The development budget for the Public Security Division has been increased sixfold
Law enforcement agencies are getting a giant development allocation in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
According to the budget proposal placed by the finance minister in parliament Thursday, the Public Security Division under Home Ministry, which includes all law enforcement agencies, will receive a Tk21,406 crore allotment, which is Tk18,276 crore in the current budget.
Of this, Tk1,258 crore is earmarked for development, which is an almost sixfold increase on the Tk213 crore in the previous FY's proposed allocation.
The government has allocated a total of Tk26,594 crore for the public order and safety sector for fiscal year 2018-19, raising the amount by Tk3,743 crore from FY2017-18.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith placed the proposed national budget for the next fiscal year, the last one before the coming national elections, in parliament on Thursday.
“The capacity of the law enforcement agencies is being enhanced by providing necessary manpower, specialized equipment and vehicles, which will help increase their efficiency and professionalism. The services of the law enforcement agencies are being made pro-people through use of ICT,” he said.
The minister also said the e-Traffic Prosecution and Online Fine Payment system initiative was now underway, along with the Service Friendly Traffic Management System.
In 2017, the Ministry of Home Affairs was split into two divisions – the Public Security Division and the Security Services Division.
The Security Services Division has been allotted Tk3,334 crore, which was Tk2,866 crore in the previous year's proposed budget. Of this, Tk1,251 crore will be allotted for development; up from Tk994 crore in the current budget.
The Supreme Court will receive Tk180 crore for FY2018-19 for its operation, a Tk15 crore increase over last year's allocation. The highest court of the country has not been given any development budget this year.
On the other hand, the Law and Justice Division is to receive Tk1,521 crore including a Tk481 crore development budget, and the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division is to obtain Tk35 crore, which was Tk22 crore in the preceding year.
The Anti-Corruption Commission will be given Tk118 crore for this FY, including a development allocation of Tk29 crore. This proposed allocation is Tk17 crore more than that of its previous iteration.
Last year, public order and safety received 5.71% of the budget, while this year, it was given 5.73%.