Police revamp snippets

Sensing the urgency to strengthen police infrastructure across the country to meet day-to-day law & order challenges, the Centre has approved the continuation of special schemes worth over Rs 12,000 crore to modernize police forces in states.
Nearly 20% of the additional funds — Rs 432 crore — is earmarked for the ongoing ‘Mega City Policing’ plan for the seven metros — Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
The states will, accordingly, be given Rs 12,378 crore for the next five years, till 2016-17, to modernize their police forces. The funds will be used by the metros to procure modern equipment like GPS/GIS for ‘Dial 100’ systems and patrol cars, CCTV systems, vehicle scanners, number plate identification systems, cyber patrol and communication monitoring systems.
Though the funds approved by the Cabinet do not appear substantial, the sanctioned amount is nearly 20% more than what the states had got in the 2007-12 plan period. The scheme is a non-plan one where the Centre funds all states. While J&K and northeastern states get 100% assistance from the Centre under this scheme, others the remaining states get 75% of the project funds from the Central government.

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