Mamata wants voluntary retirement scheme for cops to make way for their kin


Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she wanted to introduce a new scheme in the police administration under which aged police constables will be able to seek voluntary retirement in lieu of job for their son or daughter in the police force.

Addressing a programme of West Bengal Police in Kolkata, Banerjee asked Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee to think over the proposal and submit the same in written to her.

"When I was Railway Minister, I saw many gangmen who lacked physical ability to work, wished to take voluntary retirement in lieu of jobs for their sons and daughters. The idea was implemented to help their families. I think similar idea can be worked out for West Bengal Police also. Many aged police constable, after attaining the age of 55 or above, cannot work because of physical restraints. Their sons and daughters can be offered jobs if they wish to take early retirement. By this way we can help the families of the police constables. I will request the director general to think on this proposal and let me know his views," the Chief Minister said.

The chief minister also said that after her government came to power, 40,000 jobs in police administration were created. The recruitment for these posts are in the process, she claimed. About 4,000 village volunteers are being recruited, she said. She said welfare activities for the police can be carried out without doing politics. Her remarks came after Calcutta HC returned recognition to three police unions which moved the court challenging the state government's order de-recognising the unions.

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