152 cops from Ahmedabad have been asked to go on a three-month mission to shed their weight and waistlines to 36 inches after Diwali.
A special three month customise programme has been designed for them which will be medically supervised by several doctors from multiple hospitals. According to additional commissioner of police, Sector-2, Ashok Yadav, 152 cops including a police inspector, seven sub-inspectors and 144 assistant sub-inspectors, head constables, police constables, and lok rakshaks have been identified with pot bellies and waists bulging more than 42 and 44 inches.
“A cop’s job is not to sit in office but active field work for which fitness is a basic requirement. We found that obesity, especially central obesity, plagued many cops which can compromise chasing offenders,” Yadav told to TOI.
He further added, “The weight-loss will be medically supervised wherein specific diet and exercise plans will be given. The target given is to get rid of lard and bring waists whittling down to 36 inches.”
Reportedly, a cash reward of Rs 2000 has been announced for the cops who will meet the target.
Cops in other parts of the country have also been pulled up in the past for their low fitness. In July this year, overweight police personnel in the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) were asked to either get fit or face action. The authorities’ main motive behind the strict notification was to make the police force much more fit than they currently are.
In March, rural police in Coimbatore identified obese policemen who were asked to go for a 21-day rigorous training programme in order to control their weight.