Close on the heels of intrusion of suspected Pakistani boat in Indian waters that mysteriously caught fire on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, the government has made an 18-fold increase in the Union budget to safeguard the country’s 7,517-km coastline.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley has provided for Rs 710 crore, a quantum jump from Rs 39.37 crore allocated last year, especially for setting up of mobile check posts in the coastal areas for better surveillance.
The government has also delinked the police modernisation scheme from Union support. Now the scheme will be run by respective states or be subsumed under the 14th finance commission award.
The allocation for relief and rehabilitation of Jammu and Kashmir and border migrants stands at Rs 580 crore. The amount would be also used as relief to civilian victims of violence.
The lead paramilitary, the CRPF, has been allocated Rs 14,089.38 crore.
The BSF has got Rs 517.82 crore while the ITBP’s allocation stands at Rs 3,736.47 crore. The country’s domestic intelligence agency the IB has been given Rs 1,270.40 crore. The Delhi Police, which functions under the home ministry, will get Rs 5,027.98 crore.
Overall the home ministry has been allocated Rs 62,124.52 crore, which is a 10.2 per cent jump over last year’s Rs 56, 372 crore.