The death of SK Pandey, the 1988 batch IPS officer, has raised a question on the mandatory medical tests that all India services personnel undergo every year.
Pandey, who died while working out at a city gym, had a good health record and did not suffer from any serious aliment, sources in the police department said.
As part of the medical test, personnel of the all India services above the age of 40 have to undergo a series of tests, including the tread mill test, ECG, besides complete blood picture, sugar and cholesterol tests. The tests have to accompany the annual confidential report of the officers file in April.
Sources said Pandey’s annual tests reports had no cause for concern. Moreover, he had served in the special protection group for 8 years where officers need to have high physical fitness standards. He successfully ran the marathon held in Bhopal on December 6.
GR Meena, additional director general of police (welfare), said medical tests that officers of all India services undergo are not very detailed. “It is a general fitness test which does not go into details,” he told HT.
In case any abnormality are found, it should be mandatory for the officers to undergo more detailed tests like echocardiography and angiography, which was not being done at present, he said.
Meena further said that while there are norms for all India service personnel no such tests are mandatory for state police service officers.
“We hold camps for police personnel but many of them miss the camps,” he said.