The top counter-terrorism agency, National Investigation Agency (NIA), has got a budgetary allocation of Rs. 55.68 crore for 2011-12 to meet its expenses.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday, proposed to give the NIA Rs. 55.68 crore for the next fiscal, an increase of Rs. 16.33 crore from the last fiscal. The provision is for meeting the establishment related expenditure of NIA, which was established recently under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs by an Act of Parliament.

The agency received Rs. 11.91 crore in 2009-10 under non-plan expenditure head as against Rs. 42.06 crore for the current fiscal. The NIA has been given the exclusive mandate to detect, prevent, investigate and prosecution of terrorism-related incidents across the country.

On the other hand, the budgetary allocation for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has declined. The premier investigation agency will get Rs. 318.28 crore in 2011-12, which is about nine per cent less than Rs. 350.14 crore given to it in 2010-11.

The amount has been allocated for the establishment-related expenditure of the CBI which is entrusted with investigation and prosecution of corruption cases against public servant, private persons, firms and other cases of serious crime. The allocation also includes provisions for the CBI e-governance, modernisation of training centres, establishment of technical and forensic support units, construction of offices, residential complexes of CBI branches, the budget document said.

Higher allocation for BSF

The border guarding para-military force, Border Security Force (BSF) which keeps vigil along the actual line of control in Jammu Kashmir, the Indo-Pak border in Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Indo-Bangladesh border has been allocated Rs. 7628.79 crores in 2011-12 which is higher than Rs. 7052.76 crore given to it in 2010-11.

Similarly, one of the largest para-military forces in the world, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been allocated Rs. 7827.32 crore in 2011-12, up from Rs. 7541.72 crores given to it in 2010-11.

A provision of Rs. 40.60 crore has been made in 2011-12 budgetary allocations for the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) which aims to link data bases as an input in combating terrorism. It intends to create a facility to improve capability to counter internal security threats. NATRGRID had received Rs. 33.81 crore in 2010-11.

The budget for the Cabinet Secretariat has been increased by 19 per cent to Rs. 50.12 crore, keeping in view expenses of the V.K. Shunglu Committee probing the allegations of corruption charges in the conduct of Commonwealth Games. The committee had recently submitted its first report.

During 2010-11, the budget for Cabinet Secretariat was Rs. 42.06 crore which has now been increased to Rs. 50.12 crore, which will include provision for salary of ministers and ministers of state, travel expenditure of officials of the secretariat, ministers and other establishment related expenditure of the secretariat.

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