Very soon, the police hierarchy will be too crowded at the top. The Home Department will have to create extra posts of additional director generals (ADGs) surpassing its official strength in order to accommodate the officers in waiting.
The Home Department must create at least three ADG posts because the Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of ADG rank – KHGafoor, K Subramanyam and PN Dixit have been earning their salaries without any portfolio for last six months. Earlier, they were on the Central deputation.
While the State might offer top brass its due at the earliest, it would end up doing injustice to junior officers, particularly the Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) who are being denied promotions for last two years. No wonder, they are resenting the State move as most other states have promoted the 1987 batch DIGs as Inspector Generals. In Maharashtra the ’85-‘86 batches are still awaiting elevation.
Officers blame the State policy and their colleagues for the mess.
“This is absolutely frustrating for me. My batchmates from other states got promoted a long ago,” said a DIG on condition of anonymity as service rules prevent him from talking to media.
Another DIG said the officers are to be blamed for their unwillingness to join the Centre. “They afford to violate provisions because the State has rarely forced them to fall in line.”
Maharashtra’s annual Central deputation reserve quota is 51. Sadly, not even 10% of it joins the Union Government even after requisition. This causes accumulation of seniors at the top. Currently, Maharashtra has 188 IPS officers including direct recruits and those promoted from the State service.
When ADGs Gafoor, Subramanyam and Dixit returned to home Cadre from the Centre the scene at the top was no different. If they were to be accommodated along with few other promoted officers, the Home Department would need to create at least five more posts of their rank. This will exceed the number of ADG posts allowed under the 2003 notification. As per directive, the State has doubled sanctioned quota of eight to 16. The additions would take the number beyond 20.
When asked, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) said only two ADGs, Gafoor and Subramayam were waiting to be posted. “We’ll try cut down the waiting period. They could not be given postings because of variety of reasons – particularly the code of conduct and the lack of enough vacancies at the top."