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1,688 more policemen sought

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N. Rangasamy
N. Rangasamy

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Monday requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to sanction 1,688 additional posts for all police stations in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Speaking at the Chief Ministers' Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi, he said the Home Ministry had assessed that 2,313 additional posts were required in the Union Territory, but sanctioned only 625.

Requesting a police training institute in Puducherry, he said the Union Territory also lacked training facilities for police personnel. So, police personnel are sent to IB/CDTS and other State training centres. A Centralised special training institute can focus on enhancing capabilities of intelligence personnel, particularly focussing on the need to update themselves in Information and Communication Technology tools that come into play in gathering and dissemination of intelligence, he said.

Also, no incentive has been given to intelligence officials. Mr. Rangasamy suggested that the staff working in the special branch and intelligence units be given a 15 per cent extra pay as is the case for personnel posted in the training unit.

He also requested that the scheme for modernisation of police force be extended for five more years to enable the Union Territory to create adequate infrastructure.

The move would facilitate an increase in procurement of arms, ammunition and vehicles, thereby increasing efficiency of police, he said.

Speaking on phase II of the Coastal Security Scheme, he said the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the establishment of three coastal police stations in Puducherry, Mahe and Yanam with six interceptor boats and two jetties.

Acquisition and transfer of land is under way. Sites for construction of two jetties – one in Puducherry and the other in Karaikal – have been identified, he said.

Temporary accommodation has been identified for coastal police stations in all three regions. Proposal for creation of 137 technical posts and 227 executive staff has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr. Rangasamy also requested raising of a second India Reserve Battalion to meet the requirements of the Union Territory.

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