Chennai: As police fall prey to online rummy, Greater Chennai the police have launched a financial management workshop for their staff to ensure that they do not fall prey to such applications. Commissioner Shankar Jiwal opened the first batch of the workshop on Saturday and the workshop would be held in different batches.
Only a month ago, on May 7, a 30-year-old Army Reserve police officer, B Saravana Kumar committed suicide while on duty at Ambattur. Police say he lost his savings playing online games. Hailing from Virudhunagar district, Saravana Kumar joined the force in 2013.
Greater Chennai Police Commissioner Jiwal urged the police to take advantage of the workshop to save money. “Don’t waste your hard earned money on these apps”. The first batch will have 150 people and every week a new batch will be part of the workshop.
The municipal police called in a financial management expert and retired professor Narendra to lead the workshop, which will elaborate on different savings plans.
Last September, Jiwal issued an internal circular and called on his staff not to fall prey to ‘online rummy’ after a constable tried to kill himself after losing money.
The workshop was planned after a few reports came in of police officers becoming addicted to online rummy. “A large number of young police officers, especially in the Gendarmerie, have been gullible in losing money in such applications. This workshop will be an eye opener even for family members,” said a senior police officer. .
This workshop will guide them to invest in safe options and how to manage their finances.