LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that protection of life and property of the people, reformation of thana culture and provision of prompt and inexpensive justice to the people is the top priority his government and maximum resources are being utilised for this purpose. Addressing a meeting held to review law and order situation at Chief Ministers Secretariat on Thursday, Shahbaz said a decision had been made to recruit talented and educated youth in the police department for bringing positive change in thana culture and solution of peoples problems in a better manner. Member Provincial Assembly Shuja Khanzada, Advisor Jehanzeb Burki, IGP, Additional IG CID and Special Branch and other senior officials attended the meeting. The chief minister said deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) and inspectors would be recruited through the Public Service Commission while they would be imparted training on modern lines to enable them performing their responsibilities efficiently. He directed to form a committee to evolve strategy regarding the recruitment process, which will submit its recommendations for its speedy completion. He also instructed to set up a special cell comprising seasoned and competent officers and officials for curbing white-collar crimes. The chief minister issued special directives to make foolproof security arrangements on Jumat-ul-Wida (the last Friday of Ramazan) today. He said protecting peoples life and property along with provision of prompt and inexpensive justice to the aggrieved was the responsibility of police and it should spare no effort in this regard. He said injustices and highhandedness should be eliminated from the police stations by transforming them into centres of providing justice so that the common man could approach police without any fear. He claimed that competent and honest officers had been posted across the province but the situation had not improved due to prevailing corruption and inefficiency at the lower level. The chief minister said he had recruited police inspectors through Punjab Public Service Commission during his last tenure due to which thana culture had improved, which also helped in rooting out of crimes. He said educated youth not only serve humanity in a better manner but also bring about a positive change. He said the DSPs recruited through the commission would enjoy all the incentives and privileges available to the ASPs but it would be conditional to their performance. Shahbaz Sharif further said that elite force was set up to eradicate heinous crimes but it was assigned some other responsibilities during last era which adversely affected its efficiency. However, he said solid measures had been taken to transform the force into an excellent unit. For this purpose, not only special refresher courses are being arranged but modern training and latest weapons are also being provided to it. He said keeping in view the professional requirements, a training centre will be reserved for the training of the elite force only and Punjab constabulary, traffic police and other departments would be shifted to some other suitable places. He also directed to identify the areas experiencing high crime rate and launching crackdown against the criminal elements and unearthing the hideouts of anti-social elements. The chief minister also directed to for a detailed briefing within next two days regarding the role of security agencies in checking the incidents of kidnapping for ransom. He said reinstatement of all those police officials who are not involved in corruption, crimes and serious irregularities should be considered on the occasion of Eid and Inspector General should constitute a special committee for this purpose. Earlier, Col (r) Shuja Khanzada gave a detailed briefing regarding training of elite force and setting up of Counter Terrorism Force. Inspector General Police while highlighting law and order situation in the province said a vigorous campaign was underway for apprehending the criminals.