Shortage of IGP, DIG level officers

Shortage of IGP, DIG level officers

Centre likely to return some IPS officers

Ishtyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, May 29: The central government is likely to shift some of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre IPS officers from central deputation to the state.
The Jammu and Kashmir is facing a shortage of IGP, DIG level officers as almost half of them are on central deputation.
Top sources said that Central Government is believed to understand the requirements of the Jammu and Kashmir government and may soon relieve some IPS officers from the Central deputation.
The Police department is facing shortage of officers in the rank of IGP and DIGs.
Sources said that on directions of the Governor Satya Paul Malik, the state Government has sought return of IPS officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre especially those in the rank of IGP and DIGs due to shortage of this rank officers in the State.
Sources said that it is possible that the Centre would concede JK governments request and return some of the IPS officers from the Central deputation especially those who have completed their tenure of deputation.
The state has at present 19 IGP level officers. However, nine are on the central deputation.
Nearly 20 senior IPS officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre are presently on Central deputation.
They included Navin Aggarwal (1986 batch), SM Sahai (1987 batch), Lalat Indu Mohanty, Rashmi Ranjan Swain, Hemant Kumar Lohia and Pankaj Saxena.
Officers in the rank of IGP from J&K cadre, who are on Central deputation are SS Khandare, Rajesh Kumar, T Namgayal, Mukesh Singh, Sunil Kumar, Viplov Kumar, Gareeb Dass, and Nitish Kumar.
DIG on Central deputation is Keshav Ram Chaurasia.
In the past the government had sought return of all IAS and IPS officers of JK cadre from the centre.
However according to sources these officers were “unwilling” to serve in the state.
The then Union Minister of State In-charge DoPT, Dr Jitendra Singh had said that Centre was trying to persuade the cadre officers to return to their states. “Even if they are unwilling, we try to motivate them. We encourage the cadre officers to revert to their states and serve the people,” he had said.
Interestingly citing a shortage of IAS bureaucrats at the middle-level, the centre government had asked all states to spare more officers for central deputation.
In a letter to all states, including Jammu and Kashmir, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had said the movement of the officers from states to the Centre and back is crucial for building capabilities at the state-level and contributing towards developing national perspectives at the decision-making levels in the government of India.
“It would, therefore, be appropriate considering the fact that there is general shortage of officers at Deputy Secretary/Director level, if a conscious attempt is made while forwarding the names of the officers, so as to share the shortage proportionately between the Centre and the states and also that every eligible officer has an opportunity to serve at the Centre at least once at the middle management level.” (KNS)