03 November 2014

WBCPA: Press Conference Invitation

The West Bengal Civic Police Association, a member organisation of the Ossongothito Khetra Sramik Sangrami Mancha, cordially welcomes you to a press conference at the Kolkata Press Club on November 4, 2014 at 3 p.m.

The West Bengal Civic Police Association (WBCPA) is an association of men and women who are employed by the State Government of West Bengal in India to supplement mainstream policing and to provide short duration routine guarding duties. WBCPA was formed in December 2013 for the betterment of its members’ working conditions.  

On October 10, 2013, 130,000 men and women between the age of 18 and 28 years were recruited by the West Bengal government as “civic police volunteers”, with a wage rate of only Rs.141.82 per day and extremely precarious working conditions. With the help of the Ossonghotito Khetra Sramik Sangrami Manch the civic police began self-organising in November 2013, with meetings and conventions in many police stations and districts. During the Lok Sabha elections, they were on duty. However by June 30, all of them were thrown out of employment. The young men and women therefore organised a large protest meeting in Kolkata on July 10, 2014, which was attended by about 35-40,000 youth. 

The members of WBCPA have had to face huge repression after their July meeting. Despite High Court orders in their favour, many facing dismissal have not been reinstated.  

It is in this context of repression, false police cases, physical torture and other illegal acts that the WBCPA is calling this press conference to declare its future programme as well as to give details of the problems being faced by our members.


Sanjay Poria, President

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