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Wait for promotion gets longer for 6 IPS officers

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Ministry of Home Affairs says there is only one vacancy

Six Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of the 1986 batch may have to wait some more time for realising their much-cherished dream of getting the rank of Director-General of Police (DGP).

Their request for the promotion of the entire batch to the DGP rank, as is being done in respect of IAS officers for the cadre of Chief Secretary, has been rejected by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which is the controlling authority for IPS officers.

The request, the officers say, is as per guidelines of the MHA. The main reason, according to a senior official in the State government, who quotes MHA’s communication, is the inadequate number of vacancies.

Six claimants

At present, only one post in the DGP rank is vacant, whereas there are six claimants, who are all Additional DGPs (ADGP).

The six officers are: M. S. Jaffar Sait, Project Officer, Tamil Nadu Police Academy; Srilakshmi Prasad, ADGP/Vigilance of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation; Ashutosh Shukla, ADGP/Inspector General of Prisons; Mithilesh Kumar Jha, on central deputation and posted in China, N. Tamilselvan, ADGP (Technical Services) and Ashish Bhengra, ADGP (Operations), Chennai.

There are three DGP-cadre posts and an equal number of ex-cadre posts in the State. This arrangement was permitted by the Centre for Tamil Nadu in 2000, according to a senior police official. Apart from DGP T. K. Rajendran, there is only one occupant of the cadre-post — J. K. Tripathy of the 1985 batch, chairman of the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Service Recruitment Board (TNUSRB). The other cadre post, DGP (Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption), remains unfilled. Three holders of the ex-cadre post at the level of DGP are K.P.Maghendhran (1984 batch), Director of Fire and Rescue Services; Sangaram Jangid (1985), Chief Vigilance Officer, Metropolitan Transport Corporation and C.K.Gandhirajan (1985), DGP, State Human Rights Commission.

Of the present five DGP officers, Mr. Maghendran will retire from service in February, while Mr. Rajendran will complete his two-year-long tenure in June. Mr. Jangid and Mr. Gandhirajan will demit their office in July and October, whereas Mr Tripathy will reach his age of superannuation in May 2020.

The six ADGPs’ argument for promotion is that their batchmates from other States have been made DGP. In 20 States, officers of the 1986 batch have become DGP in 2016-17.

Even those belonging to the 1987 batch have been elevated to the post of DGP in six States. The officers quote the rule 4 (2) of IPS (Cadre) Rules, 1954,which says “the Central Government shall, at the interval of every five years, re-examine the strength and composition of each such cadre in consultation with State government or the State governments concerned and may make such alterations.”

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Their contention is that the State government could create five ex-cadre posts in the rank of DGP even “without the concurrence” of the Centre.

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