Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has said that the State government will take steps to reduce stress on policemen caused by agitations in the last few years.
Addressing the State-level Police Commemoration Day parade at Goshamahal stadium here on Monday, Mr. Reddy said it was with a view to reducing the stress of police force that the government increased the strength of the personnel by 25 per cent in the last three years. As many as 28,000 constables, 2,400 sub-inspectors and 120 Deputy Superintendents of Police were recruited during the period. The government was committed to ensuring the dignity of work of the force.
Mr. Reddy warned the police that a small lapse on its part could earn a bad name as society was constantly observing its functioning. The objectives of the force had changed a great deal as the thrust had shifted to maintenance of peace which was threatened by forces within and outside the country. The situation was so complex that the defence forces on the frontiers of the country knew its enemy but the machinery guarding internal security had no clue about the origin of the threat.
Director-General of Police B. Prasada Rao requested the government to provide free medical check-up to every individual policeman once in two years as their stress levels went up, affecting health. He also sought additional budget to repair thousands of police quarters that were damaged.
The roll of 576 policemen killed throughout the country in the last year on call of duty was read out on the occasion. The Chief Minister and senior police officers laid wreaths at the Police Martyrs Memorial amidst the traditional reversal of weapons by uniformed men in parade.