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Guard of Honor Refused To Rajnath Singh After WhatsApp Rumor:- After a rumor spread on WhatsApp that a government order would reduce the pay scale, the Rajasthan police went on a mass leave voluntarily. More than 250 policemen, did not show up on duty in Rajasthan on Monday. The policemen who were supposed to give a guard of honor to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were also included in the list.
The Jodhpur police commissioner, Ashok Rathod said that the policemen went on the leave on their own. “It was not a sanctioned leave. They absented themselves from duty... some of them were part of the guard of honour, but they refused to report for duty. We had to replace them with other policemen.”
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The issue was serious in nature, said the commissioner. He further added that action will be taken against those guilty. The WhatsApp message that went viral said that, as per the new order, the pay scale of the policemen would be reduced from the existing Rs 24,000 to Rs 19,000.
The government had not any reduction in the pay scale of any government employee, said Gulab Chand Kataria, home minister Rajasthan. “A proposal to the effect is with the cabinet, but no employee should believe in these rumors,” he said.
Rajasthan DGP Ajit Singh said any indiscipline would not be condoned. “There are rumors pertaining to salary cut issue. We have provided our view to the government. People should not act in a way that hurt the dignity of profession.” Later, the DGP wrote a letter, clearing the air on the rumor.
A regional training centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) was inaugurated by Rajnath in Jodhpur on Monday. The Centre for the Western Zone was also inaugurated by Rajnath at Bhadwasiya. The officials briefed him about the programmes carried out at such centres, during his short visit.
The BJP leaders and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat welcomed the Union Minister at the airport.