By A Newsman
Kolkata, 28 April: IN a major blow to the out-going Trinamool Congress government, the Calcutta High Court has stayed the recruitment of any new civic police volunteers in in Bengal and has also brought all the previous recruitments under scrutiny.
Hearing a writ petition by 10 youths from Bankura, who had alleged corruption, nepotism, and discrepancies in the recruitment of civic police volunteers carried out by the state government since 2013, Justice Sanjib Banerjee of the Calcutta High Court passed the interim stay. He has fixed 09 May as the next day of hearing in the case.
In their plea, the Bankura youths, who did not get the civic volunteer job, the recruitments were being made only on the basis of interviews, and no written tests were conducted for this. This resulted in large scale corruption and nepotism.
Hearing the petition, Justice Banerjee today termed the process of recruitment “a big scam,” and directed the state government to submit a fresh affidavit stating where and how many people have been appointed as civic volunteers.
Two years into power, Trinamool government had introduced Civic Police Volunteer Force (CPVF) in 2013, under which around 1.3 lakh unemployed youths have so far been appointed on a no-work-no-pay basis. Their mandate is to assist police personnel in maintaining law and order, and traffic.
But from the very beginning, there have been allegations that mostly Trinamool cadres were being recruited as civic volunteers and several recruitments have been made in lieu of bribe.