Centre plans network of all police stations: HM
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 18:58
Kannur: As part of modernising and improving efficiency of police force, the Centre has decided to network all the 14,000 police stations in the country, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said on Sunday.

The project, being supervised by National Crime Records Bureau, was finalised at a recent meeting of the DGPs and top intelligence officials from the states. The Centre would earmark Rs 2,000 crore under the 11th Five-Year Plan for the programme, the minister told a Meet-the-Press programme here.

The programme -- Crime and Criminal Tracking Networking System -- would help improve efficiency of police system and provide it with comprehensive and scientific data to probe cases.

He said the Centre has accorded top priority for enhancing internal security in the wake of continued threat from terrorists.

"Despite exercising utmost vigilance in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes, one cannot afford to presume that the country is free from threats posed by the terrorists and the Centre has taken stern steps as part of safeguarding the internal security," Ramachandran said.

Stating that the country is vulnerable to terror strikes through the 7,500 km long porous coastal line, Ramachandran said Navy, Coast Guard and coastal police were maintaining constant vigil to ward off any possible attack.

The Centre has already begun issuing coastal identity cards to help detect unauthorised persons in coastal areas, he said.

Under a World Bank-funded Rs 400-crore project, cyclone shelters would be set up in coastal belts.

Select coastal villages will have a multi-purpose hall at a cost ranging between Rs 80 lakh and Rs one crore and the first such unit in the country would be opened at Chemanchery village in Kozhikode in the state on October 2, he said.

On the 'anomalies' in Central compensation packages during rain havoc and other natural calamities, he said the issue could be resolved only if all the states impressed the Planning Commission the need to have amendment in the existing rules and regulations.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 18:58

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