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Capt orders extension in service for retiring Punjab cops till May 31

🕤 April 01, 2020 | 02:22 am

DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Amid the continuing curfew/lockdown in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder on Tuesday ordered extension in the services of all retiring Police personnel and Home Guards by two months, to strengthen the citizen outreach on the ground. Further, to ease the pressure on the police force, of whom 44,546 were in the field today to enforce restrictions and conduct relief operations on war footing, around 1300 cops have been judiciously withdrawn from VVIP duty, including a significant number from CM security, to join the battle in the COVID-19 lockdown on the ground. Amarinder had earlier authorized DGP Dinkar Gupta to pull out any number of police personnel from his (Chief Minister's) personal security, or that of other VIP protectees, for deployment for COVID-19 crisis management, as he may deem fit. Expressing concern about the welfare and morale of thousands of police personnel, who had been performing field duties without rest or relief, over the past several days, the Chief Minister had directed mobilization of maximum police force through withdrawal from security duties. The DGP said further withdrawals would be made based on evaluation of the threat scenario, which was in progress, and through graded reduction. More security persons from district force and Armed Battalions will be withdrawn and organized into reserves, he said, adding that extensive mobilisation of the force had been planned and will be undertaken in a phased manner. The DGP said due care was being taken to deploy the police personnel in their home districts as far as possible. The Chief Minister, who is personally monitoring and reviewing the COVID and curfew related situation on a day-to-day basis, has also asked the police and civil administration to ensure all steps to protect and provide for the homeless and the migrant labour stranded in Punjab due to the sudden lockdown. In this connection, he spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and apprised him of the arrangements being made for such migrants from Bihar. Captain Amarinder also asked Nitish to assure the families of these migrants back in Bihar that they were being fully looked after by Punjab and Punjabis during these testing times. To boost the morale of the frontline workers, Captain Amarinder continued to reach out to the doctors, police and administrative officials working in the field and personally spoke to several of them during the day. He assured them of the state government's full support in their war against this unprecedented crisis. Meanwhile, in its notification, the Department of Home Affairs & Justice said that as a one-time measure, taken in view of the emergent situation due to spread of COVID-19, the "uniformed personnel of Police and Punjab Home Guards working with the Government of Punjab shall continue to work irrespective of their date of retirement till 31.05.2020." These orders would also apply to Officers/Officials whose retirement orders stand issued, said the notification, adding that "these employees would not be eligible for any promotion or additional perks during their extended period." The step was necessitated to cope with the emergency situation triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, an official spokesperson said. The state government had earlier given extensions in service to retiring doctors & health staff, as well as sanitation workers. According to DGP Dinkar Gupta, a total of 107 FIRs were registered today for violation of curfew/home quarantine restrictions and 132 persons were arrested. (editor@dailyworld.in)

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