Chandigarh, May 1–Giving a May Day gift to the police personnel, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, today announced that they would now be entitled to a weekly off. The Haryana Government also plans to strengthen the police force with 7,200 personnel who would be recruited soon.
The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating the Office Building of Police Commissioner, Gurgaon, and Haryana State Cyber Crime Branch in Gurgaon on the occasion of May Day. The office building, constructed over 5.5 acres at the cost of Rs 28 crore, has been given silver rating by the Indian Green Building Council.
Reiterating the state government’s commitment towards the welfare of employees, the Chief Minister said that police personnel worked round-the-clock on all days, which led to stress among them. Keeping this in view, it has been decided to grant them a weekly off.
About 12,200 posts of sepoys and constables are lying vacant, which also increased the burden on other employees. To reduce the workload, the state government would recruit 7,200 personnel this year and also appoint ex-servicemen below the age of 50 years as special police officers on ad hoc basis at Rs 14,000 per month, the Chief Minister said.
As many as 22 women police stations have been opened in different districts, which are being appreciated at the national level. This year, 80 women police stations would be set up at the sub-divisional level. The Haryana Police Housing Corporation would construct houses for 3,060 personnel in the next three years, he said.
Crediting the police with maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in Haryana, the Union Minister of State for Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, said this was the reason why entrepreneurs preferred to invest in Gurgaon, instead of in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Haryana Public Works (Buildings and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh, urged the police personnel to work in a fair and just manner without any fear of political pressure. Haryana DGP, Mr K.P. Singh, said that Haryana Police had achieved new milestones while facing all kinds of challenges.
Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, Mr. Navdeep Singh Virk, said that ‘Student Police Cadet’ programme had been launched to associate students with the police, Besides, every Monday is celebrated in the districts as a car-free day to encourage people to pool cars and use public transport, he added.