Srinagar, Aug 21: Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, Dilbag Singh on Friday sanctioned Rs 6 lakh as financial assistance to 128 police personnel, who were infected by COVID-19 during the prevailing pandemic, a police spokesperson said here.
He said soon after the outbreak of COVID-19, Police Headquarters issued a circular for providing financial assistance to its COVID affected Personnel.
“The Circular reads that Novel Corona virus has engulfed by and large the whole world. The deadly virus has taken thousands of lives all around the world and is still continent it havoc endlessly. The Union territory of J&K is also reeling under the pandemic. Every possible effort is being made to contain the spread of this deadly virus,” he said.
“The circular further reads that the Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel without caring for themselves are on the forefront to contain its spread by ensuring strict implementation of guidelines/advisories issued by the Government from time to time. Despite precautionary measures a number of police personnel were tested COVID positive. The J&K Police standby such warriors and their families in this situation,” he said.
It further reads that although there is no provision in vogue, however under these extraordinary circumstances of health crises, it has been enjoined that all DDOs shall ensure to extend financial assistance as a welfare measure for such personnel in shape of Welfare Relief depending on the virus load, as also welfare loan (refundable) of Rs one lakh can be availed by the COVID positive on willingness to be provided by the Police headquarters on specific recommendation of the DDOs.
“Under this circular, Mr Singh today granted Rupees five thousands each in favour of 128 Police personnel who have been affected by COVID-19 at different district headquarters while working day in and day out for ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 is restricted. The financial assistance has been sanctioned out of the Police Pariwar Fund,” the spokesperson said.
He said among those who have been granted financial assistance, 11 police personnel are posted in district Budgam, eight in Baramulla, three in Awantipora, seven in Kulgam, 39 at PHQ, one each in Ganderbal, Traffic City Srinagar and GRP railway Jammu and 57 personnel from different units of IRP and JKAP.
“Besides ensuring implementation of directives issued time to time by the Government in view of COVID-19, Jammu and Kashmir in Police in association with health Department in first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir launched Plasma Donation campaign to help the COVID-19 affected persons. Under this campaign a number of police personnel who recovered from COVID-19 donated their blood plasma voluntarily,” he added.