TAMIL NADU

Reaching out to kin of deceased policemen

WITH HOPE THEY CAME: Family members of deceased and retired police personnel queue up to present petitions at the Police Commissioner's office on Saturday.

WITH HOPE THEY CAME: Family members of deceased and retired police personnel queue up to present petitions at the Police Commissioner's office on Saturday.  

Saptarshi Bhattacharya

CHENNAI: Thulasi sat gazing at the large turnout of people who crowded under the shade of a shamiana around the desks put up to receive petitions.

She was waiting to record her prayer: a job for her eldest son who is 26-year-old and whohad passed Standard X. Her husband, Munuswamy, a constable, died after a heart attack three years ago leaving his family of seven without a breadwinner.

Her three sons now work as daily wage earners. She is a domestic help.

On Saturday, several petitioners turned up at the City Police Commissioner's office in Egmore. Each of them had lost a member of the family who was part of the city police force.

Ninety-five per cent of the family members of the deceased policemen had come seeking a job or relief for their children.

"In the last one year, we provided work for 119 of them — 85 as data entry operators in the crime wing of police stations. They can be absorbed as junior assistants. We have also recruited some as domestic assistants on consolidated pay."

Many sought assistance for their children's education. "Some of them said that they were not able to seek loan for education in the absence of any guarantee. We can stand guarantee in such cases. There were also plea for guidance to their children who aspire to appear for civil services examinations," Mr. Nataraj said.

A woman from Muthialpet turned up seeking medical aid for her 12-year-old son who had a heart ailment.

This exercise was a way to reach out to the people who served the department, Mr. Natarajsaid.

As many as 267 relatives of the deceased policemen turned up for the annual camp.

Four of them sought medial relief for their children, while two came to ask for quick release of the General Provident Fund. Six of them came to honour the invitation, police officials said.

A medical camp too was held for the petitioners.

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