Surveillance cameras planned at police stations, silos

KARACHI: Sindh government has planned to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at food departments’ silos and police stations across the province to keep a vigilant eye on the alleged wrongdoings in these departments. According to sources, the decision was taken after complaints were received regarding corruption and mismanagement in these departments. The government has received complaints regarding bribes being taken by policemen, harassment of people who visit the police stations and delay in registration of FIRs, he said. After installation of cameras it would be easier to keep a watch on such activities and taking action against involved persons. He said initially cameras would be installed at police stations in Karachi and later in other parts of the province. The sources said the installation of cameras would also be helpful in stopping corruption and embezzlements at the silos of Sindh Food Department, as there were reports about involvement of food department officials in stealing wheat from these silos. A command and control centre would be established at Chief Minister House where all such activities would be monitored. Adviser to Chief Minister (CM) Sindh on Home Affairs Sharfuddin Memon drafted the project said the proposal regarding the project was sent to CM and after getting approval, it would be implemented. Currently it is a proposal and we are working to prepare its draft and notify tender to invite bids from interested parties, he said. He declined to give a timeframe when the project would be completed but said it would be completed within the tenure of the sitting government. 

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