The government will explore the possibility of posting newly inducted Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas for a limited tenure of two to three years irrespective of the state to which they have been allotted to, sources told HT.
“The issue of limited availability of IPS officers in severely LWE-affected states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand came up for discussion in the Friday’s meeting on Maoism, called by the home ministry.
It was suggested that freshly inducted IPS officers, undergoing training in the National Police Academy at Hyderabad, could be asked to volunteer a posting of two to three years irrespective the state cadre they have been allotted to. After serving in the Maoist areas, they could go back to their respective state cadres or the states of their choice,” said a home ministry official requesting anonymity.
The young IPS officers could be given extra allowances as added incentive, sources added. Union home minister Rajnath Singh promised to explore the proposal with all departments concerned, added the official. Friday’s meeting, a first by the new government, was attended by chief secretaries and police chiefs of 10 LWE-affected states and key officials of paramilitary forces involved in anti-Maoist operations.
The official said that Sukma, one of the worst LWE-affected districts in Chattisgarh was cited where the district police chief in Sukma, the Superintendent of police (SP), had only one deputy SP under him. “The state police should have posted two to three young IPS officers as additional SPs, more than a dozen deputy SPs and around two dozen motivated inspectors under him to effectively deal with Maoism,” added the official.