New Delhi, March 6: Like their counterparts in Maharashtra, personnel posted at police stations in Delhi will now get leave for their wedding anniversary and the birthdays of their children, a move aimed at helping them beat stress.
"The move came after senior officials took note of the level of stress which personnel posted at police stations have to bear," said a senior police official.
"These personnel's absence from various social and family functions only serves to heighten the stress levels," the official said, adding that a circular in this regard was issued this week. "It is directed that all the police personnel working at police stations may be given leave/off on the days of their marriage anniversary and birthdays of their children. Only in exceptional circumstances the leave/off may be refused after approval of the concerned SDPO," the circular said.
The circular was first issued in Delhi Police's outer district on Thursday before being sent to the remaining ones.
Police sources said the initiative was taken keeping in mind the increasing numbers of suicide cases with regard to police officials, many a time attributed to work stress.
In Delhi Police, any investigating officer, who could be in the rank of a constable to an inspector, depending on the matter being dealt with, has 80-100 cases in hand at any point of time, the senior official said.
In August 2014, Maharashtra Police had issued a similar circular, sanctioning cops deployed at police stations leaves on marriage anniversary and their own birthdays.