Government seeking to modernise police forces

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) The government on Tuesday said it was providing funds to states to modernise police forces to reduce their dependence on the army and paramilitary forces.

The home ministry provides the money under the Modernisation of Police Force (MPF) scheme, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha.

“The main objective of the scheme is to reduce the dependence of the state government on army and central police forces,” he said in a written statement.

“The focus of the scheme is to strengthen the police infrastructure,” the minister said.

According to the minister, the major items covered in the modernisation scheme were police building and housing, mobility, weapons, equipment, training, computerization and forensic science.

The infrastructure development under the scheme depends on the priorities of state governments, he added.

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