It seems that good days have finally arrived for the police officers in MP. It is going to be for the first time in the past 38 years when a sub-inspector Uma Shankar Mishra got a weekly off on Thursday and spent some quality time with his family. Kamal Nath government has granted a compulsory weekly off to all the personnel. For almost 100s of officers, it was their first compulsory weekly off.
Till now the cops had to be present and do their duties for seven days a week. They could only avail casual leaves and earned leaves. But there was no weekly off for them.
Several cops who got their first break went on picnics and outings with their family. Some of them were so happy that they had their kids miss their school for a day.
Mishra, 56, who is posted at Habibganj police station told TOI, “It feels awesome. I stayed with my family and even tried to finish as the much pending world as I could. It’s the same feeling you get when you take the first vacation. I joined the force in 1981 and this is the first time that I got a weekly off.”
He further added, “It helps in relieving stress. I have my entire family with me today. My sons have grown up and there are daughters-in-law. Today, it really felt like family.”
It wasn’t only Mishra who was rejoiced by this. ASI Rakesh Sharma, who is posted at Bairagarh said that he felt relaxed after so many years. He told, “I have two children and we went to our ancestral home in Narsinghgarh. We will be returning early on Friday. This was the first off day, the children also took an off from school. It was a nice outing and it feels great.”
He further told that it wasn’t possible earlier as cops were required to reach the police station by 10 a.m. and usually they returned home at midnight.
SI Manoj Dave who is posted at TT Nagar told, “I joined police after retiring from the army, and the conditions were nearly the same. It is after so many years of worm that today I got an opportunity to relax with my family. We went to Kochi with the children and some guests.”
A 51-year-old head constable Harish Chandra Kaurav, posted at Hanumanganj police station told, “This was one of the happiest days in my 33-years of the career as a policeman. I joined the police when I was just 18 years old. Till now, I never got a weekly off.”
Dharmendra Choudhary, DIG Bhopal told TOI that in total 425 cops posted at different police stations were given weekly offs on Thursday.