About 30 Armed Reserve (AR) police personnel including women constables thronged the City Police Commissioner's office on Thursday seeking priority in transfer/relieving them to local unit offices.
In police establishment, recruited constables are first sent to the Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) Battalions and from there they report to the AR. Depending on the volume of recruitment, intake into the TSP and from there to the AR, constables used to be transferred or relieved from AR. Their next posting will be to local police unit offices in different districts/cities depending on their nativity and place of living.
Relieving or transfer from AR is done on the basis of seniority maintained on the date of reporting to AR from TSP. Recently, based on the seniority norms, transfer/relieving was ordered for a batch of constables. Thirty personnel, who were agitated over the same, came in a group to the city police office. They represented that they entered the police service much earlier and sought to be relieved first and contested the decision of the officers to relieve the juniors first.
Verification of records revealed that the agitated AR personnel had chosen to overstay in TSPs as havildars because of the remunerative/monetary benefits. Meanwhile, their juniors of 2003 batch on completion of the stipulated service at TSP promptly reported at AR. They were now shortlisted for relieving to local police unit offices based on their seniority of reporting at AR.
Deputy Commissioner of Police E.S. Uma (Headquarters) clarified that seniority of reporting at AR was the criterion and not the years of service in police including the period spent at TSP to become eligible to seek transfer to local police unit offices.
However, anticipating the enhanced allotment to AR from TSP in near future because of the recent recruitments in large numbers, the police decided to relieve the agitated group too to the local police unit offices.
City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu said that the personnel should have represented their grievance through proper channel, however genuine it was.
They should not have gathered en masse and thronged the city police office in uniforms.
Hence, notices would be served on them to show cause as to why action should not be taken against them.