Tuesday, August 24
Board for bettering police, madaris, fighting terrorism
As a part of intervention in strategic areas of divergent nature, the Punjab government is gearing up to finalise the Punjab Security Board, which is being considered as a multi-faceted organ, but primarily aimed at bettering the policing and fighting terrorism across the province.
For this, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has given nod for the formation of the Board, which is in the inception planning stage. The CM is the Chairman of the PSB, while law minister, two MNA and equal number of MPAs (to be nominated by the CM), Chief Secretary Punjab, the Provincial Police Officer, and administrative secretaries of Home and Public Prosecution departments are the members of the Board.
As per the sources, to improve the law and order situation, the Board will review the policing in the province, besides improving the police training regime and the ever-troublesome Thana Culture. Secondly, the Board also aims at accelerating the access to justice programme. In this regard, the PPO, Secretaries Home and Prosecution departments would shoulder the responsibility for assigning approved tasks to the implementation committee. Moreover, actionable proposals for improving human and electronic intelligence and citizen-centric intelligence system will be rendered as well.
In order to improve the working of the police and prosecution, the Board will develop police deployment strategy for ensuring preventive policing. Secondly, for improved investigation, detection scorecard for investigators will be developed, while tracking the prosecution and instituting appropriate rewards and penalties for prosecution’s successes and failures. On the other hand, the forensic science labs will be operationlised with an out-reachable collective capacity.
For the police training regime, four steps have been visualised which include defining skill matrix for each level of policing, conducting Training Need Assessment (TNA) against the skill matrix defined, proposing appropriate training courses and developing proposals for establishing an external certification agency.
In order to accelerate access to justice programme, proposals to optimise the benefits and a monitoring system to measure outcome indicators of the Programme will be developed, and for which Chairman Planning and Development Board, Secretaries Law and Prosecution departments would be responsible.
For improving the Thana Culture – a problematic area being ambitiously pursued – Secretaries Home and Human Rights departments, and the PPO have been tasked to come up with proposals for activating Police Station Record Office Management Information System (PROMIS), proposing a mechanism for addressing FIR registration denial, implementing Citizen Feedback Model, developing police station scorecard for presenting station’s performance to the Provincial Security Board on monthly basis and lastly, activating existing complaint redressal system, that is, Police Complaint Authority and Public Safety Commission.
As part of the Madaris Reforms Policy, besides identifying the extremist madaris, competing non-extremist madaris will be established, and curricula of all the religious seminaries will be assessed. Secondly, the periodical inspection regime of all madaris will be ensured.
Moreover, the Danish School System will be made more attractive for religious-minded households, and the admission design of the System will be modified for getting maximum number of students at primary level.
Also, the high militancy support areas will be identified by using activists’ domicile profiles, and interventions will be developed for addressing inter-regional service delivery imbalance.
The Board, through the Health Department, has been asked for expanding Chief Minister’s Primary Health Care Initiative for better coverage of all districts of the Southern Punjab.
Lastly, the Board will review hate literature in order to develop counter narratives, and engage religious scholars for the cause of countering terrorism. Secondly, proposals will be developed for regulating content on purely religious channels.