The government is now taking steps for recruiting 889 new police officers. The process will be completed in December, Chief Minister N. Rangasamy told reporters on Wednesday.

Of the total recruits, 420 would be for home guards, 200 for Indian Reserve Battalion and 200 constables.

The emphasis would be on recruiting more women police officers. The plan is to recruit 140 women officers in home guards and 100 women constables, Mr. Rangasamy said.

Online application forms would be issued to all candidates on November 17, and the recruitment process would be completed by December.

He admitted that the government did face problems in implementing schemes that were announced. But, these problems had been ironed out and the schemes would be implemented soon. Priority would be given to Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Housing Scheme. Under the scheme, Scheduled Caste people would be given Rs. 4 lakh and those from Backward Castes Rs. 2 lakh, to build houses.

Applications for the scheme would be issued from November 1. The government would also be issuing appointment orders to 170 new primary school teachers on Thursday. Although there are several vacancies in high schools, the department was unable to fill all of them because of pending court cases. The authorities were exploring the option of hiring teachers on a contract basis, Mr. Rangasamy said.

“The government is concentrating on employment generation. All pending promotions and vacancies of Lower Division Clerk, Upper Division Clerk and posts in the Health Department have been filled,” he said.