The Madras High Court on Thursday issued notice to the state government on a PIL, seeking a direction to implement provisions of the ‘Tamil Nadu Police Reforms Act, 2013’ by constituting the State Security Commission and police establishment board in the state and district levels within a time prescribed by the court.
The petitioner said that as per the reply he received to his RTI query, Chennai South Zone alone has about 428 unfilled posts in the department and over 791 in East and west zones.
“Non-filling of such vacancies would obviously pass the burden to the existing police strength, which would result in inefficient and unprofessional performance,” Ahamed said. In public interest, the government should act immediately and fill up the sanctioned strength in the department so that the police force could function smoothly, he said.
The petitioner further cautioned that such high vacancies would pose a serious threat to the law and order situation in cities like Chennai. Therefore, he sought a direction to the state government to consider his August 8 representation on the matter.