Women excise officers told to take part in raids
Alappuzha: It seems the New Year is no so pleasing for the women excise officers in the state with the Excise Commissioner issuing an order mandating their involvement in raids.
It further directs that the women staffers should strictly follow the 14-hour shift starting from 6 am.
The order has been issued against the backdrop of allegations that the women staff report for duty at 10 am and leave at 5 pm.
Now, many among the women employees are doing office works. The order says they should not be deputed as office writers and adds that they should not leave the office without prior permission.
All staff are also told to wear uniform while on duty.
The staff are reportedly miffed over the new circular. Sources say the new order comes at a time when the department staff are suffering stress owing to workload and pressure exerted by higher-ups.
Even the opinion was not sought from field officers, they rue.
During surprise raids, the staff used to be in plain clothes in order to deceive the offenders. Also it is extremely difficult to reach offices located in certain areas at 6 am. This apart, many offices functioning in rented buildings lack basic amenities. When shortage of staff and lack of vehicles and modern equipment exist, what is the logic in issuing such an order, they ask.