30 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: In terms of average working hours, Odisha tops the list of States with cops being on-duty for over 18 hours a day, revealed 'The Status of Policing in India' report.
Odisha is followed by Punjab where men in uniform clock in around 17 hours. In Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana, cops work for 16 hours a day.
About 60% police personnel in Odisha work for more than 16 hours and 22% work for more than 13 hours a day. The report compiled by Common Cause and Centre for the Study Developing Societies (CSDS) also revealed that about 94% cops in Odisha said they do not get any weekly off.
About 80% of Odisha cops said their workload affects quality of investigation; 97% said they are unable to spend time with families and 89% said the workload affects their physical and mental health conditions.
Police personnel from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar reported that seniors ask juniors to do household or private/personal tasks even though they are not meant to do it. On the other hand, Kerala and Odisha emerge as better performing States, with more than 90 percent of the police personnel denying the occurrence of such incidents.
Kerala and Odisha also emerged as States with least proportion of police personnel responding that seniors talk in bad/ harsh language frequently, while in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh the highest proportion of personnel reported such incidents occurring frequently.
In 10-year period, Odisha has consistently improved in access to basic communication infrastructure. The survey places Odisha in the second position after Punjab for better use of forensic technology in policing.