Budget 2021: MHA budget gets minor cut, SPG allocation drops by Rs 150 crore

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been allocated in excess of Rs 1.66 lakh crore in the Union Budget for 2021-22, marginally lower than the allocation of Rs 1.67 lakh crore announced in the last Budget. Most key allocations for MHA have more or less remained the same as the last budget.

The lion’s share of this allocation has gone to police forces and organisations — Rs 1,03,802 crore. Of this, Rs 9,715 crore is capital expenditure. Both figures are marginally lower as compared to the last Budget.

Jammu and Kashmir, which on account of having been newly carved out as a Union Territory had been granted Rs 30,757 crore in the last Budget, has received the same allocation this time. Ladakh has been allocated Rs 5,958 crore, same as last time.

For Census, the 2020-21 Budget allocated Rs 4,568 crore. However, due to the pandemic, the Census could not be conducted. In the current Budget, allocation of Rs 3,768 crore has been made for the Census.

Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), which include forces such as CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF and the Assam Rifles, have been allocated Rs 77,838 crore, almost the same as last Budget. Intelligence Bureau has been allocated Rs 2,839 crore.

There is a significant slash in the Budget of Special Protection Group (SPG). The allocation for SPG decreased from Rs 592 crore in the last Budget to Rs 429 crore this budget. The SPG cover is now restricted to the PM and…

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