The tiff between Delhi Police and Tihar jail authority over the purchase of biscuit has come to an end.
The PCR unit of Delhi Police has tied up with Tihar jail, and the latter will now provide the police force around 600 biscuit packets daily.
The biscuits will be distributed among the PCR van personnel working for the post-12am shift across the city. It will generate a good business for Tihar jail too, since Delhi Police will require nearly 20,000 packets every month.
In May, the state police force had started distributing tea and biscuit to PCR its staff working for the graveyard shift. Till recently, night staffers were given biscuits supplied by a private company.
“The Tihar authority had approached us earlier, but their price was quite steep. But now, they have agreed to match the price of the biscuits provided by the private company. Since Tihar-made biscuits are better in quality, we have decided to buy it from them,” said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (operations).
The PCR section of Delhi Police has around 6,000 officers, of which nearly 2000 are posted on night duty.
At present, there are 612 PCR vans and three personnel are present in each PCR van - a driver, a gunman and an officer in-charge.
The PCR unit has checking officers at 11 districts of the city, who checks if the PCR night staff is performing their duty or not. The same unit distributes tea and biscuits among the PCR staff while conducting checking. Tea distribution starts after 1am.
Approximately 1,800 personnel are posted in PCR night shifts and over 100 among these are posted in control rooms.
“It’s a mammoth exercise, which starts around 1 in the night. Around 2,000 cups of tea and over 600 packets of biscuit are consumed every day,” said a senior police officer.
At present, there are 612 PCR vans – 162 Tavera, 178 Qualis and 263 Maruti Gypsy that are either stationed or mobile at almost all the key posts across the city. Apart from that there are nine PCR ambulances.