Gandhinagar: "Gujarat police has guns but
no bullets to fire from it," Minister of State for Home Amit
Shah told the Assembly on Friday, lamenting that several of its
key demands relating to police modernisation were "turned
down" by the Centre.
"We have been asking for bullets for our police force
since last the three years but got nothing," Shah said during
discussion on `Modernisation of Police Fund (MPF)` raised by
BJP MLA Nanu Vanani from Surat (North).
"The situation is such that we do not have enough
bullets for our policemen to practice. We have guns but no
bullets to fire from it," he said.
Gujarat is high on terror radar and it had witnessed
serial blasts in July 2008, in which 57 people were killed.
The minister also lamented the fact that the Union
government has reduced allocation under MPF from Rs 119.53-
crore in 2000-01 to Rs 49.33-crore in 2006-07.
"Gujarat has an international land and sea border with
Pakistan and also has a 1,600 km-long coastline. Those states
with long coastlines need modern equipments and scientific
instruments to curb terrorism," Shah said, adding even Rs 100-
crore per year for police modernisation "is not enough now".
"But despite our demands the Union government had
decreased the MPF. We had also made representations at various
levels in the Centre to allocate separate funds for
mega-cities like Ahmedabad and Desert Area policing," he said.
Shah claimed the Chief Minister has been raising the
issue at the CMs meeting with the Prime Minister on internal
security since the last three years.
"Despite this, Gujarat`s demand has not been taken
into consideration," he lamented.
The Minister said in the last three years there has
been significant increase in MPF from Rs 69.40-crore in
2007-08 to Rs 87.47-crore in 2009-10.
In reply to another question related to border
security by BJP MLA Bharat Barot, Shah gave a written reply
that a special battalion has been created for security of
border areas and fight against terrorists.
Shah said for coastal security, a Marine police force
has been created with a strength of 566 personnel.
Moreover, for security of border areas in Kutch and
Jamnagar districts two new State Reserve Police (SRP)
battalions of 1,200 personnel each have been created.
The State government has also created a Raksha Shakti
University for training youth in the state in terms of
internal security and police science.
The first academic session of the university would
commence from June this year.