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Ministry of Home Affairs releases Data on Police Organizations

The Ministry of home Affairs on October 24, 2019, released the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D). The data are being updated to date 01.01.2018.

The report is important for various police analyses and resource allocation in Ministry of Home Affairs as well as at the state level.

Highlights of the report

  • Since 2017, there has been increase in Police personnel. Their numbers have increased by 19,686. Also, the strength of CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) has increased by 16,051.
  • The women police strength has increased by 20.95%. Today there are 1,69,550 women police personnel working in different ranks.
  • The expenditure spent on training the police personnel has increased by 20.41%
  • The Police Population Ratio (PPR) stood at 192.95 policemen per lakh population.
  • Around 20,149 family quarters have been constructed for the police personnel
  • The Police stations have increased from 15579 to 16422.
  • The Cyber Police stations have increased from 84 to 120
  • Around 2,10,278 new CCTV cameras have been installed for surveillance

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Government releases Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy

Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently released Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy, 2019. It has invited comments and suggestions from stakeholders including public/private organizations, experts and concerned citizens on the draft policy.

Features of Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy (NREP)

It envisions future with environmentally sustainable and equitable economic growth, resource security, healthy environment (air, water and land), and restored ecosystems with rich ecology and biodiversity.

It is Guided by Principles of-

(i) reduction in primary resource consumption to ‘sustainable’ levels, in keeping with achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SGs) and staying within planetary boundaries.

(ii) creation of higher value with less material through resource efficient and circular approaches (aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources).

(iii) material security and creation of employment opportunities and business models beneficial to cause of environment protection and restoration.

(iv) waste minimization

It provides overarching collaborative framework for resource efficiency across all sectors in the country, covering both biotic and abiotic resources and life cycle stages and aspires for cross-sectoral stakeholder partnerships for cause of resource efficiency for sustainable development.

Background

Natural resources form backbone of any economic development. India, as one of fastest growing economies with GDP at US $2.6 trillion has increased its material consumption to six times, from 1.18 billion tonnes (BT) in 1970 to 7 BT in 2015. It is expected to increase further to provide for increasing population, rapid urbanization and growing aspirations. Thus, enhancing resource efficiency and promoting use of secondary raw materials has emerged as strategy for ensuring that potential trade-off between growth, environmental well-being and resource constraints can be minimized.

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