CISF officers seek IPS berth
The home ministry’s decision to give central and state police officers a second chance to be recruited into the Indian Police Service has raised hopes of nearly 140 directly recruited Group A officers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2010 23:43 IST
The home ministry’s decision to give central and state police officers a second chance to be recruited into the Indian Police Service has raised hopes of nearly 140 directly recruited Group A officers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The 140-odd officers were recruited through the Civil Service Examination during 1987-96 and allocated to the CISF. But the force was so far not enjoying any promotional avenues. It did not help either that their exact status has been rather ambiguous.
Over the last one decade, parliamentary standing committees have studied their service conditions and career profile on several occasions and told the reluctant bureaucracy in the home ministry to act.
The last was in November 2005 when the panel headed by Pranab Mukherjee — now finance minister — ticked off the home ministry after assessing the government response to its recommendation.
The officers, Mukherjee said in his report, “should not be made to pay for the wrongs of the decision makers who failed to foresee the negative fallout of their dispensation”.
This could be done, the committee said, by re-allocating the CISF officers to the Indian Police Service or any other Group A Civil Service.
“This recommendation was never taken seriously since there was a sanctity about the Indian Police Service. The recent decision in the home ministry to recruit IPS officers from central police officers has broken that sanctity,” a senior CISF officer said, explaining their optimism.
“This is a historic move… the once in a lifetime opportunity to give us justice.”
“The government should devise a selection procedure to shortlist eligible candidates from the directly recruited CISF officers, say an interview and specialisation of the officer,” a CISF officer said.
“We are a vast resource pool that is not being really utilised”.
“If the government really wants to set things right, it can come up with a selection mechanism such as an interview and an aptitude test for the 140 officers and move them to the IPS,” he suggested.
To begin with, the officers —given their vast experience in security management of installations and venues — could be deployed on similar duties since CISF officers do not have too much experience in handling law and order.
“Given the shortage of IPS officers, it would free officers posted on security duties for deployment in other priority areas,” an officer said, saying if the government kept an open mind, the challenge of scarcity could be translated into an opportunity.