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Policemen refuse Guard of Honour to Rajnath after rumor of lower payscale went viral

In an embarrassing situation, many policemen including some of those who had to give guard of honour to Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh went on unsanctioned leave. The mass leave took place after a rumour spread on WhatsApp that a government order is likely to reduce their pay scale. The gaffe was acknowledged by nonelessthan superior officers. Jodhpur Police Commissioner Ashok Rathod said that policemen went on the leave on their own. “It was not a sanctioned leave. They remained absent 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.”

The commissioner said that the issue was serious in nature, adding that action will be taken against those guilty. The WhatsApp message that went viral said that the new order would reduce policemen’s pay scale from the existing Rs 24,000 to Rs 19,000. Rajasthan DGP, later, wrote a letter, clearing the air on the rumour. Rajnath inaugurated a regional training centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Jodhpur on Monday. Singh inaugurated the centre for the Western Zone at Bhadwasiya. During his short visit, officials briefed him about the programmes carried out at such centres. The Union minister was welcomed at the Jodhpur airport by BJP leaders and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The commissioner said that the issue was serious in nature, adding that action will be taken against those guilty. The WhatsApp message that went viral said that the new order would reduce policemen’s pay scale from the existing Rs 24,000 to Rs 19,000. Rajasthan DGP, later, wrote a letter, clearing the air on the rumour.  Rajnath inaugurated a regional training centre of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Jodhpur on Monday. Singh inaugurated the centre for the Western Zone at Bhadwasiya. During his short visit, officials briefed him about the programmes carried out at such centres. The Union minister was welcomed at the Jodhpur airport by BJP leaders and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

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