Parrikar, Rijuju field questions on Security - Parliament Roundup

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that the Government is constantly reviewing the security scenario and it will accordingly decide to induct appropriate defence equipments.

Parrikar said 'This is a continuous process undertaken through procurement from various indigenous as well as foreign vendors to keep the Armed Forces in a state of readiness. Procurement from indigenous vendors accounts for a significant share in Capital acquisition. The total expenditure on direct payments to foreign vendors for Capital Acquisitions for the Army, Navy and Air Force during the last five years was Rs 103535.52 crore.'

The new Defence Minister said, 'Defence Production Policy focusses on greater self-reliance in defence production. Government has also raised the FDI limit in defence production from 26 per cent to 49 per cent and liberalised the licensing regime. The Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 lays emphasis on providing the desired boost to indigenous Defence Industry by mandating a higher preference to the ‘Buy Indian’, ‘Buy & Make Indian’ and ‘Make’ categorisation in Capital Procurement.'

On setting up military hotline between Indian and China, the Minister said, 'It is being seriously considered to establish hotline connection between the military headquarters of India and China. This is as per the provisions of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement 2013 between the two countries. The establishment of a hotline between military headquarters of India and China has been discussed at various forums with China, including during the visit of Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee to China in July 2014 and 7th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) held in New Delhi on October 16-17, 2014.'

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that there are intelligence inputs of some organisations diverting funds for purposes other than the permitted use of foreign funds.

Rijiju said, 'On the basis of the complaints of various violations of FCRA, 24 cases have so far been referred to CBI and 9 cases have been referred to State Police for investigation. In 2011-12 registrations of 4138 associations under FCRA were cancelled due to non-submission of Annual Returns during 2006-07 to 2008-09. The list of such associations has been posted on public domain of Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs website. The Government monitors the receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution received by any ‘person’ including Non-Governmental Organisations in the country in terms of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 and the Rules framed under the Act.'

The Minister clarified that the NGOs, who have been registered or granted prior permission for receiving foreign funds, are required to submit annual returns of accounts which are are scrutinised and wherever required, physical inspection is conducted.

'Based on the findings of the inspection team, appropriate action is taken,' he added.

On construction of roads along the border, the Minister said, 'The Ministry of Home Affairs is considering the examination of a concept/ plan for construction of a lateral road along the India-China border from Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang District in Arunachal Pradesh to provide livelihood/connectivity to the border population and for the development of the border area.'

On recruitment by ISIS, Rijiju said, 'There are intelligence inputs that a few Indian youth have left the country to join the ISIS. Their numbers, however, are miniscule. The intelligence agencies are closely monitoring their movement and activities. There have been isolated instances of some people flashing ISIS symbols, especially in the States of Jammu & Kashmir and Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Police have registered a criminal case in this regard. The Government is closely monitoring the situation and has directed the intelligence and security agencies to identify all such elements and keep a watch on their activities. The Cyber-space is also being closely scanned in this regard.'

Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan informed the Lok Sabha that in wholesale markets of Nasik, Maharashtra, as per the wholesale onion price data available onAgmarknet portal and information received from Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board and National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), while there was a fall in prices of onion from July onwards, however, now the prices are stable.'

On new accounting standards, Minister for Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said that in accordance with the announcement in the Budget Speech 2014-15, the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind-AS), based on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), will be notified for voluntary adoption from the financial year 2015-16 and mandatorily from financial year 2016-17.

In his reply, the Minister said, 'Banks, Financial Institutions and Insurance 'Companies may be brought under the purview of the standards at a later date. The class of companies to which these standards will apply are being finalised and would be notified alongwith the Indian Accounting Standards,' Jaitley told the Rajya Sabha.

Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, GM Siddeshwara in a written reply to Lok Sabha said that a scheme on ‘Enhancement of Competitiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector’ has been notified on November 5, 2014.

He said, 'The Scheme aims to make Indian capital goods industry globally competitive by strengthening technology development, providing common manufacturing infrastructure and extending financial assistance for technology acquisition. The Scheme envisages Government Budgetary Support of Rs 581.22 crore and Industry contribution of Rs 349.74 crore.'

Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways P Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha that Union Cabinet has approved a proposal of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways regarding security for women in public road transport in the country in 32 cities.

Radhakrishnan said, 'The proposed scheme under the Nirbhaya Fund envisages setting up of a unified system at the National Level and State level for GPS tracking of the location of, emergency buttons in and video recording of incidents in public transport vehicles. The objective of the scheme is to ensure safety of women and girl child in public transport by monitoring location of public transport vehicles to provide immediate assistance in minimum response time to the victims in distress.'

Courtesy Niti Central


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