Vacant Delhi

Vacant Delhi

Despite the public outcry for better policing in the Capital in the wake of the gang rape, the home ministry has still to fill numerous vacancies at the senior levels of the Delhi Police. For instance, out of a total of 20 IG-level posts, there are eight slots vacant in Delhi. Ironically, senior police officers from the Union Territory cadre are being posted most whimsically in smaller regions with a fraction of the population such as Chandigarh, Puducherry, Arunachal Pradesh, the Andamans, Mizoram and Goa, although there is no functional requirement for these senior-level appointments. For instance, in both the Andamans and Mizoram, there are two IG-level posts when there is a requirement for only one. Five IGs have been transferred to Arunachal, when there are only two posts to fill. Venkiah Naidu, chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on home affairs, asked the home ministry to provide a list of vacancies in the posts of DCPs, additional CPs and joint CPs in Delhi. The home ministry promised to get back with the information at "the earliest." This did not satisfy Naidu who asked the ministry to be more specific about the time frame.

Demanding side

The BCCI is unhappy with the Pakistani delegation which accompanied its country's team for the recent bilateral cricket series in India. The Pakistanis have yet to pay for the 1,000 tickets they requested from the BCCI to distribute among Pakistani fans. (The tickets were in addition to the large number of complimentary passes that were provided to the Pakistanis.) The Pakistani visitors had many complaints. They wanted gas heaters installed in the VIP boxes at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and were unhappy to learn that this was not possible because it was a fire hazard. Elaichi tea and cushions on the plastic seats were some of their other demands.

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