Internal security conference: CMs to pitch for more central fund to improve basic police infrastructure

India on 11 June 2013
Location : New Delhi, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr User Harini Calamur

NEW DELHI: In what may be described as an attempt to build a super structure on the foundation of sand, the UPA government had in the past over four-five years taken up a number of big-ticket initiatives to strengthen internal security infrastructure but it failed to contribute much to bring change at the level of local police which is the primary responder to any crime incident.

This observation is going to dominate the Conference of chief ministers on internal security here on Wednesday when non-Congress ruled states would pitch for more central funds for improving their basic police infrastructure.

There has already been lot of unease among non-Congress ruled states about the Centre's approach to deal with internal security challenges. The chief ministers of such states had during previous Conferences clearly pointed out how the home ministry had pushed for big-tickets security reforms without taking needs of local police into account.

Be it creating NIA to investigate all terror cases, setting up NSG regional hubs, launching Rs 2,000 crore worth CCTNS project to connect over 14,000 police stations, operationalising Rs 1,011 crore Immigration, Visa and Foreigners' Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) system or setting up NATGRID at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore for real-time information sharing, the efforts may elude results if one looks at the state of police and policing.  (Click below to read more)

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