Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said the Centre has decided to waive the Rs. 21 crore expenditure incurred by Maharashtra on the deployment of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at the Arthur Road jail to guard lone survivor of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab.

Mr. Shinde was speaking after visiting the jail and reviewing the security arrangements there.

“The waived money should be used for the prison reform programme, especially to improve the training centre facility in Yerwada jail in Pune,” he said.

The ITBP was guarding Kasab ever since he was lodged at the Arthur Road jail, four years ago.

Kasab was hanged in a secret operation on November 21 last year at the Yerwada jail.

Earlier Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil had written wrote to the Centre that the financial burden of the ITBP should not be put on the State government alone.