LAKKI MARWAT - Police launched a crackdown against transporters and drivers who installed extra seat in passenger vehicles and overcharged commuters, sources said Sunday.

They said the local police received complaints that transporters were fleecing commuters besides they installed extra seats in their vehicles. Taking notice of public complaints, a police party led by DPO Umar Riaz stopped several passenger vehicles, especially coaches, on different routes to check extra seats. They also displayed official transport fare list in the vehicles, said an official. He said the drivers had not displayed official fare list besides they had installed three to four extra seats in their vehicles. He quoted the passengers as telling the district police officer that they had been overcharged by the drivers. “The violators were issued tickets and heavy fines were imposed on them,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, as many as 30 cops appeared in the written test for the post of muharrir, conducted by district police administration at district police office the other day. “The written test was conducted with the aim to appoint talented cops against the posts of muharrir in police stations and police posts purely on merit”, said a police official.

He said that another objective of the written examination was to eliminate the notorious culture of ‘sifarish’ in posting and transfer related matters in police department.  “The cops who will qualify test will be posted as muharrir in police stations and police posts”, he maintained. He said that the muharrirs equipped with the qualities of hard work and courteousness could serve people and remove their grievances in a better way.

   Meanwhile, the district Elementary and Secondary Education Department has provided over Rs 15.67 million to the general post officer for onward distribution among female students as monthly stipends, said an ESED official on Sunday.

He said that monthly stipends would be distributed among female students from grade six to 10 in the entire district through respective post offices. He said that on the instructions of ESED EDO Haji Meer Azam Khan and DO M Ayyub Khan, a cheque of over Rs 15.67m had been handed over to GPO with the request to ensure speedy delivery of stipends to the female students.

He maintained that each female student from grade six to grade ten would get/receive Rs 1800 stipend for the period of nine months (from July 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012). “Provision of monthly stipends to female students by the provincial government is aiming to promote female education in the district”, he told, calling upon the headmistresses of middle and high schools to keep a close liaison with the post offices of their respective areas and ensure delivery of stipends to each girl student.

Meanwhile, the official claimed that merit police was implemented in letter and spirit in recent recruitment of teachers in elementary and secondary education department Lakki Marwat.

“Through separate notifications 68 primary school teachers and 28 CT teachers have been appointed in different schools purely on merit”, he maintained. He said that the induction of new teachers would help to overcome the shortage of teaching staff n state run educational institutions.