Budget: MHA allocation sees small cut; lion’s share for CAPFs, Census

J&K share stands at ₹ 30,757 cr while Ladakh gets ₹ 5,958 cr; ₹ 3,768 cr marked for census operations

As much as ₹ 1,03,802.52 crore of the fund has been earmarked for the Central armed police forces such as the CRPF, the BSF and the CISF. PTI file.

The Home Ministry has received an allocation of a little over ₹1,66,547 crore in the 2021-22 budget, an increase of 11.48 per cent from the current fiscal, with a majority of the funds going to the central armed police forces (CAPFs) and a substantial amount for census-related work.

However, the Ministry’s allocation was ₹1,67,250 crore in previous 2020-21 Budget, which was an increase of 20% over the revised estimates in 2019-20, which was ₹ 1,39,108 crore. This was 41% higher than the budget allocation of last year, which was ₹ 1,19,025 crore.

According to the Budget proposals presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Monday (February 1), ₹30,757 crore has been allocated to J&K and ₹5,958 crore to Ladakh – the two newly created UTs.

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As much as ₹1,03,802.52 crore of the fund has been earmarked for the Central armed police forces such as the CRPF, the BSF and the CISF, and ₹3,768.28 crore for census operations. The work for the census 2021 has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Central sector schemes and projects of the MHA got ₹1,641.12 crore, while ₹481.61 crore has been allocated for disaster management.

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The UTs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been allocated ₹5,317.41 crore, Chandigarh got ₹4,661.12 crore, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu ₹2,204.59 crore, Lakshadweep ₹1,440.56 crore and Puducherry ₹1,729.79 crore.

The BSF received ₹20,729.54 crore in 2021-22, in comparison to ₹19,377.83 crore allocated in 2020-21 – an increase of 6.97 per cent.

The air wing of the BSF received ₹140.15 crore in comparison to ₹54.75 crore received last year – an increase of 155 per cent.

The ITBP, which guards 3,488 km long Sino-Indian border, received ₹6,567.17 crore in comparison to ₹6,150.15 crore last Budget – an increase of 6.78 per cent.

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The CRPF, which is deployed for internal security, maintenance of law and order and anti-militancy operations in J&K, received ₹26,197.90 crore in comparison to ₹24,788.28 crore in 2020-21 – an increase of 5.6 per cent.

The Intelligence Bureau received ₹2,839.24 crore in comparison to ₹2,433.89 crore last year – an increase of 16.6 per cent.

The CISF, which guards vital installations like nuclear plants, airports, key industries, metro networks and other important government buildings, received ₹10,341.83 crore in comparison to ₹10,676.98 crore last year.

The SSB, guarding India’s borders with Nepal (1,751 km) and Bhutan (699 km), received ₹6,479.74 crore in comparison to ₹5,950 crore in 2020-21.

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