Grappling with manpower shortage, Haryana police has found a viable way to reduce the work load on its cops.
Instead of a morning to evening day-off, the cops - from constable to inspector rank - will now be given a 24-hour-release from the otherwise hectic schedule. The away-from-work period will be from 5PM to 5PM.
The announcement to this effect was made by Haryana director general of police (DGP), Dr KP Singh on Monday, a day after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar made the weekly-off announcement for cops during a function in Gurgaon on Sunday.
“Cops from constable to inspector rank can take off on rotation bases from 5pm to 5pm,” reads the order issued by the DGP.
The order, perhaps in consideration of staff shortage, elaborated that the station house officers of each police station across the state should ensure that only 15 % of staff should be off on a given day.
“Cops on leave cannot avail the off and it cannot be clubbed with other leaves,” the order said.
The order, sources said, has been taken with a view that the overall policing was not affected due to morning to evening weekly-off. So, technically a cop will be working on both days, till 5 pm on first day and after 5 pm next day.
“Weekly off is not practically possible. Cops have to be alert round the clock,” said a cop requesting anonymity.
Pertinently, the 56,000 strong Haryana police are short of 12000 cops. In Gurgaon, nearly 2000 police posts of the sanctioned 5000 plus are vacant. To cater to the shortage, the government has also decided to hire 3000 ex-servicemen on adhoc basis in the force.
During the function on Sunday, Haryana DGP said the lifespan of a policeman was shorter by five years than an average person due to stressful lifestyle.
Prior to the latest announcement that will be applicable with immediate effect, policemen till the rank of a station house officer got no weekly offs. They were given only 10 casual leaves in a year in addition to earned leaves and special leaves for medical purposes.