Jharkhand tops police vacancies, recruitments

Jharkhand might not be known as a progressive state, but it has definitely been setting an example as far as increasing the strength of its police force is concerned. At a time when there is an intense focus on the inadequate numbers in the various state police departments making them ill-equipped to tackle the challenges of terrorism and Naxalism Jharkhand has added an impressive number of personnel to its police force. From 33,119 police personnel in 2001, Jharkhand had increased its police strength to 51,081 as on January 1, 2007 a jump of more than 54 per cent, when the national average during the same period was over 12 per cent.

Jharkhand's good performance in this regard has been matched by Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand the two states that were created with it in 2000. Chhattisgarh increased its state police force by 48 per cent in the seven years from 2000 to 2007 while Uttarakhand strengthened its forces by 65 per cent. The only state that has done better than these three is Nagaland which has almost doubled its police strength during the same time.

Part of the reason for these three new states adding large numbers to their police forces in their initial years of existence was their eagerness to build new infrastructure.

"When new states are formed, there is an initial excitement to create infrastructure. But still it is a commendable effort by the respective state governments," Prakash Singh, retired director general of BSF, said.

Jharkhand is way ahead of the competition when it comes to allocation of funds for its police force. In the four years between 2003 and 2007, it has increased its expenditure on its police force by more than 140 per cent. The national average for this increase was just about 25 per cent. Chhattisgarh saw its police budget increasing by 52 per cent in the same period while in Kerala this increase has been close to 57 per cent. The sad part for Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, however, is that despite the large number of recruitments and significant increase in police budgets, they also happen to be the states with maximum number of vacancies in their police forces. As reported by The Indian Express a few weeks back, about 7,000 posts are lying vacant in Chhattisgarh, while Jharkhand has about 9,000 vacancies.

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.

Editors’ Pick