Wives of policemen from Mumbai, Thane call off stir after govt assures redressal

Mumbai: Wives of police personnel from Mumbai and Thane today called off their 20-day demonstration seeking better working conditions, including fixed duty hours, for their husbands after the state government assured them of resolving their issues.

Yashashree Patil, wife of a Mumbai Police personnel,  also ended her 20-day-long hunger strike after the MoS for Home, Ram Shinde offered her juice.

The stir, held at Azad Maidan in South Mumbai, was withdrawn after Shinde assured the women that government will look into their problems once the Assembly session gets over.

"We have gone through your demands very seriously and sympathetically and believe me our government is very much committed to solve your woes. Let the ongoing session get over, we will sit immediately to chalk our the plan to meet your demands," Shinde said while addressing the agitators here.

The minister said he will apprise Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of their demands.

"I will share your demands and feelings with Chief Minister and we will work out a plan after (holding) a detailed discussion with stake-holders, including DGP, (a) Chief Secretary-ranked officer and you all," he said.

Shinde said the government is committed to the cause of the police personnel who provide safety and security to people.

Wives of policemen have been demanding social, economical, physical and psychological welfare for their husbands and the family.

Among their demands is fixed eight-hour shift for policemen who sometimes have to clock more than twelve hours on duty during festivals and bandobast.

They also wanted better housing facilities, permanent job to sons of police personnel, implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and availability of conducive and stress-free working atmosphere for the policemen.

The issue of job stress and suicide by the police personnel cropped up many times in past.

Senior cabinet minister and Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam, local MP Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena) and BJP leader Shaina NC also visited the site. Terming the Fadnavis-led government as "most sensitive" towards the welfare of the police force, Shaina said, "Please be confident that you all are in the safe hands and our government would do every bit to make you feel safe and secure.

Patil said, "we decided to end our protest after our delegation called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in afternoon who gave assurance to us.

"We are very much hopeful that he will keep his word," she said, adding that they will decide their future course of action depending upon whether their demands are met.

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