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Head constables, sub-inspectors and inspectors are the beneficiaries

  • LTA for armed reserve personnel
  • Risk allowance for policemen, firemen hiked

    CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi announced on Wednesday the removal of the age limit for promotion of head constables, sub-inspectors and inspectors, increase in risk allowance for policemen and firemen and extension of leave travel concession for armed reserve personnel.

    Replying to the debate on the demands for grants for the Police department in the Assembly, he said FIR format would be printed in the government press with adequate safeguards.

    At present, the age limit for the promotion of head constable to sub-inspector of a police station was 53 and it was 55 years with regard to armed reserve head constables, station sub-inspectors and inspectors. Because of the age limit, several personnel retired without promotion.

    In a majority of government services, there was no age ceiling for promotion. Doing away with the ceiling would immediately benefit 450 police officials. Now, only head constables took a written test for promotion and those who qualified were eligible for drill tests.

    Promotion tests scrapped

    A long-pending demand was that head constables be given promotion based on seniority and service records. Hence, the Government decided to abolish the promotion tests for them.

    Ninety-four grade II constables, appointed in 1989 during the DMK rule, would be promoted as head constables. Though the personnel were fully qualified, their names had been left out.

    As they had completed 15 years of service, they would be promoted as head constables.

    A total of 2,207 grade II constables, appointed during the AIADMK rule in 1995, would be elevated as grade I constables. The Chief Minister said 10,000 grade-II constables would be recruited. In the first phase this year, 5,000 candidates would be selected.

    As the risk allowance given to policemen had not been increased for several years, it would be hiked from Rs. 60 to Rs. 120 per month (constable to inspector grade) and Rs. 70 to Rs. 140 for Deputy and Additional Superintendents of Police.

    It would go up from Rs. 40 to Rs. 120 for firemen and from Rs. 60 to Rs. 140 for Divisional Fire Officers. The hike would take effect from September 1.

    Traffic police stations

    Twenty police stations would be set up to prevent accidents and regulate traffic on national highways and an additional building would be constructed on the DGP's office premises on the Marina without damaging the existing structure.

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