4.9% hike in funds for Home Ministry

Over ₹1 lakh crore allocated

February 01, 2019 10:04 pm | Updated 10:20 pm IST - New Delhi

Jangaon, Telangana, 3-12-2018: CRPF personnel undertaking a flag march ahead of Telangana Assembly polling at station Ghanpur town on December 03, 2018.
Photo: K.V.S. Giri / The Hindu

Jangaon, Telangana, 3-12-2018: CRPF personnel undertaking a flag march ahead of Telangana Assembly polling at station Ghanpur town on December 03, 2018. Photo: K.V.S. Giri / The Hindu

The Home Ministry has been allocated over ₹1 lakh crore for the next fiscal, with special emphasis on improving border infrastructure of police forces, in the interim Budget announced on Friday.

The Ministry has got ₹1,03,927 crore for 2019-20 which is 4.9% more than ₹99,034 crore given in 2018-19, according to the Budget papers. This figure includes ₹78.09 crore for the promotion of Hindi language.

The Delhi Police, which maintains law and order in the national capital, has been allocated ₹7,496.91 crore while ₹2,000 crore has been allocated for the development of border infrastructure.

For CRPF

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeast, and often deployed for internal security duties, has been allocated ₹23,742.04 crore for 2019-20, in comparison to ₹22,646.63 crore given in 2018-19.

The Border Security Force, which guards the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders, has been allocated ₹19,647.59 crore for the next fiscal, in comparison to ₹18,585.96 crore given in 2018-19.

The total allocation to Central Armed Police Forces, including the CRPF, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Assam Rifles and National Security Guard is ₹71,618.70, in comparison to ₹67,779.75 crore in 2018-19.

The Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for gathering internal intelligence, gets a marginal hike at ₹2,198.35, in comparison to ₹2,056.05 crore in the last fiscal. The Special Protection Group, responsible for the security of the prime minister, former prime ministers and their close family members, has been allocated ₹530.75 crore over ₹411.68 crore in 2018-19.

Police modernisation

In this budget, ₹5,117 crore has been allocated for development of police infrastructure, including constructions of barracks, residential quarters, purchase of vehicles, arms and ammunition.

The 2019-20 budget allocated ₹3,378 crore for modernisation of police forces, Rs 2,000 crore for border infrastructure and management, ₹1,330 crore under mission for protection and empowerment for women, ₹825 crore for border area development programme and ₹809 crore for relief and rehabilitation for migrants and repatriates in Jammu and Kashmir.

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