Here’s why cops went on mass leave during Rajnath Singh’s visit to Jodhpur

Rajasthan DGP Ajit Singh said any indiscipline would not be condoned. "There are rumours pertaining to salary cut issue. We have provided our view to the government. People should not act in a way that hurt the dignity of profession."

By: PTI | Jaipur | Published: October 17, 2017 4:26 pm
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More than 250 policemen, some of whom had to give the guard of honour to Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to Jodhpur on Tuesday, went on a day’s mass leave over rumours that their pay scale would be reduced. Singh was on a brief visit to Jodhpur to inaugurate a regional training centre for the Intelligence Bureau (IB). “Over 250 policemen went on a day’s mass leave on Monday. Some of them were part of the team which was to give the guard of honour to the Union home minister. As they refused to report on duty, the team was replaced with other policemen,” Jodhpur police commissioner Ashok Rathore said.

He said abstaining from duty without sanctioned leave was indiscipline and calls for disciplinary action. Additional Director General of Police M L Lathar too had to face a similar embarrassing situation as the policemen refused to give him the guard of honour when he visited the Jodhpur Police Commissionerate yesterday.

In a separate incident, 10 policemen posted at Jaipur’s Civil Lines Metro Station got their heads tonsured in protest yesterday after six of their colleagues were transferred to police lines for allegedly protesting over the pay cut rumour.

The rumour had it that the constabulary’s pay scale would be reduced from the existing Rs 24,000 to Rs 19,000 per month.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria shot down the rumours, saying the government issued no order for reducing the salary of any employee, including police personnel. “Issues related to salary are pending with the Cabinet Committee. So, there should be no confusion,” Kataria said.

Rajasthan DGP Ajit Singh said any indiscipline would not be condoned. “There are rumours pertaining to salary cut issue. We have provided our view to the government. People should not act in a way that hurt the dignity of profession.”

The constabulary had been staging protests across the state for a fortnight over the alleged salary cut proposal.

Their protest was previously limited only to boycotting the mess facility and wearing black ribbons during duty hours. A message on social media had gone viral ahead of the festive season which is believed to have led to the protests.

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  1. T
    Oct 18, 2017 at 1:07 am
    Must be deliberately spread by opposition about scaling down of ry instigated the police personnel to go mass leave to humiliate the Union Home Minister. However, these police personnel should all be suspended and face disciplinary action .
    1. R
      Oct 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm
      Now here is an irony.... ry for policemen reduce and ry for fraud politicians increased... What a good foolishness....
      1. A
        Oct 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm
        For once, rumours worked against BJP.
        1. P
          Oct 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm
          2015, onward, BSF/CRPF local policemen, para-military forces killed 10,000 civilians Propaganda Ministry of Home Affairs,under Jr. Home Minister master minded putting up fake video' fake old news paper clips circulating right within 2-3 days, just watch , after 25th Aug,2017 Gurmit Ram Rahim, episode, dozens dozens fake video' favoring BJP/RSS / latest two fake video' reflecting Character Assassination CHD female stakling / Gurmeher Kaur, d/o late Capt, who was killed during KARGIL , bjp ruling ' 1999-2004 how long these communal people fool ,throw dust into the eyes of public?
          1. P
            Oct 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm
            Kudos 250 uniformed RAJ. policemen, shame on the faces of communal, HARD CORE racist, castiest ,killers, murderers of minorities, GC Kataria, foul mouth, ugly out burst, fake mark sheet/ fake certificate , fake work experience............ Policemen recruited for PUBLIC SAFETY, PROTECTION, not for saluting the BJP/RSS goons. even the uniformed armed forced, facing the bullet 24/7 protecting our borders, should not salute the politician, no matter a Defense Minister Home Minister/ Jr. Home Ministers BJP /RSS chief ministers of ........ in the last 40 months, not a single BJP' out fit visited the widows' families of Martyred , except of above the rank of clean shaved commissioned officers Side lined senior most Lt. General' due for promotion to Chief of the Army, Terrorists/ killers right here in and within the boundaries, not across the LOC exception are there, once a blue moon drug smugglers open fire
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