The majority of freshly recruited cops in UT are from Haryana. The composition of the fresh batch of 129 constables, whose passing-out parade is to be conducted on Thursday (July 10), also reiterates this trend with 70% of them coming from Haryana and 21% coming from Chandigarh and Punjab. Of the 129 constables, 90 hail from Haryana, 14 are from Chandigarh, 13 from Punjab with the rest coming from neighbouring states.
Police sources claim that of the 2,500 constables recruited between 2010 and 2013, around 80% were from Haryana.
So, even as Haryana now dominates this segment of the police hierarchy, why has Punjab lagged behind?
Police sources claim that the physical fitness levels of Punjab’s youth have been poor and declining due to the drug menace engulfing the state. The state’s youth is also more inclined to settling abroad, due to better opportunities they perceive there. Most youngsters also prefer to join the state police. The dying down of sports culture has also ensured that cops fail to clear fitness tests.
A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said that a candidate is usually given five and a half minutes to run a mile and in 2011, this norm was relaxed by adding another 15 seconds to the time. However, there was no appreciable increase in number of candidates from Punjab getting through the test. He added that Haryana youngsters cleared the test as panchayats in the state sponsored collective preparation of youngsters.
DSP (lines) Suman Kumar said: “Youngsters from Haryana have been joining the Chandigarh police in a larger proportion than those from Punjab. This has come to the fore mainly in the last 10 years. Punjab’s youths prefer to opt for the state police as they stay closer to their home towns and also get pay on a par with the Chandigarh police. However, this is not the case in Haryana. A newly recruited constable posted with Haryana police gets around Rs 24,000, while a Chandigarh police cop gets a pay of around Rs 32,000. “
DSP (crime) Jagbir Singh, who earlier was DSP (lines), said: “The fitness level of youths from Punjab has come down, with Haryana candidates gaining ground. “UT IGP RP Upadhyaya said:
“Chandigarh is a modern city and we have representation from all states. The new recruits have completed training and will be joining after the passing-out parade.” UT administrator Shivraj V Patil will be the chief guest.
33 WOMEN CONSTABLES AMONG 129
The number of women being inducted has drastically gone down with just 33 being recruited of the total 129. In 2011, of the 171 passouts, 110 were women. For recruitment, the age prescribed is between 18 and 25 and Class 12 is the eligibility. Candidates who have passed out include a law graduate, BTech and BSc graduates. The passouts also include seven who have graduated from army school.