The government is considering a proposal to delegate powers to women civil police officers in police stations to register cases regarding sexual harassment, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Monday, Mr. Radhakrishnan said groups of three women civil police officers, placed under a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) too would get powers to register such cases.

There was a shortage of women police officers. Against the 5,400 required, there were only 2,700 women officers in the State now. The strength would be increased in phases. A committee of Additional Directors General of Police (ADGPs) had recommended disciplinary action against 23 police officers. This included four Inspectors, two sub-inspectors, one grade sub-inspector, one additional police sub-inspector, four senior civil police officers, and 11 civil police officers.

The committee had recommended sending 24 officers to de-addiction centres.

The government had so far registered 12,612 cases in connection with illegal sand transport, arrested 15,064 persons, and seized 10,838 vehicles. The Thiruvananthapuram rural police registered the highest number of cases, 1,923 and the Kollam city police recorded the highest number of arrests, 2,414.

Right to Service Act

The Right to Service Act had been implemented in 17 departments, procedures for implementing it in four more departments were progressing. The notification to implement it in eight more departments would be issued in May, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.

The government had identified 29 departments for the purpose. Steps would be taken to increase the efficiency of Friends centres. Micro-level ATMs would be set up for distributing the wages of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, he said.

Airport project

Minister for Excise and Ports K. Babu said the government would not reconsider its plans to have 10 per cent stake in the Aranmula greenfield airport project. Violation of the Kerala Land Conservation Act by the promoters had come to the notice of the government.

Action was being taken against other violations there. Liquor consumption rate was falling in the State. The annual sales growth rate of IMFL was 21 per cent in 2010-11, but it came down to 17 per cent in 2011-12 and 14 per cent in 2012-13, he said.

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