Brigade will be used to drive vehicles of the department, deliver tapal and engaged in data entry job

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday introduced a Bill in the Assembly for the constitution of a Special Police Youth Brigade in the State.

According to the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill, the police force was, in the recent past, engaged in several peripheral functions, which were akin to the duties of the trained police force.

With a view to obviating this difficulty, the government had decided to create a police youth brigade to attend to such functions so that the trained police personnel could be fully utilised for the core police functions such as law and order, crime control and investigation to an optimum level and they could discharge the policing task effectively. So, the government had decided to enact a law to constitute a separate brigade in the State.

The function of the proposed brigade would be to drive vehicles of the police department; deliver tapal and data entry; maintain police quarters and to assist the police in saving the life of accident victims, she said, adding that it would not be possible at this stage to estimate the expenditure to be incurred as a result of the proposed legislation.

New transformers

During the question hour, several members complained about problems in transformers in their constituencies. Responding to their observations, Electricity Minister Natham R. Viswanathan said the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation had placed orders for procurement of 15,130 new transformers.

M. H. Jawahirullah of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi said that Anthoniyar Festival would be held in Katchatheevu on February 23 and 24. Last year, the pilgrims from different parts of the State went to the venue through boats. He wanted the State government to provide a ship for safe passage of the pilgrims. This year, pilgrims from districts other than Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram had been asked to obtain a no objection certificate from the police station concerned. Besides, they had to pay a fee of Rs. 1,000, Mr Jawahirullah said, appealing to the government to withdraw the stipulations.

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