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Out of 17,535 police stations in 28 states and 8 Union Territories (UTs), 628 have no telephone connection, 63 have no vehicle, 285 have no wireless set or mobile phone, and no CCTV camera in so many of them. as 2,701, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that all the states and UTs have been advised to take appropriate steps for upgrading infrastructure. “Crime and Crime Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) have been deployed in 16,592 police stations across the country as of March 1 this year,” said Rai.
While sharing the details of police stations without CCTV cameras, Rai said of the 17,535 police stations, only 14,834 have CCTV cameras. “In Tamil Nadu, there are 2,292 police stations and 714 of them do not have CCTV cameras; while 505 of 1,168 police stations in Maharashtra do not have CCTV cameras. In Jharkhand, the number of police stations without CCTV cameras is 438 (out of 564), while 428 of 1,027 stations in Andhra Pradesh did not have CCTV cameras,” Rai said.
The number of computers in police stations across states is 1,72,168, he added.
While sharing the details of the funds allocated and released by the central government under the ‘aid to states and UTs for police modernization’ scheme during the last three years, Rai said that better performance incentive was being given till 2019-20 has expired due to the new guidelines which allow the release of the installment amount of 25 per cent if the unspent balance of a state or UT is below 25 per cent of the allocation.
“In 2019-20, the central government had allocated Rs 811.30 crore and released Rs 781.12, along with better performance incentive of Rs 120.09 crore, but they [states/UTs] used only Rs 510.495 crore. In 2020-21, the Center had allocated Rs 770.76 crore and released Rs 103.25 crore, while in 2021-22, Rs 620.45 crore was allocated and Rs 158.57 crore was released. In 2022-23, the allocation was Rs 620.45 crore, of which 103.58 crore was released,” Rai said.
“… Out of the Central funds released under the scheme, an amount of Rs 640.35 crore lies unspent with the state governments,” he added.