THE SUPREME Court order regulating transfers and postings of IPS officers will stem the rot in the police system in the State.
With the State Government having no escape route, the order’s positive impact may be seen in police functioning soon. Policing in UP has been in a mess because of frequent transfer of officers over the years. It has made them ‘virtually spineless’.
Talking to HT, director general, Home Guards, and IPS Officers’ Association president VKB Nair said on Saturday there would be a “qualitative change” in functioning of the department. The order is a shot in the arm for bold IPS officers to work fearlessly. It will also restore the police’s legitimate role.
With the apex court providing enough protection, “officers will have to prove that they are servants of the law and not of the law-makers”, said an IG.
Lauding former DGP Prakash Singh for taking the issue to the apex court, Nair said the court had fully accepted the over two-decade old recommendations of the National Police Commission. Constant fear of transfers — in some cases there were nearly eight transfers a year — had demoralised officers and they had no alternative, but to buy follow the diktats of politicians. He said police officers were largely depending on “whims and fancies” of politicians. .
However, the situation would change now and its impact would be visible in six months, he said and added that ultimate beneficiaries would be people of the State.
The order would make an impact right down to the SHO-level and improve the functioning of the department, he said.
Quoting Padmanabhayya commission, Nair said, “The best of the cream of IPS officers were coming to UP, but they were turning to pygmies because of the work culture here”. Nair said because of “defective and insane work culture”, they failed to deliver properly. He said irregular transfers and postings at the district level had been creating problems. “For dishonest officers there was no problem, but for honest officers frequent transfers had been creating a lot of trouble.”
The State Government has three months to implement the order and report to the apex court on January 3, 2007. The court order in the run-up to the assembly election has caused consternation among politicians.
The State Security Commission, as directed by the court, would consist of the chief minister or home minister as chairman, two MLAs each from ruling and opposition parties, one retired judge of the High Court, one retired civil servant and two prominent persons. The DGP would be the secretary-member of the commission.