The Finance Ministry has red-flagged an allocation of Rs 1,500 crore to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)as announced in the general budget, forcing the latter to tell state governments that no fresh proposal under the modernisation of police force (MPF) scheme will be entertained in this fiscal.
In a letter to the states, the MHA said an additional allocation of Rs 1,500 crore as per budget 2014-15 announcement has not been provided under the MPF scheme at revised estimate stage.
“Therefore, additional state action plans received from various states will not be considered during the current financial year. These plans may be merged/absorbed in the state action plans 2015-16,” the letter signed by ministry’s Director S D Sharma said.
The reason behind the Finance Ministry’s action is not immediately available.
The Centre had doubled allocation under the MPF scheme to Rs 3,000 crore in the Union Budget for 2014-15.
In August, the MHA had directed states not to spend funds allocated under the MPF scheme for buying mobile phones for senior police officers or on construction of houses and offices for them.