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MP Cops Get First Weekly Off in Years as Congress Implements Poll Promise

The police personnel in MP were earlier eligible only for annual leaves, which included sick leave, casual leaves and earned leaves.

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Updated:January 4, 2019, 9:41 AM IST
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MP Cops Get First Weekly Off in Years as Congress Implements Poll Promise
The police personnel in MP were earlier eligible only for annual leaves, which included sick leave, casual leaves and earned leaves.
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Bhopal: It seems ‘achhe din’ are finally here for policemen in Madhya Pradesh as the Kamal Nath government has granted compulsory weekly offs to all personnel, implementing the Congress' poll promise.

Earlier, cops were not entitled to any weekly-offs and were eligible only for annual leaves, which included sick leave, casual leaves and earned leaves. But things changed after Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police Rishi Kumar Shukla on Tuesday announced that a weekly off is applicable for all personnel posted at police stations as well as in special armed force units deployed in the districts.

Sub-inspector Uma Shankar Mishra, who got his day off on Thursday, chose to spend it with his family. “It feels awesome. I stayed with my family and even tried to finish as much pending work as I could. It’s the same feeling you get when you take a first vacation. I joined the force in 1981 and this is the first time that I got a weekly off,” Mishra was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

After implementing the order, Chief Minister Kamal Nath tweeted, “We have completed the promise we made to the police personnel of giving them a weekly off. I congratulate the police force and hope they can spend due time with their families.”

The state government rolled out the poll promise on Thursday, two days after its notification on New Year’s Day. According to reports, most cops went on picnics and outings with family to celebrate their first weekly offs. “It helps relieve stress. I have my entire family with me today. My sons have grown up and there are daughters-in-law. Today, it really felt like family,” said Mishra about his first week off in 36 year-long career.

ASI Rakesh Sharma, another policeman posted at Bairagarh, went to his ancestral home in Narsinghgarh with his two children. “This was the first off day so the children also took an off from school. It was a nice outing and it feels great,” Sharma told Times of India, adding that all this wasn’t possible earlier as cops were required to reach their police station by 10am, and on most days could return home only around midnight.
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