MHA needs Rs. 3,50,000cr for internal, border security in 2020-25
The Home Ministry has projected a budgetary requirement of more than Rs. 3,50,000cr for internal security, police modernization, border security, disaster management and Union Territories and other related responsibilities during 2020-25. Conveying this information to Chairman of 15th Finance Commission NK Singh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh a detailed memorandum will be submitted to the Finance Commission later. Here are more details.
During a meeting, it was stressed that the responsibilities of Home Ministry have increased manifold that include diverse and varied internal security challenges, even though public order and police are constitutional responsibilities of state governments. The capabilities of states alone are not adequate to meet the threats of insurgency and terrorism which have national and international links, an official said.
Rajnath pointed out his Ministry also has other challenges that include improving the sense of security amongst the public, making vulnerable sections such as women and children safer, improving the effectiveness of police, meeting cyber threats, providing immediate relief, and rehabilitation during natural disasters etc.
Rajnath said due to concerted and coordinated efforts of the central government and state governments, there has been a significant and steady improvement in the overall security situation in the hinterland, in Northeastern states and in areas affected by Left-Wing Extremism. Rajnath said relentless efforts are needed to be made continuously in order to consolidate the gains and spread successes in the new areas.