Police rules amended; no arrest merely on FIR basis

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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, presiding over a 5-hour long Cabinet meeting, took important decisions which include amendment in police rules under which an accused could not be arrested without credible evidence; handing over of four KMC hospitals to health department and procurement of security featured Petro-reflective number plates for vehicles and reduced cotton fee from Rs20 to Rs10 per 100 kg.

The meeting here at CM House on Saturday was attended by provincial ministers, advisers, chief secretary, chairperson P&D and concerned officers.

Briefing about development budget outlay for 2021-22 the Cabinet was told that it has been pitched at Rs329.02 billion which includes Rs222.50 billion provincial annual development programme, Rs30 billion provincial ADP, Rs71.16 billion Foreign Project Assistance, and Rs5.36 federal PSDP grants. T

he chief minister said that in the first quarter of the new financial year 603 schemes of Rs14.098 would be completed, therefore he directed the cabinet members to personally monitor their timely execution.

The Cabinet on the request of the KMC approved a proposal to take over four healthcare facilities of KMC namely Gizri Maternity Hospital, Sobhraj Maternity Hospital, Gazdarabad General Hospital and Landhi medical Complex along with their staff and handed over to Sindh health department for their efficient operation.

The cabinet also directed the local government department to select more local bodies’ health facilities particularly of district councils and such others so that they could be given to the health department for their proper operation.

The Cabinet on the recommendation of IG Police has approved an amendment in Police Rule 26 envisioning to stop police officers from making arrest of a person merely on account of registration of FIR.

Now, after amendment, it provides for police officers to collect credible evidence of involvement of the accused in that crime and seek approval from the senior police officer beforehand.

The Agriculture department told the cabinet that the cotton fee has been increased from Rs10 to Rs20 per 100 kg right from 2019.

It was pointed out that the Punjab government was charging a cotton fee at Rs10 per 100 kg. The cabinet after detailed discussion reduced the coton fee from Rs20 to Rs10 per 100 kg.It may be noted that the Excise & taxation department collects cotton fees.

Reflective Number plates: The Excise & Taxation department gave a detailed briefing about the security featured Petro-reflective number plates for all kinds of vehicles to be manufactured by National Radio & Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC).

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