After announcing a compensation package for policemen killed in encounters, the West Bengal government has proposed to set up housing complexes and upgrade police hospitals.
The state government has decided to take loans from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) to set up the complexes and upgrade hospitals across the state, Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told PTI.
This was decided at a meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), which met after four years.
However, with difficulties arising due to limited allotment from police modernisation funds, with which earlier housing complexes were set up, it has been decided to take loans for constructing more complexes, Sen said.
"There have been grievances among policemen on non-availability of housing. At present 20 per cent of policemen can be provided housing and the target is to increase this to 35 per cent in the next few months," he said.
The JCC has also decided to repair all existing housing complexes and to construct 1,500 flats soon, he said.
Sen also said that the government has sent a proposal to the Finance Department to recruit 3,500 police personnel next year to fill up vacant posts.
It was also decided to include more policemen under the risk allowance coverage.
"We demanded risk allowance for all policemen in the state, but it was decided to include policemen posted in the commando force, bomb disposal squad, VVIP security in addition to those posted in West Midnapore," West Bengal Police Association (WBPA) General Secretary Bijitaswa Rout said.
On October 21, the state government had announced a compensation package for policemen killed in encounters with the left wing or other extremists during service.
According to the decision, the family of any policeman killed in an encounter would continue to draw the last salary drawn every month till the scheduled date of retirement.