Expressing “deep concern” over funds allocated to the Delhi Police in the 2016-17 Union Budget, a Parliamentary Standing Committee Tuesday said reduction in funds may hamper payment of salaries to forces from outside Delhi, buying equipment and acquiring land for new stations, among other things.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has reduced the allocation to Rs 5,913.74 from a demand of Rs 7,691.17 crore.
The ministry had furnished details of the projected demand and allocation of funds under plan and non-plan heads to the standing committee, which said the funds have been reduced “drastically”.
The committee, in its report, stated, “… This reduction may cause negative consequences in terms of paying salaries to forces from outside Delhi to maintain law and order, procuring the latest gadgets, weapons and equipment, proper maintenance of buildings of Delhi Police, completion of ongoing and new police stations/building projects and purchasing land for new police stations/housing projects.”
It recommended that the allocation be addressed at the revised expenditure stage “else it would have an adverse impact on the functioning of Delhi Police”.
The committee also pulled up police for not utilising the total amount allocated the previous year, adding that it was “not satisfied” with the status of implementation of most of its schemes.
Citing the expenditure of Delhi Police in the last fiscal, the report said ‘Modernisation of traffic and communication network’ saw an expenditure of only Rs 22.93 crore out of Rs 45 crore allotted under this head. ‘Induction of Latest Technology and Capacity Building’ received Rs 3.5 crore, but police spent only 98 lakh. Meanwhile, funds under ‘Public Private Partnership Initiative’ were not utilised fully, it added.
The report also stated, “… The ministry has not been able to spend 50 per cent of the allocation made at RE (revised estimate) 2015-16 till February 29, 2016.”
The committee added, “We strongly recommend that Delhi Police evaluate and analyse the reasons for under-utilisation of funds in its plan initiative, and draw an action plan to fast track completion… Otherwise, it would be a futile attempt to project a higher allocation.”