Around Rs 500 crore have been sanctioned for modernisation of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the next two years in the wake of its “increased participation” in anti-militancy operations in Kashmir, a media report says.
Over 50 per cent of the total Rs 1,054 crore sanctioned for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will go to CRPF, Daily News & Analysis (DNA) online quoted Home Ministry officials as saying.
The rest of the amount will be shared by other forces like Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Assam Rifles, and National Security Guards.
The money will be spent on buying modern bulletproof jackets, bulletproof helmets, body armours, weapons, and high-tech gadgets for surveillance among other crucial items to equip the force.
“Since the CRPF has been serving constantly in conflict zones, there is a need to upgrade the force. A huge share of the fund has been allocated to it,” a Home Ministry official said.
“The CRPF along with the Army and state police has been aggressively carrying out operation in Kashmir killing over 200 militants this year. It is also the lead force when it comes to combating Maoists,” according to DNA.