Temporary policemen ‘not getting’ promised allowance in Rautahat

Rautahat, April 17:

Temporary policemen, who were deployed for election security, here have accused the district police office of not paying them the promised allowance.

They said they returned empty handed from the district police office even though their service in the CA election has already been over.

“Though the district police office called us to receive the allowance, it sent us back empty handed,” said Badri Narayan Yadav, a temporary policeman. He said the district police office has warned them of forfeiting the allowance if they did not return the dress they were provided during the election duty.

He also said the district police office did not provide the promised Rs 35 daily allowance, besides the salary. He also accused the DPO of discrimination, as some temporary cops were provided with Rs 5,000 salary and the others with Rs 2,500 for the election duty.

Meanwhile, many of the temporary cops demanded that they be appointed in the Nepal Police as per their qualification.

Punit Thakur, another temporary policeman, said he spent money from his own pocket during the election. “I came to join the temporary police force for employment for a month, but my expenditures during the service were far more than the stipend provided to me,” he said. He accused the police officers of using abusive words when he approached the DPO for the stipend.

However, SP at the district police office Laxman Neupane said the DPO wanted the temporary cops to return the caps and the T-shirts they were provided during the election duty so as to prevent the misuse of the stuffs. He also said the payment of the stipend was being gradually processed. “We have been paying them the stipend turn by turn. If somebody complains even after getting the cash, I have nothing to say,” he said.

A report from Tansen said the Palpa district police office today bade farewell to 567 temporary cops hired for election security. DSP Bhim Prasad Dhakal handed over felicitation letters to the temporary cops. Dhakal said the temporary police personnel assisted the police more than what was expected from them during the election period.

Assistant CDO Ganga Sagar Dhakal, SP of the APF Lal Bahadur Adhikary and district chief of the National Investigation Department Baburam Poudel lauded the cotribution of temporary policemen to maintain security during the CA polls.