Police Organization Demands Diwali Bonuses for Police Personnel

Police Organization Demands Diwali Bonuses for Police Personnel

Among calls from civic officials for an increase in bonuses ahead of Diwali, a police-welfare related organization known as Maharashtra Police Boys Sanghatana has demanded a Diwali bonus this year for every police officer in the state. The organization has sent a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on the matter.

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Founder of the Maharashtra Police Boys Sanghatana, Rahul Dubale said - “The police protected people by enforcing the lockdown for their safety. They worked day and night to keep crores of people safe.”

“The police department gives an advance R20,000 to police personnel every year as Diwali bonus. This advance is later deducted from their salaries in instalments. If railway employees are getting a bonus, why shouldn't the police COVID warriors get it,” Dubale added.

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A police constable quoted by mid-day said that the police officers no longer receive the Rs 5,000 per year provided for the purchase of uniforms and shoes. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the police officers in Mumbai and across the state. As per recent data, around 200 officers across the state have lost their lives after contracting the virus. Maharashtra is currently estimated to have around 1.95 lakh police personnel which also includes 15,000 female police officers.

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