New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said the government has approved the enhanced grant of risk/ hardship allowance for the CAPFs personnel deployed in 35 'focus' districts in LWE-affected areas.
Presenting the report card of the Ministry of Home Affairs for October 2011, Chidambaram said: "On October 17, 2011, the Government approved the enhanced grant of Risk/Hardship Allowance (CI (Ops) Field Area Allowance) for the CAPFs personnel deployed in 35 'focus' districts in LWE-affected areas which have been identified as most hardship prone districts.
" At the level of Constable there will be an increase of ' 700 per month and at the level of Commandant 1800 per month. CAPF personnel deployed in 48 districts (out of the 83 districts) in LWE areas will continue to get CI (Ops) Modified Field Area Allowance," he added.
Talking about internal security, the Home Minister said: "A sum of ' 18 lakh was sanctioned as assistance to 6 beneficiaries at the rate of ' three lakh each under the Central scheme of assistance to the victims of terrorist/communal/naxal violence."
On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, he said: "On October 14, 2011, ' 26.44 crore was reimbursed to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir under SRE scheme.
"On October 12, the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors submitted their final report to MHA," he added
Talking about border management, Chidambaram said: "India-Bangladesh Border: 10 kms of fencing and 20 kms of road works were completed in October, under phase II of the project. 25 kms of fencing were replaced in October, 2011 under phase III of the project. Poles for floodlighting were erected on a length of 100 kms and cables were laid on 50 kms stretch in October.
He said in October, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1681 personnel and 164 boats were deployed for emergency response and rescue operations in the flood-hit States of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa and Sikkim.
He further informed that integrated on-line visa application system under the mission mode project on IVFRT (Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking) was commenced at the Indian mission in Paris, France.
"10 Pakistani prisoners and three Pakistani fishermen were repatriated to Pakistan on completion of their sentences," he added. (ANI)