3000 per month. The enhancement of honorarium is effective from
Cabinet approved the facilities being extended to persons
residing in India on Long Term Visa (13.7.2016).
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi had approved the following facilities being extended to
persons from Minority communities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and
Pakistan, namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians
staying on Long Term Visa (LTV) in India. The move is aimed at easing
out the difficulties being faced by them and includes the following
benefits:- opening of bank account, permission for purchase of property
for self-occupation and suitable accommodation for carrying out
self-employment, permission to take self-employment, issue of driving
licence, PAN card and Aadhaar number, allowing free movement within the
State /UT where they are staying, transfer of LTV papers from one state
to other etc.
MHA constituted Committee to strengthen border
The Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted a Committee
under the Chairmanship of Shri Madhukar Gupta, Retd. Home Secretary, in
order to strengthen border protection and address the issue of gaps and
vulnerability in border fencing along Indo-Pakistan border. The
Committee presented its report to the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath
Singh on 29.8.2016.
Union Home Minister chaired meeting for sealing Indo-Pak
border, held in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan (7.10.2016).
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting
of Chief Ministers/ Home Ministers of Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and
Jammu & Kashmir for sealing of Indo-Pak border in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Inaugurating the meeting, Shri Rajnath Singh sought the active
participation of the states to secure the International Border with
Pakistan by putting physical and non- physical barriers by December,
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed Border
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh along with
Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju reviewed the Border
Management. Shri Rajnath Singh directed that complete Indo-Bangladesh
border in Assam should be sealed.
Home Minister level bilateral talks between India and
Bangladesh, held in New Delhi (28.7.2016).
The Bangladesh delegation was led by the Home Minister
Mr. Asaduzzaman Khan and Indian delegation by Union Home Minister Shri
Rajnath Singh. Speedy operationalisation of three bilateral MoUs;
Effective implementation of coordinated border management plan;
Bilateral Extradition Treaty amended to make it more effective
Signing and Ratification of the BIMSTEC Convention on
Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (10.3.2016). The Union
Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the
signing and ratification of the Bay of Bengal Initiative on Multi
Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Convention on
Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters. The Ministry of Home
Affairs has been designated as the Central Authority under Article 15 of
the Convention. The BIMSTEC comprises of seven countries viz.,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the 7th
Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Interior/Home, held in Islamabad, Pakistan
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the
7th Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Interior/Home, in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The prominent items on the Agenda were terrorism, smuggling of narcotic
drugs, cyber crime and human trafficking. Most of the participating
nations strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations.
“On India’s behalf, I laid special emphasis on the
scourge of terrorism. I am sure all the members of this august house
would agree with me that the biggest challenge to the peace and
prosperity of South Asia is terrorism. I called for hardening our
resolve to eradicate this menace of terrorism. I also stressed on the
need to ensure that terrorism is not glorified and is not patronized by
any State.” (HM’s statement in Parliament on 5.8.2016)
2nd Anti-Drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug
Control Agencies of BRICS countries, held in New Delhi (8.7.2016).
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh
inaugurated the 2nd Anti-Drug Working Group meeting. The Narcotics
Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs organized the 2nd anti-drug
Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS
countries. Delegates resolved to enhance capacity building to prevent
and counter illicit drug trafficking. The meeting assumed significance
as India hosted the eighth BRICS summit in Goa in October, 2016.
Union Home Minister addressed the 4th Ministerial Meeting
of SAIEVAC, held in New Delhi (11.5.2016).
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the 4th Ministerial
Meeting of the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC).
Chairing the meeting Shri Rajnath Singh said that the safety, security,
dignity and wellbeing of our children and young people will determine
the wellbeing and strength of our countries.
Inter State Council (ISC) and Standing Committee of ISC
The Government has reconstituted the Inter
State Council (ISC) and the Standing Committee of the Inter State
Union Home Minister chaired 22nd meeting of Eastern Zonal
Council at Ranchi (27.6.2016).
The Eastern Zonal Council, consisting of the states of
Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal, discussed the issues like
modernisation of State Police Forces, measures to curb communal tension
and Left Wing Extremism (LWE), curbing of drug trafficking, measures for
bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India, issues relating to
fisheries, productivity of livestock and poultry to usher Blue
22nd meeting of Western Zonal Council held in Mumbai
The 22nd meeting of the Western Zonal Council consisting
of the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of
Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli was held at Mumbai, under the
chairmanship of Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. The Council took
up issues related to coastal security, internal security, issuance of
bio-metric identity cards to fishermen & issue of card readers,
formulation of plans for countering terrorism, modernization of police
force etc. Other important issues discussed were Pradhan Mantri Awas
Yojna (Urban) Mission, surplus lands of Central Government for ‘Housing
for All : 2022’ and providing shelters to the urban homeless.
Constant monitoring of situation in Manipur following
blockade in December, 2016.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh on December 22,
2016 wrote separate letters to Manipur Chief Minister Shri Okram Ibobi
Singh and Nagaland Chief Minister Shri T R Zeliang to bring the security
situation in Manipur under control and ensure that there was no
disturbance in movement of vehicles going through Nagaland. MoS (Home)
Shri Kiren Rijiju on December 23, 2016 met Manipur Chief Minister shri
Okram Ibobi Singh in Imphal over the economic blockade by Naga groups,
and said the Centre will extend all assistance to restore normalcy in
the state. Shri Rijiju visited the state with senior MHA officials to
review the law and order situation in the wake of the economic blockade
by the Nagas, who are opposing the creation of new districts from areas
inhabited by Naga people.
Government of India and NSCN issue Joint Communique
The political initiative of the Government of India and NSCN to amicably
resolve the Naga political issue has received a new urgency and impetus
during the last two years. The talks have become more purposeful, less
ritualistic, more forthright and far more frequent.
Suspension of Operations Agreement with NDFB (P)
A meeting of Joint Monitoring Group consisting of
representatives of Government of India, Government of Assam and National
Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) was held. After discussions,
it was agreed to extend Suspension of Operations for a period of six
months upto December 31, 2016.
MHA held first round of tripartite talks with Govt. of
Manipur and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF)
of Manipur in New Delhi (15.6.2016).
Union Home Minister chaired Southern Zonal Council
meeting at Thiruvananthapuram (28.12.2016).
The Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that all
possible steps will be taken to preserve and strengthen the integrity
and safety of our country, be it either from external or internal
Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a review meeting on NATGRID
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh emphasized the
importance of NATGRID in assisting the Intelligence and Law Enforcement
Agencies in countering national and transnational crimes.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had approved
the appointment of Shri A.K. Patnaik, Additional Director, Intelligence
Bureau as Chief Executive Officer, National Intelligence Grid, the first
to head the agency. (13.8.2016)
The NATGRID framework is to be hosted on the
infrastructure being constructed at New Delhi and Bengaluru. The NATGRID
framework is expected to be implemented by September 30, 2018.
Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir assumed charge as the Minister
of State for Home Affairs (11.7.2016).
MoS (Home) Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir reviewed the
developmental projects in Daman & Diu during his visit to the Union
Territory on December 17, 2016.
During the visit, MoS (Home) Shri Ahir inaugurated the
Coastal Police Station at Kadaiya. He directed the officials to expedite
work on setting up the Coastal Police Station at Diu. Shri Ahir called
upon the UT Administration to fill up the vacancies immediately so that
the Coastal Police Station can operate at its full capacity at the
MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the BRICS
meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), held in Udaipur (22.8.2016).
Shri Kiren Rijiju said India was willing to stand
shoulder to shoulder with other BRICS nations and explore all possible
areas of collaboration. He added that DRR is a high priority area for
the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Cabinet approved Rehabilitation Package for Displaced
Families from Pakistan occupied Jammu &Kashmir and Chhamb under the
Prime Minister's Development Package for Jammu & Kashmir, 2015
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri
Narendra Modi had approved Central Assistance of Rs. 2000 crore for
36,384 displaced families from Pakistan occupied areas of Jammu &
Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb following an announcement of Prime Minister's
Development Package for Jammu & Kashmir-2015 in November, 2015. As per
the package, Rs. 5.5 lakh cash benefit per family will be disbursed to
the displaced families to enable them to earn an income and subsist
their livelihood. The amount will be released to the State Government of
J&K to be disbursed to eligible families through Direct Benefit Transfer
MHA sanctioned additional 10,000 SPOs for J&K
Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned the
engagement of additional 10,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the
Police Department of Jammu and Kashmir. The additional SPOs will be
utilized especially for the security related requirements.
Cabinet approved raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions
by J&K and LWE States. (27.1.2016).
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime
Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the raising of 17 India Reserve
Battalions (IR Bns) by Jammu & Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)
affected States. Local youths will be recruited. To achieve this, the
States will relax the age and educational criteria, if required. In
respect of the 05 IR Bns to be raised by J&K, 60% of the vacancies will
be filled from the border districts of J&K for the posts of constables
and class IV. For LWE states, 75% of the vacancies of constables will be
filled up from 27 core districts under Security Related Expenditure (SRE)
Rs.1000 crores allocated to LWE affected states
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh approved the State wise
allocation of Additional Central Assistance of Rs.1000 crores to 35
worst LWE affected districts in seven states.
Enemy Property Ordinance, 2016 promulgated (8.1.2016).
The President of India promulgated the Enemy Property (Amendment and
Validation) Ordinance, 2016 on January 07, 2016 to make amendments to
the Enemy Property Act, 1968. The amendments 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
Cabinet approved grant of Permanent Residency Status to
Foreign Investors (31.8.2016).
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime
Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the scheme for grant of
Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors subject to the
relevant conditions as specified in the FDI Policy notified by the
Government from time to time. The scheme is expected to encourage
foreign investment in India and facilitate Make in India Programme.
Under the Scheme, suitable provisions will be incorporated in the Visa
Manual to provide for the grant of PRS to foreign investors.
Short term Yoga programmes included in Tourist Visa and
e-Tourist Visa (2.6.2016).
The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken a decision to
include short term yoga programmes in Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa.
Realizing the spread and importance of yoga world over, the Government
has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” in the
list of permissible activities under Tourist Visa. Besides, the
Government has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme”
and “short duration medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine”
in the list of permissible activities under e-Tourist Visa.
Visa on Arrival for Japanese nationals from March 1, 2016
As announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,
the Visa on Arrival for Japanese nationals launched from 1st March,
2016. This facility can be availed for the purposes of business,
tourism, conference and medical. Validity of this visa after entry will
be for a period of 30 days. About 1.80 lakh Japanese nationals visit
India every year on various kinds of visas. Business and Tourist Visas
constitute around 78% of these.
Tourist Visa norms eased for people of Bangladesh above
65 years of age (19.8.2016).
The Government of India has decided to increase the
duration of tourist visa from one year to five years having multiple
entry facility for the people of Bangladesh above 65 years of age.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired high-level
meeting in Srinagar on strategic issues (1.7.2016).
A High Level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Shri
Rajnath Singh was held in Srinagar. The meeting was also attended by the
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Shri NN Vohra and Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba
Mufti and several Senior Officers from the Centre and the State. The
meeting deliberated upon the strategic issues pertaining to situation in
the state with particular reference to development projects of the
Union Home Minister concluded visit to Srinagar
The Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh concluded his 2 day
visit to Srinagar on July 24, 2016. During the visit about 30 delegates
including 8 from different political parties met the Home Minister. He
also visited Anantnag and met civil society delegations. This wide
ranging consultations has given the Union Home Minister an on-the-spot
assessment of the situation and the views of a cross section of society.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh met wide spectrum
of political parties in Srinagar on August 24, 2016 (24.8.2016).
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh held a series of
meetings with a wide spectrum of political parties in Srinagar. Shri
Rajnath Singh also chaired a meeting of Senior Officers of Security
Agencies and State Government to review the security situation in the
Kashmir Valley. He appealed to the J&K people to help maintain law &
order and restore peace.
All Party delegation led by Shri Rajnath Singh concluded
its visit to J&K (5.9.2016).
An All Party delegation visiting Jammu and Kashmir
concluded its 2-day visit on September 5, 2016. The Home Minister Shri
Rajnath Singh had said that the delegation’s talks with the various
sections in J&K had been fruitful.
Expert Committee for exploring other possible
alternatives to Pellet Guns as Non-lethal Weapons constituted
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh approved the
constitution of a seven-member Expert Committee under the chairmanship
of Shri T V S N Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs for
exploring the other possible alternatives to Pellet Guns as Non-lethal
Weapons. The Committee submitted its report to the Union Home Secretary
Shri Rajiv Mehrishi on August 29, 2016.
Union Home Minister met different delegations at Leh
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh met over 15
political parties, religious communities and civil society groups at Leh
on October 3, 2016. They presented a joint memorandum for grant of UT
status with legislature to Leh-Ladakh region.
Creation of a cell in MHA to address grievances of Jammu
& Kashmir people (30.8.2016).
The Ministry of Home Affairs nominated Director in J&K
Division as the Nodal Officer for grievances relating to J&K persons,
particularly students residing outside the State.
Text of the Joint Statement issued after the conclusion
of Union Home Minister’s 3-day visit to Bahrain (25.10.2016).
The two sides agreed that the exchange of high level
visits has contributed to the implementation of important agreements
between the two countries. The two sides agreed to actively implement
the counterterrorism agreement, for which a joint committee was formed
that held its first meeting in the sideline of the visit.
Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to India-Bahrain
Agreement on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism,
Crime and Trafficking in Illicit Drugs, Narcotic
and Psychotropic Substances and Precursors Chemicals, and ratification
of the same (6.1.2016).
The MoU shall come into force from the date of exchange
of the instruments of ratification.
MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju addressed the First Asian
S&T Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), held in Bangkok,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren
Rijiju, a UN designated Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Champion for the
Asia Region, attended the First Asian Science and Technology Conference
for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Bangkok in Thailand.
Second Meeting of the High Level Group of Eminent Experts
to strengthen the SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism, held in New Delhi
The Director, Intelligence Bureau, Shri Dineshwar Sharma
has asked the SAARC nations to strictly enforce internationally mandated
sanctions against terrorist entities and individuals. Shri Sharma also
called upon the eight member States to ratify and enable various
Conventions enacted by the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) grouping, including the Convention on Suppression of
Terrorism and Additional Protocols and the Mutual Assistance in Criminal
Matters. Meeting concluded on 23.9.2016.
Exchange of terrorist screening information Arrangement
between India and USA signed in New Delhi (2.6.2016).
An Arrangement between the authorized Governmental
agencies of the Government of India and the Government of the United
States of America for exchange of terrorist screening information was
signed. As per this Arrangement, both sides shall provide each other
access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact
points, subject to domestic laws and regulations.
Three agreements between India and Switzerland on Mutual
Visa Exemption, Return of Illegal Migrants and Arrangement for Dependent
Persons of Diplomatic and Consular Mission to Perform Gainful Employment
signed in New Delhi (6.10.2016).
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh met the
visiting Minister for Justice and Police of Swiss Confederation, Ms.
Simonetta Sommaruga. Shri Rajnath Singh stated that the two countries
have made significant contributions to strengthen peace and prosperity
based on their shared vision of a peaceful and progressive future.
MoU between India and United Arab Emirates on cooperation
in preventing and combating of Human Trafficking (13.4.2016).
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates on
cooperation in preventing and combating of Human Trafficking. The MoU
will strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries and
increase the bilateral cooperation on the issues of prevention, rescue,
recovery and repatriation related to human trafficking especially women
and children expeditiously.
Indo-Maldives talks on Terrorism (11.4.2016).
During the visit of the President of Maldives to India,
the Government of Maldives highlighted the need for capacity building in
view of their concerns on counter terrorism. Both sides reiterated their
commitment to coordinate efforts to counter terrorism and radicalization
and enhance cooperation in counter terrorism operations, intelligence
sharing and capacity building.
Shri Kiren Rijiju participated in the Symposium on
‘Shared Values and Democracy in Asia’ in Tokyo (19.1. 2016).
The Minister of State (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju underlined
that Samvad/dialogue holds the key to good relations and that for the
21st Century to be the Asian century, democratic societies must work
together to preserve and promote non-conflicting traditions and
Union Home Minister reviewed relief operation in Andhra
Pradesh and Tamil Nadu (13.12.2016).
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh held a high
level meeting to take stock of the situation of the relief operations
following the landfall of cyclone Vardah in Tamil Nadu and Andhra
Pradesh. NDRF had deployed its 19 flood and rescue teams in various
parts of Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu affected by cyclone
NDMA coordinated response and relief after Manipur
An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude occurred in District
Tamernglong, Manipur state on 4.12016. The National Disaster Management
Authority (NDMA) immediately took action and started coordinating with
the State Governments, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence,
NDRF, Ministry of Telecom and other concerned Government departments and
agencies for search & rescue and relief. On 5.1.2016, the Cabinet
Secretary Shri P. K. Sinha chaired a meeting of the National Crisis
Management Committee to take stock of ongoing Relief operations in
Flood rescue and relief operation by NDRF (22.8.2016).
The rescue and relief operations by National Disaster
Response Force (NDRF) in the flood affected various districts of Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were in full
swing. 56 flood rescue teams of NDRF were operational in various flood
prone areas of the different states to assist the respective state
administration in rescue and relief work. NDRF teams had
evacuated/rescued more than 53,000 persons and provided medical
assistance to 12,200 needy persons in this monsoon season.
Flood rescue and evacuation operation by NDRF in
Maharashtra's Raigad District (5.8.2016).
Massive search operations were carried out by NDRF and
other agencies in Maharashtra's Raigad District. Four NDRF teams had
been pressed into action to trace the missing victims in the Savitri
River and its surroundings.
NDRF deployed in rain affected
areas of Hyderabad, Karnataka and Telengana (25.9.2016).
Continuous heavy rains lashed several districts of Andhra
Pradesh, Karnataka and Telengana where normal life had been thrown out
of gear due to flood-like situation.
NDRF teams were in touch with the
local administration and monitored the situation round the clock.
NDRF rescued 54 injured from the
mangled bogies in Kanpur (20.11.2016).
05 search and rescue teams of NDRF were relentlessly engaged to
extricate victims, trapped in the mangled bogies of Patna-Indore
Due to prompt response by NDRF, 54 passengers including
16 critically injured had been rescued and 31 bodies retrieved from the
mangled bogies of derailed train.
Government approved subsidized helicopter services in J&K
and Himachal Pradesh (9.9.2016).
The Government accorded its approval for operation of
helicopter services in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal
Pradesh on a pilot basis in 10 sectors, as per the stipulation that the
most inaccessible destination points should be chosen.
7th National Conference on Women in Police (6.1.2016).
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 7th National
Conference on Women in Police. The Home Minister said that the women’s
representation is not adequate and the Government is committed to give
adequate representation to them.
Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the
Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme (18.8.2016).
The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter
pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured. The
revised scale introduced with effect from 15.8.2016.
Outcome of probe by JIT on Pathankot (27.4.2016).
A Five member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from
Pakistan had visited India to collect, review and document physical
evidences and to interview key witnesses and victims through the NIA in
connection with the Pathankot Airbase terror attack. The Pakistan JIT
shared with NIA the results of investigations carried out by them in
Pakistan. The case is under investigation in both the countries. The
Government is in touch with the relevant Pakistani Authorities in the