Current Affairs – June, 2014

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July 4 is the deadline for implementing Food Security Act

Adhering to its earlier decision of a 3-month extension to States and Union Territories to implement the National Food Security Act, the Union government’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is firm that the deadline for implementing the scheme is July 4, 2014. So far only 11 States have implemented the Act. 20 States and 5 Union Territories are yet to implement it.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal has urged the Centre to extend the July 4 deadline.

As per law the National Food Security Act has to be implemented within a year of its coming into force. West Bengal subsidized food grains were distributed among beneficiaries under several categories. But after the National Food Security Act is implemented in a State no such categories would exist.

The Ministry has clarified that if West Bengal does not implement the Act by the deadline, the several schemes in West Bengal under which food grains are distributed at a subsidized rate will not be stopped.

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No visa-free entry for Bangladeshis: Home ministry

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to thwart any move to provide visa-free entry for Bangladesh nationals. The MHA has opposed the proposal of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to provide visa-on-arrival facility to Bangladeshi nationals and visa- free entry to citizens of that country under the age of 18 and over the age of 65.

This shows a change in government’s policy as former home minister Sushilkumar Shinde was in support of the liberalized visa agreement with Bangladesh. However, MHA, under Rajnath Singh, has rejected the twin proposals sent by the MEA ahead of foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Bangladesh. The MHA has cited security concerns to scrap the proposal of a visa-free entry.

However, MHA has said that such Bangladesh citizens, under the age of 18 and over the age of 65, can be granted long-term tourist visas on the  condition that they would have to report to the FRRO’s every year during their stay.

It can be recalled that PM Narendra Modi had, during the election campaign said that if the BJP came to power, illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in India would be expatriated.

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