Security gadgets worth Rs82.353 million are to be installed at the offices of the chief minister, at the Governor’s House and the Punjab Assembly, The Express Tribune has learnt.
An official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that on the request of the Home Department, the Finance Department had released the funds as a supplementary grant.
The security gadgets are to be installed at 7-and 8-Club Road, 90-The Mall (the chief minister’s Secretariat), 180 H-Model Town, 189-Y Defence Housing Authority (the chief minister’s camp offices) and the Governor’s House.
The Police Department, the official said, would purchase the gadgets and the Communication and Works Department would install them and ensure that they remain operational.
In February 2011, the Police Department purchased security gadgets worth Rs12 million which were installed at the newly declared camp office in Jati Umra Raiwind farm of the chief minister.
In May 2011, the government approved purchase of security gadgets worth Rs11.5 million for the residence of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani.
In June 2011, the Finance Department, on a request by the Police Department sanctioned provision of Rs2 million for purchase of security gadgets for 180-H Model Town.
Simultaneously, the Finance Department sanctioned a supplementary grant of Rs7 million for purchase of security gadgets on the demand of Governor Sardar Latif Ahmed Khosa for the Governor’s House.
A senior police official said the current government so far has spent Rs496.353 million on security gadgets installed at the offices and residences of the prime minister, the chief minister and the governor.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.