The Tamil Nadu police has banned
officials below the rank of a sub-inspector from using mobile
phones while on work, saying it "distracts" them from
discharging official duties.
A recent circular issued by the office of Director
General of Police (DGP) TK Rajendiran, particularly pointed
out at the men in uniform using the mobiles to surf the social
"It is noticed that police personnel deployed on
important bandobust (security) duties, frequently use phones
for Whatsapp etc, and this distracts them from discharging
official duties, particularly at sensitive and critical
times," it said.
Henceforth, only officials above the rank of
sub-inspector can use mobile phones while on duty even as it
is "used only for official purpose," while on important duty,
"Hence, cell phones should not be used by other ranks
during important duties such as Law and Order, VVIP bandobust,
temple and festival bandobust," it added.
The circular further said the unit officers may decide
on the time and specific places where the restriction would be
in place and directed them to ensure that the instructions
were communicated down the line by way of a circular, besides
reading them out during the daily roll-call.
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