Punjab policemen who come up with new and innovative suggestions with the potential to improve the functioning of the state police force stand to win a commendation certificate and Rs 5,000 in cash.
The state police personnel Thursday received messages on their cellphones, both in English and Punjabi, asking them to email their suggestions.
“All NGOs (non-gazetted officers)/ORs (other ranks) can send suggestions at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Valuable contributors to be awarded with CC-I(Commendation Certificate) with Rs 5,000,” the message on behalf of Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora read.
“The idea is to connect with the police force. Collective wisdom is always good. The policemen have been asked to send in their suggestions. If the idea is adopted, we will immediately give a commendation certificate and a reward of Rs 5,000. This will motivate others to come up with more ideas for positive changes in the functioning of the force and for the welfare of the force. The basic purpose is that the force should feel free to express what is in their mind,” Arora told The Indian Express.
The message is part of the new DGP’s initiative to reach out to the police force at every level. There is a sanctioned strength of about 80,000 cops in the state police force.
DGP Arora sent his first message more than 10 days ago, telling the force that he was addressing them for the first time after taking over as DGP and would continue to brief them about the initiatives for their welfare through such SMSes.
On Thursday, another message was sent to the policemen where they were told to enrol before December 15 for a new cashless health insurance scheme of Rs 3 lakh. “The bank where salaries of cops are credited have the contact details of the cops. The bank has offered us to use its group messaging service free of cost to send the messages to police force,” said Additional Director General of Police (Welfare) B K Uppal.