Sindh okays additional Rs5bn for police
The Sindh cabinet approved an additional amount of Rs5 billion for police on Wednesday to increase the force’s crime fighting capabilities.
Besides, the cabinet also reviewed the relief efforts under way in the drought stricken district of Tharparkar.
During a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said not only the provincial government, but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the civil society were also satisfied with progress of the operation against criminals in Karachi.
The chief minister ordered that the Rs5 billion approved for the police department an amount in addition to the regular budgetary allocation be used to procure latest weapons, bulletproof vehicles and other necessary equipment to enhance the crime fighting capabilities of cops.
Shah also approved special allowances for cops posted in 16 “vulnerable” police stations of Karachi.
The chief minister said Sindh was the only province fully implementing the newly promulgated anti terrorism law.
He directed the acting IG to ensure the protection of minority communities.
Additional Home Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah informed the participants of the meeting that the law enforcement agencies had arrested 19,211 criminals in the Karachi operation.
He added that the crackdown had resulted in a 63 percent, 32 percent and 15 percent reduction in target killings, other murders and extortion cases, respectively.
The official pointed out that 10,000 more cops were being recruited and 2,000 retired army men already inducted into the police force.
He said four newly set up anti terrorism courts had started functioning in the province.
“This would expedite the process of disposing of cases instituted against criminals and terrorists caught during the operation in Karachi,” he added.
He said at present, 80 suspected criminals were in the custody of police and other law enforcement agencies for a 90 day period for interrogation.
Besides, the deputy comm red bottoms issioners of the areas where arid zones exist were told to visit their areas and submit a detailed report about the environmental situation there within 48 hours.
The chief minister said arrangements had been made to provide relief to each calamity hit family of Tharparkar.
He said 87,500 of the 120,000 free wheat bags announced for the people of Tharparkar had been distributed. The remaining 32,500 bags, he added, would be given away in a week’s time.
Shah said the provincial government was ready to meet a shortfall of wheat in any district. He red bottoms added that an additional stock of 16,500, 5,492 and 4,500 wheat bags were being supplied to Umerkot, Sanghar and Khairpur districts respectively to provide relief to the drought stricken population there.
The chief minister said the process of wheat distribution was being monitored by a committee comprising assistant commissioners, elders of the areas, journalists and MPAs and MNAs.
Board of Revenue Senior Member Alamuddin Bullo, who is also the provincial relief commissioner, informed the participants of the meeting that besides upgrading Civil Hospital Mithi, 31 basic health units and 18 government dispensaries in Tharparkar had also been made functional.
In addition, 11 mobile medical camps and four mobile dispensaries are also working in different union councils of the district.
It was informed that of the 4.5 million livestock population in Tharparkar, almost 2.18 million had been vaccinated and red bottoms the mortality ratio of sheep had decreased significantly.
Apart from Tharparkar, 25 dehs of Umerkot, seven dehs of Sanghar and 14 dehs of Khairpur have also been declared calamity hit.
The chief minister stressed the need for sending more doctors and ambulances to Tharparkar.
He regretted that doctors were more interested in working in cities for financial gains instead of serving humanity in remote areas.
“The government has recently sacked 400 doctors for being negligent and not serving in backward areas.”
Shah said he had formed a recruitment committee to recruit more doctors for Tharparkar and offered candidates double the salary with free accommodation, but no female doctor was willing to work in the district.
The chief minister has directed the health department to prepare a plan for upgrading and strengthening healthcare facilities for women and children.
Chairing a meeting with a delegation of the polio oversight committee at the CM House, Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh government is giving top priority to the healthcare sector and has allocated Rs 17 billion for this purpose under the current Annual Development Programme.