In the Union Budget 2018, the finance ministry allotted Rs 7,426 crore to the Delhi Police which is a whopping Rs 1,048 crore more than previous years. This has led the police force to plan more initiatives towards crimes against women—something that the capital has been under fire for constantly.

The upcoming fiscal year will see Delhi Police tabling the idea of a separate building for the Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) in Nanakpura.

Even after the total amount allocated to Delhi Police has increased, the amounts allocated for women’s safety has decreased but for infrastructure, it has increased from last year which was Rs 28 crore under Nirbhaya Fund and Rs 439 crore respectively.

The system also wants to invest in technology to enhance the quality of investigation in cyber crimes and financial frauds.

Delhi Police has Rs 19 crore for women’s safety under the Nirbhaya Fund and Rs 460 crores to improve the infrastructure out of the total amount. However, even after the total amount allocated to Delhi Police has increased, the amounts allocated for women’s safety has decreased but for infrastructure, it has increased from last year which was Rs 28 crore under Nirbhaya Fund and Rs 439 crore respectively. The finance ministry had allocated a total sum of Rs 6,378 crore in 2017.

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As for SPUWAC, the Delhi Police has estimated a total expenditure of Rs 23 crore. It will release a tender for the same on February 5 and claims that the building will take at least two years for completion.

Special Commissioner of Police (SPUWAC) Sanjay Beniwal told The Indian Express that the force is also working towards reviewing the Himmat App and the last-mile connectivity effort for women commuters. It says that it will finish the work in these two areas within a couple of months.

Developing technologies and infrastructure for cyber investigations; developing traffic and communication network; and upgradation of training and installation of traffic signals, are some of the other initiatives that Delhi Police is working on.

“Safety of women and children will continue to top the priority list in the coming year,” Chief spokesperson and Special Commissioner of Police (traffic) Dependra Pathak said.

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