Parliamentary Panel slams CBI's 'discriminatory' promotion policy

A parliamentary panel has slammed the discriminatory policy adopted by country's premier investigative agency CBI in promotion of officers joining on deputation basis and members of its own cadre who, it said, are kept at "disadvantageous position" in career growth.

Recommending that cadre personnel and officer should be given a major role in policy making, the panel said agency should have a relook on the policy to depend on other services for filling its ranks.

The committee was disappointed to note that "deputationist officers in the rank of SP were directly promoted as DIG, whereas cadre officers in the rank of SP were promoted as SSP only which is a lower rank".

"Should the Committee derive that the departmental officer is placed at a disadvantageous position, although he is having an obvious edge over the deputationist, in terms of skill experience and expertise owing to his continuous exposure to specialised investigation which is regularly being done in CBI?," the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has noted.

The data presented by the agency shows that a CBI cadre officer's chances to climb ranks reduce drastically in higher ranks as the quota of deputationists increasing.

It also reveals that CBI has not recruited any officer at the rank of Dy SP for last 10 years while Constables have not been inducted since 2004.

According to CBI, deputation based quota at Constable level is 60 per cent, Head Constables its 20 per cent, ASI its 25 per cent, Inspector 50 per cent, DySP 50 per cent, Additional SP 10 per cent, SP 60 per cent, DIG 75 per cent, Joint Director 80 per cent.

No officer of CBI cadre can hope to rise to the post of Additional Director and above as these are only for IPS officers.

The CBI Director, in the defence of the policy, said discipline and integrity issues can be better handled with deputation officers who could be sent back to their cadre which is not possible with internal staff who form a group of "disgruntled officers".

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