Home Ministry Current Affairs - 2020

Government inaugurate Indian Police Foundation and Indian Police Institute in New Delhi

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Indian Police Foundation (IPF) and Indian Police Institute (IPI) in New Delhi.

Both agencies aim at embarking a culture of research and evidence-based policing in India. It also seeks to subjectivity avoid personal errors and biases in decision-making.

They have been set up and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as an All India Society.

  • Indian Police Foundation: It will be a think tank for suggesting reforms in the Indian Police. It will bring together the police professionals, academia and other stake holders and provide a platform to research, ideate, discuss and seek the answers.
  • Indian Police Institute: It will be a research and training institute for police officers in the Indian Police for the pursuit of professional excellence. It has been set up in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a SMART, people-centric and professionally competent police.

Union Government decides to develop villages within 10 km of IB on priority

Union Government has decided to develop all villages located within 10 kilometres vicinity of the international border on a priority basis.

It was decided by the Union Home Ministry in consultation with Ministries of Rural Development, Sports, Health and Human Resources Development.

These villages will be developed under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) with special emphasis on promotion of sports activities and rural tourism.

Key facts

  • The funds under BADP for this initiative will be provided to the states as a 100 per cent non-lapsable special central assistance. It will be supplemented from the budgetary allocation of Rs. 990 crore for the financial year 2015-16.
  • The development of villages under BADP will include schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Promotion of sports activities in border areas.
  • Skill Development Programmes along with promotion of rural tourism (i.e. border tourism) and protection of heritage sites.
  • It will also cover construction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas, which do not have road connectivity, skill development training to farmers for use of modern or scientific technique in farming, organic farming etc.

Border Area Development Programme (BADP)

  • It has been implemented in 367 border blocks of 104 border districts in 17 states.
  • Objective: To meet special developmental needs and well-being of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the IB.
  • It also seeks to saturate the border areas with the entire essential infrastructure through convergence of Union, state, BADP, local schemes and participatory approach.