Of­fice cops shifted to field du­ties

Some of­fi­cials of ASP rank only re­ceive and dis­patch let­ters, finds city top cop

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LUD­HI­ANA: Hav­ing re­alised that the ad­di­tional staff of 500 per­form­ing cler­i­cal du­ties in the Lud­hi­ana po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate were not re­quired, po­lice com­mis­sioner Ish­war Chan­der has shifted them to po­lice sta­tions, check posts and other sec­tions. Chan­der no­ticed that the cler­i­cal staff was en­trusted with much less work and could be utilised bet­ter for main­tain­ing law and or­der.

The po­lice com­mis­sioner con­vened a meet­ing of se­nior of­fi­cials to know how many peo­ple were work­ing as clerks. He was ap­par­ently sur­prised to learn that even of­fi­cials of the rank of as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor were do­ing only sec­re­tar­ial work of “re­ceiv­ing and dis­patch­ing” let­ters, while sev­eral po­lice sta­tions were fac­ing short­age of staff. Chan­der expressed dis­plea­sure that po­lice per­son­nel were re­strict­ing them­selves to cler­i­cal jobs to “avoid go­ing into the field”.

He has asked ADCP (head­quar­ters) Sukh­pal Singh Brar to de­pute women po­lice per­son­nel for cler­i­cal du­ties. He has or­dered that po­lice per­son­nel do­ing cler­i­cal jobs till now be trans­ferred to those po­lice sta­tions that have less staff.

Al­ready fac­ing a staff crunch, the com­mis­sion­er­ate is also strug­gling to main­tain law and or­der, man­age traf­fic and per­form du­ties for VIPS. Lud­hi­ana po­lice have about 3,000 per­son­nel of whom a large num­ber are de­puted as gun­men for se­nior of­fi­cials, politi­cians and other in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. Also, for the time the elec­tion code of con­duct for the assem­bly elec­tions is in force, ev­ery can­di­date has been pro­vided with a po­lice of­fi­cial for se­cu­rity.

In­ter­est­ingly, the po­lice per­son­nel who now face the prospect of be­ing re­lieved of cler­i­cal du­ties are try­ing to in­flu­ence se­nior of­fi­cials so as to pre­vent their trans­fer.

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