Presidential nod for implementation of Goondas Act by December: Narayanasamy

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V. Narayanasamy on Sunday promised to obtain the approval of the President for implementing Goondas Act in the Union Territory by the end of December.

Speaking at a function to flag off 10 police patrol-cum-aid vehicles, he said the problem of shortage of police personnel has been taken up with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

“We have discussed the need for more police officials and personnel with the Union Home Minister. He has assured us to issue orders. We will seek sanctioning of at least 650 to 700 posts immediately,” Mr. Narayanasamy said.

Each police station in Puducherry has one head constable to carry out duties including filing of First Information Report, going to the spot of crime and conducting enquiry.

“One head constable cannot assist the police station. There has to be a minimum of two to three head constables at a station. Down the line, there is a need for seven to eight constables in a station,” Mr. Narayanasamy said.

Noting that there was an increase in chain-snatching incidents in the city limits, he urged the Police Department to carry out preventive measures and be more vigilant. He requested the Director General of Police to strengthen the intelligence system.

“Plenty of tourists come to Puducherry during weekends. Anti-social elements may also sneak in with them. The department should carry out checks at the border areas,” Mr. Narayanasamy said. He also promised measures to modernise the department.

Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam stressed the need for training police personnel in first aid. He called the Health Department to join hands in this initiative.

Home Minister E. Valsaraj said crime rate was reducing in Puducherry for the last seven to 10 months. Noting that there was shortage of police personnel, he said,

“The Bureau of Police Research has recommended for posting more police personnel. The Union Minister should take steps to get the approval of the Union Home Ministry for filling the posts. Steps to fill vacancies are being taken,” he said.

About Rs. seven crore was given to Puducherry Agro Services and Industries Corporation for timely construction of buildings, Mr. Valsaraj added.

MP (Rajya Sabha) P. Kannan also promised to get the approval of the President to implement the Goondas Act. Speaker R. Radhakrishnan, Member of Legislative Assembly S.P. Sivakumar, DGP Alok Kumar Verma and Senior Superintendent of Police (Crime and Intelligence) Sindhu Pillai spoke.

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