Friday, December 12, 2008

Request for funds to modernise UP police

12 Dec 2008, 0339 hrs IST, TNN

LUCKNOW: Principal secretary, home, government of UP Kunwar Fateh Bahudur Singh has sent a letter to home secretary, government of India, demanding
central government's financial assistance for strengthening the police force of UP. In view of the increasing incidents of terrorism activities and naxalites violence in the state, the state government recently took a decision to modernise its police force.

The letter said that the state government took the decision to create 1.58 lakh posts of police personnel and prepare a force of 2000 commandos to tackle the terrorists menace. Besides this, a plan was also in the pipeline to replace the obsolete weapons with the latest ones.

The state government requires an amount of Rs 250 crore to provide latest Insas rifles and its cartridges to about 25 per cent PAC personnel and civil police. Besides this, Rs 120 crore is required for providing helmets and bullet-proof jackets to 30,000 policemen of various districts of the state and a further amount of Rs 125 is needed for giving communication equipment, specialised vehicles, security equipments and weapons to the 2000 commandos, said the letter. Thus the state government has requested the central government to sanction a total amount of Rs 555 crore for the modernisation of the police force.

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