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'Biggest Ever' Internal Security Scheme Of India Worth Rs 25,000 Crore Approved

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| September 28 , 2017 , 08:20 IST

In a major boost for the police forces of the nation, the government has approved implementation of an umbrella scheme 'Modernisation of Police Forces' or MPF worth Rs 25,000 crore, which has been termed as "the biggest ever internal security scheme in the country" by Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved the MPF scheme for 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 on Wednesday.

According to Rajnath Singh, the MPF scheme would strengthen the country's law and order mechanism, modernise police forces as well as fight against terrorism.

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"This is the biggest ever internal security scheme in the country. The financial outlay for the scheme over the three years period is Rs 25,060 crore, out of which the central government share will be Rs 18,636 crore and the states' share will be Rs 6,424 crore," Singh said at a press conference.

"It is expected that the umbrella scheme, 'modernisation of police forces', will go a long way to boost the capability and efficiency of central and state police forces by modernising them," Singh said.

The scheme includes special provisions for law and order, internal security, mobility of police forces, availability of modern weapons, women security, national satellite network, logistical support, hiring of helicopters, upgradation of police wireless, e-prison, and crime and criminal tracking network and systems.

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Under the scheme, a central budget outlay of Rs 10,132 crore has been specifically designated to be used in internal security-related expenses for Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and areas affected by the left wing extremism (LWE).

For the northeastern states, an outlay of Rs 100 crore has been designated for upgradation of police infrastructure and setting up of training institutes and investigation facilities. Districts worst affected by the LWE will receive special central assistance (SCA) to boost development.