THE IMPLEMENTATION of housing schemes meant for policemen would be expedited in order to solve the problem of shortage of houses for them, said DGP Swaraj Puri at the meeting of the Joint Police Advisory Council and Central Management Committee in Bhopal on Thursday .
Senior police officials and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of various districts were present in today’s meet. Puri said that during the last 15 years resources have increased for the police and a large number of houses, police stations and outposts have been contracted besides strengthening of telecom facilities and increase in number of vehicles.
He exhorted the police to provide better and efficient services. He said that efforts are on at the government-level to increase the strength of policemen at a police station.
The DGP said that more resources could be gathered through public participation and from various agencies. Last year, Rs 2.31 crore were obtained under the Community Policing Scheme, he added.
The shortage of doctors in police hospitals especially those in colonies of Railway police also figured in the meet. Upgrading the police ITI and introduction of new trades in it institute was also discussed.
During the meeting it was revealed that last year Rs 1.62 crore were given as financial assistance to policemen. Around 248 policemen got Rs 49.6 lakh in the form of Welfare Fund. Financial assistance was also given to ailing policemen and for treatment to physically challenged children of the police personnel.
The scholarships were also granted to the students. It was decided in the meeting that assistance of Collector, SP and district judge could be obtained for train reservation while taking the prisoners for hearing outside.
Besides, the need for separate allocation of a fund for expenses on food of the jail inmates who are taken for hearing was also discussed. Efforts would be made at the government-level for the same, senior officials said.