12: Modern weapon system,
state-of-the-art forensic equipment, portable bullet proof jackets and light
weight helmets are the new tools of Jammu and Kashmir police to take on
militants in the Union Territory.
Modernization of Police Forces (MPF)’ scheme, Centre has released Rs 83 crore
to Jammu and Kashmir police in the last two years to purchase modern weapons
and upgrade infrastructure in different police stations.
The main objective of MPF is to gradually
reduce the dependence of states and union territories on the Army and Central
Armed Police Forces to fight militancy and deal with law and order situations.
accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that Centre provided Rs 769 crore and
Rs 811 crore to all states and union territories for 2018-19 and 2019-20
respectively. Of which Jammu and Kashmir has received Rs 83 crore.
The new Union
Territory is only behind Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra which received Rs 131
crore and Rs 98 crore respectively under MPF.
money was released to Jammu and Kashmir police so that they are able to face
the challenges of internal security, deal with law and order situations and
fight militancy in an effective manner
A senior police
official said Jammu and Kashmir has already purchased modern weaponry, bullet
proof jackets and helmets under the scheme over the last two years.
Kashmir police has also been able to purchase equipment for forensics and cyber
cell. It has also raised height of walls of over 100 police stations as a
security measure,” he said.
Special focus has
been laid on technical up-gradation including installation of Close Circuit
Television (CCTVs) in and around police stations of the Srinagar city. Plus
toilets have also been built in more than 200 police stations.
measures are being taken to combat militancy. Government wants J&K police
to be well equipped and better trained to deal with the situation,” he said.
There are around
100,000 police personnel in Jammu and Kashmir who have been dealing with the
law and order situation and fighting militancy.
Comptroller and Auditor General of India had criticized J&K government for
providing “poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities for the state
police force that needs it the most in the country”.