The Punjab government has authorised Punjab Police to collect fee from people for various services provided under the Right to Service Act. Under the Act, the police will provide 20 services to the people at community police resource, suvidha and outreach centres at the district, sub-division and police station levels. This will benefit 114 sub-divisions and 363 police stations in all districts.
ADGP (law and order), SK Sharma, who has been told to introduce administrative reforms in Punjab Police by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, said the Punjab Governance Reforms Commission had recommended levying of facilitation charges for various services.
"The commission was of the view that the introduction of charges would make Punjab Police accountable to providing a particular service within the stipulated time period notified under the Act. This will also curtail corruption to a large extent at the lower level once the people begin to get service within the promised time period," said Sharma.
He said all commissioners and senior superintendents of police had been instructed to provide public utility services within the given timeframe.
The state government has also levied 12.36% sub tax over and above each service to be provided by the Punjab Police. The tax will go into the Centre's kitty while the remaining amount will be deposited in various police community centres.
Passport verification: Rs 100
Enquiries in case of loss of passport: Rs 500
Registration of foreigners, their arrival and departure: Rs 100
Extension of residential permits of foreigners: Rs 500
Any other related service: Rs 100
Arms licence verification
Verification for new arms licence and renewal: Rs 200
Appointment of retainer of weapon: Rs 100
Processing fee for sale, permission and entry of weapon: Rs 100
Registration of vehicles
NOC for vehicle checked as not stolen from database: Rs 100
NOC for registration of vehicles: Rs 100
Permission for fairs, exhibitions, sponsored events (religious and political functions exempted): Rs 500
Permission for use of loudspeakers, orchestras at social functions: Rs 100
Issuance of NOC for petrol pump, marriage palace, hotel, cinema hall or with regard to public nuisance and safety concerns: Rs 500
Issuance and renewal of licences of arms dealers, cinema and video parlours: Rs 500
Police clearance certificate
Service verification, character verification, stranger verification, tenant and service verification: Rs 50
Issuance of copy of document per page: Rs 5
Countersigning of document for each page: Rs 10
To deal with social issues
These community police resource centres, police community suvidha centres and outreach centres at the district, sub-division and police station levels, respectively would also deal with the problems pertaining to social issues with regard to women and children.
The issues such as verbal or domestic spats, demand for dowry, to desert married girls, female foeticide, to desert children and old-age parents would be dealt and resolved by the community police centres.
The community police centres will also deal with religious and caste disputes, confrontation arising out of road accidents and child labour.