A police officer is not inclined to give his day’s salary to help Sri Lanka

He cites the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and insufficient salary as reasons

He cites the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and insufficient salary as reasons

A chief constable serving in the Madras High Court security team has expressed reluctance to donate a day’s pay to help Sri Lankans suffering from an economic crisis.

In a letter to the Deputy High Court Security Police Commissioner, Chief Constable Mr Janarthanan said he had been in the service of the police for over 18 years and was not interested to donate his salary. The reasons given by him were that the former prime minister was assassinated by Sri Lankan nationals and many police officers died and also suffered serious injuries when the human bomb Dhanu blew himself up.

Apart from these, the policeman also said that the state government recently canceled the leave cash-in benefit, making it impossible for police personnel to give up 15 days of earned leave. Moreover, although the Center had announced an increase in the dearness allowance for its employees, the state government had yet to announce a substantial increase for its staff as well.

The policeman also said that Judge N. Kirubakaran (since retired) had repeatedly insisted on the need for the government to increase the salaries of police personnel. Yet the government has yet to act on his suggestion, the police chief said.

“The government’s intention to help a neighboring nation is certainly welcome, but when I can’t support my family with the current income, I can’t afford to donate my daily salary to others” , he added.