Govt ups allocation to focus on tackling terrorism



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 said.

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 year.

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.

PTI