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DGP office scuttles Intelligence revamp plan

india Updated: Apr 19, 2010 08:35 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
Hindustan Times
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The much-awaited revamp of Intelligence wing of the UP Police is in the limbo after the DGP headquarters put its foot down.

The Intelligence officers are a dejected lot as they were hoping improvement in the functioning of the department after an overhaul of the prevailing systems.

It was after a series of meeting between officials of the Intelligence department and DGP Hqs a proposal was drafted to give more autonomy to the intelligence activities and more administrative powers. It was also to have a separate budget.

However the DGP headquarters, which was party to the proposal, opposed it at a meeting with Home Department on April 10.

Funds availability is woefully inadequate. Sources said even large amount of IB secret fund is not fully at the disposal of Intelligence wing.

“We don’t know how much fund IB has given, we are happy with whatever is given to us by DGP headquarters”, said a senior officer.

The Intelligence officers are at loss to understand total reversal of DGP office stand on the issue. “They were party to each and every point in the proposal”, said a senior Intelligence officer.

Sources said sharp differences came up at the April 10 meeting attended by Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fatehbahadur, DGP Karamvir Singh and ADG (Intelligence) Malkiat Singh.

“Now changes are unlikely in near future. Every thing has been pushed under the carpet”, a senior Intelligence officer told HT on the condition of anonymity. “The DGP office doesn’t want to loosen its administrative grip over the wing”, he added.

However some other IPS officers are of the view “separate cadre and budget” is not in the interest of the wing. The Vigilance and Technical wings were suffering due to separate budget, commented an IPS officer. There is massive paucity of manpower both in Local Intelligence unit (LIU) and Special cell, which should be filled up to widen information gathering, he added.

The wing apart from changing designation of ADG (Intelligence) to Director and subsequent amendments in other names, had also sought to create non-IPS posts of SP (technical) to be filled up by direct recruitment of software engineers.

Considered as “dumping ground” in the police the Intelligence wing has been facing acute shortage of manpower. Of the ten posts of SP (region), four are lying vacant in Meerut, Agra, Moradabad and Faizabad. While DGP office is empowered to appoint SPs the Intelligence wants that required number of the officers should be put at its disposal for field posting. “It is should be on the pattern of Vigilance Organisation”, said another officer.