Interior ministry provides rented housing to policemen within budget limits

The policemen will get the money for salaries by the end of the year, the Ministry of Administration and Interior will rent houses for the policemen serving in other locations or on longer missions within the budget limits, but there will be no money for the overtime and for the vacant positions, Minister Dan Nica announced on Thursday.

‘According to the preliminary talks we held at the Government and the previous discussions with the Finances Ministry, the Interior Ministry will receive the amount required for the payment of salaries till the end of this year, given there was a deficit in early 2009 that has now been corrected’, Nica said in the end of the meeting with the representatives of the National Trade Union of Policemen and Contractual Staff.

On the payment of rent, the minister announced that a Government’s resolution had been drafted allowing the police officers to rent houses within the limits of the budget of expenditure, ‘so that those who are fundamental to the operative functioning of the activities may benefit from those houses’.

On the issue of the system vacancies being taken up by the Police Academy students, Nica told the trade union officials this cannot be done, given that the ministry doesn’t even have money to pay the overtime worked by the policemen.

He said he had instructed all the police chiefs to allow their staff to take days off for that extra time.

Trade Union leader Marin Gruia said the decisions made at the Government’s meeting on Wednesday aimed at resolving the policemen’s problems do not entirely satisfy him. He voiced hope other solutions would be found when the police trade union representatives meet President Traian Basescu.

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