Chennai, Oct 29: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced the setting up of a new 'Tamil Nadu Special Police Youth Force' in the State to supplement the work of police personnel in maintaining law and order and to curtail crime rate.
Making a statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, she said 50,000 members in the age group of 18 to 30 would be recruited for the Force. "Of the total strength of 50,000, 10,000 personnel will be appointed by the end of this fiscal", she added.
Ms Jayalalithaa said the Youth Force would act as a supplementary force to the police department and assist in controlling traffic, undertake night patrolling besides maintaining law and order and curb crimes.
Stating there was a need to create an additional number of 19,000 posts in the police force due to increase in population and thousands of personnel retiring every year, she announced creation of 'Tamil Nadu Special Youth Police Force' to address the need for more police personnel. Noting that Superintendents of Police in all the Districts would conduct examinations, the Chief Minister said those aspiring to join the force should have a minimum educational qualification of Class X.
Those clearing the examinations would be posted as members of the Tamil Nadu Special Youth Police Force in the respective districts on an honorarium of Rs 7,500 per month. They would also be allowed to make use of special stores which sell essentials to police personnel at subsidised rates, beisdes provision of rice, wheat, sugar and dhal at subsidised rates.
Ms Jayalalithaa said those who complete one year period of service satisfactorily would be eligible for induction into the police department. 'A particular percentage in police constable vacancies every year will be reserved for these people,' she said. The Chief Minister said the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board would hold special exams every year and the names of those clearing them successfully would be released.
"Those failing to clear the tests can continue to be members of the Special Police Youth Force till the age of 40 after which the government will provide alternative jobs to them", she added. She said 10,000 members would be selected this year and the tests would be held in December.
Those clearing the exams would be provided basic training in January and absorbed in the police department by the end of this fiscal. The Chief Minister said 15,000 members would be selected for the fiscal year 2013-14. "Depending on the requirements every year, a maximum of 50,000 members would be inducted into the Police Youth Force", she added.
Stating that the State police department was rendering yeoman service in maintaining peace, preventing and solving crimes, controlling traffic and carrying out relief works during natural disasters, the Chief Minister said the total number of jobs in the police department was 1.13 lakh which amounted to one policeman for 635 people.
"As on January one this year, 82 per cent of total 1.13 lakh posts have been filled up. The balance of 12,208 people were selected after a written exam and they are undergoing medical tests at present", she added. Since it would take another seven months to induct them into the police force, it has been decided to constitute the Special Police Youth Force to supplement the role of the police department.