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Buddha on orderly offensive

Calcutta, Oct. 26: Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today resented the delay in doing away with the orderly system despite a government directive.

“The orderly system, under which constables are made to do household odd-jobs of senior officials, is inhuman and condemnable,” Bhattacharjee said while addressing an open session of the West Bengal Non-Gazetted Police Karmachari Samity in Howrah.

The chief minister denounced the manner in which some senior officials misbehave with junior policemen. “I want senior officials to behave sympathetically with junior policemen keeping in mind that all of you are working for the benefit of the people,” he said.

A proper investigation should be carried out before taking disciplinary action against subordinate staff, he added.

Bhattacharjee was reacting to samity general secretary Muktipada Mondal’s allegation that some lower-ranked policemen were being punished for no fault of theirs by a section of IPS officers. “Come to me if you have any problem with senior officials,” he said amid cheers.

The chief minister also pledged to ensure that the Rs 600 a policeman gets every month in lieu of ration is excluded from income-tax. “We have done away with the rationing system in the force, but the amount you are getting against the ration should be excluded from income-tax,” he said.

He appreciated the role of the police during the Pujas and said everything passed off peacefully due to the “good performance of the policemen”.

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