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‘Regular’ tag on special recruits

Calcutta, July 27: The special constables to be employed in Jungle Mahal will be part of the regular police force unlike their Chhattisgarh counterparts who were regularised only recently.

The special constables, who will be employed as part of Mamata Banerjee’s recruitment drive in the Maoist-affected belt, will also be offered some relaxation in terms of eligibility criteria, sources in the chief minister’s office said.

During her Jungle Mahal visit earlier this month, Mamata had announced that the government would recruit 10,000 special constables, National Volunteer Force personnel and home guards from the region. After returning to Calcutta, she had instructed officials to initiate the recruitment drive.

“She wants the special constables to be recruited as full-fledged policemen. We have been asked to create a new post of special police constable,” a CMO source said.

He said that unlike regular constables, whose minimum eligibility criterion is a Madhyamik degree, the special constables to be recruited from Jungle Mahal need to just clear Class VIII. “The relaxation will be offered because the literacy rate in Jungle Mahal is poor. The salary of a special constable will, however, be less than that of a constable,” the source added.

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