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.