The state government has given the go-ahead to the police department for direct recruitment of 6,000 policemen in its traffic wing. The odd working hours coupled with health hazard of working in inclement weather conditions have played a deterrent role for new recruits among the police force to join the traffic wing.
The Gujarat Police have been receiving a good response from the state youth for the last five odd years and recruited around 20,000 persons. Despite such impressive number of new recruits, some departments like city and district traffic branches faced inadequate strength, a senior police officer said.
State Director General of Police P C Thakur said, “We have been requesting the state government for a long time to approve direct recruitment in traffic police wing and the Home Department has recently approved it. Now, we will directly recruit men in traffic department. They would be straight away posted in respective traffic branches. This will help us manage the traffic wings effectively with professionally trained hands.”
Till now, there was no direct recruitment of traffic policemen. Those who were recruited in the regular police force used to be transferred to the traffic department. With the change in recruitment policy, all new recruitments for the traffic police department would be made directly. Further, in case of transfers to districts, they would be posted in the same department.
While observing the average pattern of recruitment in traffic department, out of every 10 recruits, six to seven are constables and three to four are head constable or assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) rank. Going by this pattern, out of the 6,000 new recruits, 2,000 would be promoted as ASIs to balance the numbers of all ranks, said a senior officer of the traffic department,Harekrishna Patel, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Ahmedabad said, “These 6,000 hands will be deployed for traffic regulation and management on roads. All our earlier demands to the government to strengthen the infrastructure of traffic department was not heeded owing to financial constraints. However, the government has now lifted the financial restrictions and paved the way for its uplift.”
These 6,000 traffic constables will be posted across the state, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot cities.
In addition to more hands, the traffic department has also requested the state government to give approval for developing new traffic police stations in Ahmedabad and across the state.
Patel said, “We have requested the government to approve one traffic police station for every two regular police stations in Ahmedabad. We want to build 14 traffic police stations that can be supervised by ACPs in the city. Of the total number of crimes recorded in the state, 25 per cent pertained to road accidents. This shows what monitoring is required on roads.”
He added, “The traffic policemen also need to work only in traffic police stations at regular basis to keep abreast of traffic laws. The nature of work for policemen posted at police stations, special agencies and the traffic wings are different. With the establishment of exclusive traffic police stations, now onwards they will keep shuffling between police station and road traffic management work.”