Facing embarrassment over complaints of alcoholism among 'men in khakhi', Uttar Pradesh police has launched a special re-orientation programme for 'tipplers' in the force.
"Alcoholism among policemen, specially those from the lower ranks has become a regular phenomenon. It is not only eroding the people confidence in the force, but is also a cause of embarrassment," Inspector General of Police, Allahabad Zone, Surya Kumar Shukla, told PTI.
As an image building exercise, top police brass has launched an exercise to identify tipplers in the force and make them undergo a reorientation programme.
"The objective behind organising the programme is to enhance their productivity, improve family lives and above all improve the quality of the workforce available with the police," Shukla said.
In the first phase, 125 policemen from the seven districts falling under Allahabad police zone were identified and were further divided into three batches of 40 to 45 policemen each, the IG said.
During the programme, the policemen were kept at the Police Lines, with a message that it is not a punitive action that will have an adverse bearing on their careers, he said.
As a part of reorientation programme, the policemen were made to undergo extensive drills and counseling sessions in order to bring about 'positive changes in their physical and mental well being', Shukla said.
"The first batch of 40 odd policemen completed one month programme recently and all the personnel appear to be physically tougher and mentally calmer than before. This transformation is likely to help them overcome the stress of their jobs which often becomes the cause of addiction," he added.