Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-02 10:23 Bengaluru: CM Siddaramaiah met with the top officials of the police department to discuss the proposed protest called by the lower-rung personnel of the department who are slated to go on a ‘mass leave’ from June 4. Addressing the media, the CM said that if constables or lower-rung police officials have problems, they could approach the government directly. Asking police personnel to solve their problems through a dialogue with higher officials, Siddaramaiah said strict action would be taken against those resorting to protest. “Police department is supposed to be more disciplined. They should not protest as they are supposed to serve citizens and maintain law and order,” said the CM. A release from the state’s Ministry of Home affairs warned of strict action against state government officials who have decided to protest on June 2. The state government officials have demanded the government to hike salaries in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission. The release said that under the Karnataka Public Service Commission 1996, officials who resort to protest would be suspended for six months from the service and a penalty of Rs 500 would be imposed. Those who provoke or encourage these officials to protest will be also punished for one year with a penalty of Rs1000. Those protesting will also not be given leaves for any reason under the Karnataka State Civil Service Rules 106 B, said the release.