Orderly system hogs limelight in assembly

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Puducherry, Apr 30: The orderly system in the Police Department here which was in force during the French Regime and was abolished in 2003 and police personnel were working at the residences of senior officials as camp attenders, Chief Minister N Rangasamy told the Legislative Assembly today.

To a question, Mr Rangasamy said as many as 40 police personnel were working at the residences of senior police officials as camp attenders.This was permitted in the Police Commission report itself.

Mr A Anbazhagan (AIADMK), who posed the question, alleged the Chief Minister was giving a wrong infromation in the House and as many as 120 policemen were working in the residences of senior officals.

They were being treated as slaves and wondered why those recruited to the Police Department as constables were being subjected to such harassment.

If the senior officials need attenders, let them get some illiterates, he suggested and urged the Chief Minister to take steps to send them back to the department.

Mr Rangasamy said the camp attenders had to attend to telephone calls and accompany senior officals going on camp duty.

To this, Mr Na Ra Kalainathan (CPI) said none of the officals were going on camp duty.

The strength of the PAP was coming down because of this 'orderly' system, he said and asked the government to send them back to the department.

As the discussion prolonged, the Speaker intervened and said the members demand for reducing the number of orderlies could be considered by the Chief Minister. He then passed on to other questions.

UNI

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