Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 28
The Punjab Police have got an additional Rs 308 crore, including Rs 132 crore special allocation for the modernisation of the force, in the Budget.
Against Rs 6,290 crore allocated last year, the police have got Rs 6,466 crore as an overall allocation this year, besides the funds for modernisation.
The security expenditure on the Chief Minister has come down to Rs 4.61 crore from last year’s Rs 6.76 crore. A shift from previous trend, where the Chief Minister’s security fund had seen a jump from Rs 3.55 crore in the Budget 2017-18 to Rs 6.76 crore last financial year.
The Special Task Force (STF), against drugs which had seen a major cut in the last year’s Budget, has benefited this time. It has been allocated Rs 1.93 crore this year against Rs 1.37 crore.
The Bureau of Investigation has also got more funds this year with the allocation of Rs 17.40 crore against last year’s Rs 16.08.
Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said the police needed funds for tackling issues like cross-border terrorism and smuggling, besides strengthening its mechanism to maintain law and order.
He said the state government had established a state-level Centralised Call Taking Centre (CCTC) in Mohali (SAS Nagar) with 48 workstations and 26 district co-ordination centres. The Crime Control Tracking Network System is being upgraded for registration of “Zero” FIR, whereby an FIR can be registered at any police station, irrespective of jurisdiction, and can be transferred later.
He said the government, as per its commitment, has also launched the Dial 112 project, which is now functional in the entire state.
The Finance Minister said the forensic science laboratory was being upgraded at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore with highly advanced equipment and in order to improve the efficiency of the chemical examiner laboratories (CEL) in achieving the desired accuracy and speed of analysis of viscera samples, modern and advanced technical equipment were being procured. Two more chemical examiner laboratories (CELs) would be set up in Jalandhar and Barnala in the 2020-21 financial year.
Better healthcare for jail inmates
- The government will construct a new hospital at the Central Jail, Hoshiarpur. De-addiction centres will also be set up
- For the enhancement of prison security, jammers, body scanners and anti-riot kits will be provided
- The expenditure on the Chief Minister’s security has come down to Rs4.61 crore from last year’s Rs6.76 crore.
ALLOCATION 6,466 cr
PREVIOUS 6,290 cr
The Special Task Force that had seen a major cut in the last year's Budget has benefited this time with an allocation of Rs1.93 crore