Amid curfew orders in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered extension in the services of all retiring Police personnel and Home Guards by two months, to strengthen the battle against the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, around 1300 cops have been judiciously withdrawn from VVIP duty, including a significant number from CM security, to join the battle in the coronavirus lockdown on the ground.
Captain Amarinder Singh had earlier authorized Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta to pull out any number of police personnel from his (Chief Minister’s) personal security, or that of other VIP protectees, for deployment amid COVID-19 crisis, as he may deem fit.
While expressing concern about the welfare and morale of thousands of police personnel, who had been performing field duties without rest or relief, over the past several days, Captain Amarinder Singh had directed mobilization of the maximum police force through withdrawal from security duties.
The DGP stated that further withdrawals would be made based on evaluation of the threat scenario, which was in progress, and through graded reduction. Meanwhile, more security persons from district force and Armed Battalions will be withdrawn and organized into reserves, he said.
Adding, he said that extensive mobilization of the force had been planned and will be undertaken in a phased manner. The DGP said due care was being taken to deploy the police personnel in their home districts as far as possible.