Centre clears Rs 25000 crore for police forces

Angelo Anderson
September 28, 2017

According to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved an umbrella scheme, Modernisation of Police Forces, with the money to be spent in three years from 2017-18.

The CCS has designated a financial outlay of Rs25,060 crore for the MPF scheme over the next three years period, out of which the centre will provide Rs18,636 crore and the states, Rs6,424 crore.

Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad while commenting on the new schemes for Police modernisation said that this is, "perhaps one of the biggest modernization initiatives of our police forces".

"Implementation of this scheme would bolster the Government's ability to address challenges faced in different theatres such as areas affected by LWE, Jammu and Kashmir and North East effectively and undertake development interventions which will catalyze in improving the quality of life in these areas and help combat these challenges effectively at the same time", the Home Minister said. "Rs 25,060 has been approved for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20", he said. Mr. Singh said, it will also have 100 crore rupees outlay for North Eastern States for police infrastructure up-gradation, training institutes and investigation facilities. "We will do whatever is needed to ensure a safe and secure India". "We are now resuming it with a 42% budget allocation", Singh said told reporters in New Delhi.

Through the scheme, a Special Central Assistance (SCA) for 35 worst LWE-affected districts has been introduced with an outlay of Rs 3,000 crore to tackle underdevelopment in the districts.

Under the scheme, J&K, the northeastern states and those affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) will receive a boost of Rs 10,132 crore for procurement of modern weapons, mobility of police forces, logistics support, hiring of helicopters, upgradation of police wireless, a national satellite network, a crime and criminal tracking network and systems project, an e-prison project, etc. Other crime-fighting agencies such as forensic science laboratories and jails will also be linked with this database, he said.

The home minister also announced that a central budget outlay of Rs10,132 crore had earmarked expenditures pertaining to internal security in Jammu & Kashmir, the North-Eastern states and the states affected by LWE.

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