ANDHRA PRADESH

Police force to be increased by 30 p.c.

Special Correspondent



Move to meet the latest challenges posed to law and order, says Minister



HYDERABAD: The Government has decided to increase the police force by 30 per cent over the existing strength of 90,000 by recruiting 27,000 men and women to meet the latest challenges posed to law and order, especially by terrorists and factionalists.

The mass recruitment will be undertaken in phases over a period five years. The force will also be modernised by supplying sophisticated weapons, training and technical skills. It is understood that a sum of Rs. 3,000 crore would be required to strengthen the police force in the next five years.

New police stations

A strong counter-intelligence network will be developed not only to tackle terrorism, but also to prevent other forms of grave crimes like factionalism, kidnapping, dacoity, trafficking and highway robbery. At the same time, basic policing will be strengthened in line with the recommendations made by various committees. New police stations will be set up wherever required.

Announcing this to reporters here on Saturday, Home Minister K. Jana Reddy said he would discuss this issue with the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary and the police top brass next week taking into consideration the budget constraints and the relative police strengths in other States. The decisions would be placed before the Cabinet for its approval on Friday.

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