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CM meets Rajnath, seeks Rs50 crore for police force 

Chandigarh: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today sought Rs 50-crore grant for police modernisation from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He also demanded two companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to replace the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) in Punjab’s prisons, where his government has already initiated sweeping reforms.The Chief Minister made this demand during a luncheon meeting with the Home Minister and Governor VP Badnore at the latter’s residence here today. The Chief Minister stressed that as a sensitive border state, Punjab needed a high-level security network, with a modern police force and fool-proof security in jails.A government spokesperson said Rajnath Singh assured all possible help and also congratulated Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for his government’s success against gangsters and criminals in the state, particularly in the context of the recent gunning down of most wanted gangster Vicky Gounder in an encounter.The spokesperson said the meeting focussed on matters related to internal security, with thrust on cooperation between the Centre and state to maintain peace and stability in the region.Besides Media Adviser to CM Raveen Thukral and DGP Suresh Arora, Captain Amarinder was accompanied by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and Principal Secretary Tejveer Singh.

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