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First time in 154 years, Mumbai policemen to have 8-hour work shifts

Think Change India
19th Jan 2018
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Catering to the lower ranks of the Police department in the city, Mumbai Police has introduced a duty schedule of eight hours, which happens to be a first in 154 years. Almost 75 percent of the police stations, including the traffic section and the other departments, will now adhere to the new rule. This rule is going to be implemented in a way that no trouble is caused to public service in any way possible.

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Calling it 'mission eight hours', The Commissioner's office of Mumbai tweeted,

'Mission 8 hours', started as an experiment at Deonar Police station in 2016, has come a long way now, due to the efforts of a core team led by constable Ravindra Patil. Delighted to launch an 8 hour shift at all police stations henceforth.

https://twitter.com/CPMumbaiPolice/status/953180307208880129

In the recent times, there have been several cases of on-duty deaths and illnesses because of the work hours going over 16 hours a day at times. When there were emergencies, city's police were often on the field for days together, adversely affecting their fitness and morale and even family relationships,

According to a report by Times Now, Datta Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, told the media,

After it was successful, we have shifted to the eight-hour duty schedule for the constabulary and assistant sub-inspector levels. Gradually, it will go up to officer ranks.

Until not too long ago, only 18 women, working out of the headquarters in Byculla, were part of the Mumbai fire brigade. But after the recent recruitment drive, 97 women from several rural areas of the state have made it to the brigade and will now be stationed at 34 fire stations in Mumbai.


Also read: Combating fire power with woman power: Mumbai fire brigade recruits 97 rural women


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