The federal government said on Sunday that the umbrella scheme for modernising and improving police forces in states and union territories will be extended for another five years.
The news: The umbrella programme of Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF) has been authorised for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26, according to a statement from the ministry of home affairs. All applicable sub-schemes are included in the scheme, which has a total Central financial outlay of Rs. 26,275 crore.
- Internal security, law and order, police adoption of contemporary technologies, supporting states and UTs with drugs control, and “strengthening the criminal justice system by building a robust forensic set-up in the country” have all been included in the MPF project. For the upgrading of state police forces, the Centre will provide Rs. 4,846 crore.
- The scheme’s other major aspect is the development of operationally autonomous high-quality forensic science facilities to enable scientific and speedy investigation through resource modernization. Under the central scheme for modernising forensic capacities, the government has sanctioned a budget of 2,080.50 crore.
- For the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir, insurgency-affected northeastern states, and left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected areas, an amount of Rs 18,839 crore has been set aside for security-related expenditure. According to the home ministry, with the adoption of the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ for countering LWE, violent events in LWE-affected areas have decreased dramatically.
- Six LWE-related programmes with a total Central investment of Rs.8,689 crore have been approved to promote this achievement. To cement the achievements, these programmes include Special Central Assistance (SCA) to Most LWE Affected Districts & Districts of Concern,” it stated.
The government has approved a budget of 350 crore for the formation of India Reserve Battalions and Specialized India Reserve Battalions. With a budget of Rs 50 crore, it has extended the central sector scheme of ‘Assistance to States and Union Territories for Narcotics Control.’