Union Budget 2019-20: Economy

Budget 2019-20: Big boost for disaster management

CRPF personnel. File   | Photo Credit: S_KRISHNAMOORTHY

The Ministry for Home Affairs saw a little over 5% increase in its Budget allocation compared to the last fiscal. It has been allocated ₹1,19,025 crore in the Union Budget 2019-20, which is ₹5,858 crore more than the last fiscal with special focus on disaster management, cyber crime infrastructure and freedom fighters’ pension. The revised estimate of 2018-19 was ₹1,13,167 crore.

₹100 crore has been allocated for Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, compared to ₹6 crore assigned for it last fiscal.

Total funds for disaster management have been earmarked at ₹577.93 crore, a jump from ₹284.82 crore last year. Of this, the component for National Cyclone Risk Mitigation has been increased from ₹3.03 crore to ₹296.19 crore.

₹953 crore has been allocated for freedom fighters’ pensions, while ₹2,129 crore has been proposed for the development of infrastructure along the Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan borders.

The Central Reserve Police Force has been allocated ₹23,963.66 crore, and the Border Security Force ₹19,650.74 crore.

The total allocation to Central Armed Police Forces, including CRPF, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Assam Rifles and National Security Guard, is ₹71,713.9 crore. It was ₹67,779.75 crore in 2018-19.

The Intelligence Bureau has been allocated ₹2,384 crore, as against ₹2,056 crore in the last fiscal. The Special Protection Group has been allocated ₹535.45 crore, up from ₹411.68 crore in 2018-19.

The Budget allocated ₹3,462 crore for modernisation of police forces, ₹825 crore for border area development programme, and ₹842 crore for relief and rehabilitation for migrants and repatriates in Jammu and Kashmir.

As the preparation for the 2021 census has begun, it allocated ₹621.33 crore for census, survey and statistics. An amount of ₹50 crore is proposed for special industry initiative in J&K and ₹78 crore for the propagation of the Hindi language.

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