THE KARNATAKA government has deployed 11,000 home guards and 13 battalions of central forces on policing duty in the state on Saturday in the event of regular policemen remaining absent from work as part of a proposed protest against low wages and poor working conditions.
Home Minister G Parameshwara said Friday that the 13 battalions drawn from the BSF, CISF, CRPF and ITBP will be deployed at sensitive places in the state.
“We will use central forces and 11,000 home guards for policing on Saturday. We hope that policemen will not go on mass leave to press their demands. We are prepared in any case to face the situation,” Parameshwara said.
He said that police families also would not be spared in the event of a protest. “They will be evacuated from the police quarters if they protest,” the minister warned.
The government has taken some steps to address the demands of policemen including replacing government rations with cash since there has been complaints of supply of poor quality ration. “We will give cash instead of ration now onwards and they can buy ration with that money,” the home minister said.
The government has also issued a circular which makes it mandatory for all policemen to be given a day off from work every week. Issues like a salary hike, reduction of work pressure due to a shortage of staff would all be addressed over the course of time, he said.