The Gujarat government has taken a U-turn on the decision to remove 6,400 Traffic Road Brigade (TRB) jawans in the midst of New Year celebrations in the state.
The state police has issued a new order to withdraw the earlier circular after the meeting chaired by CM Bhupendra Patel.
Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghvi joined online in this. Top officials of the police department were also present in this meeting.
On November 18, Gujarat police had notified that TRB jawans with 10 years of service would be relieved on November 30, while those with five years would be relieved on December 31.
Personnel with three years of service were to be relieved on March 31, 2024.
The news had sparked widespread protests across the state.
A circular issued by the Gujarat DGP on Thursday stated that the TRB jawans will regulate traffic as usual.
The DGP has sent this circular to all the district heads of Gujarat for implementation.
Over 9,000 TRB personnel are deployed across the state to assist the traffic police.
Earlier, state DGP Vikas Sahay had issued a circular to remove 6,400 TRB jawans.
After this, TRB jawans came on the streets and were protesting. In cities and towns of Gujarat, TRB personnel, on fixed salaries, regulate traffic, assisting the traffic police.
Taking back the circular, the Home Department has said that at present the TRB jawans will not be removed, but those who have broken the discipline will not be taken back.
Both the Congress and AAP had rallied behind the TRB jawans, attacking the state government for the action. AAP’s state chief Isudan Gadhvi had asked what kind of decision had the government taken in the new year? In Gujarat, the next day of Diwali is considered the beginning of the New Year.