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Rs 884 cr for UTs' police forces modernisation: Cabinet

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) The government today decided to modernise the police forces of the seven Union Territories at a cost of Rs 884 crore in the next five years, beginning 2006-07, to meet the emerging challenges such as terrorism and cyber crime.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.

The investiment would be utilised for improving the weaponry, communication systems and training facilities, buying bullet proof and mine proof vehicles and making the old vehicles road-worthy.

Equipment, including computers, would be procured to enhance intelligence gathering and other investigating mechanisms.

The scheme would also fund the purchase of night vision devices, metal detectors, bomb disposal equipment, body protectors, bullet-proof vests and other protective gears.

Police housing and modern traffic control equipment are also covered.

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