Although the prices of petrol, stationeries and other commodities of life have shot up by manifold but the government has increased only Rs2.18billion as compared to the revised budget of Rs59.64 billion fixed for the fiscal year 2011-2012.
Earlier, the Punjab Police had requested Rs70billion under the heads of ‘salaries’, ‘development projects’, ‘fuel’, ‘uniforms’, ‘Shaheed Fund’ and ‘other wings of the force’.
The Welfare and Finance Wing of the Police had requested Rs64billion as permanent funds and Rs6billion as temporary funds in the Punjab budget 2012-13.
The government had earmarked Rs59billion (including both permanent and temporary funds) for the Police Department in the budget 2011-12, but no allocation was made for the Shaheed Fund and CPO Fuel Fund. Similarly, only Rs530million were earmarked for development projects against the department’s request of Rs3billion and only Rs100million were earmarked for fuel against the department’s request of Rs750million.
Out of the total budget amount announced for the Punjab Police FY (2012-2013), Rs55, 063, 320, 000 have been earmarked for Provincial Police; Rs 345, 311, 000 for Lahore Police; Rs 1, 786, 748, 000 for training; Rs3, 590, 157, 000 Civil Armed Forces, and Rs723, 269, 000 for other functional purposes.
Similarly, Rs1, 32, 421, 000 have been allocated for Border Military Police DG Khan; Rs142, 220, 000 for Baloch Levy DG Khan; Rs 799, 235, 000 for Directions; Rs 248, 660, 000 for Superintendence; Rs 50, 025, 478, 000 for District Police; Rs 1, 978, 496, 000 for Special Branch; Rs3, 590, 157, 000 for Punjab Constabulary; Rs 229, 929, 000 have been allocated for Police Supplied to Public Departments, Private Bodies and Persons. Likewise, Rs438, 340, 000 have been fixed for Qaumi Razakar Organisation; Rs55, 000, 000 for works; Rs 1, 786, 748, 000 for Police Training Institutes; Rs 1, 362m 329, 000 for Counter Terrorism Department; Rs649, 122, 000 for Elite Police Force, and Rs70, 670, 000 for Border Military Police Rajanpur.
The White Paper of the Budget says these are receipts accruing to the provincial government through judicial courts and policing functions. The biggest contribution comes from the Police Department through traffic fines, driving licences fee etc. The collection of Police Department during fiscal year 2012-2013 is expected to be Rs2, 598, 510million.
During the FY 2011-2012, the collection by the Police Department was higher that the budget estimate (2011-2012). Similarly, the total law and order receipts are estimated at Rs2, 928, 277million in FY 2012-2013.