Home Minister P Chidamabaram took a dig at BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani on Friday, squarely blaming him for the high level of vacancies in IPS cadre in various departments particularly in Intelligence Bureau and CBI.
Chidambaram said it is a “story of neglect between 1998 to 2004”, a period when Advani was in-charge of Home Ministry.
Terming the situation was of “grave concern”, he pointed out that as of January one this year, there were only 3,332 officers in the position in the IPS cadre against a sanctioned strength of 3,889 besides vacancies of 88 for IPS officers in IB and 27 in CBI.
“I wish to share with you a matter of grave concern. As on January 1, 2009, there were 3,332 officers in the position of the IPS cadre against a sanctioned strength of 3,889 (both direct recruitment and promotion)".
“The gap is 557, out of which 314 fall under the direct recruitment quota. In the IB, the vacancies at the level of SP and above to be filled by IPS officers is 88 and in the CBI it is 27."
“How did this situation come about? It is a story of neglect between 1998-2004, but I shall share the story with you on another occasion,” Chidambaram said.
“In my considered judgement, the situation cannot be repaired unless urgent and imaginative steps are taken.”