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Centre has approved five-year extension of police modernization project with a budget of Rs 26,275 crore

The Modi administration has authorised the extension of a massive police modernization programme for five years, 2025-26, at a cost of Rs 26,275 crore.

As per the Union Home Ministry, the project covers security-related expenditures for establishing new battalions, creating high-tech forensic laboratories, and other investigation tools in Jammu and Kashmir, northeastern states, and Maoist-affected areas.

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By an official announcement, the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has authorised the continuance of the umbrella project of Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF).

The sanction for the term 2021-22 to 2025-26 advances Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s aim to upgrade and strengthen the functioning of state and union territory police forces, it added.

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This programme inclusive sub-schemes that assist to modernization and enhancement, with a total central budgetary investment of Rs 26,275 crore, according to the release.

It stated that provisions had been made under the strategy for internal security, law and order, and police adoption of contemporary technologies.

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States will get assistance in drugs control and enhancing the criminal justice system by creating a strong forensic infrastructure in the country.

A total of Rs 18,839 crore has been set aside for security-related spending in Jammu and Kashmir, insurgency-hit northeastern states, and regions afflicted by Left Wing Extremism (LWE).

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The central government would provide Rs 4,846 for the modernization of state police forces, according to the announcement.

Rs 2,080.50 crore would be granted to create operationally autonomous high-quality investigative sciences facilities in states and union territories to help scientific and timely investigation.

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The adoption of the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ for countering Maoists or LWE has resulted in a significant decrease in LWE violent events, according to the statement.

A federal budget of Rs 350 crore has been sanctioned for the formation of India Reserve Battalions or Specialised India Reserve Battalions.

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