As part of the welfare measures for the overworked policemen state police chief instructed the senior officers in-charge to ensure policemen should get week offs compulsorily.
In a memo issued on Thursday to all the, Commissionerates,IGPs,and SPs,Range and the senior police officers at the state head quarters, Mr.Praeen Sood,said that one of the requirements for ensuring good physical and professional health of policemen is to provide weekly off.
It has been time and again reiterated that mandatory weekly off,spread over all the days of the week by rotation,should be provided to all policemen,except in emergency situation like major bandobast,elections and natural calamities,Mr. Sood,said in a memo.
However the week off which could not be provided due to these above circumstances,the in charge officer should compensate with allowance or with alternate day,he said adding that the week off should not be denied as routine.
Mr.Sood further said that the officers in-charge should enforce the guidelines scrupulously.The memo was issued by Mr.Sood after he realized that contables who represent a major percentage of the force are denied week off and forced to work for long hours.
Though there are standing orders on week off, senior police officials ignore and force the constables to work citing different reasons.