Tk 21,171 cr proposed for home ministry

DHAKA, June 1, 2017 (BSS) - The government has allocated Taka 21,171 crore for the Ministry of Home in the proposed budget for the fiscal (FY) 2017-2018.

Taka 18,288 crore has been allocated for Public Security Division of the Home Ministry and Taka 2,883 crore Security Services Division of the Home Ministry in the proposed budget for the FY 2017-18.

Public Security Division has got an allocation of Taka 17,243 crore in non-development sector while Taka 1,045 crore in development sector and Security Services Division has got Taka 1,888 crore in non-development sector and Taka 995 crore in the development sector.

The proposed allocation for the ministry of home is Taka 2,141crore higher compared to the revised budget for the FY 2016-2017. Placing the budget proposals at the Jatiya Sangsad here today, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, "One of the main preconditions for sustainable development is to improve law and order situation and ensure a peaceful environment.

"We have been able to bring militancy and terrorism as well as the activities of the banned militant outfits under control, thanks to the timely and effective steps of the law-enforcing agencies," he also said.

The minister added, "We are providing modern weapons and technological tools to the organizations engaged in national defense and law enforcement to enhance their capacity. Training facilities for the forces have been expanded. Our effort of modernizing the forces including infrastructural development will be sustained."

In order to enhance the capacity of the police force to face contemporary challenges, there is a plan to recruit new personnel on the basis of actual need along with equipping the force with modern weapons and technological devices and providing appropriate training, he said adding, "We have also taken initiative to construct 56 barracks in different districts for resolving housing problems of female police."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)