Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-03 18:19 Bengaluru: Rattled by the one-day strike on June 2 and faced with another, the state government on Friday buckled under pressure and announced a slew of measures to deter state police personnel from going on leave on June 4. In an unprecedented concession, police personnel are now entitled to a day off. Admitting that constables work under severe pressure with no leave, Home Minister G Parameshwara said constables were entitled to a day’s leave as other professionals. “There have been complaints about station officers denying them leave. But from now on, police personnel are entitled for a day off and it cannot be denied at any circumstance,” said Parameshwara. Police constables have also been given the option of either collecting ration or money, fulfilling another of their demands. Until now, police were given rice, sugar and wheat, mostly of sub-standard quality, and it was “disliked” by their families, noted Parameshwara. Police will also be given smart cards under the Arogya Bhagya scheme and will be eligible for treatment at designated hospitals. Police personnel's main grouse was that they were being made to work under severe pressure and this was due to lack of man power, said Parameshwara adding that from 2008-2013, recruitment of constables had been withheld but since the Congress government came to power, as many as 7642 constables had been recruited. “Appointment of 6,370 constables is under process. We have been given approval from the Finance department to recruit more constables and in the next two years, the government plans to appoint 18,000 more,” added Parameshwara. With regard to their complaint on “unliveable quarters”, the home minister admitted that the police were still living in “age-old and ill-maintained buildings”. Under the ‘Police Griha’ scheme, the government will now provide them houses that are "suitable to live", said Parameshwara. “They will no longer be one-bedroom house. Instead, the new quarters will be built (790 sqft) with two bedrooms, one attached bathroom, dining hall and complete with modular kitchen, vitrified tiles, jaguar bath fittings and solar facility.” He further said that in the last three years, 4316 quarters had been built at a cost of Rs 659 crore and 11,000 more houses would be built before March 18 next year. Parameshwara appealed to the police personnel not to get carried away by statement’s from outside elements, who according to him were trying to bring the police force into disrepute.