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New CBI norms to push promotions

The Central Bureau of Investigation has decided to grant at least three promotions to its employees provided they have an outstanding service record.

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2010 00:34 IST
Pankaj Vohra

The Central Bureau of Investigation has decided to grant at least three promotions to its employees provided they have an outstanding service record.

The promotions based on an assessment, every 10 years will facilitate a constable to rise till the rank of a sub inspector and a sub inspector to go as far as a deputy inspector general of police.

CBI director, Ashwani Kumar who initiated these measures is convinced the scheme will not only remove stagnation but also help in providing an incentive to his officers to do better every time. He took the decision after discovering that in a 30-year or more career span, there were instances where a person who joined the organisation as a constable continued to be in the same position above despite having an exemplary record.

According to the new norm, every employee will be assessed and moved up the vertical ladder if he has done exceeding well in his work every ten years.

This will raise the overall moral of the force. For those who have joined the CBI directly as sub inspectors, Kumar has paved way for their promotion till the rank of a DIG.

This will again depend on outstanding service rendered to the country’s premier investigating agency.

He has directed that some positions in the rank of SP and DIG should be reserved exclusively for promotee officers. “After all those who perform should also be adequately rewarded,” Kumar said.

The CBI has introduced a series of innovative measures to modernise and re-structure the organisation created 61 years ago. The idea is to make it a modern outfit and to eliminate needless tiers of decision-making, which were accounting for delay in many cases.

Kumar has issued instructions for completion of investigations of every case within one year from the date of its registration.

In addition, the CBI courts have been requested to dispose of these cases within another two years. In effective terms, it means that each case with CBI will pass the trial stage within three years, which includes one year of investigations. While disposing off the cases, the officers and the prosecution branch has been told to encourage plea-bargaining as per the relevant amendment in the CrPC.

The CBI restructuring, after the appointment of a consultant from IIT, Delhi, has reduced one level of decision making. The CBI has now 16 zones and 60 branches all over the country. It has ensured that one branch or unit covers each state.

Kumar has posted one joint director for every two states. A prosecutor at each of the locations from where a JD functions has also been provided there. Unless necessary, no case would be referred to Delhi and must ideally be disposed off in the state unit itself.

The CBI has opened new branches in Port Blair, Srinagar, Imphal, Shimla, Thiruvanthapuram and in Raipur.