In a first in India, Madhya Pradesh gives weekly offs to cops

Bhopal: A section of cops in Madhya Pradesh were a happy lot on Thursday as the much-touted announcement of a weekly-off for them got implemented.

For the first time, around 8,000 police personnel in state took an off on Thursday. During this time, assistance from the reserve police force was sought to maintain law and order and other administrative police works.

With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes the first state in India to give a holiday a week to its police personnel.

The Congress party in its manifesto had promised weekly-off for the overworked police personnel and within a month of assuming power, they have implemented it.

There are about 97,000 police personnel working in the state at present and of them about 3,000 are posted in Bhopal district. The chief minister has also promised recruitment of more cops so as to ease the workload and so that every police personnel could get their weekly and other holidays.

‘We have fulfilled our promise we made to the cops’

Chief minister Kamal Nath tweeted, “We have completed the promise we made to the police personnel of giving them a weekly off. I congratulate the police force and hope they can spend due time with their families.”

After taking charge as the chief minister, Kamal Nath had held meeting with senior officers of the police department right away. During this meeting too, the CM had reiterated his promises and asked the police authorities to make due arrangements. Consequently, on January 1, DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla issued an order that field-level personnel would henceforth be granted weekly offs.

If a policeman fails to take off due to field duty, he would be entitled to get the off within a month. However, if he fails to take off within a month the leave will lapse.