Budget 2014 focuses on women safety, creating infra in Naxal states

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 18 2014, 19:28pm hrs
Crime against womenIn the Budget 2014, the agency has been allocated Rs 520.56 crore as compared to Rs 443.97 crore in the last fiscal, marking an increase of 17.2 per cent. (AP)
Union home ministry has been given a total of Rs 59,387 crore, a rise of 16 per cent over its allocation last year, during the interim budget presented on Monday. The budget allocation this year primarily focuses on schemes for safety of women in Delhi and creation of special infrastructure in Naxal-affected states, among others.

Out of a total budget package for Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), finance minister P Chidambaram earmarked Rs 2 crore for schemes for womens safety in Delhi, Rs 789.08 crore for security-related expenses and Rs 600 crore for modernisation of police forces. For paramilitary forces, a total of Rs 11,000 crore has been allocated which includes Rs 3,580.21 crore for Assam Rifles. In 2013-14, it had received Rs 3,358 crore.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the heights along the Sino-Indian border, has been given Rs 3,077.50 crore against the Rs 3,124.11 crore it received this fiscal. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which protects the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders, has received an allocation of Rs 3,062.82 crore. For FY15, the force has been given Rs 2,763.40 crore.

CRPF has been given Rs 12,236.82 crore for FY15 as against the Rs 11,373.72 crore which it had received in FY14. BSF has been extended Rs 11,221.77 crore for the next fiscal. In 2013-14, the force had been given Rs 10,378.77 crore. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which protects vital installations like airports and, among others, Delhi Metro, received Rs 4,727.69 crore as compared to the Rs 4,391.49 crore it got in the last budget.

The Interim Budget has also earmarked Rs 1,196.43 crore for Intelligence Bureau, Rs 241.20 crore for the Bureau of Immigration, Rs 59.40 crore for Narcotics Control Bureau and Rs 101.03 crore for the National Investigation Agency. The Special Protection Group, which protects the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers has been given Rs 408.98 crore in comparison to Rs 321.24 crore last year.

A sum of Rs 1,713.49 crore has been given for construction of residential facilities for police forces while Rs 206 crore has been set aside for improving immigration services with the setting up of border and integrated checkposts.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which was recently given greater financial autonomy by the government has received Rs 520.56 crore in the interim budgetary allocation for the next fiscal, which means an increase of approximately 17 per cent over 2013-14.

In the Interim Budget presented on Monday, the agency has been allocated Rs 520.56 crore as compared to Rs 443.97 crore in the last fiscal, marking an increase of 17.2 per cent.

The amount has been allocated for establishment-related expenditure of the CBI which is entrusted with investigation and prosecution of corruption cases against public servants, private persons, firms and other cases of serious crime.