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Budget allocates Rs 107,572.79 cr to home ministry

Author: IANS/Friday, February 2, 2018/Categories: Government

Budget allocates Rs 107,572.79 cr to home ministry

New Delhi, Feb 1 - The 2018-19 Union Budget on February 1 proposed an allocation of Rs 107,572.79 crore to the Home Ministry, a hike of 9.6%, with most funds earmarked for police, including the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) that are responsible for internal and border security.

Presenting the Budget in Parliament, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1 announced earmarking of Rs 107,572.79 crore for the Home Ministry, of which Rs 87,886.50 crore have been allocated to the police, including CAPFs.

The Ministry was allocated Rs 97,187.17 crore in the 2017-18 Budget.

Of the total amount for the next fiscal, the Ministry gets Rs 4,793.36 crore for establishment expenditure, central-sector schemes or projects, disaster management and other services, Rs 770 crore for Cabinet and Rs 14,122.93 crore for union territories.

Among these UTs, Andaman and Nicobar Islands gets Rs 4,523.86 crore, Chandigarh Rs 4,084.83 crore, Dadar and Nagar Haveli Rs 1,114.44 crore, Daman and Diu Rs 773.49 crore, Lakshdweep Rs 1,360.31 crore, Delhi Rs 790 crore, and Puducherry Rs 1,476 crore.

A total of Rs 62,741.31 crore has been allocated to seven CAPFs with an estimated 7.3% hike over last year's Rs 58,148.80 crore revised budget.

Among these forces, the Central Reserve Police Force, deployed for internal security, against Maoists and militants, has been earmarked the highest of Rs 20,268.03 crore.

The Border Security Force, which guards the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, will get Rs 17,118.64 crore while Central Industrial Security Force, responsible for security of airports, nuclear installation, key government buildings and private entities like Infosys, has been allocated Rs 8.217.92 crore.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police has got an outlay of Rs 5,521.67 crore while Assam Rifles, deployed on the India-Myanmar border and dealing with northeast insurgents, will get Rs 5,548.74 crore.

The Sashastra Seema Bal, which guards the India-Nepal and India-Bhutan borders, has been allocated Rs 4,929.90 crore while the National Security Guard gets Rs 1,033.30 crore.

For the Intelligence Bureau, the government has allocated Rs 1,876.44 crore and the Special Protection Group Rs 385 crore.

Delhi Police, which reports to the Home Ministry, has been given Rs 6,946.28 crore in the Budget, an increase of 5.6 per cent from Rs 6,553.40 crore in 2017-18 revised Budget.

The Budget allocated Rs 1,750 crore for border infrastructure and management, including for barbed wire fence, construction of roads and induction of hi-tech surveillance on the India-Bangladesh and the India-Pakistan borders.

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