Punjab govt announces Rs 1 cr ex-gratia to family if any policeman dies in line of duty

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In a landmark decision, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has announced to give Rs 1 crore as ex-gratia amount to the family of the Punjab Police Personnel in case of death in line of duty.

The Chief Minister was virtually addressing officers and personnel of the Punjab Police using the Punjab Police Technology platform here. Chief Secretary Anirudh Tiwari, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister A. Venu Prasad, Principal Secretary Home Anurag Verma and Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab VK Bhawra were also present in the meeting.

While addressing over 23,000 Police Personnel of all ranks, the Chief Minister directed them to adopt zero tolerance against gangsters, drugs, terrorism, illegal mining and corruption.

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Notably, Police Personnel of all ranks joined this meeting from as many as 933 Video Conferencing (VC) locations established by Punjab Police at State Police Headquarter, all District Police Offices, Police Stations, Training Centres, Special Task Force (STF) Office, Intelligence offices, SAANJH Kendras, various Armed Battalions and Railway Police. This is for the first time in Punjab that the Chief Minister addressed such a mammoth gathering of police personnel.

While assuring all the Police Officers that there will be no interference in functioning of the Police in the state, CM Bhagwant Mann exhorted the Police Personnel to perform their duties with absolute professionalism, dedication and integrity.

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Taking another remarkable decision for the welfare of the Punjab Police, the Chief Minister also announced to enhance the Police Welfare Fund from Rs 10 crore to Rs 15 crore from this financial year.

Acknowledging the challenging task performed by the Police force with their best of abilities and capabilities, the Chief Minister said it is still subjected to criticism.

It may be recalled that since the Chief Minister had launched an initiative to felicitate Police Personnel on their Birthdays, as many as 5,650 Birthday Greetings have been handed over to them on their Birthdays till date as a goodwill gesture.