Rs 81.6bn allocated for police

* Counter-terrorism department gets Rs 3.9bn

LAHORE: The Punjab government has allocated Rs 81.6 billion for the police department in the 2014-15 budget which is Rs 11 billion more than the budget for ongoing fiscal as Rs 70.5 billion had been allocated in the 2013-14 budget. In addition to this allocation, the government has also allocated Rs 80 million from building and structure for the police department. The counter-terrorism department of the police has been allocated Rs 3.9 billion. 
Finance Minister Mian Mujhtaba Shujahur Rehman said that the Punjab government had allocated Rs 81.6 billion for the police for 2014-15 fiscal out of which Rs 68.8 billion would be spent on salaries of the staff while the remaining Rs 12.8 billion would be spent on other expenditures.
According to budget statement, Rs 74.2 billion have been fixed for the Punjab Police, Rs 405 million for the local police while Rs 1.996 billion for training. 
Other civil armed forces will get Rs 4.229 billion while Rs 821.939 million have been allocated for other expenditures. 
Similarly, Rs 2.245 billion have been fixed for Special Branch, Rs 467.114 million for Qaumi Razakar Organisation and Rs 80 million for works. Also, Rs 3.913 billion have been allocated for the counter-terrorism department; Rs 892.374 million for the Elite Police Force while 352.500 million will be spent on purchasing new transport. An amount of Rs 80 million will be spent on buildings and structures while Rs 80 million have been fixed for scholarships.
The finance minister said that the government had focused on changing ‘Thana Culture’. He said that the people were still facing difficulties in police stations. 
He announced that the government would arrange refresher courses for the police personnel with the help of Turkey, Germany and other countries. He added that the government would establish a police school for information and analysis department to monitor the police performance.     
Similarly, the Punjab government has allocated Rs 7.362 billion for the Prisons Department out of which Rs 85.772 million have been fixed for direction, Rs 3.556 billion Central Jails, Rs 3.562 billion for District Jails, Rs 69.392 million for lockups and Rs 6.160 million have been fixed for works. An amount of Rs 30.856 million will be spent on purchasing new transport while Rs 48.500 million have been fixed for medical and laboratory equipment.

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