In­ter­nal se­cu­rity bud­get crosses ` 50,000-crore mark


The cen­tral spend­ing to counter in­ter­nal se­cu­rity chal­lenges is set to cross the ` 50,000 crore-mark over the next one year, twice of what was be­ing spent in 2008 when ter­ror­ists struck Mum­bai. In the bud­get, the po­lice has got a gen­er­ous 19 per cent hike to fight crime and ter­ror.

Chi­dambaram’s bud­get ear­marked ` 52,264 crore for the in­ter­nal se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment for the next fis­cal. The Home Min­istry’s se­cu­rity bud­get for the cur­rent year is ` 43,700 crore.

Much of it will go to pay salaries of cen­tral se­cu­rity per­son­nel fight­ing ter­ror­ists in Jammu and Kash­mir, North­east and Maoists.

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