It seems the men in khaki manage to find an excuse for everything they do. Well, even for travelling free of cost in DTC buses. This time around, the reason according to Delhi Police is that the uniformed personnel who board the buses are protecting the commuters from eve-teasers and pickpockets.
Though every personnel — starting from a constable — gets a minimum travel allowance of R2, 000, it is not enough to make the city’s men in uniform buy a bus ticket. Not only this, the top cop of Delhi Police, BK Gupta has sent a proposal to Delhi government in which he has asked that uniformed police personnel should be exempted from paying Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus fare as they provide security to commuters.
“It is better for women and other citizens of the city that uniformed men travel with them. They might not be buying tickets, but they do provide security,” said Gupta.
As a result of this, the DTC suffers losses of R1.5 lakh on a daily basis, thanks to the 15, 000-odd personnel who travel by it. Not only this. According to DTC officials, even Home Guards and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in uniform refuse to pay the fare.
Recently, the DTC had decided to take on non-paying police personnel.
“We had asked our conductors to note down the names, badge numbers and posting of police personnel who refuse to buy a ticket. When every other government official buys a ticket, why should they be exempted,” said a senior DTC official on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The DTC planned to send the list of such personnel to senior police officers, asking them to deduct the fare from their salaries.
However, the plan never materialised. The police have sent the proposal to the Delhi government for consideration. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit said, “We have received a proposal and we will discuss the matter.”