Union home Minister Shivraj Patil on Friday ticked off the Delhi Police for its failure to fill 10,000 vacancies sanctioned by the Centre over the last few years.
The home ministry had recently approved another 7,612 posts.
In the absence of sufficient steps to complete recruitment of the sanctioned posts, Patil has told the Delhi Police to examine ways in which ex-servicemen and retired policemen could be hired on contract to reduce the gap of 17,600 policemen.
Patil told Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal at a review meeting on Friday morning he was willing to take the flak for the failure of the police to prevent incidents like terrorist attacks when the police did their part of the job.
“But when the police did not do the basic groundwork like recruiting policemen sanctioned by the government years earlier, how do I defend you all,” he asked.
Officials said the provocation came at a meeting to expedite implementation of the recent government’s decisions when he inquired the status of earlier decisions to fill posts.
Patil recalled he had heard the same answers at a review meeting held in February this year and expressed his displeasure at the meeting where Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and senior officials of Delhi Government and the Ministry of Home Affairs were present.
The meeting happened an hour before the encounter which Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma lost his life. Patil later commended Delhi Police and Sharma for demonstrating exceptional bravery.