Police officials in the city, who often complain about stretched working hours affecting their life, have something to cheer about.
Nearly 77,000 police personnel, between the rank of inspector and constable, will now get leave on their marriage anniversary and on birthdays of their children.
The welfare wing of the Delhi Police issued an order to this effect on Friday. The order says that such leaves will be denied only in exceptional circumstances and that too after the approval of assistant commissioner of police concerned.
Officials say the move will help de-stress the police personnel who work long hours, at times exceeding 16-18 hours. “This forces them to stay away from their families and skip family and social obligations such as their marriage anniversary, weddings of their relatives or birthdays of their children,” said a senior police officer.
“Brief or long detachment from their families added with work overload causes acute mental stress to our staff. There have been cases of suicides or suicide attempts in the past by Delhi police personnel. The main reason behind such incidents were mental stress or depression,” said the officer.
“Such initiatives go a long way in strengthening team spirit and bonding among members,” said special commissioner Taj Hassan, chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police.
The initiative was first adopted by the Maharashtra Police in August 2014. Maharashtra Police personnel were granted leave on their birthday and marriage anniversary. The Delhi Police personnel, however, will not get leave on their birthday but on their children’s birthday.