The government has approved the continuation of a mega police modernisation scheme for five years up to 2025-26 with a financial outlay of Rs 26,275 crore. The Union Home Ministry said the scheme includes security-related expenditure in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states and Maoists-affected areas, for raising new battalions, developing high-tech forensic laboratories and other investigation tools.

What

  1. The government has approved the continuation of the umbrella scheme of Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF).
  2. The approval for the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26 moves forward the initiative of the Union Home Minister to modernise and improve the functioning of the police forces of states and union territories.
  3. This scheme comprises all relevant sub-schemes that contribute to the modernisation and improvement of the Police Force.
  4. It said provision has been made under the scheme for internal security, law and order and adoption of modern technology by police.
  5. Assistance will be given to states for narcotics control and strengthening the criminal justice system by developing a robust forensic set-up in the country.
  6. To develop operationally independent high-quality forensic sciences facilities in states and union territories for aiding scientific and timely investigation.
  7. With the implementation of the 'National Policy and Action Plan' for combating Maoists or LWE, the LWE violence incidents have come down drastically.
  8. To further pursue this accomplishment, six LWE-related schemes have been approved. These schemes include Special Central Assistance (SCA) to most LWE-affected districts and districts of concern to consolidate the gains.