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Telangana Seeks Funds and Additional Resources for Security Departments

K M Dayashankar

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy Requests Union Home Minister Amit Shah for Funding and IPS Posts

NEW DELHI, JULY 04, 2024: Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy has requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to allocate necessary funds for the modernization of the state’s highest intelligence departments, Telangana Anti-Narcotics Bureau (TG NAB) and Telangana Cyber Security Bureau (TG CSB). The Chief Minister met with the Union Home Minister at his residence in Delhi on Thursday, along with Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. During the hour-long meeting, various issues were brought to the Minister’s attention.

To control and curb drug and cybercrimes, the Chief Minister requested Rs 88 crore for TG NAB and Rs. 90 crore for TG CSB for the procurement of modern technology and equipment. Additionally, he emphasized the necessity of reviewing the IPS cadre every five years and urged the Minister to conduct the review for Telangana, which was last done in 2016. At the time of state bifurcation, Telangana was allocated 61 IPS posts, which are now insufficient for the new state’s requirements. Therefore, the Chief Minister requested an additional 29 IPS posts for Telangana.

The Chief Minister also highlighted the need for establishing security force camps in Adilabad, Mancherial, and Komaram Bheem Asifabad districts, similar to those set up in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra to counter left-wing extremism. He requested that these three districts, previously impacted by left-wing extremism but later removed from the SRE (Security-Related Expenditure) scheme, be reinstated under it. Given Telangana’s extensive border with neighboring states, the Chief Minister stressed the importance of focusing more on the state’s security.

To combat left-wing extremism in Telangana, the Chief Minister requested the establishment of CRPF JTF camps in Kondavai village of Charla Mandal, Bhadradri Kothagudem district, and Alubaka village of Venkatapuram Mandal, Mulugu district. He informed the Union Minister that the CPI Maoist Committee is attempting to expand its influence by leveraging the favorable terrain in the forested hills along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border. The JTF camps would help control and eliminate the movements of this Maoist special unit. He also requested the release of Rs. 18.31 crore, pending for the last four years, which constitutes 60% of the central share for SPOs (Special Police Officers). The Chief Minister highlighted the difficulty in adhering to the rule of only recruiting ex-servicemen and former police personnel as SPOs in Maoist-affected areas, as such personnel are not readily available.

Reorganization Act:

The Chief Minister also requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s cooperation in resolving long-pending issues related to the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana Reorganization Act. He urged for a harmonious resolution of disputes related to the distribution of government buildings and corporations listed under Schedule 9 (as per Sections 53, 68, 71 of the Act) and the institutions under Schedule 10 (as per Section 75 of the Act). He emphasized the need for justice for Telangana in claims made by Andhra Pradesh over assets and institutions not mentioned in the Reorganization Act.


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