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100 days in power: MHA works on ‘achievements list’

bjp-m MHA has asked the ministries to come up with their achievements to be shared with the public. (Source: PTI)
Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Posted: August 23, 2014 3:24 am | Updated: August 23, 2014 10:04 am

Eenrolment of one crore people in the National Population Register (NPR), annulment of British era laws and relaxation in security clearances to encourage investments and FDI, are some of the items listed by the Union Home Ministry to showcase its achievements on completion of 100-days.

The NDA government, which will complete its 100 days on September 6, has asked the ministries to come up with their achievements to be shared with the public.

On his part, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh will hold a press conference in the next few days to list the achievements of his ministry.

Soon after taking over, Singh had announced that the government was working on a plan to provide national ID cards to all Indian citizens. The Registrar General of India, which works under the MHA was asked to expedite the NPR project, which contains biometric and identification details of all the Indian citizens. The exercise was taken up to weed out and identify illegal immigrants of the country. “The issue of illegal immigrants has been high on the agenda of the government and the NPR project was taken up with new rigour. Soon after taking over, the home minister stressed on the enrolment of 1 crore residents in the NPR,” said a senior ministry official.

Another area that the government will focus on is the revised norms for clearance to security-related projects that attract maximum foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country.

“The policy to grant security clearances to various projects used to be kept pending for many months and years for want of reply from various stakeholders like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) or the R&AW in some cases. The policy was revised and it was ensured that clearances would have to be given within 12 weeks and the concerned ministry will have to be informed about any kind of delay,” said the official. A change in policy of arms manufacturing will also be counted as an achievement.

Union Home secretary Anil Goswami Friday reviewed the success list of all the departments of the MHA and a final list would be prepared by Monday. The list will then be sent to the Prime Ministers Office (PMO), which will ratify it before it is made public.

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