Modernisation of Police Forces cleared

The government has approved a Rs.25,000 crore internal security scheme to strengthen the law and order mechanism, mordernise police forces and for the fight against terrorism.

The Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for implementation of Modernisation of Police Forces for 2017-18 to 2019-20. “This is the biggest ever internal security scheme in the country . The financial outlay for the scheme over the three years period is Rs.25,060 crore, out of which the central government's share will be Rs.18,636 crore and states' share will be Rs.6,424 crore,“ home minister Rajnath Singh said.

The scheme has special provisions for internal security, law and order, women security , availability of modern weapons, mobility of police forces, logistical support, hiring of helicopters, upgrade of police wireless, national satellite network, crime and criminal tracking network and systems and e-prison.

The new initiatives are being introduced to provide assistance to states for upgrade of police infrastructure, forensic science laboratories, institutions and making equipment available to plug critical gaps in the criminal justice system.

Singh said under this plan, a central budget outlay of Rs.10,132 crore has been earmarked for internal security-related expenditure for Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and those affected by the Left-wing extremism.

Police stations will also be integrated to set up a national data base of crime and criminal records.

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