Bengaluru: In the backdrop of some police officers committing suicide, the state government plans to appoint counselors in all districts across the state, according to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Speaking at a function organized on the occasion of Police Martyrs Day, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the objective of appointing counselors was to ensure counseling for police personnel working under tremendous pressure. “The government will examine the proposal to appoint counselors,’’ the chief minister said.
Appealing the police officers and farmers not to end life by taking extreme step, the chief minister recalled the High Court’s observation on police officers committing suicide. “I am appealing police and farmers not to commit suicide. Ending life is not a solution. The state government has always helped the families of those policemen who sacrificed their lives while on duty,’’ the chief minister said.
Coming down heavily on a media report on the alleged differences between Minister for Home Dr G Parameshwar and himself, the chief minister said the government has received the report on wage revision for the police personnel and the finance department has been asked to look into the report and submit a proposal for the revision of wages for policemen. “I do not know how the media got such information that is far from truth. Media persons should not write stories based on rumours. Such news will convey wrong message to society as well as to the police. I have sympathy towards the police. I am also aware of the hard work of police,’’ he said.
He said the state government has taken a number of initiatives for the welfare of police in the state. “Police are working round the clock. They will not have the time to spend with their families. The government has opened schools for providing education to the children of policemen. The government has also decided to construct a guest house at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore for the policemen who visit Bengaluru on official duty from other cities,’’ he said.
He said that 473 police officers sacrificed their lives across the country while on duty. “Twenty two policemen died while on duty in the state. I want to extend my heart-felt condolence to the bereaved families of those policemen who sacrificed their lives while on duty,’’ he said.