By Farrukh Nadim, TNN | Jan 10, 2013, 03.46 AM IST
BIHARSHARIF: Setting an example for others to follow, the police personnel of Nalanda district on Wednesday distributed blankets among the poor and homeless people of the district. They had purchased the blankets from their salary to help the poor fight the cold wave.
Nalanda SP Nishant Kumar Tiwari initiated the move and all police personnel voluntarily contributed from their salary. They generated Rs 2.83 lakh and purchased 2,000 blankets. "Of the 2,000 blankets, 1,000 blankets were distributed among the homeless in different parts of the district town and its adjoining areas on Wednesday. The rest would be distributed in other localities on Thursday," Tiwari said. He said the distribution of blankets had started from the local railway station on Wednesday afternoon.
The SP said if required, other materials would also be purchased and distributed among the homeless so that they could fight the cold.
While 1,223 constables, 135 havildars and eight clerks contributed Rs 100 each, 111 assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) gave Rs 300 each, 173 sub-inspectors Rs 500 each, 10 inspectors Rs 700 each, five DSPs Rs 3,000 each. The SP himself contributed Rs 5,000 from his salary, a DSP told TOI.
Nalanda police, under Tiwari's leadership, have initiated several other social welfare programmes for the benefit of common people, especially the poor and homeless. Such programmes included the distribution of schoolbags among poor students, participation of police with the civilians in different games and culture programmes and imparting behavioural training to its personnel to be more people-friendly.