Delhi Police, which was under heavy fire for its alleged mishandling of the December 16 gang rape and had cited a manpower and infrastructure crunch as a shackle to more efficient functioning, was allocated Rs. 600 crore more in the Union budget.
The finance minister granted the Delhi Police Rs. 4,555.21 crore in the next fiscal, a rise of nearly Rs. 636.5 crore.
“Though we are yet to receive a formal communication, we are happy with the amount allocated. It will help strengthen our infrastructure and improve the condition of our existing force,” said an officer.
Police sources said their request for funds had more or less been adequately met what with several committees revealing the lacunae in existing training facilities and infrastructure.
Highly placed sources said they would now be able to look beyond the already sanctioned measures and promises such as the induction of more PCR vans, better weapons and other things needed to ensure better visibility and more efficient policing.
“This budget has also kept the traffic infrastructure in mind,” the officer said. To upgrade and install traffic signals, the budget gave the traffic police Rs. 4 crore, compared to only Rs. 1.5 crore last year. Besides, Rs. 11.71 crore has been sanctioned for developing traffic and communication network in NCR mega cities and a modal traffic system. Similarly, Rs. 1 crore has been sanctioned to upgrade training and Rs. 2 crore for the induction of latest technology.
"In the budget, the city police has been allocated a total of Rs. 421.68 crore for planned expenditure while R4,133.53 crore for non-planned expenses," the officer added.
There is a substantial rise in the allocation for the construction of residences for personnel — it has reached Rs. 163.90 crore from last year's Rs. 62 crore. However, the revised budget figures showed that only Rs. 25.40 crore was finally allotted last year. The Delhi Police have been able to provide housing to less than 20 per cent its over 83,000 personnel.
For construction of buildings for official purposes, an allocation of Rs. 223.32 crore has been made in the budget.