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40% posts are lying vacant in central agencies, forces; Home Ministry’s stand likely to be tough

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Some of the reasons for nearly 40% of IPS officers’ posts lying vacant in Central Police Organizations (CPOs) such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) range from delays in no-objection from states to officers selecting a cadre state on the appointment order of the Centre. National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) as well as Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like CRPF and BSF.

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As of April 29, 2022, a total of 250 posts sanctioned for IPS officers, especially at the superintendent level, are lying vacant. However, three top posts (Director General Sashastra Seema Bal, National Investigation Agency and National Police Academy chief) are also lying idle and officers of senior batches are waiting for posting as there is no shortage.

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Due to the large number of vacancies, the Center may make it mandatory for IPS officers to join central agencies and forces at the SP level who wish to join the IG or ADG level later in their careers.

About 58 posts at DIG level in SSB, CRPF and BSF have been transferred to cadre officers on December 31 last year due to shortage of IPS officers.

According to the data, there are a total of 654 sanctioned posts of IPS officers in CAPFs and CPOs, out of which 250 posts are currently vacant. The IB and the CBI are also facing a shortage of mid-level officers. 82 posts in IB and 67 posts of IPS officers in CBI are lying vacant at mid-senior level.

Top sources in the government said the main reason behind the vacancies is the reluctance of the officers to join the position and the delay in deployment to the states due to various reasons.

In one such case, the West Bengal government has not given relief to three IPS officers transferred by the Center to different forces even after two years.

“IPS officers, almost all, want to join central agencies or forces at senior IG level as a priority. So, according to the statistics. There is no dearth of officers at ADG and IG level. Moreover, the young officers are not willing to join the center at the SP or DIG level. The reason is difficult posting in difficult areas and the specific choice of posting may not always be met,” a DG rank official told News18.

Another IPS officer, who had served in the CBI and other agencies, said that the states are also not willing to send officers to the centers and create technical hurdles. According to the data, CBI has 118 sanctioned posts for IPS officers and 51 posts are vacant.

“There are huge number of vacancies in police organizations like CBI, NIA, IB, Bureau of Police Research and Development, NPA. CBI, NIA and IB officers are keen to get involved, but states pose a hindrance especially to states having political rivalry with the Centre. But in other organizations, the officers are not willing to join as they consider them to be deprecated postings. If they join the Central Armed Police Forces at SP and DIG levels, there are chances that the officer may get hard area posting, for which many are not prepared and prefer to work their cadre state,” said ADG level officer. An official told News18.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is taking steps to fill these posts and is now taking strict action on the officers. Since the ministry is the cadre authority of IPS officers, sources said that soon the gate will be closed for IPS officers to join senior positions in the central government if they do not serve at mid level in their career.

In addition, to fill these posts in CRPF, SSB and BSF, the Ministry of Home Affairs has transferred the posts to the Cadre Officers. In a recent move, the Center had also transferred a post from BSF to NIA. The Center is also speeding up the individual clearance process so that officers can join duty quickly.

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