Almost 3 percent of Chennai's constabulary is engaged in non-policing `duties' like carrying out household chores for serving and retired IPS and IAS officers, and in some cases even for their in-laws.
According to the Times of India, the revelation came from none other than the state director general of police Ashok Kumar at a recent law and order review meeting convened by chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao.
A source said Kumar was prompted to reel out statistics on wastage of police personnel when Chennai city police commissioner T K Rajendran attempted to deflect criticism for the worsening image of the city police by blaming it on shortage of staff.
Asked about the additional strength required for the city, the commissioner demanded 600 policemen. Kumar said about 700 policemen (about 3% of the sanctioned strength, according to a senior official in the city) were being wasted by city police as orderlies at the houses of bureaucrats.
Orderlies are used for washing clothes, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning toilets and utensils, gardening and bathing dogs.
Diversion of trained manpower should be frowned upon, noted former BSF director general Prakash Singh. â€œOfficials, owing to the large number of visitors they get, may need some help. It could be discussed and if need be, group D employees could be engaged for the purpose by the government. But using constables for doing menial work should not be permitted,â€œ he said to TOI.