Govt ups allocation to focus on tackling terrorism

To deal with fresh challenges of terrorism, by strengthening police force, Maharashtra govt has increased the state plan allocation for the Home dept from Rs 303-crore in 2010-11 to Rs 505 crore in 2011-12.

Mumbai: To deal with fresh challenges of
terrorism, by strengthening police force and upgrading
weaponry, Maharashtra government has increased the state plan
allocation for the Home department from Rs 303-crore in
2010-11 to Rs 505 crore in 2011-12.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) U C Sarangi said that his department has chalked out plans to utilise the funds
(increased by 66 percent) to identify areas of deficiency in
the police force and focus on them during the coming year.

"I have already identified areas of focus to strengthen
police force, equip them with weapons and technology, improve
intelligence facilitate training and skill development," he

To ensure use of information technology to its full
potential to improve their day-to-day functioning, an
initiative called Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System
(CCTNS) is already under implementation. It is likely to be
completed by December this year.

In this system, data of crime and criminals will be
available online to all police stations which can be used to
speedy detection, he said.

Sarangi said nine software applications have been
selected for police computerisation. "They have been put on
trial at various levels from the District Superintendent level
to the state police headquarters. This will bring
administrative efficiency," he added.

Under the 13th Finance Commission, the state has got Rs
223 crore for a period of five years to upgrade training
facilities in all the police training institutions.

"For the first year (2011-12), we have received Rs 55
crore and the money is being utilised to complete all ongoing
constructions of training facilities, accommodation and
enhance service training modules including the Marine police
training institute and counter urban terrorism training
centre," he added.

Sarangi said the first phase of construction of office
building for Force One, the elite commando force set up by the
Government after the 26/11 terror attacks at Aarey Milk Colony
in Goregaon, suburban Mumbai will be taken up during this

Stating the need to address the long pending human
resource development issues on topmost priority, Sarangi felt
creating facility for induction training of officers and men
in various cadres is important.

"Promotions for the year 2010-11 are complete in all
senior cadres. Recruitment of 11,000 constables for 2011-12
will start soon," he said.

Ensuing full proof coastal security is absolutely
essential, he said adding that a planned initiative has already
been taken up in this regard with assistance of central
government. "It involves establishment of coastal police
stations, providing boats with technically trained manpower
and technological devices for continuous patrolling of the
seafront," he said.

Sarangi informed that registration of all fishing and
other vessels, providing biometric identity cards for
fishermen population is in process.

"29 boats for sea patrolling have been provided. Manpower
recruitment for the boats is under progress. 12 coastal police
stations in the first phase have been established," he said
adding that the Marine police academy in Alibag is also being
established along with construction of jetties for landing and
take off of police boats and appointment of police officers is
on the anvil.


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