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India, bounded by oceans through three sides, its long coastline, continental dimensions, large permeable land borders, and different cultural and other factors including security and defense, economic, political and demographic picture, portrays a complex security challenge in front of the nation. The central and state governments identified modernization and up gradation as one of the key focus area besides creating a supporting infrastructure for them on long term basis. The Ministry of Home Affairs has targeted substantial development of India’s homeland security infrastructure, like creation of a centralized comprehensive database called National Information Grid (NATGRID) by combining the individual databases of several government agencies, setting up of the CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking network and Systems) and modernization programs for providing better equipment and training to the security and police forces deployed with the task of internal security in India. In a recent positive move, Indian government is also planning to increases the FDI to 49% from 24% for defence and police equipments which portrays India as best business destination for equipments, arms and other allied technology manufacturing industries.

Few Key Factors for potential firms to leverage their opportunity:

  1. High GDP growth rate.
  2. Challenging relationships with neighbours.
  3. Outdated equipments and systems for police and other security forces.
  4. Increased investments on modernizing and up-grading police and military forces infrastructure.
  5. Collaboration of public and private sector participation opportunities.

The police to people ratio at the all-India level is about 117 policemen for every one lakh people, which is much lower as per the growth ratio of India. From last few years private sector and RWA societies, corporate offices, hotels, schools, colleges, stadiums, Airports have boosted in demand for private security services and personalized security systems.

Security and safety industry is on the rise India i.e. fire equipment manufacturers, access control systems, clothing, shoes etc are the great exports to European countries and Middle East, Australia market. International Police Expo enhance up the opportunity to heighten their business in domestic as well as international market by serving their goods and services to police, intelligence and military forces.

Opportunities / MHA is planning

  1. To execute several programs to enhance the cyber security.
  2. NATGRID alone has a spend budget of USD 0.2 billion approximately spread over 4 to 5 years.
  3. To creating coastal police stations, check posts and providing vessels to patrol high seas and intercept intruders.
  4. Increased investments on modernizing and up-grading police and military forces competence and police safety infrastructure.
  5. Coastal security plan for Andaman and Nicobar island territories.
  6. Investments to the tune of USD 1 Trillion are planned for infrastructure creation in the 12th plan period ending March 2017.
  7. MHA has special plan for investment on capacity building of state forces through various schemes to reimburse Security Related Expenditures (SRE) on training, welfare other operational needs and funds for Ex- service man.
  8. Coastal security plan for Andaman and Nicobar island territories.
  9. Creation of infrastructure i.e. fortified police stations, roads/track connectivity and construction of helipads for security measures.
  10. Equal impulsion is being given to developmental efforts in the affected areas.
  11. Government also emphasizing on better implementation of various development schemes.
  12. MHA also planning to welfare and development for women forces in police as well as in special squads.
  13. Strengthen and modernization of rescue management forces and agencies.