The Minister was responding to a question by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Shantha Bandara.
The Minister said that so far the Government had constructed 62 police stations and commissioned them. “The construction work on seven police stations and the renovation work on another 10 police stations are nearing completion. The procurement on 14 police stations is under way. So far, 76 toilets have been constructed with modern hygienic facilities. Nine toilets are being constructed while another 96 are in the procurement stage,” the Minister said.
The Minister said that 427 police barracks have been identified to be renovated and under the projects, 321 police barracks have been renovated. Another 28 barracks that have to be renovated are at the procurement stage and one barrack is being constructed, the Minister said.
The Minister said that the Alawwa Police Station will be modernised and over 180 million had been allocated in this regard.
MP Shantha Bandara said that police personnel engaged in COVID prevention operations together with the other security forces, but they have been deprived of their Bata allowance. He inquired if measures will be taken to provide these police personnel their Bata. He said that during the previous government, the Bata was paid to the police personnel only one month and it was cancelled thereafter.
Minister Weerasekara said that it was a reasonable request. He said a constable receives a Bata allowance of between Rs. 9,800 to 11,200 while Chief Inspectors and other higher ranks receive Rs. 14,000 as Bata.
The Minister said that a Cabinet sub-committee has been appointed to evaluate the possible increase in their Bata allowance. The Minister assured that as soon as their recommendations are received, the payments would be made. He said that based on the Government’s ‘Vistas of Prosperity’ police framework, the sub-committee was appointed to resolve the grievances of the police personnel.
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