Police under stress, appoint revenue staff where cops not needed: Bombay HC tells Maharashtra govt

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Mumbai : The Bombay High Court Aurangabad bench on Tuesday observed that the “police machinery is under great stress and strain” and directed the Maharashtra government to relieve the personnel, who are engaged in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) duties, with other revenue department employees. A single-judge bench of Justice R V Ghuge observed that many revenue department employees are off-duty and can be deployed to deal with applications seeking travelling pass, permissions to migrate in order to lessen the burden of police.

“The state government should consider deployment of such revenue officers, especially those below the age of 50 years, for the purpose of dealing with such activities and issues wherein police personnel need not be necessary, he said in the order. The court directed the government and local authorities to allot such duties to the revenue department”s ”off duty” employees in areas where policing or the presence of police authorities is not necessary. (Source : Indian Express)

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