LAHORE - Capital City Police Officer Amin Wains inaugurated Sasta Police Bazaar at Qila Gujjar Singh yesterday.

The CCPO said the bazaar would be arranged at police lines on Saturday of every first week of the month - a time when government employees receive salary. He called this step an effort to raise living standard of lower cadre police officials.

“[The] morale of police force is directly proportional to better living standard,” he ascertained.

DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said that welfare was one important aspect of their agenda to reform police culture. The other steps included provision of ATM cards for widows of martyred police officials, setting up of ATM machines at police lines, barber shop, subsidised mess, common room, construction of police hospital, issuing of smart cards for shopping and contract with educational institutes for free admission of children of police officials.

Later, talking to the media, the city police chief claimed that there was progress in the cases of robberies at Millat Park, Garden Town and the murder of actress Qismat. “Police are carrying out crackdowns on criminals daily and will be shared with the media soon,” he added.

In a statement, a police spokesman said that setting up of the ‘Sasta Bazar’ to facilitate police officials was a unique step. A medical camp was also set up at reduced prices and consult doctors free of cost.

The bazaar will put on sale utility stuff including crockery garments shoes while books, toys, cosmetics, fruit and vegetables also placed there.

“All these stalls have been established with the help of multinational companies who are selling items at subsidized rates,” the spokesperson said.

Amna Bibi, who is wife of a head constable, said that she was happy as she did not have to go to a distant place for shopping.

Her husband seldom gets a leave and often performs duty on his off day. However, Amna is happy that she could now be able to shop at her doorstep - Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines.