Rajasthan: Cops go on mass leave, refuse guard of honour to Rajnath over ‘pay cut’

More than 250 policemen went on a mass leave for a day on Monday, and some of them refused to give guard of honour to Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh in Jodhpur, following rumours that a government order would reduce their pay scales.

Calling it a serious violation, Jodhpur Police Commissioner Ashok Rathod said the holiday was not sanctioned, and that uniform action will be taken against them, The Times of India (ToI) reported.

“More than 250 policemen went on a day’s mass leave on Monday. It was not a sanctioned leave. They absented themselves from duty… some of them were part of the guard of honour, but they refused to report for duty. We had to replace them with other policemen,” he told ToI.

Rajasthan Deputy General of Police Ajit Singh said that indiscipline would not be condoned.

The constables have been protesting since a WhatsApp message, which said that their pay will be reduced from Rs 24,000 to Rs 19,000 per month, began to circulate, the ToI report said.

The deputy director general of police issued a letter on Monday evening to inspector generals and district superintendents of police, asking them to speak to the protesting officers to dispel the rumour.

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