State Asks More Top Cops

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to allocate at least 10 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on the basis of Civil Services Examination-2017 to the State.

In a letter to Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, the Chief Minister said the allocation would help in meeting the manpower required in the State at the supervisory level. There is serious shortage of IPS Officers in the state to manage filed level assignments.
Mr.Patnaik said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has not allocated IPS officers to the Odisha cadre as per the State’s requirement over the years.  
He said when the Ministry was requested for allocation of 10 IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2014 as against 20 regular vacancies, it allotted only six officers to the Odisha cadre.
The Chief Minister said the Ministry had allotted four IPS officers each on the basis of CSE-2015 and 2016 against the requisition of 10 officers each for the respective years.
Mr.Patnaik said out of 131 IPS posts provided under regular recruitment category for the State, only 116 IPS officers are in position. “Out of them, 26 officers are on Central Deputation”, he said.
Mr.Patnaik said all the 57 posts to be filled up by promotion under Rule 9 of IPS (Recruitment) Rules, 1954 have been lying vacant since 1995 because of legal complications. “As such, only 90 officers are in position in the State against the total strength of 188 leading to 52 percent of vacancy as on 1 January , 2018.
The Chief Minister said several districts of the State are affected with left wing extremism. “The prime profile of the State in the backdrop of such rising threat has become a cause of concern and has necessitated reassessment of the need of police personnel”, he said.
Mr.Patnaik said this is essential as much to maintain law and order as to ensure unhindered development activities being taken up across the State.
The Chief Minister said the State Government is trying to address the situation by providing additional reinforcement through fresh recruitment of striking forces.

“However, dearth of adequate police personnel at the supervisory level is badly affecting the State government’s efforts to improve law and order, maintain peace and contain Left Wing Extremism incidences”, the Chief Minister stated.

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