Fatigued, under-paid policemen to go on en masse one-day leave on June 4

Fatigued, under-paid policemen to go on en masse one-day leave on June 4

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-05-27 17:47 File Photo: Keshava Vitla Bengaluru: Perhaps for the first time in the history of State police force, constables, head constables and assistant sub-inspectors (civil and reserve) have decided to go on mass leave on June 4 condemning utter apathy of the state government in ensuring them a decent working and living conditions.This unexpected move by the lower rung officials of the police department has caught the state government off guard. To prepare for any possible eventuality, the state government has decided to deploy police forces from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. At present, of 85,000 policemen in the state, 65,000 are constables.Through mass leave, the police personnel want to bring their grueling work schedule – that is taking a toll on their health and family – to the forefront. As per the rules, a constable has to clock a minimum of 60 hours per week but they end up working more than 80 hours. Moreover, they are paid peanuts when compared to their counterparts in neighbouring states. In Andhra Pradesh, a head constable’s salary is 57,000 per month while in Tamil Nadu it is Rs 45,000 per month. But in Karnataka, a constable draws a meagre salary of just Rs 14,000 per month.Besides, constables are paid Rs 700 per day and a head constable gets Rs 1,300 but in neighbouring states policemen of similar rank earn Rs 40,000. Despite working round-the-clock, they are not lucky in terms of leave. Their higher-ups deny them leave for no reason.Police constables are supposed to be paid Rs 70 for their lunch during duty hours but even this is not adhered to. They are allegedly supplied low quality food during law and order problems while top officials relish on mouth-watering food.On condition of anonymity, a Group ‘D’ worker belonging to KSRP 1st battalion said, “According to the rules, we are supposed to get three promotions before retirement but senior officials deny it for various reasons. This has a cascading effect on our career.”A constable in RT Nagar police station said, “We are not given quarters to stay. If we stay on the outskirts of Bengaluru then we need minimum of two to three hours to travel to our station. After our duty hours, we have no connectivity to go back. The state government should stop us treating like slaves.”When contacted, Praveen Sood ADGP (Admin) said, “It is wrong for police to go on strike. The department is making efforts to take them into confidence so that they do not resort to such acts.”