Po­lice con­sta­bles to get as­sured leave on birthday, wed­ding an­niver­sary

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB - Ravin­der Va­sudeva ravin­der.va­sudeva@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Did you know that Pun­jab po­lice con­sta­bles were not even en­sured leave on their birthday and wed­ding an­niver­sary? Now they will!

The an­nounce­ment in this re­gard was made by ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (ADGP), law and or­der, Ro­hit Chaud­hary in Bathinda last week dur­ing his on­go­ing tour of dis­tricts. Though the idea to have two as­sured leaves came from a de­mand char­ter pre­pared by con­sta­bles in Bathinda dur­ing feed­back taken by Chaud­hary, the de­ci­sion will be for the en­tire state.

All the con­sta­bles have to do is file an ap­pli­ca­tion, and the leave can­not be de­nied.

“When­ever I visit dis­tricts, we form a group of con­sta­bles from dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions and ask them to sit to­gether for two hours to dis­cuss their rou­tine prob­lems. They then sub­mit the de­mands to me,” the ADGP told Hin­dus­tan Times.

“In Bathinda, con­sta­bles pointed out that even af­ter re­quest­ing the se­niors they are not al­lowed to avail leaves even for few hours to cel­e­brate their birth­days and mar­riage an­niver­saries.”

Since the is­sue of grant­ing leaves for con­sta­bles comes un­der the purview of the se­nior su­per­in­ten­dents of po­lice (SSPs) head­ing dis­tricts, the Bathinda SSP was asked to fol­low the prac­tice im­me­di­ately. “For other dis­tricts, an ad­vi­sory is be­ing is­sued,” he said.

Stud­ies have found that lack of leave and ex­tended duty hours are rea­sons be­hind stress and obe­sity among Pun­jab po­lice per­son­nel.

The Congress had promised in its man­i­festo, be­fore it came to power, that it will im­ple­ment weekly offs for con­sta­bles in po­lice sta­tions. Ex­perts have said that the sys­tem can­not be im­ple­mented un­til there is am­ple staff strength.

By the way, “to add to their cel­e­bra­tions, po­lice con­trol rooms will call the con­sta­bles to wish them a happy birthday and mar­riage an­niver­sary,” said the ADGP. Pun­jab will ar­guably be the first state to sanc­tion such leaves.


All that the con­sta­bles have to do is file an ap­pli­ca­tion, and the leave can­not be de­nied.

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