The Union Budget came as a pleasant surprise for police forces across several states and especially for Delhi Police on Thursday.
An extra endowment of Rs 585.20 crore was made to the Delhi Police with special attention being paid in the union budget to women’s safety, capacity-building and training for police personnel as well as infrastructure development.
This was over and above the national police memorial to be constructed in central Delhi that the police welcomed with open arms. The only hitch, however, came in the form of a reduction in the allocation of funds meant to construct quality police housing facilities.
In all, funds for planned expenditure registered an increase of Rs 33.44 crore — going from Rs 34.46 in 2013 to Rs 67.90 this year, while the allocation for non-planned expenditure was increased from Rs 4033.53 to Rs 4585.29 crore — an increase of Rs 551.76 crore.
Among the other attractions for one of the largest police enforcement agencies in the country were an increase of Rs 7 crore to be dedicated to the installation of traffic signals in the national Capital; Rs 11.50 crore have been allocated for this purpose in the budget for 2014-15 as against Rs 3.46 crore earmarked in the last budget.
In fact, Rs 11.37 crore was also allotted for ‘Developing Traffic and Communication Network in NCR Mega Cities and Model Traffic System’ in the current budget. In 2013-14, Rs 7.51 crore had been earmarked for the same purpose.
For upgrading training facilities, Rs 4 crore have been allocated while Rs 44 lakh has been allocated for induction of latest technology.
The only cause of, albeit minor, worry for the Delhi Police this time, however, would be a small decrease in the funds allotted to them by the central government for housing - a financial head which registered a decrease of Rs 10 lakh.