Budget 2018: The Home Ministry’s budgetary provisions have been pegged at over Rs 92,600 crore for the next fiscal, a hike of 10.5 percent over 2017-18, with a special emphasis on improving the infrastructure of the police forces. Delhi Police, which maintains law and order in the national capital, has been allocated Rs 6,946.28 crore while Rs 1,750 crore has been allocated for the development of border infrastructure, amidst tension along the Indo-Pak and Sino-Indian borders. The home ministry has got Rs 92,679.86 crore for 2018 -19 which is 10.5 percent more than Rs 83,823.30 crore given in 2017-18, according to the budget papers. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which is engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeast, and often deployed in internal security duties, has been allocated Rs 20,268 crore for 2018-19, in comparison to Rs 18,720.08 crore given in 2017-18. The Border Security Force, which guards the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh border, has been allocated Rs 17,118.64 crore this fiscal, in comparison to Rs 16,188.74 crore given in 2017-18.
The total allocation to Central Armed Police Forces, including CRPF, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Assam Rifles and National Security Guard, is Rs 62,741.31 crore, in comparison to Rs 58,148.80 crore in 2017-18. The Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for gathering internal intelligence, has been allocated Rs 1,876.44 crore, which is Rs 6.26 crore less than the amount given in the last fiscal. The Special Protection Group, which is responsible for the security of the Prime Minister, former prime ministers and their close family members, has been allocated Rs 385 crore, in comparison to Rs 389.50 crore given in 2017-18.
Rs 4,289.05 crore has been allocated for development of police infrastructure, including constructions of barracks, residential quarters, purchase of vehicles, arms and ammunition. A total of Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for the women safety scheme ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ while Rs 81.75 crore has been allocated for the National Emergency Response System and cyber crime prevention against women and children. For the modernisation of a police force, an amount of Rs 897.29 crore has been earmarked and Rs 864.10 crore has been allocated for the National Disaster Response Force, which is often deployed for rescue and relief of people hit by natural and man-made disasters.
An allocation of Rs 551.14 crore has been made for Census operations, Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for special industry initiative for Jammu and Kashmir, Rs 75.45 crore for the propagation of the Hindi language and Rs 1,139.67 crore for grants-in-aid to state governments. In addition, among the Union Territories, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been allocated Rs 4,523.86 crore, Rs 4,084.83 to Chandigarh, Rs 1,114.44 crore to Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Rs 773.49 crore to Daman and Diu and Rs 1,360.31 crore to Lakshadweep. In the budget 2018-19, Rs 790.00 crore has been given to Delhi and Rs 1,476.00 crore to Puducherry.