New Delhi: It's 'hic hic' hurray time for top police officers. A new order, for "improvement" of central police canteens on the lines of similar facilities provided to the Army, has ensured that the chiefs and Director Generals (DGs) of paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB will have "no limit" to obtain liquor henceforth.
   
The paramilitary forces, deployed for a variety of security duties, including border guarding and taking on anti-naxal operations, till now did not enjoy the facility of free liquor from their force canteens.
   
A new quota system has also been formulated for other officers and junior ranks of these forces to obtain liquor varieties like Whisky, Rum, Vodka and Beer amongst others from the vast network of police canteens spread across various formations of these forces in the country.
   
While officials in the ranks of Special DGs and Additional DGs can have 14 bottles every quarter year, Inspector Generals (IGs) and Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) can have 12 bottles, all officers upto the rank of Commandants 10 bottles, Inspectors and Sub inspectors - six bottles while constabulary ranks can have 4 bottles during the same period.

The families of martyred or retired personnel can also obtain liquor under the new mechanism, with three bottles in a period of three months.
      
"...it has been agreed that the liquor will also be introduced in central police canteens for consumption of serving and retired personnel.”
      
"It was decided that all the central armed police forces to intimate the quarterly demand of liquor so that the central police canteen is able to compile total quantity and type of liquor to be procured," the order of the Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) of these forces said.
      
The meeting was attended by other DGs and was chaired by Border Security Force (BSF) chief Raman Srivastava.

(JPN/Bureau)