The Union Cabinet approved (September 27) a Rs 25,000-crore outlay for upgrading the internal security apparatus in states by upgrading and reforming the police system. According to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved an umbrella scheme, Modernisation of Police Forces, with the money to be spent in three years from 2017-18. Of a total outlay of Rs 25,060 crore, the Centre will provide Rs 18,636 crore — around 75 per cent — while the states’ share will be Rs 6,424 crore.
The main highlights of the scheme are as follows:
- Under the scheme, J&K, the northeastern states and those affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) will receive a boost of Rs 10,132 crore for procurement of modern weapons, mobility of police forces, logistics support, hiring of helicopters, upgradation of police wireless, a national satellite network, a crime and criminal tracking network and systems project, an e-prison project, etc.
- The move is aimed at providing 100 per cent central assistance to states combating LWE, taking such funding to more than double the previous amount.
- Within the scheme, a special central assistance for 35 of the worst LWE-affected districts has been introduced with an outlay of Rs 3,000 crore to promote development.
- An outlay of Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for the northeastern states to upgrade police infrastructure, set up training institutes and enhance investigation facilities.