MHA allocation crosses one lakh cr, gets Rs 1,03,927 crore for 2019-20

New Delhi, Feb 1 (UNI) In a first, the annual allocation for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the interim Budget 2019-20 has exceeded Rs one lakh crore and has been allocated Rs 1,03,927 crore for the next fiscal year with a special impetus to improved border and infrastructure facilities for Police forces.

According to the budget announcement, this allocation is Rs 10,477 crore more than the last year allocation of Rs 93,450 crore for the MHA which is 4.1 percent more than of the last year figure of Rs 93,450 meanwhile as per the Revised Estimates for 2018-19, the Home Ministry expenditure has been pegged at Rs 99,034 crore.

The total allocation to Central Police Organisation (CPOs) is Rs 71,618.70, in comparison to Rs 67,779.75 crore in 2018-19.

The CRPF which is engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast, and anti- Maoist operation in hinterland, has been allocated Rs 23,742.04 crore for 2019-20 in comparison to Rs 22,646.63 crore given in 2018-19.

The Border guarding force BSF has been allocated Rs 19,647.59 crore for the next fiscal, in comparison to Rs 18,585.96 crore given in 2018-19.

The Intelligence Bureau and the Special Protection Group have been allocated Rs 2,198.35 and Rs 530.75 crore respectively while Delhi Police has been given Rs 7,496.91 crore.

Amidst of the growing tension on the International border both on eastern and western theaters, Rs 2,000 crore has been granted for the development of border infrastructure while Rs 5,117 crore has been allocated for development of police infrastructure, including constructions of barracks, residential quarters, purchase of vehicles, arms and ammunition.

The modernisation of Police Force has been allocated Rs 3,378 crore, Rs1,330 crore under mission for protection and empowerment for women, Rs 825 crore for border area development programme, Rs 809 crore for relief and rehabilitation for migrants and repatriates in Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 953 crore for freedom fighters pensions have been allocated for 2019- 20.

The interim Budget has given Rs 50 crore for the women safety scheme ‘Nirbhaya Fund’.

To meet the exigencies due to natural calamities often occurring in different parts of the country, the Home Ministry has been allocated Rs 10,000 crore for the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and Rs 10,344 for Grant-in-Aid for SDRF in next fiscal.

Allocations for the Union Territories, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been allocated Rs 4,817.48 crore, Rs 4,291.70 to Chandigarh, Rs 1,177.99 crore to Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Rs 821.4 crore to Daman and Diu and Rs 1,276.74 crore to Lakshadweep for the next financial year.

The process of 2021 census has been begun and for this purpose, the budgetary support has been fixed to Rs 541.33 for Registrar General of India while Rs 50 crore has been embarked for special industry initiative in Jammu and Kashmir.

To propagate the Hindi language, Rs 78.09 crore has been allotted and the Rs 4,895.81 crore has been allocated grants-in-aid to the state governments and union territories.

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