BENGALURU: The budget is not great, especially for the lower rank police officers. I do not see anything for the police department. Most importantly, it is the need of the hour to provide facilities for the force that protects the society. The 11,000 police quarters expected to be built by 2020 under the Police Gruha scheme are not sufficient as the number of personnel will increase.
Instead of establishing police schools, allowances should be given to police personnel for their children’s education.
Why cannot the government think of reserving some seats for the children of police personnel under the Right to Education (RTE) provision so that they can get good education in the neighbourhood?
The government needs to sanction the dues of the police officers which have remained pending for years.
Luckily, the agitation of the police last year was defused with the intervention of the authorities, but thereafter no facilities have been provided.
Policing is a manpower-centric job and technology is an added advantage. It is necessary to have a proper recruitment mechanism and regular training facilities to meet the modern day requirements.
But with the existing number of police personnel, this cannot be carried out in the present situation.
Governments have treated the police department as an unplanned organisation. The government needs to address the issues of the department in a planned manner.
The government’s announcement of construction of a multipurpose building along with barracks at Belagavi to provide lodging facility to police personnel deputed during legislature sessions is just to prevent recurrence of embarrassment which happened during the last session.