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MHA gets 16 per cent hike in 2011-12 General Budget

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Union Home Ministry has got a marginal 16.72 per cent hike in the 2011-12 General Budget over last year's allocation with special emphasis on criminal investigation and vigilance whose Budget have been more than doubled.

The Budget, presented in Parliament today by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, has earmarked Rs 55,469 crore for the Home Ministry against Rs 47,520 crore in 2010-11, a hike of 16.72 per cent.

Home Ministry officials said the hike was because of increase in salary.

A new Plan Scheme of Police Housing of Central Paramilitary Forces through EPC with an allocation of Rs 2174 crore is starting from the current year.

The Plan allocation under prestigious Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project has increased from Rs 175.06 crore in Budget Estimate (BE) 2010-11 and Revised Estimate (RE) 2010-11 of Rs 135.00 Crore to Rs 384.00 crore in the current year's BE (2011-12).

The plan allocation under National Population Register Scheme has increased from Rs 683.55 crore in BE 2010-11 to Rs 1668.37 crore in RE 2010-11 and to Rs 3038.63 crores in BE 2011-12.

Mukherjee has proposed a total Rs 909.92 crore for the Intelligence Bureau.

Country's top counter-terrorism agency, National Investigation Agency, has received a Budgetary allocation of Rs 55.68 crore for the next fiscal, an increase of Rs 16.33 crore from the current fiscal.

The Budget has also proposed Rs 125 crore for Mission Mode Project on Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking (IVFRT).

The core objective of the project is to develop and implement a secure and integrated service delivery framework that facilitates legitimate travellers while strengthening security.

The National Intelligence Grid has been earmarked Rs 39.75 crore for the next fiscal.

The Budget has also proposed Rs 109.74 crore to Criminal Investigation and Vigilance which more than double of Rs 51.16 crore allocated last year.

Under border management, Rs 967.69 crore have been allotted for improving coastal security, maintenance of border work and setting up of new border outposts.

Rs 14.40 crore has been proposed for assistance to counter insurgency and anti terrorists schools as against Rs 4.50 crore last fiscal.

The Budget has also proposed Rs 140 crore as against Rs 130 crore in current fiscal for special infrastructure in left-wing extremism affected states.

Immigration services have been provided Rs 145 crore and the bulk of this provision -- Rs 140 crore -- will be spent on setting up Integrated Check Posts.

First Published: Mon, February 28 2011. 18:43 IST