Going out of the way director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora has allowed cops to take off on their birthdays and marriage anniversaries, even though there is no such provision in Punjab Police rules.
The DGP has shown this generosity following the point raised by a woman cop in a meeting held at Punjab Police Academy (PPA), Phillaur.
During the meeting of probationer deputy superintendents of police (DSP) and sub-inspectors (SI) at Phillaur on April 4, a probationer woman SI, Renu, had raised the point that cops should get day offs on their marriage anniversaries and birthdays, so that they could celebrate the days with their families without any burden or work pressure on mind.
Accepting the suggestion, the DGP sent a letter to all commissioners of police and senior superintendents of police (SSPs) in this context.
Referring to the woman cop’s suggestion, the DGP said, “Though there is no rule to give day off to cops on their birthday and marriage anniversary, the cops can avail day off from their respective heads on such days.”
Hailing the DGP’s orders, cops said earlier, they used to work on such specials days and their families used to wait for them to celebrate the days.
Cops not getting weekly offs since 2003
The cops in Ludhiana have not been getting weekly offs after the transfer of the then senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Singh Sidhu in 2003.
A cop, requesting anonymity, said, “Sidhu had started to give weekly off to cops. Once he had issued warning notice to Focal Point SHO for coming to police station on his weekly off. But, after Sidhu was transferred from the city, weekly off system was collapsed.”