New Delhi: The home ministry has been allocated over 77,000 crore in 2016-17 budget, a steep hike of 24.56%, majority of which have been earmarked for paramilitary forces like Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF), responsible for internal security and border guarding duties. Presenting the general budget in Parliament, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced an outlay of 77,383.12 crore to the home ministry of which 67,408.12 crore is under non-plan and 9,975 crore under plan heads.

In the 2015-16 budget, home ministry was allocated 62,124.52 crore. In the 2016-17 budget, a total of 50,176.45 crore has been allocated to seven paramilitary forces. Among these forces, CRPF deployed for internal security, action against Maoists and operations against militants, has been earmarked the highest at 16,228.18 crore. BSF, which guards the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders, will get 14,652.90 crore while the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), responsible for security of country’s airports, nuclear installation, key government buildings and private entities like Infosys, has been allocated 6,067.13 crore.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), tasked with protecting the China-Indian border, has got an outlay of 4,231.04 crore and Assam Rifles, deployed along the India-Myanmar border and dealing with insurgents in the Northeast, will get 4,363.88 crore. Sashastra Seema Bal, which guards the India-Nepal and India-Bhutan border, has been earmarked 3,854.67 crore while National Security Guards, the anti-terror commando force, gets an allocation of 688.47 crore.

Delhi police, which reports to the home ministry, has been given 5,657.84 crore in the budget. The budget allocated 2,490 crore for erection of barbed wire fencing, construction of roads and induction of hi-tech surveillance along the India-Bangladesh and India-Pakistan borders. There have been several instances in recent past when terrorists from Pakistan breached the border and carried out terror attacks, including the 2 January-strike on Pathankot airbase.

The Intelligence Bureau, responsible for gathering internal intelligence, has been allocated 1,410.45 crore while Special Protection Group, which guards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her children Rahul and Priyanka, will get 359.55 crore. The National Intelligence Grid, which aims to link databases as an input in combating terrorism and intends to create a facility to improve capability to counter internal security threats, has an outlay of 45 crore.

2,119.88 crore has been kept in the budget for “providing support for research activities" in the home ministry. 150 crore has been allocated under Nirbhaya Fund for safety of women. This provision is for transfer of funds to the Nirbhaya Fund in the Public Account and expenditures out of Nirbhaya Fund by the home ministry. The expenditure will be on back-end integration of distress signals from victims, with the help of mobile vans and control rooms (now renamed as National Emergency Response System and Central Victim Compensation Fund for women and child victims) and also for various other schemes for safety of women by Delhi police.

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