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CAG unhappy with Tripura police modernisation drive
Published on 10 Mar. 2009 11:20 PM IST
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Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has expressed displeasure over police modernisation initiatives of the Tripura government since 2003 while suggesting to fix up quantifiable targets and specific timeline for filling up the gaps for improvement of weaponry, mobility and communication. The latest CAG report revealed that inadequate planning resulted in utilisation of only 10-63 per cent of the available funds during 2003-08 and that only one per cent of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans were trained on counter insurgency and jungle warfare techniques in the last six years due to inadequate infrastructure. The report also observed that against the projected requirement of arms and ammunition of Rs 44.38 crore for 2003-08 plan, the department had received arms and ammunition worth Rs 3.60 crore through the subsequent annual plans, besides, holding unserviceable arms and ammunition numbering 835 and 22,635 respectively. It has also underlined that arms and ammunition requirement was not projected as per norms and 12 out of 13 categories of weapons projected in the annual plan were not received during 2003-08 and the shortfall of arms was between 26 and 100 per cent while that of ammunition ranged between 12-73 per cent. “Most unfortunately, one of the important objectives of improving the striking capability of the police force by providing modern arms and ammunition was only partially met thereby denying the police of the necessary means to combat insurgency and other security threat,'' the CAG report mentioned. ''One of the thrust areas of the modernisation is to increase mobility of the state police force to face the challenges for management of internal security where vehicles play a pivotal role but it was found that there was a shortage of 46 per cent vehicles, which affected the mobility of the forces,'' the CAG report further underlined.

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