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1. To impose an obligation to pay. For example, a government may levy a tax.

2. To collect what is owed. For example, a creditor may levy a debt, meaning that it may collect it from the debtor.


(1) To assess. One may levy a tax or fine, which means to impose it. (2) To seize or collect, as when a creditor levies on assets by execution.

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After the partition of India the Swat Levies was converted into regular police in 1950.
In Chitral the border police was reorganized and separated from Swat Levies while in Dir district and Malakand Agency the levies' personnel were given separate designation as Dir Levies and Malakand levies respectively.
When the princely state of Dir was merged into Pakistan in 1969 after the exile of the then Nawab of Dir Shah Jehan Khan the police force was introduced in addition to the Levies force but Malakand Levies continued to perform dual task of Levies and police as well.
The Levies personnel were paid only Rs350 gratuity each and nothing more.
During the second tenure of Ms Benazir Bhutto as prime minister, the retired Levies employees took their demand to her again through the then federal minister Muhammad Hanif Khan (late) and apprised her of their problems.
Ms Bhutto issued directives for revision of case and ultimately SAFRON agreed to accept the demand to grant pension to all the remaining employees of Levies force.
However, sources said that depressed Levies men were awarded 0.
The source further said that Levies personnel demand compensation and facilities equal to that of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police.
Sources said two years ago federal government had appointed 2500 Levies personnel and compensation was also increased but unfortunately other privileges were not provided to them like KP police.
Sources said that appointment of Levies men were in the hand of Political Agent; however, there were no proper methods for appointing Levies due to which they were disappointed.
The personnel of Levies force demanded the government to give compensation to them equal to that of KP police.
These situations have to be distinguished from a wrongful levy; when the IRS levies property wrongfully, then ultimately returns it, it pays interest on the value of such property.