Chandigarh, April 29
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has approved the appointment of the younger son of ACP Anil Kohli, who succumbed to COVID-19 earlier this month, as Sub-Inspector in Punjab Police once he completes his graduation.
During his first video conference with 687 frontline field officers/personnel on Wednesday, DGP Dinkar Gupta disclosed that the conditional offer of appointment of ACP Kohli’s son, Paras, had already been signed by him and he would be appointed as a Sub-Inspector in the Punjab Police once he completes his graduation.
The Chief Minister had been extremely supportive of the health and welfare of the police personnel working on the frontlines, said the DGP, adding that Punjab government and Punjab Police remained totally committed to the welfare of its personnel.
Captain Amarinder Singh was the first CM in the country to announce a health insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh for Punjab Police personnel.
The DGP further said he had also proposed to the state government that full salary be paid as pension, till the date of superannuation of the deceased police officer, to the families of police personnel who lose their lives to COVID-19.
Gupta also made it clear that there was no dearth of protective equipment or funds for frontline police personnel.
The Punjab Police has sufficient PPEs, and even glass visors for those fighting the COVID battle from the frontline, he said.
The DGP said special quarantine facilities for police personnel had also been put in place.
Dinkar Gupta also informed that CPs and SSPs had been directed to identify additional SHOs to give the existing ones a break, which was necessary considering the long-drawn battle ahead.
Referring to the huge success of the social media campaign — #MainBhiHarjeetSingh, the DGP said besides creating massive goodwill for the police, it had served to send a strong signal that an attack on even one police personnel would be deemed as an attack on the entire force.
He hailed the support to the campaign from across the country, with police force of many states expressing solidarity with the Punjab Police.