CHENNAI: PMK Founder S Ramadoss on Monday urged the Tamil Nadu government not to remove the 5 per cent reservation offered for ex-paramilitary soldiers in Tamil Nadu police department.
Taking to Twitter, Ramadoss said, "The Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) had announced that military and paramilitary are not the same and so reservation cannot be extended for para military. Though they are not the same both perform the same task of guarding the nation. Similar to ex-military persons, ex-paramilitary persons also wish to work in their home state after a few years and so they should also be given priority in the police department."
Recently, TNUSRB removed the 5 per cent reservation provided for persons who worked in paramilitary forces.
The announcement was widely opposed by persons who worked in paramilitary forces and were preparing to enter the state police force.
Ramadoss questioned how military and paramilitary could be seen separately. "Persons working in Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetian Border Police force are on par with military forces yet they are referred to as paramilitary forces. Many states in the country do not distinguish between the forces and provide equal opportunities for both and so the same should continue in the state too," he said.