Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Advocate files complaint against IPS officers for ‘appointing orderlies’

The Hindu: Bengalore: Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
A city advocate has lodged a complaint with the State Police Complaints Authority stating that a few senior IPS officers had appointed six orderlies even after the March 2017 circular that banned the practice. Earlier this month, the Commissioner of the State Information Commission had directed the Additional Home Secretary to ensure that the orderly system is discontinued and submit an action-taken report.
The government issued an order in March scrapping the orderly system, with an amendment to provide allowances to officials to employ Group D workers to replace the orderlies. A notice on the matter was circulated by Director-General of Police R.K. Dutta on March 8 to all the officers having orderlies. “Despite this, six new orderlies were appointed by a few officers, including ADGP (Grievances and Human Rights) Sanjay Sahay and Additional Commissioner of Police (West), Bengaluru, Malini Krishnamoorthy who are members of the complaints authority,” said S. Umapathy, the advocate who filed the complaint with the authority on behalf of Sudha Katwa, another advocate.
According to the complainant, this amounts to violation of the Government Order. “This is an inhuman practice and amounts to slavery of police constables who can be utilised to improve policing in the State,” said Ms. Katwa.
The complainant had filed an RTI application and obtained details about the officers who continue to have orderlies. “A total of 81 police officers have 133 orderlies. Of the 81 officers, 51 are IPS,” said Mr. Umapathy.
Meanwhile, senior police officers said the constables appointed to assist them were only followers and were not treated as slaves. According to officers, Rule 862A of the Karnataka Police Manual allowed police officials depending on their rank to employ orderlies from the lower rank personnel as domestic help. “We are following the police manual. Once we get replacements, the services of the constables will be discontinued,” said a senior police officer.