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Demoting officers

2019: 11 DSPs demoted

Protest to continue as talks fail, February 3, 2019: The Times of India

Thiruvananthapuram: The protest by endosulfan victims and families will continue in front of the Secretariat as the conciliatory talks led by revenue minister E Chandrasekharan and health minister KK Shailaja failed to produce the desired result.

Earlier, in the assembly, UDF – which moved an adjournment motion on the issue – staged a walkout after the speaker rejected the motion. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while replying to the motion moved by Kasaragod MLA N A Nellikkunnu, said the government was doing its part when it came to compensation for endosulfan victims and their rehabilitation.

Vijayan also assured the House that the government would initiate discussions to end the hunger strike which is being led by social activist Daya Bai. However, discussions with the agitators – held at the revenue minister’s chamber in the legislative assembly later – failed to reach a consensus, though government ensured a review of the list of beneficiaries.

Later, the ministers told reporters that government will conduct a medical camp again to facilitate expert panel of doctors to identify deserving victims within 90 days. Their demand is to include all 1,905 persons who were shortlisted initially in the final list of beneficiaries, he said.

Besides, a special camp will be held for those who were unable to attend the earlier camp, the ministers said. The representatives of the protestors also pointed out that only one child among two in the affected family was being included in the beneficiary list. Such cases must get a special consideration, they said. tnn

Police for hire

As in 2023

KP. Saikiran, TNN, Sep 18, 2023: The Times of India

Thiruvananthapuram : For just over Rs 34,000 a day, you can have a police inspector guarding you, a trained police dog to add that touch of classy menace, all the nifty wireless equipment cops carry, and – wait for this – the right to use a police station. 
In Kerala, this scheme is not a new ploy to shore up strained finances – in fact, it’s an old scheme, one that’s been criticised plenty, which has come out with new rates.

The ‘rate card’ in a recent government order shows hiring a circle inspector rank officer will cost you between Rs 3,035 and Rs 3,340 a day. If you want a more economical op tion, go for a civil police officer (your friendly neighbourhood constable), whose services cost Rs 610. Police dogs come at Rs 7,280 a day, and wireless equipment is hired out at Rs 12,130 daily rent. A police station can be rented for Rs 12,000.

Kerala’s hire-a-thana scheme eyes pvt parties, film shoots

Why a police station and police wireless should have roughly the same rental rates or why it costs more to hire a police dog than a police officer is not clear from the government order.
So, who does the Kerala government think are its potential customers? “Private parties, entertainments, film shootings”, per the order.

Understandably, some government officials are unhappy. They point out that not only does the order fail to recognise the reality that film companies and even wealthy people organising private events are much more resource-rich and don’t need to hire cops and equipment but also that renting out state personnel and property fall in a moral grey area. Plus, hiring out wireless sets and cops with guns raises security issues.

Film industry insiders say that they depend on the police only for getting permission while filming in public places or sensitive areas. “All other infrastructure related to police are already available in the industry itself,” film producer Roshan Chittoor said. 
Last year, four police officers were provided for guard duty at the marriage gala of a businessman’s daughter in Panoor, Kannur. That had led to a major controversy. “The officers’ association had taken up this issue. Human or other resources of the police should not be made available for any pomp and show,” police officers’ association state general secretary C R Biju told TOI. 
He added there’s a detailed SOP laid out in the government order but that it must be followed diligently. In case the SOP isn’t followed, it’s possible you can get married in a Kerala cop station, inspectors and police dogs keeping an eye on the guests.

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