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1 NAP jawans demand better facilities in Delhi

Jawans after duty, entertaining themselves playing cards. (NP)
Special Correspondent, NEW DELHI, Sept 3:
Published on 4 Sep. 2008 2:06 AM IST
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Jawans of the 1 NAP sent to Delhi for static duties, are reportedly in a mutinous mood over complaints pertaining to lack of adequate facilities including benefits not given to them. Of the 1000 personnel of the 1 NAP, 626 were put for static duty at various government organizations like foreign embassies or deployed for security duties for VVIPs like Sonia Gandhi and others. The main office of the battalion is stationed at Police colony, Model Town II, North Delhi. A few days back, irate jawans manhandled some junior officers followed by another such incident on Tuesday when around twenty jawans from various posts congregated at the Model Town II office to vent ire at attitude of the police brass. A police jawan speaking on condition of anonymity said that from day one, there were nothing but complaints galore. “ The Doctor on duty for the Jawans cannot even give us proper medicines saying that he has not been given the stock of medicines. Also most of all no vehicle has been given for the doctor to make rounds to the respective static posts to check on the Jawans”. Another Havildar quipped “They should have arranged everything before sending us here. When we compare ourselves with other police personnel stationed here from other states, we are not even given half of what they get. Are we not doing the same job or do they think Nagas can just keep quite?” Meanwhile, when asked for comment the Commandant of the 1 NAP told the Post over phone, that the issue has been blown out of proportion. Admitting that there were genuine difficulties in providing prompt food to various units owing to logistics, the commandant M.Pienyü however said these were being streamlined and jawans needed to be more patient. Mr Pienyü also felt that there were some personnel hell bent on creating a situation in the vain hope of being sent back to the state.He said that not only Naga policemen but policemen from other states too faced similar problems in Delhi. At a meeting held Tuesday, the irate Jawans made a 16-point charter of demands addressed to the government with the ultimatum to respond within September 5. Some of the charter of demands include: Payment of D.A. of Rs.105 which is paid to police personnel of Sikkim and the UP sent to Delhi for duty and eight days leave for journey besides twice E/L and C/L; payment of half yearly T/A and D/A within September itself; HRA of 30% on par with policemen from Sikkim, Rajasthan and UP sent to Delhi;demanding to know what facilities was given to deceased jawan Yanshep Phom of B’coy’ in Delhi. Other demands include other allowances, clothing, ration, visiting facilities of families etc.

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