Seventy-four youths belonging to tribal communities, including the sister of Madhu who was lynched at Attappadi, became part of the Police Department on Monday.
The appointment order is handed over to the candidates by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Among the 72 people, 22 are women. Among those recruited, two are postgraduates while seven are graduates. They were selected in a special recruitment drive conducted by the state public service commission.
The move is aimed at empowering the marginalized society. The move is also considered as a pre-emptive move taking into consideration the Maoists’ efforts to make inroads among the tribals, who have largely remained in the fringes.
The proposal was earlier limited to Wayanad district, Attappadi block in Palakkad and Nilambur block in Malappuram. Later, Kalikavu and Areekode blocks in Malappuram also were included in the project.
“The aim of the drive was to take a countermeasure to the LWE threat as they are very accustomed to the land and geography of the jungle areas. This is also part of integrating the tribal community members with the mainstream society as the tribal groups should not feel marginalized,” ToI quotes state police chief Loknath Behera as saying.
The recruited youths will be sent to Kerala Police Academy in Thrissur, for a nine-month training programme.