Policemen drag DGP office to HC over welfare fund issue

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 30 July 2017

Pune: The Pune District Police Co-operative Credit Society (PDPCCS), a body of 13,237 police personnel Pune city, rural police as well as CID, wireless among other units, has filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court against diktat of the director general of police (DGP) office which states that they have to give 20 per cent profit amount (approximately Rs 4 crore) to the welfare fund.

Pune: The Pune District Police Co-operative Credit Society (PDPCCS), a body of 13,237 police personnel Pune city, rural police as well as CID, wireless among other units, has filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court against diktat of the director general of police (DGP) office which states that they have to give 20 per cent profit amount (approximately Rs 4 crore) to the welfare fund.

The policemen allege that officers are eyeing their hard earned money for their own welfare. The society had made a profit of Rs 20.98 crore in financial year 2016-17. The total share capital of the society is Rs 180 crore.

During the 97th annual general meeting (AGM) of the society held at Nehru Memorial Hall in Camp on Saturday, the members resolved to fight for the money and that they will not allow its transfer. After the meeting, it was also agreed that they will appeal the police commissioner to re-start deduction of loan amount from salaries of police personnel which had been stopped for the last few months. It was a stormy session with Assistant Sub-Inspector Sampat Jadhav questioning the directors on various issues including the profit sharing.

The issue of sharing profit first came during tenure of DGP Sanjeev Dayal in 2015 when he had authorised 25 per cent transfer of the profit. Later, it was brought to 20 per cent which has been opposed by police credit societies across the state.

The directors of the Pune police credit society on Saturday while addressing about 250 members present for the meeting, said that they had appealed to the Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, DGP Satish Mathur and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, for not forcing them to transfer the profit money.

After nothing materialised, they filed a writ petition before the HC.  With the aim of meeting the district police personnel’s financial needs, the society was formed on June 20, 1920. The Pune police commissionerate came into existence in 1965. The society provides easy loan up to Rs 12 lakh to members for education of children, purchasing and renovating homes, medical treatment and marriage of children. Now, it will provide Rs 10,000 immediate assistance to heirs for last rites of members.

Earlier, the amount was Rs 5,000. Also the amount given to bright students of class 10, 12 and graduates have been enhanced to Rs 1,500, Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500 respectively. Assistant Sub-Inspector Kailash Gawde, who is the chairman of the society, said, “More than helping out with a loan, it is also about instilling a habit for savings. The society has brought forth many a policies for financial security of police families.”

Head Constable Prashant Shinde, director of the society, anchored the event.

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