Dead-beat personnel made to work overtime!
Dispur PS: A case study
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 31: They are on the go for thirteen/fourteen hours at a stretch! They have no quarters. They have no cabins either to take rest, when they are dead beat! Even then we expect better policing from them. This is the sad state of affairs of the police stations in Assam. Dispur police station located at a stone’s throw from Jata Bhawan can best be taken as a case study.
Dispur police station has to cover a population numbering around 3.5 lakh. The expanse of its jurisdiction extends up to the State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden, Bagorbori, Rajdhani Masjid and the left side of Housefed at Beltola. The staff strength of the police station is just 86, including constables. As many as 27 posts of constables have been lying vacant in the police station.
The police station does not have a building of its own. It is on a rented house. Lady police personnel have no bathroom, neither at the police station nor where they are engaged for duty, say traffic magement. Can the authority imagine what will they have to do to answer the ture’s call?
Police stations outside Guwahati generally have quarters for officer-in-charges, besides cabins. Even as the senior police officers have cabins but no quarters, the junior ones at this police station neither have cabins nor quarters. The paucity of manpower makes them to be on the go for thirteen/fourteen hours at a stretch. The senior officers hardly get three/four hour rest during the day.
What is doing round is that Dispur police station is in for being declared as a model police station in the State. However, personnel manning the police station do not see any development that can make them stake claim it to be declared a model police station. Since police personnel are the ones who have to provide security to all, they should be provided at least their bare necessities, if not more. The government makes underfed personnel to work overtime.
If this is the condition of a police station adjacent to Jata Bhawan, one may surmise the best as to how police stations elsewhere in the State may exactly look like.