₹13,385 crore allocated for maintaining law and order in State
A sum of ₹13,385 crore has been allocated for strengthening law and order in Maharashtra. The State Budget also proposed a visitors’ entry management system and closed circuit television cameras in all police stations. While the proposal for cameras has been in the pipeline for a while, there is still no clarity on the visitors’ management system.
While presenting the Budget in the State Assembly, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, “It is imperative that the law and order situation remains under control for the overall development of the State.
This will be achieved by modernisation and strengthening of the police force, and use of modern technology. A provision of ₹13,385.3 crore is proposed for the Home Department.”
He added that the visitors’ entry management system, which will be implemented in all police stations in Maharashtra, will keep a log of whether the complaints made by citizens are addressed in a timely manner, and that this information will be made available to the supervisory officer. The State has allocated ₹114.99 crore for the initiative.
The minister said, “Setting up of CCTV cameras in police stations is in progress for speedy and accurate disposal of Law and Order and its effective monitoring. All the police stations in the State will be connected to the district control room via CCTV. An amount of ₹165.92 lakh is being provided in 2018-19 for this purpose.”
The State government has also sanctioned ₹25 crore for the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project. The CCTNS aims at creating a central server where information about all crimes and criminals can be entered and viewed by police personnel across the country. Officers said the idea is to speed up the process of information-sharing and have a one-stop source for criminal records of arrested accused, regardless of which city or State they are arrested in.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mungantiwar said, two modern patrol boats for the protection of fishermen along the Maharashtra coast have also been proposed and requisite funds will be allocated for these.
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