19 days on, 40% police personnel get salary

After a delay of 19 days, 40 per cent of the city police force finally received their monthly salary on Tuesday. Several lower-rung personnel had complained that their salaries had not been paid on time. The delay prompted the city police commissioner Arup Patnaik to issue an apology to the force.

According to sources, the delay in disbursal of salaries was caused due to problems in operating the software 'Sevarth' - which is meant to electronically transfer salaries of employees to their bank accounts.

"The salaries of 40 per cent of the force, due to be paid on March 1, was only paid on Tuesday. While this poses lesser problems for senior officers, the constabulary suffers if their monthly salary is delayed even by a few days," said a senior officer.

"The Sevarth server could not accommodate the volume of data on the Mumbai Police's workforce. This is being looked into," said the officer.

In July 2011, too, an apology was issued by the police commissioner when the staff's pay was delayed.

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