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Budget 2021: MHA budget gets minor cut, SPG allocation drops by Rs 150 crore

The allocation for National Security Council Secretariat has increased from Rs 170 crore last year to Rs 228 crore. Funds given to Office of Principal Scientific Advisor have gone up massively, from Rs 78 crore to Rs 580 crore.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: February 2, 2021 7:58:15 am
nirmala sitharamanNirmala Sitharaman leaving Finance Ministry for the Parliament on Bugdet day. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been allocated in excess of Rs 1.66 lakh crore in the Union Budget for 2021-22, marginally lower than the allocation of Rs 1.67 lakh crore announced in the last Budget. Most key allocations for MHA have more or less remained the same as the last budget.

The lion’s share of this allocation has gone to police forces and organisations — Rs 1,03,802 crore. Of this, Rs 9,715 crore is capital expenditure. Both figures are marginally lower as compared to the last Budget.

Jammu and Kashmir, which on account of having been newly carved out as a Union Territory had been granted Rs 30,757 crore in the last Budget, has received the same allocation this time. Ladakh has been allocated Rs 5,958 crore, same as last time.

For Census, the 2020-21 Budget allocated Rs 4,568 crore. However, due to the pandemic, the Census could not be conducted. In the current Budget, allocation of Rs 3,768 crore has been made for the Census.

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), which include forces such as CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF and the Assam Rifles, have been allocated Rs 77,838 crore, almost the same as last Budget. Intelligence Bureau has been allocated Rs 2,839 crore.

There is a significant slash in the Budget of Special Protection Group (SPG). The allocation for SPG decreased from Rs 592 crore in the last Budget to Rs 429 crore this budget. The SPG cover is now restricted to the PM and his immediate family apart from former PMs and their immediate family members for up to five years after demitting office. The government in 2019 stripped the Gandhi family of SPG cover. Currently, the 3,000-strong force protects only PM Narendra Modi.

Central Police Organisations such the Narcotics Control Bureau and the National Investigation Agency, among others, have been allocated Rs 1,000 crore. Police infrastructure expenditure has dropped from Rs 4,134 crore in the last budget to Rs 3,612 crore in this budget. The recently announced National Forensic Science University and Rashtriya Raksha University have been allocated Rs 67 crore and Rs 70 crore, respectively.

Establishment expenditure budget for council of ministers has gone up from Rs 766 crore to Rs 1,160 crore in this Budget. According to the budget, “the provision is for expenditure on salaries, sumptuary and other allowances and travel by Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State and ex-Prime Ministers. This also includes provision for Special Extra Session Flight Operations for VVIPs.”

The allocation for the National Security Council Secretariat has gone up from Rs 170 crore to Rs 228 crore in this Budget. The allocation for the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor has gone up massively from Rs 78 crore to Rs 580 crore. “The provision is for meeting the administrative expenses of Office of Principal Scientific Advisor and National Research Foundation,” the budget has said.

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