‘A portion of government jobs will have to come under reservation’

The process initiated to recruit 8,501 police constables has been “put on hold” as now a portion of government jobs will have to come under reservation in view of the special status for Hyderabad Karnataka region as envisaged by Article 371J of the Constitution, the State government told the Karnataka High Court here on Wednesday.

Earlier, in response to the court’s query on filling vacant posts in the Police Department, the Government had said that steps had been initiated to fill 6,464 posts of civil police constables, including 639 posts of women police constables, and 2,037 posts of reserve constables, including 198 posts of women special reserve police constables. This clarification was given to a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice B.V. Nagarathna during the continued hearing on public interest litigation petitions related to police reforms. Government counsel R. Devdas told the Division Bench that though the government, in June, accorded sanction for filling these posts during the financial year 2013-14, the recruitment process cannot start until the reservation matrix in respect of Hyderabad Karnataka region was worked out. Also, in an affidavit, Additional Secretary (Home Department) Sushama Godbole has said that the government amended the Karnataka Police Act last year making a provision for creation of different wings — law and order and crime investigation. The steps taken to protect women working night shifts, particularly after a BPO employee was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 2005, were also explained in the affidavit in response to the court’s earlier query on safety of women.

Women police

Pointing out the need for women constables, particularly in cases where victims of crime are women, the Division Bench asked the government to sensitise women police. “They [women police] have to be sensitised. They should not behave ‘like policemen’ just because they [women police] are in uniform. They have to understand the problems of women who come to lodge complaints,” observed Ms. Nagarathna orally.

Traffic offences

Meanwhile, the Division Bench orally asked the government to file a statement on the steps taken regarding traffic violations, including drunken driving and over-speeding.

“An accident [caused due to rash and negligent driving] is worse than a murder. At least in a murder case there will be a motive. In the case of accidents there is no motive but innocents are killed. Drunken driving is a potentially serious offence. How many cases have been registered? Are they using breath-analysers during checks?” the Division Bench asked.

To this, Mr. Devdas submitted that the police check drivers with breath-analysers, and mainly, these drives are conducted during weekends.

  • Reservation matrix for Hyderabad Karnataka yet to be worked out

  • The region has special status for education and jobs under Article 371J