Rural Development Essay

2009-10
Annual Report

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MANDATE AND ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
1.1 ?e Ministry of Home A?airs (MHA) has multifarious responsibilities, important among them being internal security, management of para-military forces, border management, Centre-State relations, administration of Union Territories, disaster management, etc. ?ough in terms of Entries 1 and 2 of List II – ‘State List’ – in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India, ‘public order’ and ‘police’ are the responsibilities of States, Article 355 of the Constitution enjoins the Union to protect every State against external aggression and internal disturbance and to ensure that the government of every State is carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

In pursuance of these obligations, the Ministry of Home A?airs continuously monitors the situation, issues appropriate advisories, extends manpower and financial support, guidance and expertise to the State Governments for maintenance of security, peace and harmony without encroaching upon the constitutional rights of the States.

1.2 Under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961, the Ministry of Home A?airs has the following constituent Departments:• Department of Internal Security, dealing with the Indian Police Service, Central Police Forces, internal security and law & order, insurgency, terrorism, naxalism, activities of inimical foreign agencies, rehabilitation,

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grant of visa and other immigration matters, security clearances, etc.; • Department of States, dealing with CentreState relations, Inter-State relations, administration of Union Territories, Freedom Fighters’ pension, Human rights, Prison Reforms, Police Reforms, etc. ; • Department of Home, dealing with the notification of assumption of o?ce by the President and Vice-President, notification of.

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