LAHORE (Mian Dawood) - The Punjab government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs3.13 billion for the judiciary under “Access to Justice Program” and “Funds for Government Buildings/Offices” for fiscal year 2013-14. Rs1.715 billion were allocated under the AJP while Rs1.42 billion were allocated under Government Buildings.

The judiciary spent less money than actual allocation of last year as Rs1.49 billion were earmarked for the AJP but only Rs1.34 billion were spent. An amount of Rs1.51 billion were allocated for the buildings administered by the judiciary but only Rs942 million were used.

The Asian Development Bank had launched the AJP with original volume of $350 million. The aim of the programme is to provide better infrastructure to judges and facilities to the litigants.

In the budget document under the head of judiciary Rs200 million has been allocated for construction of judicial complex in Lahore (Phase-II) and an amount of Rs38.02 million has been allocated to the Lahore High Court building for construction and renovation. An amount of Rs174.55 million has been earmarked for construction of court block, record room, committee room, toilets and additional rooms in the premises of Model Town Courts,Lahore. 

An amount of Rs20 million has been allocated for enhancing security at court premises inPunjabincluding construction of boundary wall around civil and sessions courts in the province.   

For the construction of judicial complex in Pattoki and Kasur, Rs50 million has been apportioned.

Most of the on-going and proposed construction projects have been shown under the head of Government Buildings.

Allocation of Rs1.42 will be used for 137 on-going schemes of judiciary and number of new schemes would be initiated.

The completion of judicial complex (non-residential portion) inJhelumand Sohawa, construction of residents for judicial officers at Kahuta Rawalpindi, construction of judicial offices, record block at the Lahore High Court are the main targets.

In order to facilitate litigants a number of new schemes would be launched including construction of litigant shed and litigant room at the Kahutta Judicial Complex. Construction of the judicial complex in Sangla Hills, Wazirabad and Mandi Bahaudin, construction of women litigant sheds in civil court complex in Sahiwal andBahawalpurwill also be completed.  Renovation of the LHC building and construction at the LHC Bahawalpur bench is also a part of the project. Rs23.14 million has been allocated for construction of courts in Bhalwal tehsil ofSargodhaand Rs7.7 million for construction of courtrooms for additional sessions judges in Bhakkar.