The already top-heavy clan of Punjab’s directors general of police (DGPs) is set to expand further.Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has given the nod to hold a departmental promotion committee (DPC) meeting on June 15 of the 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officers to elevate them as DGP — a move that will increase the number of cops in the DGP rank from the present six to eight.
The state government’s plausible plea behind promoting these IPS officers as DGP is that 1984-batch IAS officers have been designated as additional chief secretaries.
Currently, there are at least seven IAS officers — including Karan Bir Singh Sidhu who is on central deputation and given pro forma promotion - in the rank of additional chief secretary. It is for the first time that Punjab has such a big battery of bureaucrats holding the rank of additional chief secretary.
Sources say Badal cleared the proposal of holding the DPC meeting of only 1984-batch IPS officers to be chaired by chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, even as a proposal was also mooted to hold the DPC of 1985-batch IPS officers for promoting them as DGP in the ex-cadre post.
While there are two regular posts of DGP, the rest are ex-cadre posts. After the officer holding ex-cadre post of the DGP superannuates, the post automatically cease to exist. And the chief minister has the powers to create ex-cadre posts of the DGP rank.
In the 1984 batch of IPS officers are Samant Kumar Goel and Anil Kumar Sharma. Both are on central deputation in the cabinet secretariat. Goel is on a very significant foreign assignment and is highly unlikely to return to the state cadre, while Sharma, who will superannuate in July 2016, is coming back to the state.
Sources say both officers will be designated as DGP. Goel will be given pro forma promotion as DGP, while Sharma will be given the rank of DGP.
Thus, effectively there will be seven cops in the DGP rank.
Two cops in the DGP rank, Satish Kumar Sharma (1983 batch) and Rajinder Singh (1982 batch), will superannuate in September and November, respectively.
By designating the 1984-batch IPS officers as DGP, the 1985-batch IPS officers - Mohd Mustafa, Ravinder Paul Singh and Hardeep Singh Dhillon - will be within striking distance of being considered for the post of DGP in the near future.
Mustafa will superannuate in February 2021, Singh in February 2017 and Dhillon (currently holding the important post of ADGP intelligence) will retire in March 2019.
At present, apart from six DGPs, there are 12 cops in the rank of additional director general of police (ADGPs) and 22 cops holding inspector general (IG) rank.
When they will retire
Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini (1982-batch IPS), June 2018
DGP, Home Guards, Ganesh Dutt Pandey (1981 batch), August 2017
DGP, prison reforms, Sanjiv Gupta (1982 batch), June 2017
DGP, vigilance bureau, Suresh Arora (1982 batch), September 2018