Thiruvananthapuram: The government of Kerala has decided to make police checks compulsory for recruitments in assisted education institutions, public sector enterprises as well as banks and cooperative societies.
The state cabinet meeting, held on Wednesday, also decided to make this applicable to jobs in vaswom boards, welfare boards and development authorities.
The practice of police checking to see if there is an ongoing criminal case against an employee has been around for a long time in the public service. The same system is now being extended to other sectors.
The police check process must be completed within one month of recruitment. The rules, regulations and statutes of the respective institutions and organizations would be amended to incorporate the police job verification clause.
The decision to implement a police check follows widespread complaints that many people, who have been convicted or involved in criminal cases, are employed in many organizations under the state government.
Police had previously found that those accused in cases such as domestic violence, sexual abuse and financial fraud engaged in the same type of crimes once they joined semi-government organizations as an employee.
Those involved in criminal matters are kept away from government services until they prove their innocence. Those who have been punished for criminal offenses are dismissed from public service.
Implications for current employees
Appropriate action will be recommended to the state government if it turns out that existing staff working in places such as assisted institutions and cooperative institutions face criminal cases, official sources said.
Those involved in serious crimes will be held off duty until proven innocent. Those who were punished would lose their jobs.
Those who withhold information about their criminal past would be subject to other official procedures.
Central government institutions and banks follow the same system of police verification. Now, when an aspiring employment files the PSC application form, they must provide information on any police charges or disciplinary action taken so far. The applicant must also disclose whether the PSC has barred the person from taking a test for past professional misconduct.
The police check is done right after a person enters a job.
Upon entering the public service, the employee must complete a form containing questions about involvement in criminal cases. The form will be sent by the appointing authority to the district police superintendent for verification. Until the police check report is found to be positive, he is treated as a temporary employee.
If the police check is negative and if it turns out that the information provided was incorrect, the employee would lose his job.
Old practice canceled and restored
The seven-party government led by EMS Namboodiripad abandoned police verification in 1967 after then-governor Bhagavan Sahayi announced the new policy to the assembly. Many people, who had previously been barred from government jobs due to unfavorable police check reports, got jobs at this time.
But the police verification system was reinstated by the Achutha Menon ministry in 1974. The ordinance issued in 1974 specified that the job seeker was to fill out a form in which he was to answer questions about his character, conduct and behavior. criminal history.
Police checking was made mandatory for jobs in KSRTC, KSEB, statutory companies and public enterprises in 1975.