Police seek to relax experience limit for promotion of SIs

Home secy says proposal will be forwarded to poll panel soon for approval.

In a bid to fill up vacant posts of inspectors, the Gujarat Police has requested the Home department to relax the experience limit for sub-inspectors so that they can be promoted early.

This assumes significance as the police department is facing a shortage of 80 inspectors required for field postings. Filling up these posts has become all the more important in the wake of Assembly elections to be held on December 13 and 17.

"We have requested the Home department to reduce the (minimum) eight-year experience period so that we can promote senior PSIs to the rank of inspectors. We recruited a good number of PSIs recently but we have limited filed officers (PI rank) who are required during the elections," said DGP Chitranjan Singh.

Confirming the development, Home department officials said the request would be forwarded to the Election Commission of India in a couple of days' time.

Principal Secretary (Home) S K Nanda said, "The proposal will be handed over to the Election Commission... The EC is keen to fill up the vacant posts in Gujarat Police. When they pass an order on the request, inspectors would be recruited as per procedure."

The minimum experience required for a PSI to get eligible for promotion to the post of inspector is eight years. Subsequently, they are promoted by the DGP based on their educational background, field experience and a few other parameters.

According to the Bombay Civil Services Rules, the appointing authority (DGP) has got the power to promote officers after they complete 2/3rd of their minimum period (i.e. eight years) of service. In special circumstances, sub-inspectors who have completed at least five years and four months in policing can be promoted.

The central government had frozen recruitment in 1990 and the state government was asked to reduce 30 per cent of the staff strength (3 per cent every year). When the order was lifted in 2010, 12,500 constables and 800 sub-inspectors were recruited, followed by a few more in 2011 and 2012.

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