Nagpur: In a happy tide for police department, all police stations in the state will soon be provided with investigation fund to the tune of Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore.
An official announcement to this effect is likely to be made within few days. This provision will enable police personnel to carry out investigation faster, and not to depend for necessary expenses to be incurred, either from their own pocket or ‘borrowings’ from elsewhere source. According to the Principal Secretary (Special) and senior most IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, Bhushan Upadhyaya, the said investigation fund was withheld since 2013, however, the new state government has decided to restart it. He further said, the said fund would be released from budgetary provision of the Home ministry, and there would be no need to obtain the permission of the Finance ministry, and added that since Chief Minister holds the charge of Home department, such a decision had been taken by him considering the difficulties faced by police personnel.
Upadhyaya revealed that the said fund to police stations would be made available through CPs and ACPs because it is they who would decide how much of fund should be given to a police station. The quantum of fund would depend on the police station jurisdiction, crime rate and level of crimes. The senior PI of a police station would be authorised to spend the investigation fund, and also maintain its record. The government policy is aimed at foolproof detection, faster investigation and conviction, because faster conviction rate would help reduce crimes, he summed up.
The funds would be expended on police shall be able to hire a private vehicle for detection of crimes; arrangement for disposal (kafan-dafan) of unidentified dead bodies; meeting the miscellaneous expenses during investigation and strengthening of network of police-informers.