Centre to give a 500 crore-rupee boost to paramilitary forces

July 3rd, 2009 - 8:51 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): In a bid to modernize country’s paramilitary forces, Centre will provide arms, ammunition and vehicles worth 500 crore rupees to seven paramilitary forces by September end.

According to the Action Plan -II of the Ministry of Home Affairs, orders worth 500 crore rupees will be processed by the Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) and Ministry of Home Affairs.

Action plans of all seven CPMFs - CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB, NSG and Assam Rifles have been approved and the actual procurement will be made soon, it said.

Review meetings will be held between ministry and the CPMFs to anticipate and remove potential bottlenecks.

A total of Rs 1,500 crore has been allocated in the current fiscal for the seven CPMFs under the five provisioning heads arms and ammunition, clothing, tentage and stores, machinery and equipment and vehicles and IT.

Home Ministry has already finalised the process of procurement of interceptor boats for coastal security scheme.

The annual maintenance contract for these boats and procurement of ten 12-ton interceptor boats for Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be made by August 30.

The government will also take approval of competent authority for the courier service for personnel of CPMFs by 15th July. (ANI)

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