Rs 4,600 cr spent on modernisation of CAPFs: MHA

Last Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 15:51

New Delhi: A whopping Rs 4,600 crore used for
modernising Central Armed Police Forces and Rs 610 crore grant
for Jammu and Kashmir and other northeastern states to meet
security related expenditures were among other initiatives
taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the current fiscal.

However, the government`s two ambitious projects -- Crime
and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) and NATGRID --
remained behind schedule by nine and five months respectively.

Besides this, Rs 210 crore were released to construct 400
state-of-the-art police stations in Left Wing Extremism
affected states during financial year 2011-12, Home Minister P
Chidambaram told reporters while presenting the monthly report
card of his Ministry here on Saturday.

"Rs 2,485 crore was spent under five provisioning heads
for purchase of arms and ammunition and equipment for the
CAPFs. Rs 2,128 crore was sanctioned for land acquisition,
building and Border Out Posts (BOPs) of CAPFs," Chidambaram
said.

He said Rs 460.68 crore was released to J&K and Rs 350
crore was given to the northeastern states under Security
Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme during the financial year
ending today.

"CCTNS project continued to make progress, but it is nine
months behind schedule. NATGRID received in principle approval
and is making progress, but it is five months behind
schedule," Chidambaram said.

The Home Minister pointed out major initiatives taken by
the Ministry to further strengthen internal security mechanism
in the country including grant of about Rs 385 crore to LWE
affected states.

"Rs 210 crore was released to take up construction of 400
model police stations at the cost of Rs 2 crore per police
station in LWE-affected states," he said.

Also, the Ministry of Home Affairs released Rs 800 crore
to states under the Modernisation of Police Forces scheme.

In a first of its kind move, a special industry
initiative scheme for J&K was launched and eight corporates
have signed up to impart training to 8,290 youth. A website
Udaan (http://www.nsdcindia.org/Udaan), aimed at skill
development of youths in J-K, was also launched, he said.

Chidambaram said 70,220 projects at a cost of Rs 3,480
were sanctioned and funds released under the Integrated Action
Plan scheme in 78 selected districts, of which 45,652 projects
have been completed and the remaining 24,568 projects are
expected to be completed by May/June this year.

He said 1,695 cadres belonging to nine different outfits
surrendered with their weapons to the Government of Assam.

The Ministry gave approvals to raise 10 new Specialised
India Reserve Battalions, sanctioned 3,477 posts for CAPFs,
and 274 posts and Rs 85 crore for National Police Academy to
augment its infrastructure.

It also issued orders for setting up of new offices of
National Investigation Agency (NIA) at Mumbai, Lucknow and
Kochi. "35 cases were assigned to NIA for investigation out of
which charge sheets have been filed in 21 cases. Two cases
resulted in conviction. 265 new posts were sanctioned," he
said.

Chidambaram said that a High level Committee approved Rs
3,679 crore to states for disaster relief, out of which states
accessed National Disaster Relief Fund to the extent of Rs
2,201 crore.

About 8,430 National Disaster Relief Force personnel were
deployed in rescue and relief work during the year who saved
19,488 lives while performing their duties, he added.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 15:51

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