Police stations to get bullet-proof vehicles soon: DGP

Kathua, Nov 29: Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid Wednesday said that all police stations in the Kashmir region would soon get bullet-proof vehicles, jackets and headgear.
He was speaking at the attestation-cum-passing-out parade of 947 recruit constables of 25th Best Recruit Constables batch at the Police Training School, around 80 km from here.
The parade was reviewed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
“Bullet-proof vehicles, jackets and Patkas (headgear) would be provided to all police stations in the valley shortly,” the DGP said.
“With your (Mufti) intervention, the Union Home Ministry has also agreed to provide safe housing to police personnel. A proposal was sent yesterday and we are hopeful of getting the nod soon so that our officers and personnel are provided with safe housing,” Vaid said.
The DGP said that the state government had enhanced the ex gratia relief for families of those killed in the line of duty.
“Earlier, a martyrs family used to get Rs 27 lakh now they will get Rs 43 lakh. I have heard that the Centre has also raised the relief money from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 30 lakh, and if implemented, a martyrs family will get Rs 70 lakh, the same as Central Armed Police Forces,” he said.
The DGP said that increasing the selection-grade constable quota from 25 to 50 per cent by the state government has opened avenues of promotion for the jawans.
“A similar proposal for head constable to the inspector- level is before the government and we are hopeful of a positive response soon,” he said.
Congratulating the recruit constables, the DGP said that this was a very qualified and talented batch, which had been trained in arms handling, crime investigation, counter- insurgency, search operations among others.
He said that among the 947 recruit constables, a majority of them got directed recruitment on merit basis and 147 special police officers became constables.
Vaid said that he had directed district police chiefs and station house officers to constitute police-community partnership groups.
He announced that a health insurance policy was forwarded to the government for its sanction, while MoUs were signed with the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board for 15 per cent rebate for police personnel and their families at its hospital and the Jammu and Kashmir Bank to treat personnel as preferred customers and provided Rs 20 lakh loan without any collateral.
Several recruit constables were awarded by Mufti for their performance.