Starting June 1,the lower rung policemen at Lucknows Gomti Nagar police station will get a day off every week on an experimental basis for the next two months.
Even as the department faces manpower crunch,it hopes the break will lower the stress levels of the policemen and improve the way they interact with public. The move will also give the policemen time to spend more time with their families.
At present,constables,head constables and sub-inspectors in the state get no weekly off. They get a total of 30 casual leaves in a year and are granted extra salary of a month for working on public holidays,Sundays,and second Saturdays.
Deputy Inspector General (Lucknow Range),Navniet Sekera said he along with Prof Himanshu Rai of IIM,Lucknow,had carried out a study on improving the behaviour of policemen with public. The experiment is a result of the study.
Explaining the process of granting weekly offs so that the functioning at the poilce station is not disturbed,Sekera said one-seventh of the policemen constables,head constables and sub-inspectors posted at the police station will be given weekly offs each day of the week.
These one-seventh of policemen will be asked to perform a passive duty of 12 hours after completing their 12 hours routine duty the next day. Which means the policemen will stay at the lodging quarters of the police station but can called for work if need be.
Sekera said the weekly offs,however,will not be cumulative and will be given by the station house officers and station officers after assessing the manpower at their police stations.
He said if the experiment at Gomti Nagar PS showed improvement in the functioning of policemen,they will suggest the government to replicate it at other police stations as well.