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The Sindh government has earmarked around Rs 109.8 billion for Law and Order Sector in the fiscal budget for the financial year 2019-2020 that is over Rs 9 billion more than the amount of last year. "In order to fill the gaps of actual requirement of police force, government will create 3,000 new posts in the department in different grades," Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said in his budget speech at the provincial legislature, here on Friday.

He said that non-development budget allocation for law and order sector increased to Rs 109.788 billion in financial year 2019-20 from Rs 100.483 billion in the year 2018-19 billion. He said that five Facilitation Centres will be established at divisional level for common man to visit for issues such as issuance of character verification, report of loss of valuable things, complaint of the crime on the spot, missing child, domestic violence, vehicle theft, etc. He said this is the landmark project of Sindh Police.

A large number of schemes proposed in the budget. They include: Revamping of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and creating a professional and dedicated force styled as Counter Terrorism Force (CTF). Sindh Police will establish additional 259 Reporting Rooms under an Annual Development Programme (ADP) scheme to streamline the process with easy access to the public.

Murad said that law and order situation is directly related to social as well as economic development of people. The provincial government has been giving incessant priority to law and order as this sector is integral part of good governance.

Resultantly, law and order situation has significantly improved over the years. Sindh Government has been providing adequate resources to Police Department as well as other law enforcing agencies to ensure that they develop their capacity in view of growing challenges of law and order and terrorism.

In the fiscal year (FY) 2018-19, numerous milestones were achieved. Among them were I.T. Labs and Reporting Rooms at Offices and Police Stations throughout Sindh.

He said the government adopted three-pronged strategy to combat law and order challenges. It includes: building capacity of human resource through trainings, utilising latest technology, particularly use of IT and recognising the services of those who embrace martyrdoms or get injured.

The compensatory amount was paid to injured personnel and heirs of martyrs of security forces from the Rs 1 billion budget allocation. He said Pak Army Training Centres has imparted training to the newly-recruited police constables and that cost Rs 661 million. Outstanding Performing Officers were granted cash rewards.

As many as 3,690 police personnel have been recruited through NTS and recruitment of 4507 Police Personnel is under process. Bomb Disposal Squads equipment has been enhanced with the latest and modern technology.

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