3,000 police constables to be recruited soon

The process of recruitment would begin from the next week. A total of 9,437 police constables are required to strengthen the internal security of the State but the government has given approval for an intake of 3,000 police constables urgently. The remaining police constables would be filled in a phased manner. A decision in this connection has been taken at a Cabinet meeting, he said.

He was speaking to news persons after inaugurating various programmes at historic Sri Lakshmi Venkataramanaswamy temple at Mavinakere near Holenarsipur taluk on Thursday.

The state government is facing shortage of police personnel for its internal security system. However, the government has  given priority to  buttress the police department despite financial constraints, he said.

Dr Acharya also said that the process of recruitment of 400 police sub-inspectors is at the final stage and about 40 police sub-inspectors have been designated to the intelligence wing. This decision to strengthen intelligence wing has been taken in the backdrop of increasing terrorism, Naxalism and other disruptive activities.

The minister said that the department has already sent a proposal to Chief Minister who is also the Finance Minister for an additional fund of Rs 200 crore for police department in the next financial year.

The State government allocates Rs 1,800 crore annually but the department is expecting Rs 2,000 crore in the next fiscal, he added. The State Government has also decided to construct police quarters in a phased manner at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore. An expenditure of Rs 500 crore would be reserved every year separately for the construction of the same.

Steps has also been taken to strengthen anti- Naxal and anti-terrorism forces, coast guard, border security forces keeping in view of increase of in disturbances in other parts of the nation. The minister said that the government has also decided to construct  56 new police stations, however, next year about 25 new police stations would be constructed as funds diverted to flood hit areas.

Acharya criticises Gowda

Taking a dig at former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Home Minister Dr V S Acharya alleged that some of the opposition leaders are unnecessarily hatching a conspiracy to destabilise the government by creating internal disturbances in the State in the name of protecting the interest of farmers and their lands.

There is no role of BJP government in providing lands to Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor. It is an irony and paradox that the leaders who sanctioned land for the NICE for BMIC project are protesting the forceful land acquisition, he told press persons. 

On the selection of K S Eshwarappa as the BJP State President, the minister categorically said that there is no doubt that Eshwarappa would become the president. This will be announced on January 24. Eshwarappa is an able person to head the state unit, he added.

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