“Long-standing demand for promotion fulfilled”
PUDUCHERRY: For the first time in the history of territorial police, more than 800 personnel in the rank of constables were awarded special grades at a function held here on Friday.
Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam along with Home Minister E. Valsaraj conferred the special grades on the constables.
A total of 815 personnel, which is around 50 per centage of the constabulary, were awarded special grades and they would be able to wear the ranks that indicated the year of service rendered by them. Besides they would be eligible for financial benefits under the Assured Career Progression Scheme.
Conferring the grades to the personnel, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam said policing was one of the most visible signs of the functioning of the government. The expectation from the public with respect to the performance of the police was high, he said adding the force was duty bound to rise to the expectation of the government and public.
Home Minister E. Valsaraj said that the government had fulfilled its promise to address at least some of the grievances of the police and it was up to the force to perform their duty with responsibility and sincerity.
Sixth pay commission
Mr.Valsaraj said the government on Friday issued a notification to implement the recommendations of the sixth pay commission. It had also decided to provide a sum of Rs.500 to operators using cell phones.
Director General of Police A.K. Verma said “it was a golden day for the force as the government had fulfilled a long-standing demand for promotion opportunities within the police organisation.” While the Assured Career Progression Scheme helped redress the financial up gradation, the conferring of special grades to constables with 36, 25 and 13 years of service had settled the issue of seniority, he said.
Others who attended the function included Chief Secretary Naini Jayaseelan, Principal Secretary (Home) T. M Balakrishnan and Members of the Legislative Assembly S. P. Sivakumar and R. Viswanathan.