Applications for police recruitment will now go online.
The move comes after the stampede at the police recruitment drive at Kalina on March 8 killed one and injured 11 aspirants, prompting the home department to change the procedures of recruitment.
Typically a recruitment drive requires a student to pick up his form in advance from designated centers and then line up at the centres to submit the applications with required documents.
Aspirants line up the whole night outside centres and situations usually get out of hand when the gates open up — just as it took place in the Kalina case.
Home Minister RR Patil who was at a function at Navi Mumbai on Monday made an announcement that the process of filling in the form will soon be done through the internet. Police force in the state faces a huge shortfall. For the year 2010, the target for new recruitment for Mumbai is 3,200 police personnel and for the state is 14,000. At present, there are 42,000 police personnel in the city, while the state force has 1,70,000 police personnel.
“In the recruitment process very often we see police aspirants lining up at different locations — in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai to pick up applications and submit them for which there is duplication of work. So we thought of a single window entry system that would make things easier,” Patil said.
He added that he will ask his department to develop software that will provide an application form that can be filled and necessary papers attached through an online process.
Also, the online application system will have options to enable aspirants to choose the cities they want to apply for.
Only short listed applicants will be intimated and be called for the next stage of exams.
“For areas such as Gadchiroli where people do not have an easy access to the Internet, the government may set up centers which the aspirants will be able to use for the procedure. This will make the entire system smoother,” Patil said.