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Uttar Pradesh hits back at Centre for reprimand on IPS transfers

The Uttar Pradesh government has taken exception to the central government's objection against alleged frequent transfers of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

lucknow Updated: Sep 09, 2009 23:52 IST

The Uttar Pradesh government has taken exception to the central government's objection against alleged frequent transfers of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

Responding to a letter by union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai to the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta Wednesday night faxed a strongly worded reply.

"It is not clear from where the union home ministry has got its figures, claiming that IPS officers were being transferred even in a day, a week, month or less than a year," Gupta pointed out in his letter.

"The Uttar Pradesh government has framed a policy of giving two-year long tenures to IPS officers and that was being adhered to as far as possible. Changes at the senior level have to be made in accordance with the requirements of the state.

"No transfer has been carried out without the express approval of the Civil Services Board, specially constituted for the purpose," he added.

The chief secretary also blamed the central government for allocating very few IPS officers to the state.

"Uttar Pradesh was allotted only eight IPS officers in 2005, six in 2006, six again in 2007 and as low as five in 2008, against our demand for 14 officers in each of those years," he pointed out.

"That led to increasing shortage of directly recruited IPS officers required by the state. Therefore we have now demanded 15 officers this year," he said.

"Even the promotion of our Provincial Police Service (PPS) officers to the IPS cadre usually gets delayed at the centre, with the result that we are left handicapped," he added.