Centre extends Police modernization Scheme

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What is the News?

The government has approved the continuation of the umbrella scheme of Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF). The approval is for the period 2021-22 to 2025-26.

What is the Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF) Scheme?

The Ministry of Home Affairs has been implementing the Scheme for Modernisation of Polices Forces (MPF Scheme) since 1969-70. 

The objective of the scheme:  a) To meet the identified deficiencies in various aspects of police administration and b) To reduce the dependence of the State Governments on the Army and Central Armed Police Forces to control internal security and law and order situation by way of equipping the state police forces adequately and imparting the required training.

Funding Pattern: Under the Scheme, the States are grouped into two categories:

– Category ‘A’ States namely, J&K and 8 North Eastern States including Sikkim will be eligible to receive financial assistance on a 90:10 Centre: State sharing basis. 

– The remaining States will be in Category ‘B’ and will be eligible for financial assistance on a 60:40 Centre: State sharing basis.

Key Features of the Scheme

Firstly, the scheme has provisions for a) internal security, b) law and order, c) adoption of modern technology by Police, d) assisting States for narcotics control and e) strengthening the criminal justice system by developing a robust forensic set-up in the country.

Secondly, it has also earmarked funds for security-related expenditure for the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir, insurgency affected the North Eastern States and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas.

Thirdly, the scheme has allocated funds for raising India Reserve Battalions/Specialised India Reserve Battalions.

Source: This post is based on the article “Centre extends Police modernization Schemepublished in The Hindu on 14th Feb 2022.

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