April 11, 2017

Budgeting For The Police

Neha Sinha and Renuka Sane of IDFC Institute throw light on the current budgetary practices of the Indian Police in this Mint article. The article also makes a case for undertaking budgetary reforms in order to improve police performance. They write:

"While the police need to be well-resourced, higher allocations by themselves are not enough. The structure of budgetary allocations can have a disproportionate impact on the operations of the department, and consequently on police performance[...] Our analysis suggests that budget outlays for the police only meet the establishment cost. Salary is the main component of budget, consuming almost 90% of the total allocation[...] Budgets, as they stand, barely allocate funds for operational expenses of running police stations, or maintenance costs for computer systems, arms and ammunition. The analysis suggests that police budgets have focused solely on manpower. On an annual basis, budgets do not have allocations towards capacity building, and are not structured to achieve desired outcomes."

Read the full article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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