Securing Sindh will cost the government an estimated Rs46 billion in the next financial year, an increase of 3.19% from 2011 to 2012. The police will also have 7,500 new positions to offer in 2012 to 2013, with salary expenses for these new jobs estimated at Rs500 million.
The Sindh government is also budgeting for Rs2.35 billion for jails in Sindh, about Rs314 million more than the last financial year. Non-salary expenses are at Rs1.25 billion.
The police budget is Rs38 billion. In 2011 to 2012, the Sindh government appears to have spent almost Rs6.6 billion over its budgeted allocation for the police.
The Sindh budget documents for the police do not highlight how much money will be allocated per police station, but allocates the money to the district heads of the police. The Pakistan Rangers will get Rs1.29 billion.
The budgets for the SP Security VVIP-I and VVIP-II have also seen an increase: Rs97.7 million and Rs88 million respectively from the amounts spent in 2011-2012 (Rs354 million and Rs355 million) respectively.
Rs865,560,000 has been allocated for training for the police. While the government initially budgeted Rs800 million for training, it actually spent Rs955 million in 2011-2012.
Funding for the law courts has been put at Rs3.48 billion. The government says it spent Rs367.74 million for the purchase of transport for the courts in 2011-2012.
Privileges for retired high court judges have been maintained at Rs22,000,000, the same amount spent by the government in the last financial year.
The law department’s budget is Rs1.1 billion for the next financial year.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2012.