Saturday’s budget announcement brought cheer for the Delhi Police with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocating a sum of Rs 5,027. 98 crore — the highest the police have received till date.
Last year, the sum allocated for the 80,000-strong force was Rs 4,647 crore while in 2013 it was Rs 4,210 crore. The funds for construction of police housing has also been increased to Rs 95 crore from Rs 62.69 crore.
Traffic is likely to be the key focus in Delhi with the finance ministry increasing the budget for developing traffic and communication network to Rs 7 crore from last year’s Rs 1.82 crore. Police said they would develop a system where all traffic violations captured by the cameras at the signals are recorded and sent to one control room. The traffic police have also planned to integrate all the signals and manage them from one control room.
The money for installation of traffic signals has been increased to Rs 8 crore from last year’s Rs 6.90 crore. For schemes related to the safety of women in the city, an additional sum of Rs 3.4 crore has been granted. Last year’s Rs 3.4 crore from the Rs 1000 crore Nirbhaya fund sanctioned to the Delhi Police has not been used. The fund is to be distributed among all states for working towards the safety of women.
For training, a sum of Rs 3 crore has been sanctioned while for purchase of latest technology, police now have Rs 0.50 crore as compared to last year’s Rs 0.26 crore.