Mumbai Police Constable Dnyaneshwar Ahirrao did not receive salary for the past two months. He wrote letters to his superiors – Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. These letters sought permission to “beg in uniform” as he cannot manage his household needs.
In the letter, Mr Ahirrao, attached to the Local Arms unit, said he had taken leave from March 20 to March 22. However, he could not report to duty after his leave ended since his wife suffered a fracture in her leg, he said.
Mr Ahirrao, posted with the security team at ‘Matoshree’, the home of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, claimed that he had informed, over the phone, his unit in-charge about the emergency leave he was availing of for five days. Following his wife’s treatment, he resumed duty on March 28, he said.
But he stopped getting the salary, his letter said, without revealing more information.
“I have to take care of my sick wife, old parents and a daughter. Besides, I have to pay monthly instalment of the loan I have taken. But since my salary has been stopped, I am unable to meet these expenses. So I want permission from you to beg in uniform,” the letter said.
The condition of police is pathetic. Their long working shifts, bad quality gears, obsolete equipment and degrading workstation. Salary issue is a newly added misery in their lives. Let’s see when this issue get res