Days after taking charge, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma said welfare of staff would be among his priorities, and two measures aimed at reducing stress among personnel have been initiated in the last week.
Personnel posted at police stations in Delhi will now get leave for their wedding anniversary and birthdays of their children, according to an order. This is on the lines of a nearly similar order issued by Maharashtra Police in August 2014, sanctioning leave for personnel deployed at police stations on their wedding anniversaries and birthdays.
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“The move came after officials took note of the stress levels of personnel posted at police stations,” said a senior Delhi Police officer. “Absence from various social and family functions only serves to heighten the stress levels.” The circular issued states that such leave may be declined “only in exceptional circumstances” after approval of the SDPO concerned.
The other order, issued by Joint Commissioner of Police (headquarters) Nuzhat Hassan, states the commissioner wants that all constables be posted in districts neighbouring their district of residence, as far as possible.