“A committee has been formed to find solutions to the problems plaguing the police department and the government will take a call on implementing the report,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday. He was speaking after inaugurating the newly built police quarters at Jyothinagar in the city.
Terming the death of DySP’s M K Ganapathy and Kallappa Handibag as unfortunate, he urged police officers not to take the extreme step. Problems cannot be solved by committing suicide and police officers should discuss with their senior officers or close associates,” he said.
Pointing that the state government had provided many facilities to the department, he said that over Rs. 1,800 crore has been spent for police welfare in the last three years. “Karnataka Police is known for their efficiency and responsibility is more on them. They should strive to create a crime-free society” he said.
The residential quarters includes 408 houses with two bed rooms, attached bathroom and modular kitchen. Of those, 252 will be allotted for city police and 156 to those from taluks. 24 houses have been allotted to SIs. Besides, facilities like CCTVs, body-worn cameras and handheld devices were launched under M-TRAC.
Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar said: “The government is committed to the welfare of police officers and a proposal has been made to construct 11,000 houses under Gruha Scheme. The government is aiming to provide housing facility to all of them.” Referring to the recent suicides, he said that the department was planning yoga and counselling programmes to beat stress.
CM visits sites for District Hospital
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday inspected three sites for the proposed District Hospital in the city. He visited the sites at Thulasi Dasappa hospital in Krishnamurthypuram, plot near APMC Yard and PKTB Sanatorium. The site for the project is yet to be finalised. He was accompanied by DC C Shikha and other officers. The project is set to ease pressure on K R Hospital.
The CM announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for restoring the police armoury, a heritage property in the city.