Six-fold increase in assistance for police modernisation


New Delhi : The home ministry’s budget outlay for 2013-14 has seen a six-fold hike in allocation for police modernisation and increase in funds for organisations dealing with terror threats.

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The outlay under ‘police’ has been increased from Rs.43,739 crore in the revised budget estimates of the current fiscal to Rs.52,264 crore for 2013-14.

The assistance to states for modernisation of police forces has risen sharply from Rs.300 crore in the revised budget estimates of 2012-13 to Rs.1,847 crore in the budget for 2013-14 presented by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in parliament Thursday.

The National Intelligence Grid, which seeks to link intelligence databases to combat terrorism and improve capability to counter threats to internal security, has been allocated Rs.66.50 crore.

The grid had been given an outlay of about Rs.11 crore in revised estimate of 2012-13.

The outlay of Intelligence Bureau had been hiked from Rs.1,040.96 crore in the revised estimates to Rs.1,196.58 crore in the 2013-14 budget.

The outlay for National Investigation Agency has gone up from Rs.72.7 crore to Rs.103.8 crore.

Assistance for ‘Naxal Management’ has been increased from Rs.20 crore to Rs.40 crore and assistance to counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist schools from Rs.9 crore to Rs.20.50 crore.

The outlay under Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems has been increased from Rs.85 crore in revised budget estimates to Rs.276.25 crore for 2013-14.