Lucknow: Policemen in Uttar Pradesh will now get an off every 10 days, an officer said. The initiative was approved by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and announced by Director-General of Police Javeed Ahmad.
The new policy will come into effect from next week. The long-pending demand is aimed at de-stressing the police force, which works overtime without any leave.
Ahmad made the announcement at a late night Krishna Janmashtmi event at the police lines.
A few years back, a similar experiment was carried out at a police station in Lucknow but quickly shelved given inadequate manpower and rise in crime in UP. It was also extended to a few other police stations, one each in Gorakhpur and Varanasi but met a similar fate.
But now, after the increase in manpower following large-scale recruitment in UP police constabulary and also in the number of sub-inspectors and with a proper order in place the move will come as a huge relief to the police force here.