Every policeman in the state will be allotted a home and a day’s pay for working on weekly offs, chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis announced on Sunday.
“Every policeman should get a home and the government will ensure this,” said Fadnavis, who was speaking on the occasion of UMANG 2015, the Mumbai police’s annual show.
He also applauded the efforts of the Bollywood stars who performed at the event voluntarily.
This comes as a major relief to the police force, especially the 48,000-odd staff of the city police, who live in various police colonies across Mumbai. Some of these colonies are in extremely poor condition. “We are safe only because policemen work round the clock. Will ensure home for all: CM,” the chief minister office (CMO) posted on a micro-blogging site.
The chief minister also announced that the paltry sum of Rs68 paid to constables for working on weekly offs will be increased. He announced that they will be allotted a full day’s pay.
This comes in the wake of a police constable from Nanded strongly objecting to the paltry sum. He wrote a letter to the state Director General of Police (DGP) and refused to accept the remuneration.
“The chief minister assured houses for all police officials across the state. The policemen greeted the announcement with applause. This was the need of the hour,” said a high-ranking police officer.