LAHORE (Web Desk) – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday announced to upgrade Constable from grade 5 to 7, Head Constable from 7 to 9, ASI from 9 to 11 and create 13,000 additional vacancies of Head Constable rank to give incentive to the 125,000 police force.

Addressing Police Darbar here at Elite Police Training School Bedian, Shehbaz Sharif also doubled the financial assistance for the families of police martyrs who laid their lives while fighting terrorists from Rs 5 million to Rs 10 million.

The chief minister also announced to construct a memorial for the martyrs of police at a big park.

He said no society could progress without observing merit and supremacy of justice and law. That was why Punjab government had adopted a policy of merit in police and other departments.

He said police stations would have to become centers for redressal of grievances of the aggrieved. He said that like others, the sector for provision of justice had also been facing a decline and the situation would have to be changed.

He said time had come to change the ‘culture of sale of justice’ in police stations and Kutcheries. He appealed to the senior police officers and police force to uphold justice at all costs.

He said salaries of subordinate judiciary and police had been increased and additional expenditure of billions of rupees was being borne. The Punjab police had made commendable efforts for the protection of life and property of people, he said and added that more incentives were being announced for it.

He said construction work of the memorial in a big park to commemorate sacrifices of police martyrs would be started immediately.

He said that 13000 new Head Constables would be promoted in the Police department on seniority-cum-performance basis.