Budget for law enforcement agencies to increase by 20%

KARACHI: Sindh government said budget for law enforcement agencies will increase by 20% from outgoing years’ Rs. 44.86 billion to Rs. 54.08 billion in the next year. Chief Minister said in his speech, “During the outgoing year, 12,000 new vacancies were created into Police, including 2000 retired army personnel, which has helped in improving quality of our force.” Sindh government has also kept Rs. 4.65 billion, a special allocation, for the operational requirements of police in the budget. It has also earmarked Rs. 1.5 billion for the development schemes of prisons and police.Infrastructure development: A total of 149 schemes with a combined length of 2026 km have been completed in road sector during the year 2013-14. Ten bridges have also been constructed. For ADP 2014-15, an allocation of Rs. 9.7 billion has been made for this sector. Targets have been set for constructing 305 km new roads, improvement of 470 km roads and construction of of 11 new bridges. Sindh government is giving prime importance to Karachi in its development portfolios and a huge allocation of Rs. 42 billion has been kept for Karachi based schemes in ADP 2014-15.An amount of Rs. 13.23 billion has been earmarked for Special Development Packages for various districts.People’s government has decided to allocate special package of Rs. 500 million for Thar Development Plan and Rs. 400 million as Tharparkar package.Agriculture and livestock: Agriculture, being the main stay of our economy has been substantial allocation of Rs. 5.18 billion for its non-development expenditure in this budget. The non-salary budget for agriculture has been increased from Rs 763.887 million during last year to Rs 861.645 million in the next financial year, which will facilitate the development in providing improved service to farmers.Energy: Government has invested more than Rs 30 billion on various projects and studies related to Thar. It has earmarked more than Rs 20 billion for energy sector (Rs 13.5 billion) for the development of Thar Coal infrastructure and Rs 7 billion for power development initiatives.Minority affairs: A provision of Rs 567.81 billion has been made in ADP 2014-15 for construction and renovation of Mandirs in different districts in which Hindu community resides. 

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