NWFP chief minister doubles police salaries - A Positive Move

NWFP chief minister doubles police salaries
Hoti says NWFP government has diverted funds from development programmes to facilitate law enforcers
Says 400 Elite Police Force personnel have started training

By Manzoor Ali Shah, DT, April 22, 2009

PESHAWAR: NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti announced to double the salaries of provincial police on Tuesday.

Addressing a police darbar at Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines, he also announced to raise the compensation amount of Police Shuhada package from Rs 1 million to Rs 1.5 million. He said the NWFP was involved in an insurgency-like situation and his government had diverted development funds to meet the needs of law enforcers.

Praising the police for fighting the insurgency with courage despite shortage of resources, Hoti said steps were being taken to improve the existing infrastructure and train police personnel. “Police will be provided modern training and would be transformed into a paramilitary force,” he added. He said 5,000 new personnel had been hired since January 2009 and the number would be increased if necessary.

Training: Hoti said 15 Elite Police Force personnel had completed their training while 400 jawans were undergoing training. The number would be increased to 2,500, he added. He said that some 17,000 new weapons had also been purchased while 180,000 others were in the pipeline. He said the government was awarding gold medals and special allowances on performance basis in restive areas, adding it had already approved a welfare package for children of police martyrs.

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