SANTOSHEE GULABKALI MISHRA
The Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) has decided to address the complaints and grievances of family members of serving personnel in military and paramilitary forces by establishing a special cell for them in each district in the state. The cell will be headed by a nodal officer reporting directly to the office of the DGP, sources said.
“While these forces are guarding and providing security for the country, their family members often face problems such as encroachment on their land,” said a senior officer with the DGP office.
The cells, which are established to provide any legal assistance necessary to address grievances of the family members of military and paramilitary personnel, became operational from this month in all districts and city police commissionerates in the state.
“The family members of such personnel can approach the nodal officers directly with their grievances and also give criminal complaints wherever necessary. The nodal officer will examine their complaint, try to resolve them and submit a report to the DGP office,” said the officer.
The DGP office will remain in touch with the nodal officer in order to monitor and understand the grievances and complaints, as well as to ensure that these complaints do not go unheard.
“On the district level, the deputy superintendent of police will be acting as the nodal officer, while in city police forces, it will be a deputy commissioner of police. Nodal officers will have to take detailed reports from each police station regarding any complaints of this nature and will take review meetings in this regard, “ said a senior officer.
“The grievances of family members of military and paramilitary personnel will be addressed on priority basis,” said Deven Bharti, Special Inspector General of Police ( Law & Order ), Maharashtra.