New Delhi: Despite rising threat to the nation’s internal security, the budget allocation of the Home Ministry for the financial year of 2012-13 has been trimmed by 2 percent. In the General Budget for the financial year 2012-13, which was presented in the Lok Sabha by the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, the Home Ministry has been allocated Rs 55,469 crore for its operations.

Interestingly, the Finance Minister has not made any separate allocation of funds for the controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) which is yet to be operational. The new counter terrorism mechanism is still on hold owing to vehement opposition from non-Congress Chief Ministers citing infringement of the country’s federal structure of the Constitution.

The General Budget has allocated Rs 1,185 crore for construction of about 4,000 residential quarters for the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). Besides this, Rs 3,280 crore has been allocated for the construction of office buildings including land acquisition and barracks to accommodate 27,000 police personnel.

Another dream project of Home Minister P Chidambaram, like the NCTC, the National Intelligence Grid, got Rs 364.80 crore in this year's Budget, a huge leap from last year's Rs 27.96 crore.

The country's largest paramilitary force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), has received Rs 9,307 crore in this budget in comparison to the last year's Rs 8,762 crore. On the other hand, Border Security Force, BSF, has received Rs 8400 crore in comparison to  the last year’s Rs 8006 crore.

This year, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has got Rs 1,073 crore. Its allocation for the year 2011-12 was Rs 957 crore.

The CISF has got Rs 3564 crore, ITBP has received Rs 2433 crore, Assam Rifles Rs 2966 crore while SSB has got Rs 1899 crore in this budget.

The premium Black Cat Commando Force ‘National Security Guard’ has been allocated Rs 501 crore while the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been granted Rs 65 crore.

The executive protection agency ‘Special Protection Group’ deployed in security of Prime Minister and other VIPs, have been allocated Rs 351 crore. Last year its share was Rs 386 crore.

JPN/Bureau