Rs 10 crore for upgrading 1,000 police stations under 'Jana Snehi'

Rs 10 crore for upgrading 1,000 police stations under 'Jana Snehi'

Rs 10 crore for upgrading 1,000  police stations under 'Jana Snehi'

The State government has earmarked Rs 10 crore in this year’s budget for upgrading facilities at 1,000 police stations across the State under the ‘Jana Snehi’ police station scheme.

“Each of the 1,000 police stations will get Rs one lakh for upgrading facilities. The scheme ensures provision of basic amenities such as lounge, drinking water, furniture, toilet and other facilities for citizens visiting police stations. People come to police stations seeking redress of their grievances and the objective is to make them feel comfortable. The scheme has been designed considering the needs of visitors rather than those of the station staff,” Praveen Sood, Additional Director General of Police (Administration) told Deccan Herald.

A total sum of Rs 4,462 crore has been allotted to the Home department for introducing new schemes and completion of ongoing projects. Women’s police stations would be set up in Bengaluru Rural, Dakshina Kannada, Gadag, Dharwad and Yadgir districts, the ADGP said.

In order to ensure ready availability of police force, particularly during tense situations, the number of ‘Hoysala’ and ‘Garuda’ vehicles in the State will be increased to 384 from the present 184. Every police commissionerate will get these additional vehicles and Bengaluru will have a lion’s share. With this augmentation, the police will be able to respond to emergencies in quickest possible time, Sood added.

A platoon of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) will be raised in Tumakuru while three platoons of City Armed Reserve (CAR) will come up in Bengaluru in the next three years. Exclusive hostels for women KSRP constables will be  constructed in Belagavi and Bengaluru, each having capacity to accommodate 100 persons. The budget proposes to construct about 35 buildings for housing police stations, circle and sub-division offices in the next two years under Police Modernisation Scheme and 6,802 housing units under ‘Police Gruha-2020’ project.

Policemen from other states visiting Bengaluru will have a guesthouse at Anand Rao Circle very soon, while prisons will have e-prison software as part of computerisation of prisons administration. New jails will be constructed at Bantwala (Dakshina Kannada) and Karwar (Uttara Kannada), while fire stations will come up at Kollegal (Chamarajanagar) Koratagere (Tumakuru) Nippani (Belagavi) and Bengaluru East taluks under K-SAFE scheme.

A project to construct 94 housing units for Home Guards and personnel of Fire and Emergency Services staff will be taken up in Raichur, Nagamangala, Nippani and Bengaluru East taluks.

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