U.S. Military aid to India
The U.S. Secretary of Defence, Mr. Robert McNamara, told Congress that the future course of American military assistance for India was under study. Testifying before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in behalf of President Kennedy’s $1,400-million request for military assistance, the Defence Chief said: “Military requirements and India’s capacity to assimilate additional assistance are being evaluated within the Defence Department in the context of security measures for the entire sub-continent of Asia.”
The Government are in constant touch with the Ceylonese Government in order to see that the work-permit system proposed to be introduced by the latter does not adversely affect the estate labourers of Indian origin in Ceylon, Mrs. Lakshmi Menon, Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry, told the Lok Sabha. Mrs. Menon, who faced a series of interpellations, said the proposed system of the Ceylonese Government, aimed at Ceylonisation, envisaged that all people who sought work in Ceylon would have to obtain a permit from the Labour Ministry. She maintained that the Ceylon Government were perfectly within their rights to take whatever steps they thought necessary to enforce Ceylonisation, but the Government of India were taking all possible action to make things easier for the large number of Stateless people of Indian origin who worked in plantations there.
Foreign parcels clearance
Consequent on complaints of delay and inconvenience in the clearance of foreign parcels received through post, a joint enquiry committee, consisting of the Director of Inspection (Customs and Central Excise) and Deputy Director- General, Posts and Telegraphs, has made certain recommendations for expeditious clearance of foreign postal parcels. The recommendations were made in the course of the committee’s report on the working of Post Offices handling foreign post and of the Postal Appraising Department. The Finance Ministry has accepted the recommendations and issued orders accordingly to the Customs authorities.