Delhi HC raps MHA, IPS lobby over eyeing CAPF posts

Ministry of Home Affairs, Indian Police Service want to control BSF, CRPF, CISF

The Correspondent Bureau: The control freak Indian Police Service lobby and the Ministry of Home Affairs were royally snubbed by the Delhi High Court for eyeing lucrative posts in the Central Armed Police Forces and curtly told to concentrate on handling the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic rather than looking for creamy postings for its cadre.

The Indian Police Service Officers Association and the Ministry of Home Affairs had approached the Delhi High Court to appoint IPS officers to the rank of DIG and above ostensibly to gain prominence in organizations like the CRPF and BSF and other central para military organisations. But Delhi High Court justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad turned down the plea as they “indicated at the outset that the grounds of urgency mentioned in the application are not persuasive enough” to be entertained.

The Supreme Court of India had last year ruled that cadre officers of organizations like CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITPB, SSB should be give priority in appointment to the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG) and above. The court set a percentage benchmark and allowed only limited IPS officers to control the CAPF. But the IPS felt that the pandemic was the right time to approach the courts and slip in more IPS officers into these organizations.

Currently, CRPF director general Dr A P Maheshwari, BSF DG Surjeet Singh Deswal, CSIF DG Rajesh Ranjan, ITPB DG S S Deswal, and DG NSG Arund Kumar Singh and DG SSB Kumar Rajesh Chandra all are IPS officers.

The court heard the matter via video conferencing and seeing the court’s tough stand, sensing embarrassment, Sanjay Jain, ASG hastily withdrew the case.

The IPS officers have got advantages over service cadre officers of the para military officers. An IPS officer becomes at IG after putting in 18 years plus two years. On January 1 of each year, IPS officers automatically get promoted to the next rank when due irrespective of the fact that there is any vacancy or not. IAS officer become joint secretaries after putting in 18 years of service where as for non-IPS and army officers the wait can be up to 24 to 28 years depending on their performance.  The service cadre officers do not even get financial benefit as such till they pick up their senior rank.

To fit their officers, IPS lobby keep creating unwanted or dummy posts. In Madhya Pradesh, they have approximately over three dozen IPS officers as ADG with posts like ADG wireless, AGD housing contraction etc.

It is high time that Home Minister Amit Shah plug the IPS lobby and ensure that they concentrate on handling the Covid 19 pandemic and effectively track and trace the positive cases and not to terrorize the people of the country.

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