The Assam police has initiated a second round of Body Mass Index (BMI) tests for 1,884 personnel identified as obese during the initial assessment in August 2023.
Assam Police Launches Second Round of BMI Tests:
Director General of Police (DGP) Gyanendra Pratap Singh confirmed the commencement of BMI re-evaluations at Jorhat, Silchar, and Guwahati on Tuesday through a post on the microblogging site X (formerly Twitter).
Last year, in May, the Assam police department provided a three-month window for its personnel to address their BMI concerns and undergo a health check-up post-August 15. Those failing the BMI test were granted an additional three months to regain fitness. The state government announced that individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher would be given an extended three-month period to reduce weight before undergoing a second round of tests in January 2024. Personnel failing to meet the required fitness standard may face voluntary retirement, excluding cases with health conditions such as thyroid disease.
In a move to support the health and well-being of police personnel, DGP Gyanendra Pratap Singh declared in September 2023 that all individuals with a BMI of 30 or above would receive free medical assistance before the scheduled second round of tests in January.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a metric measuring body fat based on height and weight, applicable to adult men and women. It serves as a tool to assess whether an individual’s weight falls within the healthy range. The Assam police department’s proactive approach to addressing the health of its personnel underscores a commitment to overall well-being and fitness within the force. The ongoing BMI assessments and support initiatives reflect a comprehensive strategy to ensure the physical health of the state’s police personnel.