//Better working conditions for police in Kerala soon

Better working conditions for police in Kerala soon

KOCHI: The eight-hour shift system will be reinstated in the Kerala Police in a phased manner, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating a delegates' session on the final day of the 23rd State meeting of the Kerala Police Association (KPA) being held here.

Mr. Balakrishnan said the new system would be implemented in 72 police stations across the State within a year. To begin with, this would be tried out in one police station in every district from August 1.

He said the system was earlier tried out by the LDF Government in 1997 and then repealed by the UDF-led Government in 2001. This was one the main issues raised during the meeting of the association.

The Minister said compulsory sentry duty would be replaced by essential sentry. Policemen on sentry duty would be provided with pistols instead of rifles as they were given now. Reception counters would be set up in all police stations, he said.

Mr. Balakrishnan said a constabulary area of 400 sq.ft. would be constructed in all police stations. Promotions to personnel would be made on a time-grade basis. Those who had completed 15 years in service would be given the rank of head constable and those who had completed 25 years would be given the rank of assistant sub-inspector, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

He said one women police station would be established in every district. Besides this, a women desk would be set up at main police stations in every municipal area. The Minister said norms would be prepared for the transfer of personnel, while repealing decisions not to give transfers to home stations. Internal vigilance would be strengthened. All police stations would be computerised and interaction with residents' associations improved, he said.