The CBI Director will get powers equivalent to the Directors General of Central paramilitary forces with a gazette notification in that regard set to be issued, official sources said.
    
CBI depends on the Ministry of Personnel for its major financial needs. The agency has complained that it gets less than the money required by it for officers' travel on investigation purposes, training, etc.
    
Indicating an apparent sticking point in the move to enhance its spending powers, CBI sources pointed out that the chief of a paramilitary force gets funds under various heads, including for purchase of weapons, etc., which may not be useful for the investigative agency.
    
Stung by Supreme Court's "caged parrot" remark, CBI has been seeking more administrative and financial powers as a means to improve its working.
    
CBI wants its chief to be vested with ex-officio powers of a Secretary in the Government of India reporting directly to the Minister without having to go through the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This demand has, however, been rejected.
    
The government is mulling a Bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946, in order to give more powers to CBI.

(Agencies)

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