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MHA merges police forces in six Union Territories

Non-IPS officers could be posted in any UT and will be at the direct disposal of Home Ministry

The Ministry of Home Affairs has notified new rules amalgamating police forces in six Union Territories. The rules effectively mean that officers, who are not direct IPS recruits, could be posted in any of the six UTs and will be at the disposal of the MHA. The National Capital Territory of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Chandigarh (Police Service) Rules, 2018, was notified on September 25.

The initiative which, according to the MHA, has been in the works for over a year and a half, is being viewed as the first step towards the creation of a central police cadre allowing for the posting of police personnel across the country irrespective of the force they are initially inducted into.

“A central pool allowing inter-transferability would also ensure that local police personnel do not fall prey to serving vested interests in their home services and ensure that they don’t become complacent,” said a senior MHA official.

533 posts to be covered

There are around 533 posts that will be covered under the new rules including Assistant Commissioners of Police and Deputy Superintendents of Police. The rules will come into play upon promotion or direct recruitment of inspectors to the post of ACPs. Half of the posts at ACP rank will be filled through direct recruitment and the other half through promotion. Earlier these postings were decided by the respective UT administrators.

“There shall be constituted a Service known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Chandigarh Police Service consisting of persons appointed to the Service under rules 6 and 7...” the notification stated.

The post/grade/service eligible for induction into the entry grade for the new service, according to the notification, would include personnel currently employed as inspectors.

“This step will go a long way not only in ensuring that local police personnel in smaller locations such as Daman & Diu or Lakshwadweep or Dadra and Nagar Haveli are able to learn modern policing methods from the capital of the country and go back home to employ these effectively,” said an IPS officer.

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