Rs 3 per day for nutritious diet for jawans ? Navjot Sidhu took up the matter with DGP Punjab
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
In today’s time, when the petrol costs Rs 92 plus litre, cup of tea from a street vendor costs Rs 10, milk is Rs 55 litre , the cost of living hood is escalating, but, one of India’s oldest, bravest police force- Punjab police jawan are still getting Rs 3/- per day and that too for their nutritious diet.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, congress MLA from Amritsar East has written a letter to the director general of (DGP) Punjab, Dinkar Gupta and seeks revision of Ration Money Allowance (RMA) to Punjab police personnel.
In the letter, the fire brand MLA highlighted the “unreasonable and insufficient Ration Money Allowance (RMA) being paid to jawans of Punjab Police.
He expressed his serious concern about the meagre amount of Rs 3/- per day as RMA. He wrote “ I am shocked to learn that the constables posted in Punjab Armed Police and Indian Reserve Battalion of our state police are merely getting Rs 3 per day as RMA. To know what is right and not to do it is the worse cowardice ! Thus, I am compelled to write to you after having learnt of this genuine grievance shared with me by police personnel on duty at Punjab Vidhan Sabha, a few days ago.”
RMA is an important allowance given to our jawans for fulfilling their daily nutrition requirements, with an amount of Rs 3 per day as RMA, it is impossible for our jawans to meet their daily nutrition requirements with this meagre amount. This grossly inadequate RMA gravely undermines the daily sweat and toil of our jawans , who put their lives at risk in the line of duty, for ensuring peace and security in our state.”
He said “all ranks of 3 services (Army, Air Force, Indian Navy) are getting Rs 234.58/- per day as their RMA. Whereas non-gazetted combatised Central Armed Police forces, IB and Delhi Police Personnel are getting Rs 117.29/- per day as their RMA.
He asked the DGP,” Our Punjab Police is one of the oldest police force of the country, which has come a long way today protecting our Nation and state against many odds. Our police force should be treated at par with the other forces and should be granted RMA along with other reasonable allowances at par with the forces of our country. I request you both as an elected representative of the people of Punjab and as a friend to reconsider the RMA being paid to the jawans of our Punjab Police force.”
When contacted Rupinder Singh Sandhu, a close associate of Navjot Singh Sidhu, confirmed about the letter, written by Navjot Singh Sidhu to the DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta.