<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police department is working on a plan to put in place an eight-hour shift system for its staffers, on the lines adopted by the Mumbai police. At present, the constabulary in the national Capital works in inhumane conditions, putting in 18-24 working hours daily, and not getting any leaves for weeks in a row.On the directions of Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajiv Ranjan went to Mumbai for a week to study the functioning of their police department and to find out how successful the shift system was there. Ranjan returned recently and has been preparing a report that he will soon submit to Verma. Verma had proposed that the shift system should be implemented in the force within six months, as the Delhi Police constabulary was one of the most overworked forces in law enforcement, working under severe psychological and physical pressures.Earlier, a three-member committee headed by Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak was also constituted. The committee carried out a survey across 168 police stations and prepared a proposal regarding the eight-hour shift system. Pathak had submitted the proposal to the Commissioner of Police for further study.On a trial basis, the new system has first been planned for two police stations — Dabri and Sangam Vihar. Senior police officers in the Capital have noticed that due to long working hours, the lower-rank officers suffer from various physiological disorders. They do not get leaves for weeks altogether and have very little time for their families. Almost 80 per cent of the police officers have no housing facilities and their salaries — Rs 22,000 for a constable and Rs 32,000 for a sub-inspector — are not enough to rent houses in decent areas.In addition, it is mandatory for beat officers to take accident victims and unclaimed corpses to hospitals and morgues, even though they are not paid enough to do so. Senior officers said that all these were the main reasons behind corruption. “If the force gets adequate number of personnel, a beat constable can work in three shifts under constant monitoring of senior officials. Their satisfaction level will also increase,” they said.There are nearly 41,000 constables and 19,000 head constables in Delhi, who form the backbone of the force. It is pertinent to mention that IPS officer Sanjay Beniwal, who is currently the Special Commissioner in Delhi Police, had recently prepared a 222-page report, Manpower Assessment of Delhi Police. The report claimed an acute manpower shortage, duty fatigue and desertion is almost all the police stations in the Capital.
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