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Parliament Monsoon Session: From ‘Mann Ki Baat’ revenue to Aadhaar, data released by the govt today

A look at the data revealed by the government in the questions posed to it in the Parliament on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2017 20:24 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)

The Monsoon Session of Parliament is currently underway and will go on till August 11. Amid the characteristic pandemonium and many adjournments, the government answered several questions in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Here is look at the data revealed in the answers.

In the Lok Sabha

Declining trend in digital transactions since March 2017

The number of digital transactions, which grew significantly in the aftermath of demonetisation last year, has started showing a declining trend since March 2017, according to official data.

The number of digital transactions has come down from 119.07 crore in March 2017 to 118.01 crore in April and further to 111.45 crore in May, P P Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

The number of digital transactions was only at 71.27 crore in October 2016. It went up to 83.48 crore in November 2016 and shot up to 123.46 crore in December 2016.

The increase in digital transactions was witnessed after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes on November 8, 2016.

These transactions numbered 114.96 crore in January 2017, and about 101.18 crore in February 2017.

AIR earns Rs 10 crore from PM’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in last 2 fiscals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has generated a revenue of about Rs 10 crore for the All India Radio (AIR) in the last two fiscals, the Lok Sabha was informed.

In 2016-17, the revenue was to the tune of Rs 5.19 crore, while it was Rs 4.78 crore in 2015-16, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said in a written reply.

Launched on October 3, 2014, Modi addresses the nation every month in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.

61% dip in penalties imposed by CIC

The number of penalties imposed by the Central Information Commission have reduced by 61% between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

“In so far the Central Information Commission (CIC) is concerned, penalty was imposed in 138 number of cases in the year 2013-14, 44 cases in 2014-15 and 54 cases in 2015-16. No data is centrally maintained for state information commissions,” Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh said in the Lok Sabha.

He said recovery of penalty amount from penalised officials is done by public authorities from their salaries.

Gentle deceleration in IT net hiring growth rate

The growth in net addition of employees by Indian IT players has been gradually decelerating as the sector focuses on enhanced efficiency and innovation.

“There is a continuing trend of gentle deceleration in net hiring growth rate (but with a growing base) as industry ocuses on innovation, new digital technologies and enhanced efficiencies,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The growth in total employees stood at 7% in 2014-15, which came down to 6% the following year and was 5% in 2016-017.

The net addition stood at 2.17 lakh (2014-15), 2.03 lakh (2015-16) and 1.75 lakh in 2016-17. The total employee base was at 34.85 lakh in 2014-15, which increased to 36.88 lakh in 2015-16 and 38.63 lakh in 2016-17.

20% positions vacant in CBI

The CBI has about 20% positions vacant and the vacancies have not affected the performance of the agency adversely, Lok Sabha was informed today.

In a written response, Minister of state for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh presented data which showed that as against 7,273 sanctioned strength there are 5,868 officers in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which comes to a vacancy of about 20%.

“With effective use and optimal deployment of existing personnel, the vacancies have not affected the performance of the CBI adversely,” he said.

The data shows that there is about 18% shortage in executive ranks, about 27% shortage of law officers, about 56% shortage of technical officers, about 18% in ministerial staff and 44% shortage in canteen posts.

34 cases of WannaCry, Petya ransomware reported

Thirty-four incidents of WannaCry and Petya ransomware were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) from organisations and individuals in the country, Parliament was informed by Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary .

The cyber attacks, which took place in May and June, crippled thousands of systems across the world in countries including the US, the UK, Russia and Ukraine.

“(Thirty-four (34) incidents have been reported to the (CERT-In) from organisations and individuals regarding infections of WannaCry and Petya ransomware. As reported to CERT-In, operations of one sea port were partially affected by the Petya ransomware,” Chaudhary said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Rise in cyber crime cases

In a separate reply, Chaudhary said that with proliferation of information technology (IT) and related services, there has been a rise in instances of cyber crime in the country, like elsewhere in the world.

He cited data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to state that a total of 9,622 and 11,592 cyber crime cases were registered during 2014 and 2015 respectively.

This includes cases registered under the IT Act, 2000 and related sections of Indian Penal Code and special and local laws involving computer as a medium/target. Similar data for the year 2016 is under collection, he said.

“Further, as per the information reported to and tracked by CERT-In, a total number of 44,679, 49,455, 50,362 and 27,482 cyber security incidents were observed during the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (till June), respectively,” Chaudhary said.

He added that the types of cyber security incidents include phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of service attacks etc.

859 complaints against IAS officers

A total of 859 complaints were received against the officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) working across the country, Union minister Jitendra Singh said.

The complaints were received during the year from January 1, 2016 upto June 30, 2017, he said in a written reply in response to a question in Lok Sabha.

Of the total complaints, 93 pertain to IAS officers working with the government of Uttar Pradesh, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. “Appropriate action can be taken against officials only after the cases reach finality,” he said.

210 govt sites found displaying Aadhaar details

About 210 websites of the central and state government departments were found to be displaying personal details and Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries, Parliament was informed.

“UIDAI (The Unique Identification Authority of India) has taken note of the same and is regularly monitoring the status to get the Aadhaar data removed from the said websites,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT, PP Chaudhary said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

The monitoring came after “it was found that around 210 websites of Central Government, State Government Departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address and other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public.”

There has been no leakage of Aadhaar data from the UIDAI, he added.

Over 11 lakh public grievances against govt depts in 2016

Over 11 lakh public grievances were received against various central government departments last year, 33% more than the previous year, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.

A total of 11,72,918 plaints were received through the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) in 2016 of these about 98% — 11,56,335 — were disposed of, he said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

As many as 16,583 grievances were pending resolution as on July 12, 2017, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. A total of 8,81,132 public grievances were received in 2015.

“No new organisation or institution is proposed to be set up for early redressal of public grievances, however, a call centre is in operation which rings up officials concerned of ministries/departments receiving bulk of the grievances, where grievances are pending for more than two months,” the minister said.

No foreign contributions received in National Skill Fund

There have been no foreign contributions received so far towards the National Skill Development Fund even though they are exempted under the FCRA provisions, Parliament was informed.

The total funds accrued in the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) from the government to implement skill development activities under various programmes were to the tune of Rs 487.45 crore in 2014-15, Rs 1,020 crore in 2015-16, Rs 807.74 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 17.5 crore till date in 2017-18, Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

“Till now, no foreign contributions have been received in National Skill Development Fund,” said the minister.

Issue of dependent tax raised with Saudi Arabia

India has raised with the Saudi government the issue of the dependent tax, imposed on expatriates who have dependents living there, from July 1, the Lok Sabha was informed.

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar noted that the resident Indian community in Saudi Arabia has marginally increased during the last one year and is estimated at 3.03 million in March.

Beginning July 1, the Saudi government has imposed the tax at the rate of Saudi Riyal (SR) 100 (Rs 1,700 approx) per month on each dependent, he said.

The dependent tax will be increased to SR 200 in 2018, SR 300 in 2019 and SR 400 in 2020 per dependent member of the expatriate family, Akbar added.

Replying to a separate question, Akbar said there were 220 complaints against unregistered agents received till June 30 and were referred to the state governments.

In the Rajya Sabha

Rs 1,200 crore sanctioned for development of beaches, rivers as tourist spots

The government has sanctioned more than Rs 1,200 crore for the development of beaches and rivers as tourists spots, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

Replying to a query, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said that 11 projects, worth Rs 896.66 crore, have been sanctioned under the coastal circuit of the ‘Swadesh Darshan Scheme’ and four projects, costing Rs 119.27 crore, have been earmarked under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) to harness the potential of beaches as a tourist attraction.

Goa is set to receive the highest payout of around Rs 200 crore during financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18 to develop its beaches while Andhra Pradesh has been sanctioned Rs 130 crore in FY 2014-2015 for its coastlines.

Karnataka has been sanctioned Rs 95.67 crore during 2016 -2017 and West Bengal and Maharashtra have been sanctioned Rs 85.39 crore and Rs 82.17 crore respectively during 2015-2016.

Rivers too, have found funds to make them attractive for tourists. The culture ministry has sanctioned Rs 194.41 crore to five states — Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal — to develop their river fronts under the PRASAD Scheme.

Law and order situation in J-K, number of terror incidents in state and terrorists killed

The law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir was “much better” than the last year and the Centre was open for talks with those who abstain from violence and work within the Constitution, the government said in Parliament.

“As reported by the state government, the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir is much better than the previous year as 583 cases have been registered during the current year till date, against 2,897 cases of previous year,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj G Ahir said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

He said 1,2650 miscreants/separatists were “either arrested or bound down under substantive and preventive laws” by the police since 2016 and it also imposed restrictions in the vulnerable areas to thwart such incidents.

The minister said a number of schemes were started for providing employment to the youth of the state like additional recruitment of 10,000 special police officers, recruitment of 5,381 personnel in five new India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) and recruitment of 1,079 personnel in central paramilitary forces and the Assam Rifles.

“In addition, to accelerate the process of development in the state, the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on November 7, 2015 has announced a development package of Rs 80,068 crore,” he said.

In a separate reply, Ahir said a total of 172 terrorist violence incidents were reported in the state till July 9 where 12 civilians and 38 security forces personnel were killed. A total of 95 terrorists were killed during the same period, the data provided by the minister said.

22% decline in violence, 78% increase in killing of Maoist cadre in last 3 years

There has been a 22% decline in incidents of violence in the Naxal-affected states since the Narendra Modi government came to power three years ago, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Hasnraj G Ahir said that in Left Wing Extremism affected areas, during the last three years (July 2014-June 2017) there is reduction in incidents of violence by 22.25% (3,999 to 3,109) compared to the preceding three years (July 2011-June 2014).

He further said that an increase of 78%(228 to 406) was also witnessed in the “killing” of Maoist cadres during the same period, as compared to the preceding three years (July 2011-June 2014).

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government took charge at the Centre in May 2014.

Nearly 50 complaints concerning SAIL resolved

Action has been taken on 49 complaints out of 53 concerning SAIL over the last three years, Parliament was informed.

“During 2014, 2015 and 2016... 53 complaints have been received by the government from different sources on various allegations pertaining to SAIL, out of which action on 49 has been completed,” Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

One crore artistes registered under culture mapping project

Over one crore artistes across the country have registered themselves under a project for culture mapping launched by the government across the country at an estimated cost of Rs 480 crore, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said.

During the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Sharma said over one crore persons have registered under the scheme and there were expectations that the number could go upto four crore.

He also gave details as per which 3,882 artistes are being given pension by the government. This pension has also been raised by the government by 69%.

“We have launched a scheme with Rs 480 crore for cultural mapping of artistes living in 6.2 lakh villages in the country and how to protect them. We will put all their details on a portal,” he said.

He said there has been a 110% increase in financial assistance to artistes through various scholarships and pensions in the country.

165 people arrested in sedition cases

As many as 165 people were arrested on the charge of sedition in the last three years across the country, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

Citing data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Minister of State for Home Gangaram Ahir said that 58 people were arrested in 47 such cases registered in 2014.

“73 people were arrested in 30 cases registered in 2015 and 34 people arrested in 28 cases registered in 2016 under the offence of Sedition (Section 124A of IPC),” he said.

The 2016 figure excludes Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal as data from the two states were not available.

Ahir said the names those arrested and the current status of cases were not recorded in the NCRB data. The data related to 2017 are being collected by the NCRB.

SIT probing anti-Sikh riots cases examined 1,000 witnesses

The SIT set up by the Centre for re-investigation of the 1984 Sikh riots cases examined more than 1,000 witnesses in different states, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

Minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir said the Special Investigation Team has scrutinised records of 293 cases and after scrutiny, a total 60 cases were re-opened for further investigation.

“Out of these 60 cases, charge-sheet has been filed in four cases, 51 cases have been closed after conducting further investigation and further investigation in five cases is under progress. The SIT has examined more than 1,000 witnesses in different states in the country,” he said replying a written question.

Meat export rises to 13.53 lakh tonnes in 2016-17

India’s meat export increased to 13.53 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 from 13.36 lakh tonnes in the previous fiscal, Parliament was informed.

In value terms, however, the export declined to Rs 27,184 crore in the last fiscal, from Rs 27,528 crore in 2015-16.

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, said no complaint was received at her ministry with regard to prevention in production of meat and leather.

However, she said, as per data, export of buffalo meat has declined. During April-May 2016-17, the buffalo export stood at $554 million whereas for the same period in the current year, it came in at $530 million.

She also said the export of leather products and footwear declined during 2015-16 and 2016-17 in value terms due to various factors, including some external ones like recession in European market, instability in the Middle-East countries.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 20:06 IST