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12:00 AM, January 06, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:46 AM, January 06, 2020

Police Week 2020: Demands pile up, unimplemented

PM unhappy as many of her earlier directives not carried out

Yet again, the police are going to place at least a dozen demands during this year’s Police Week though more than two dozen demands raised in the last two years remain largely unimplemented, say insiders. 

The fresh demands include special residential facilities for officials of the rank of DIG and above in Dhaka, business or executive class air tickets for additional IGs during official tours abroad, “interest-free advance” for buying personal vehicles and postings in Bangladesh missions abroad, according to them.

On the first day of the Police Week 2020 yesterday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed resentment at the non-implementation of many of her directives to meet the police demands placed in previous years.

She sought to know from the home ministry the reasons for the failure to implement the directives.

Police personnel -- from constables to additional superintendents of police -- placed a host of demands at yesterday’s Police Welfare Parade in the capital’s Rajarbagh.

One of the officials raised the past demand for increasing compensations for police members if they are killed or injured while on duty or in action.

The PM then said, “I want to know why my directive to raise the compensations is still lying with the ministry.

“I want action in seven days,” she was quoted as saying by an official present at the parade.

During last year’s Police Week, the PM had pledged to consider a raise in compensations from Tk 5 lakh to Tk 15 lakh if a police member is killed while in action, from Tk 5 lakh to Tk 8 lakh if one is killed while in service and from Tk 1 lakh to Tk 4 lakh if one suffers grievous injuries.

Raising the demand yesterday, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mahfuza Liza said as per a 2016 government order, if officials or employees of various government departments are killed while in service, their families get a compensation of Tk 8 lakh each and an additional Tk 30,000 each for burial or cremation.

And if any of them suffers grievous injuries while in service, he or she gets Tk 4 lakh, added the official.

In response, the PM said, “Why police will not get the benefit if others get it. Rather, police should get priority.

“I want to know why my directive to raise the compensations is still lying with the ministry,” an official quoted Hasina as saying.

At the parade, several other police members demanded 30 percent of the basic salary as special allowances for the officials and employees working at training centres.

Now officials of the rank of ASP and above get the benefit at Police Staff College in the capital’s Mirpur or Bangladesh Police Academy in Rajshahi’s Sardah.

Another police official demanded an increase in their monthly “trade allowances” for nursing, cleaning and other purposes. They now get Tk 15-30 a month in each category.

The official proposed increasing the allowances to Tk 150-300 a month in each category. 

Like last year, a policeman sought lifelong rations for two family members of each police member after retirement.

The PM, as in the previous year, agreed to implement the demands.

Another policeman demanded 2.5 percent of the total price of the seized illegal goods as incentive for police personnel.

The PM, however, didn’t respond sto the demand.

DEMANDS TO BE PLACED

As per the Police Week schedule, police high-ups will hold a meeting with the PM at International Conference Centre at the Prime Minister’s Office today.

Seeking anonymity, a high police official said they would put forward a demand for reforming the police’s organisational structure and creating posts to recruit 50,000 members in phases.

The police now have a workforce of 212,721.

The officials will also propose setting up an investigation directorate.

As in the previous year, they are likely to place before the PM the demand for posting police officials in Bangladesh missions abroad on deputation.

The Police Headquarters last year sent a proposal to the home ministry, seeking appointment of officials of the rank of SP in 40 Bangladeshi missions abroad as liaison officers. They are to perform duties such as verification of expatriates’ passports, curbing transnational crimes and bringing back fugitive criminals to Bangladesh.

But the foreign ministry already gave negative feedback on the proposal after the home ministry sought its comment on the matter, said sources.

This time, the police high-ups will also demand “interest-free advance” for officials of the rank of SP and above for purchasing personal vehicles.

Besides, they are to place a proposal before the PM today for setting up Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman specialised police training complex and separate training centres for women police personnel.

Several officials yesterday told this newspaper that they will sit with several ministers on January 8, the fourth day of the Police Week, and seek approval of 98 new high-level posts, 71 new grade-III posts, 17 new grade-II posts and 10 new grade-I posts.

At present, the force has 67 posts of DIG (Grade-III), 15 posts of additional IG (grade-II), two posts of additional IG (grade-I) and one post of inspector general.

At the upcoming meeting with ministers, the police high-ups will demand special residential facilities for officials of the rank of DIG and above in Dhaka, business or executive class air tickets for additional IGs (grade-I and II) during official tours abroad, added the officials.

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