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With the challenges associated with providing security for the big final at Wankhede Stadium dealt with successfully, Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik has his eyes set on a slew of new initiatives aimed at improving the lifestyle and work conditions of his men.
As part of around 30 pet projects on his to-do list, Patnaik plans to compile information on HIV positive cases and psychological disorders within the force to build a data base and profile for future reference.
"Such an exercise will help us in gauging the number of such cases and the profile created will help us in guiding and counselling policemen suffering from these ailments in a better way. Their families can also be given necessary guidance," revealed an officer.
The police chief also plans to begin a Marathi newsletter which will regularly highlight the achievements of policemen as well as of their children in different fields. Besides this, a modern and world-class cafeteria inside the police headquarters in Crawford Market will also come up soon.
Starting Sunday, the Police Commissioner will also hold a weekly 'darbar' from 10 am to 1 pm, during which policemen can air their grievances. The personnel can also bring along spouses and families to the meetings to resolve disputes.
Patnaik has also decided to review around 200 suspension orders personally and is scrutinising 20 cases each day. He plans to lay down a fixed procedure and criteria for transfers and postings, with Joint Commissioners being required to mention specific reasons on record in case there is a deviation from the norms in the case of any policeman.
Paying specific attention to the housing conditions of policemen as well as the manner of functioning at police stations across the city are also priorities for Patnaik.
On his to-do list are a slew of new initiatives aimed at improving the lifestyle and work conditions of his personnel, such as...
* Compiling information on HIV positive cases and psychological disorders within the force to build a data base
* A Marathi newsletter which will regularly highlight the achievements of policemen as well as of their children in different fields
* A modern and world-class cafeteria at the police headquarters in Crawford Market
* To hold a weekly 'darbar' where policemen can air their grievances
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