Living And Working Conditions Of Cops: GHRC Directs Inspection Of Old Goa And Colva Police Stations
Friday - Apr 21, 2017
Panjim: The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) comprising of A.D.Salkar and J.A. Keny today directed the Secretary of the Commission to inspect and verify the factual working and living conditions of the policemen at the Old Goa Police Station in North Goa and Colva Police Station in South Goa. The Secretary has been directed to carry out the inspection within 15 days and submit a detailed report to the Commission within 30 days. The Commission’s directions came while hearing the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues that policemen in the State were being made to work very long hours amidst pathetic and very appalling working conditions.
While disputing the stand taken by the DGP that all amenities including canteen and recreational facilities were available at every police station, Adv. Rodrigues today submitted before the Commission that the reply filed by the DGP does not depict the real and factual position regarding the working and living conditions of the police personnel and sought that at least two police stations, one in the North and one in the South be inspected to verify the factual position.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to the GHRC while alleging that most policemen get a break only after many days of work has stated that this has been taking a toll on their personal lives with a spate of incidents that has exposed the stress related fragility affecting the police force. Adv. Rodrigues has sought that alike all other government employees the police personnel should also get an eight hour shift which will infact increase their efficiency.
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint has further stated that on account of the long hours of work related stress, a lot of the policemen are grappling with serious health problems like hypertension, diabetes and depression and that the working and living conditions of the police at some of the police stations and barracks was also very inhuman.
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