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Central Government enhances its Contribution in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

Government of India has taken an important decision to enhance its contribution in the State Disaster Response fund (SDRF) from 75% to 90%. w.e.f. 1st April 2018. Central Government will contribute 90 per cent and all States will contribute 10 per cent to the SDRF. The additional contribution by Central Government in SDRF on this … Continued

Assam ‘secret killings’: before quashing, how panel held AGP govt complicit (Read only for understanding; Internal Security)

Recently, Gauhati High Court quashed the appointment of a committee that had probed allegedly extra-judicial killings — often described as “secret killings” — in Assam during 1998-01 and held the then Home Department and sections of the government machinery complicit. Home was headed by AGP Chief Minister Prafulla K Mahanta during 1998-01; the commission headed … Continued

Strategic Partnership guidelines for participation of private sector (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

Govt. approves implementation of Strategic Partnership guidelines In a major step towards boosting private sector participation in domestic defence manufacturing, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the implementation of Strategic Partnership guidelines. What is the aim of guidelines? “SP model aims to revitalise defence industrial ecosystem and progressively build indigenous capabilities in the private sector … Continued

All you need to know about the Rafale deal controversy (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

All about the 2008 France-India security agreement What is the Rafale deal? In September 2016, India and France signed a €7.87 billion Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition. Among other things, the deal also has a 50% offset clause to be executed by Dassault Aviation and its partners in … Continued

Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

The Shekatkar Committee to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure submitted its report in December 2016.  The Report was taken up by the Ministry of Defence to frame key action points and roadmap for implementation.  Measures as recommended by the Committee and taken up for implementation include: – Optimization of Signals Establishments to include … Continued

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