MAJOR OVERHAUL is in the offing in police hierarchy after the civic election. While DG-level officer DP Sinha, who had been repatriated to UP from the Centre on health ground, has been waiting for posting for more than a month, 1977 batch IPS officers are likely to be promoted to ADG-level in the first week of November.
Inordinate delay in posting of politically well-connected DP Sinha has already sparked debate among the senior officers about his next move. If there had been no political backing, he would have so far been ‘dumped’ as DG (Fire service), which is lying vacant for quite some time. But sources said Sinha wanted an independent charge to avoid any interference from DGP headquarters. Thus, the possibility of departure of director vigilance GL Sharma to accommodate Sinha could not be ruled out. Sources said changes at the high-level could also be effected because of hobnobbing of some top IPS officers with Congress leaders in Delhi. Sources said Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had already been apprised of ‘secret parlays of the officers with Congress’.
Thus, the impending shake-up in the department could target these officers, too. Already, there is no-holds-barred battle among the top police officers to pull the rug from under the feet of each other, affecting the functioning of the department.
Similarly, the proposed promotion of 1977 batch officers would lead to shift of large number of ADGs. There are already 25 ADGs with overlapping of functioning in various wings. With the proposed promotion of 13 more IGs to ADG rank, the number will go up to 38. “Now, we will have two platoons of ADGs,” was the oblique comment of an IG.
As per sanctioned strength, the number of DGs and ADGs should not be more than 25. But there are 11 DGs and 25 ADGs. Even though the number of ADGs would go up, there had already been inordinate delay in the promotion of those officers. There is a gap of five years between IAS and IPS in promotion. While 1982 batch IAS officers are due for promotion to principal secretary rank, 1977 batch is now being taken up in the police department. In other states, IPS officers of 1981 had been promoted to ADG level. “UP is the only State which is lagging behind in promotion,” commented the IG. Even West Bengal, which had a poor track record in promoting the police personnel, had left UP behind, he pointed out.