KARACHI - President Asif Ali Zardari has directed to improve the efficiency of law enforcing agencies particularly police by providing them latest equipment to effectively tackle the extremists and militants threatening the state. He issued these directives while presiding over a meeting of Sindh cabinet, said Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira who briefed media on the meeting at the CM House on Wednesday. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, advisors to CM, special assistants and high officials attended the meeting. The minister said the President had also directed to set up National Security Committee which will monitor law and order situation in the provinces. The committee will be headed by the federal interior ministry and will have members from finance and home departments of provinces, he said. President Zardari said that local governments system will continue in the country after improvement through consultation and reform process, Karia disclosed. The President said police force in Sindh particularly in Karachi should be increased, saying that the Sindh capital being the biggest city of the country needed more force for maintaining law and order. He also spoke about raising the pay and perks of the police force in all the provinces. The President directed to finalise the summary which is already under consideration for employing 10,000 fresh hands in Sindh Constabulary. Kaira said though police is a provincial subject but the President had expressed his desire to raise the number of police in each province to a minimum 25,000. The police should be given special commando training for handling any untoward situation. Already 2200 personnel including 200 women have been recruited in police. The President also exhorted the need for increasing the number of police station especially women police stations across the country. The President hoped that Pakistan would get separate funding for this purpose which would be exclusively spent on police, rangers and other security agencies. The minister said that President spoke about comprehensive jail reforms. Responding to a query about IDPs, Kaira said that there were 2.3 million IDPs and their registration process was going on and government was trying its level best to resolve the issue of displaced persons. He said that at present about 80 to 85 percent of IDPs were residing out of the camps so efforts were underway to bring them into camps. He said that grants of Rs25, 000 would be given to each family living in the camps. Both the President and Prime Minister have declared that the amount of aid would be given from the development funds till the arrival of the promised foreign aid. He said that an amount of Rs 8 billion was needed for IDPs. He said that most of the displaced people were living with their relatives and friends and added that every Pakistani citizen has the right of free movement in the country. Replying to a question about number of militants and their commanders killed in the army operation, the minister said that he could not give the exact number but added that a number of militants have been killed and their hideouts and FM Radio stations have been destroyed. Maulana Fazlullah is not on air for the last many days but we could not confirm whether he was killed. The Federal Information Minister said that the meeting also discussed Thar Coal issue and said that it was decided that the Thar Coal is the property of Sindh. Both the Sindh government and the Planning Commission will work together to handle various issues of Thar Coal. At the same time, he announced that it has been decided that the NFC Award would be announced after the federal budget, which is expected to be about Rs 500 billion. Briefing media, Sindh Minister for Information Shazia Marri said that President Asif Ali Zardari presided over a meeting regarding agriculture. It was decided in the meeting that four new water reservoirs would be constructed with public-private partnership in Balochistan, she said and disclosed that the PC-II for New Baran Dam had already been completed and the study to start the project would be completed in three months. She disclosed that as many eight Chinese irrigation specialists would visit Pakistan soon to introduce drip irrigation system in Sindh for rice and cotton crops. The project for this system would be set up in one district of the province. Dr Zafar Altaf, a former federal secretary of agriculture will be the Project Director of the scheme.