The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) comprising of Retired District Judge A.D.Salkar and Mr.J.A Keny today directed the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to file their reply to the complaint that policemen in the State were being made to work very long hours amidst pathetic and very appalling working conditions.
As the CS and DGP today once again sought further time to file their replies, the GHRC while adjourning the matter to December 8th censured the government for not filing their reply though having been served notices way back on 27th of September.
Most policemen get a break only after many days of work and 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.
Alike all other government employees the police should also get an eight hour shift w
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. The working and living conditions of the police at some of the police stations and barracks is also very inhuman.
The Government cannot be allowed to be a cause for ruining the health and lives of the policemen by making them work long hours. The authorities seem to have lost sight that a policeman too has a personal life.
The policemen are also not being paid uniform, washing, rifle and ration allowance in time. This uncaring treatment meted out to the police force is a clear and blatant Human Rights violation.
The genuine grievances and pathetic working conditions confronting the police force must be looked into by the Government in right earnest. The Chief Secretary and Director General of Police need to explain as to how they have been mere spectators to this grave and gross Human Rights violations of the Police personnel in the State.
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