Policemen working on holiday to get full day’s salary in Maharashtra
In a generous move, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday increased the allowance given to police personnel who report to duty on a weekly off or a holiday. The chief minister said that from now onwards any policeman who is made to work on a holiday will be given a full day’s salary and not just a meagre allowance. The decision will benefit 2.06 lakh police personnel across Maharashtra.
“A hawaldar (constable) got allowance of Rs 60 if the weekly off is cancelled. The allowance varied from post to post. We have now decided to hike the daily allowance and the police officer would get one day’s salary if the weekly off is cancelled,” Fadnavis said.
At present the police personnel who are made to work on a holiday are given allowance of Rs 68 to Rs 105 varying on rank from police constable to police inspector. Now, the revised allowance will be Rs 490 to Rs Rs 902.
Fadnavis, who also holds the important home portfolio, told the state legislative assembly, “The police personal are often made to work on their weekly off days. They often have to report on duty for bandobast (security) at distance places away from their home.”
Admitting there is a shortage of manpower and greater responsibility, the police personal have to take to fields at the short notices. As a result, the government believes they deserve better allowances for reporting to duty on holiday.
Interestingly, the revision of police personal’s allowance comes into effect after eleven years. In the past, the Congress-NCP government had often discussed this issue in the cabinet. But the allowances were not revised.
Fadnavis believes, “Since the police personal on holiday works full time, they surely have to be compensated with full days salary and not dismissed with meagre allowance.”
Source:: Indian Express