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Officers sore with the Government for its haste in rushing through selection process

Six vacancies of IPS officer are to be filled during 2009

Aggrieved officers

are planning to

move CAT

BANGALORE: The process of filling six Indian Police Service (IPS) vacancies from the State Police Service during 2009 has kicked up a row with several eligible officials crying foul over the hurried manner in which the State Government is pushing through provisional gradation list of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Civil) officers.

Even before the completion of the mandatory 15 days for receiving objections to the list announced on November 30, 2009, the Ministry for Internal Affairs despatched an “urgent” letter to the Director-General of Police on December 2 seeking a list of names, based on the provisional gradation list, to fill the six IPS vacancies.

The office of the Director-General of Police reacted swiftly and sent on December 3 a list of 11 State police officers, who could be considered for promotion to the IPS cadre during 2009.

The exchange of communication between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Director-General of Police was taking place even as Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on November 30 quashed the rule 5 (3) of All-India Service rules relating to promotion to Central services.

Ruling

The CAT order struck down the ceiling of 54 years as one of the conditions of eligibility for promotion.

Senior police officers, who had crossed 54 years, are bitter over the haste with which the State Government is rushing through the process of selection without honouring the CAT order.

“We are unfairly being deprived of our due”, said a senior State police officer, who is on the verge of retirement. “If I am not considered now, it is unlikely that I will ever make the grade”, he said.

Ignored

At least 10 officers, who had been overlooked in the selection process, belong to Dalit community, including one, who has been placed in the Deputy Superintendent cadre since 1992. “It is not a coincidence that nine others, who have been ignored in the selection process, belong to either Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes”, the officer said.

Little help

Meanwhile, a delegation of State police officers, who had been overlooked in the selection process, met senior officials of the Home Department and aired their grievances, but in vain.

The aggrieved State police officers plan to move the CAT on two grounds — the failure of the State Government to wait for the mandatory two-week period for inviting objections before commencing the selection process and overlooking the recent CAT order on selection of State officers to Central services.

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