For every six policemen in Delhi, there is one staff quarter. This may sound strange, but to avail that, a policeman needs connections.
After being swamped by complaints of “favouritism” and even “payment of bribes” in allotment of staff quarters to the constabulary, the Delhi Police chief has decided to make the entire procedure “online.”
For the more than 76,000 strong constabulary, only 13,490 houses are available.
Many commute daily from neighbouring districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh or are forced to spend nights at the barracks. “There were several complaints of policemen close to certain officers getting houses allotted in their names. In some instances, money changed hands,” said a senior police officer.
“To put an end to this and bring in transparency, the housing allotment procedure will now be made online,” he added. Police chief YS Dadwal got acting on the complaints and the plan for the new system was initiated. With the procedure getting online, a policeman can apply for a quarter through this new procedure.
In the past, there have also been allegations of policemen renting out their premises.
“We have initiated the process of technical qualification bids for the online project and as soon as it is finalized, the system would be functional,” said RS Chauhan, deputy commissioner of police, (Land and Building).
A parliamentary panel headed by Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu had recently observed that accommodation is available for only 18 per cent of the entire Delhi Police force.
It had also slammed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) — the land agency, for acting like a private builder and not expediting the housing needs of the police force.
According to Delhi Police, there is only one Type-VI quarter available for 19 officers above the rank of Joint Commissioner.
While there are 116 officers of the rank of Additional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner, eligible for Type-V quarters, there are only 44 flats available to be allotted to them.
For 1,660 ACPs and Inspectors, there are only 190 type-IV bungalows, while there are just 1,200 type-III quarters for more than 5000 Sub Inspectors.