Forces may get more funds to check ultras

Written by Mukesh Ranjan | New Delhi, Feb 5 | Updated: Feb 6 2008, 04:16am hrs
Heightened security concerns and the need to equip paramilitary forces with hi-tech gear and anti-terror systems is translating into a massive budgetary hike for the Union home ministry, which is expected to be more than double of last years allocation.

From Rs 459 crore, the home ministry is likely to get an annual budgetary allocation of Rs 1,000 crore of which approximately Rs 800 crore would be spent on improving crime and criminal tracking network and building critical infrastructure in extremist affected areas, sources in the government said.

The much needed push-up, is certain to boost the morale of security forces fighting terror and extremist attacks. At a political level, though, the move is also being viewed as an attempt to unsettle the BJPs poll plank of internal security and counter the charge that the UPA has always been soft on terror.

In the current financial year, which has seen the maximum number of terrorist incidents across the country, the outlay for modernisation of security apparatus was Rs 300 crore and almost after every attack, both the states and Centre felt the need for enhancing funds to combat the menace by upgrading the apparatus to counter the sophistication of terror outfits.