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BOLD STEP: Minister for Home Kodiyeri Balakrishnan inaugurating the Janamaitri project as part of introducing community policing at Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district on Monday.
BOLD STEP: Minister for Home Kodiyeri Balakrishnan inaugurating the Janamaitri project as part of introducing community policing at Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Majority of labourers resent ‘nottakkooli’ system’

MALAPPURAM: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that action will be taken against those demanding pay without work. Inaugurating the Janamaitri Project as part of the community policing at Perinthalmanna on Monday, Mr. Balakrishnan said that pay without work, popular by its Malayalam term ‘nottakkooli,’ was illegal and complaints about it would be dealt with seriously.

He said the State should encourage a culture where the concept of ‘pay-without-work’ is eradicated.

According to the Minister, a large number of labourers in the State resented the pay-without-work system. Therefore, he said, any move against it will get the public support.

Mr. Balakrishnan said that most projects, no matter how good and useful they are, end up in disputes in the State. “But community policing will not have such a fate,” he said.

He said community policing was implemented after testing and analysing various pros and cons. Although several other States had implemented community policing, Kerala had the distinction of offering it as a government-owned project, he said.

Community policing or Janamaitri programme was being currently implemented in 20 police stations in the State. The Minister said that more number of police stations would be brought under the project in a phased manner.

He said the police should ensure justice to all people. All complaints reaching the police station should be registered. “There should be no worry among us about increasing the number of cases,” he said.

The Minister said that the police would work in association with private security agencies as part of decentralising the force. V. Sasikumar, MLA, presided over the function. District Superintendent of Police P. Vijayan welcomed the gathering. M. Ali, MLA; K.S. Jangpangi, Additional Director General of Police; P. Vijayanand, Inspector General of Police (Thrissur Range); B. Sandhya, Inspector General of Police; Arimbra Mohammed, district panchayat president; C. Divakaran, Perinthalmanna municipal chairman; and M.R. Maniyan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Perinthalmanna, addressed the gathering.

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