For the very first time in 38 years as a police officer, sub-inspector Uma Shankar Mishra got a weekly off on Thursday and spent some quality time with his family. All this happened just after Congress took over within three weeks. Congress made a manifesto promise a compulsory weekly off will be given to Madhya Pradesh Cops.

Thus far, the duty of MP cops is seven days a week. They could avail their earned and casual leaves but there were no weekly off. The government rolled out the poll promise on Thursday, two days after its notification on New Year’s Day. Most cops when took leaves went on picnics, outings with children and family.

Some police personnel in the last few years of their service see the new rule as a boon. They consider weekly offs as the happiest days of their lives. DIG Bhopal Dharmendra Choudhary told that 425 cops posted at different police stations were given weekly offs on Thursday. Isn’t that great?