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Budget allocates Rs 4,500 crore more for paramilitary forces
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February 16, 2009 15:34 IST

The government allocated an additional Rs 4,500 crore (Rs 45 billion) in the 2009-10 interim budget to central police organisations with the CRPF, the world's largest paramilitary force, bagging the lion's share of Rs 1,700 crore (Rs 17 billion).

The CRPF, which plays a key role in assisting state governments tackle insurgency, Naxalism and terrorism besides internal security duties, got Rs 7,208.18 crore (Rs 72.08 billion) this year against Rs 5,510.10 crore (Rs 55.10 billion) in 2008-09 -- an increase of Rs 1,698.08 crore (Rs 16.98 billion).

The BSF, entrusted the task of keeping vigil along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and the country's 6,622 km border with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, got Rs 1,156.23 crore (Rs 11.57 billion) more compared to last year's Rs 5,376.99 crore (Rs 53.77 billion).

The CISF, which is on the threshold of a massive expansion programme, will receive Rs 480.10 crore (Rs 4.8 billion) more than last year's Rs 2,001.15 crore (Rs 20.01 billion). The force has recently been given additional responsibility of guarding private and joint venture installations and Indian embassies abroad.

With insurgency in the north-east remaining a matter of grave concern for the security establishment, Rs 2,258.99 crore (Rs 22.59 billion) has been earmarked for Assam Rifles for 2009-10, an increase of Rs 527.77 crore (Rs 5.28 billion).

The ITBP, that guards the country's 3,488 km long border with China in the north-east and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, will get Rs 1,575.05 crore (Rs 15.75 billion), an increase of about Rs 270 crore (Rs 2.7 billion).

Another border guarding force Sashatra Seema Bal, which protects the country's 1,818 km border with Nepal and 699 km boundary with Bhutan, has got Rs 326.39 crore (Rs 3.26 billion) more -- from last year's allocation to Rs 1,592.68 crore (Rs 15.92 billion) this time.

The elite commando force NSG, which played a sterling role in Mumbai terror attacks, has got Rs 44.63 crore (Rs 446.3 million) more -- from Rs 204.08 crore (Rs 2.04 billion) in 2008-09 to Rs 248.71 (Rs 2.49 billion) this year.

The Special Protection Group, which protects the prime minister and his family, has seen an increase of little over 28 per cent for the next fiscal. The budgetary proposals for the SPG, which has been bringing in modern equipment for guarding the prime minister, has been pegged at Rs 226.17 crore (Rs 2.26 billion) as against Rs 176.56 crore (Rs 1.77 billion) during the year 2008-09.

The Intelligence Bureau gets a marginal 8.5 per cent hike -- from Rs 679.04 crore (Rs 6.79 billion) in 2008-09 to Rs 736.75 crore (Rs 7.37 billion) for the next fiscal.

The Delhi Police, which comes under ministry of home affairs, has been given nearly Rs 770 crore (Rs 7.7 billion) more in the next fiscal in view of its increasing responsibility of maintaining law and order in the national capital. The budgetary allocation for the Delhi Police this year will be Rs 2,857.53 crore (Rs 28.58 billion).

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