IN THE wake of a number of attacks on police personnel, especially traffic cops in the city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced a slew of measures to protect the lower rung in the force.
These include free heart health assessment for cops at the Asian Heart Institute (AHI) and a smart township in Ghatkopar for nearly 8,000 policemen.The chief minister also said the CCTV network across the city will go live on October 2, and that it will help secure the city and its residents.
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At a press conference, Fandavis launched a comprehensive ‘Heart Health’ screening programme for Mumbai’s policemen in collaboration with the AHI. Fadnavis said that on September 29 – World Heart day — thousands of policemen will be able to do a free heart assessment at the Asian Heart Hospital.
As per AHI officials, 5,000 policemen over the age of 40 will be screened in the first phase. Emphasising the need for these heart check-ups, Fadnavis said data shows that 30 per cent of policemen die on duty or succumb to heart diseases and that this was a necessary measure.
The chief minister later tweeted, “We are working for better healthcare for our policemen. I appeal to all other institutes to come forward and join hands with the government.”
He also announced a smart township in Ghatkopar where 8000 policemen would get a “good quality of life”. The lower rung of the police force have often complained to the government about the poor quality of houses they reside. “We are working for police housing in such a way that they can then own the house,” Fadnavis said. State DGP Satish Mathur and Mumbai Police Commissioner DD Padsalgikar were present at the meeting.
A presentation by senior IPS officers on smart township for policemen was made to the Chief Minister around two months ago. The project – Smart Police city — is inclusive of the idea of ‘walk to work’ concept, and it also entails other features like green buildings, use of solar energy, rain water harvesting to mention a few. The Government Railway Police (GRP) has made a requisition for 2,500 quarters for its staff. “This was a pressing need and the announcement is a very good news for the people. Extending facilities like these will only motivate the staff and help us serve the people better,” said Niket Kaushik, Commissioner, GRP.
Apart from this, Fadnavis also announced inclusion of families of retired police personnel below Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) rank – primarily constabulary – in Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Janarogya Yojna, wherein the state government will be depositing the premium amount.
Training will also be imparted to families members of policemen so that they can earn a living for themselves as well.
In the backdrop of the attacks on traffic police officials, Fadnavis said that the government will also be providing body cameras to traffic officials to ensure that any misbehaviour they face is duly captured. The CCTV project – the first phase of which was launched earlier – should be going live across the city on October 2, he said.