Lokayukta raids have earned a black mark for department: Kumaraswamy
Bangalore: There will be no gold, silver and bronze medals from next year. All the Chief Minister's Medals will be gold, according to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
He was speaking at the Police Flag Day celebration at the BRV Parade Grounds here on Sunday.
He said that Rs. 44 crore had been earmarked in the budget for the Police Department.
He also said that the 2010 B-Track scheme had been given Rs. 350 crore.
Law and order
"To improve law and order in the city, another zone will be set up and a Deputy Commissioner of Police will be appointed. For this, Rs. 2 crore has been earmarked," he said.
Mr. Kumaraswamy said that with the recent Lokayukta raids on the residences of a few police officials and unearthing of huge sums of money, the department had earned a black mark. "Though there may be a few black sheep, one cannot generalise and say that the all the officials are corrupt," the Chief Minister said.
He urged officials to serve the public better. He promised to extend support and financial assistance to the families of deceased officials.
He gave away the gold, silver and bronze medals to 72 officers and took the guard of honour. The Chief Minister released the Formation Badge on the occasion.
Speaking to presspersons later, the Chief Minister said that the Bhatkal incident and the Idgah Maidan issue had been blown out of proportion. He said that a few people were using the issues to gain political mileage.
In his welcome speech, B.S. Sial, Director-General of Police, said April 2 was celebrated as Police Flag Day since 1955, as the Karnataka Police Act was passed on that day. The proceeds collected by the police were used for the welfare of the policemen, those in service and those who have retired.
He also said that the department had introduced several welfare schemes for its officials, including Arogya Bhagya.
The department also provided scholarships and financial assistance for the children of policemen to pursue their education.
Mr. Sial said that the Police Officers' Wives' Association had also come forward to award Rs. 2,500 each to two girls and boys securing the highest marks in the SSLC and Pre-University examinations.
The department also awards such students Rs. 1,000 each.
He placed before the Chief Minister six demands and urged him to consider them. He said the Police Benevolent Fund got Rs. 50 lakh each year from the Government.
He wanted the Government to increase the amount to Rs. 1 crore. He also said that the Retired Officers' Benevolent Fund should be given Rs. 50 lakh.
Mr. Sial urged Mr. Kumaraswamy to sanction Rs. 5 crore for the construction of police grounds at Koramangala in Bangalore and said that medical benefits should also be extended to retired officials.
K.R. Srinivasan, Director-General of Police, Corps of Detectives, Ajai Kumar Singh, Bangalore Police Commissioner, and senior officials of the department were present.