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Central forces, border, intel, census focus of MHA Budget

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The Union home ministry was allocated ₹2.03 lakh crore in the interim budget, with majority of the spending allotted to the central armed police forces such as CRPF and for intelligence gathering. For the delayed Census, which is likely to be taken up after the general elections, ₹1,341 crore has been set apart. A substantial amount has been allocated for improving infrastructure along the international border, women’s safety, police infrastructure and modernisation of police forces.
For the vibrant village programme along the China border, ₹1,050 crore has been allocated as compared to ₹300 crore in 2023-24. For the modernisation of police forces, ₹3,720 crore has been allocated. The decadal exercise has been postponed for the past two years due to Covid-19. The newly created UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been allocated ₹43,235 crore.

Central Reserve Police Force, which is mostly deployed during the general elections, internal security duties and fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, has been allocated ₹32,809.65 crore in comparison to ₹31,772.23 crore in 2023-24.

Border Security Force, which guards India’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh, besides handling internal security assignments, has been given ₹25,027.52 crore as compared to ₹24,771.28 crore in the previous budget. Central Industrial Security Force, which protects vital installations such as nuclear projects, airports and metro networks, has been given ₹13,655.53 crore as compared to ₹3,214.68 crore allocated earlier.

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