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Promote lower ranks of police on seniority, urges Janakiraman

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PONDICHERRY, DEC. 17. The Leader of the Opposition in Pondicherry Assembly, R.V. Janakiraman (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), has expressed concern over the denial of promotions to constables and head constables on the basis of seniority in service.

He said that constables and head constables had been serving for several years without getting promotion. When the criterion of seniority was adopted for the Assistant Sub-Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors to sanction them promotion to the next higher posts, the constables and head constables had been left in the cold. They had to undergo written tests and interviews before being promoted to the higher ranks. This was not justified and was discriminatory, he added. He said that the Government of Tamil Nadu had been offering promotion automatically on the basis of seniority to enable the constables and head constables to rise to be promoted to the next higher posts. Why should the police in Pondicherry be denied the privilege of seniority-based promotion, he asked.

Armed police

He said that members of the Pondicherry Armed Police (PAP) were also in an unenviable plight as even after serving 10 years as PAP, these personnel were not allowed to be posted out of the armed wing. This would cause displeasure to the police, he said and pleaded that these police personnel should be transferred to some other non-PAP wings in the department. Mr. Janakiraman, who is also convener of the Pondicherry State unit of the party, said the present rule that a group D staff was not eligible to appear for the competitive examination for posting as Lower Division Clerk if the employee had crossed 40 years of age should be rescinded.

He also protested against the cooperative bank levying 18 per cent as interest on housing loan.

This was abnormal and was discouraging those dreaming to have a house of their own to take the loan from the bank, he said and wanted the rate of interest be brought down to the level adopted by nationalised banks to encourage industrial workers, salaried sections and government employees to draw the housing loans.

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