BENGALURU: Police constables of the City Armed Reserve (CAR) who are currently working as orderlies (engaged in doing unskilled jobs for senior police officers) will be replaced by non-police workers as per a government order issued by the Home Department (Police Services- B).
The order, issued last week, states that ‘police constables who are working as orderlies should be replaced with people from the existing pool of followers in the department.’ Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced last November that the orderly system will be scrapped. The order specifies the features of the the new system.
As per the order, senior officers will be given allowances based on their ranks and they can engage people of their choice as followers to assist them in the disposal of official work at their residences on a part-time basis.
The order comes as a relief for most of the constables who were engaged in unskilled jobs even after they had received training for other tasks. The decision is also expected to cut down expenditure as the orderlies are paid high salaries considering the work they did - up to `40,000. In the new ‘follower system,’ even followers of Directors General of Police(DGs) are allotted only `8,000 per head, with the amount getting reduced with rank.
In addition, the order also provides the rationale that a lot of money was spent to train constables which was getting wasted by engaging them in such unskilled jobs.