KARACHI - Rupees 48.63 billion has been allocated for law and order in Sindh budget in the next financial year of 2013-14.
It is pertinent to mention here that financial year 2012-13 government had allocated Rs 39.30 billion.
Sindh government has also allocated Rs1.343 billion for Pakistan Rangers deployed in Sindh in the current budget for the year 2013-14 while Rs894.175 billion is reserved for Frontier Constabulary additionally to maintain the law and order situation.
The SIndh government had allocated Rs1.292 billion for Rangers in current year 2012-13 but federal force cross the spending to Rs1.418 billion, showing extra financial of Rs120 million of provincial exchequer.
In his budget speech here on Monday, CM Qaim said that crime and terrorism would be the major challenge for the province therefore government put law and order on its second priority list after education.
The law and order budget for the next financial year stands at Rs48.63 billion making it the second largest sector after education, he said. He announced 10,000 new posts to address the shortage of police personnel in the province. “We are trying to mobilise additional resources through new fiscal measures which will enable us to increase the number of new posts for police to 20,000. The staff recruited against these posts will be given high quality rigorous training. This trained work force is expected to give us better results in combating organised crime.” He claimed to have achieved some success in detecting crimes and foiling criminal attempts by embracing new technologies to improve surveillance. To further strengthen our systems in Karachi Rs400 million have been reserved for purchase and installation of surveillance cameras.
He pointed out that to control proliferation of illegal arms, government has introduced computerised arms licensing system, Rs16.50 million has been earmarked for the project in next Financial Year 2013-14. “With this we will able to keep an effective check over sale and purchase of arms.”
During the concluding financial year, he strengthened the police department by procuring APCs worth 1.242 billion. Similarly, an amount of Rs2.79 billion was spent to strengthen the law-enforcement agencies, which include provisioning of GSM locator facility for police. He said that Rs400 million was humbly contributed as compensation for the victim families who faced martyrdoms.