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Protests in TN after state govt scraps 5% reservation for ex- paramilitary staff in state police

- July 4, 2022


Chennai, July 4 (BPNS)

Ex- paramilitary officers and constables are on the path of protest in Tamil Nadu after the state government scrapped the 5 % reservation for them in recruitment of police sub-inspectors and constables in state police.

In a recent notification issued by the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board(TNUSRB) it was clearly mentioned that the 5% reservation that was in place for former Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) stands canceled. The board in the notification issued for the recruitment of 3552 posts, clearly stated that reservation was only for ex-army personnel and not for Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel.

This has come as a big blow for the ex- BSF, CRPF, CISF, and other para-military forces in the state who were expecting to get into the Tamil Nadu police through the 5 percent reservation provided by the state government.

R. Karvendhan, from Madurai who has served 21 years in BSF and has retired from the force, while speaking to BPNS said, “ This is a major blow to me. I was preparing hard for the TNUSRB examinations, but suddenly the notification came which has given me a severe blow in the head.

It may be noted that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India had in an office memorandum in 2012 advised states to extend the reservation benefits given to ex-army personnel be made applicable to retired personnel of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). The TNUSRB had been offering the 5% reservation for former CAPF officials much before the Home Ministry notification.

However, now the TNUSRB in a statement said that the reservation is only for the ex-armed forces personnel and not for former CAPF personnel. Seema Aggarwal, Chairperson of TNUSRB while speaking to media persons on Monday said,”  Tamil Nadu government has so far been offering jobs for retired paramilitary force personnel by mistake and we have rectified it now. Henceforth only retired armed forces personnel are provided jobs under 5% reservation in TNUSRB.”

All India BSF Ex-servicemen general secretary, B. Shanmugaraj in a statement issued on Monday came out strongly against the Tamil Nadu government decision in cancelling  5% reservation to ex- Para military force personnel.

He said that while Kerala and other states are providing an exemption from paying property tax, Tamil Nadu state has canceled an existing benefit of 5% reservation in police jobs which was condemnable.