UP announces Rs 500 crore for police modernisation

Mayawati said over Rs 500 crore has been released for modernisation of the state police and a new battalion would be raised to tackle law and order.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Friday said over Rs 500 crore has been released for
modernisation of the state police and a new battalion would be
raised to tackle law and order.

"Various steps have been taken by the government for
welfare of policemen and improving the resources for dealing
with criminals and Rs 517 crores were released for police
modernisation," Mayawati said while addressing "Police Smriti
Divas" here.
The money would be spent on purchase of weapons,
communication and anti-riot equipments, vehicles and for
security and training purposes, she said.

The chief minister said that for dealing with the
challenges on law and order front, a Rapid Response Force on
the lines of Raid Action Force has been raised.
Referring to the welfare fund for policemen, she said Rs
1.50 crores were provided to it while Rs 6.48 crores
sanctioned for 778 policemen under the medical compensation in
the state.

The chief minister assured the families of the policemen,
who lost their lives while discharging duties, that her
government was always ready to take steps for their welfare.

Because of the active role of policemen, the rate of
crime against women has come down in the state this year,
Mayawati said.

The chief minister said strengthening of security in
Naxal-hit areas has instilled more confidence among the people
in the administration and security personnel.

PTI