The director general of police’s (DGP) office has called for a list of police officers and constables who are willing to serve in Maoist-affected Gadchiroli range by December 15 from all unit commandants in the state.
Those who show willingness to serve in the region will be eligible for accelerated promotion for doing good work, according to a state government policy, which was implemented in June this year.
A circular to this effect was issued recently by additional DGP (Establishment) D Kanakratnam (HT has a copy of the circular).
Those eligible for a posting include police constables up to the posts of assistant police inspector. The unit heads (commissioner of police in urban centres and superintendent of police in districts) have been instructed to send the service record of the officers and constables along with the list by December 15.
Interested applicants, however, can still approach the office after the deadline, stated the circular.
Sources in the DGP office said this was being done to encourage good officers to serve the region. Earlier, officials were not willing to serve in Maoist regions because of the risks involved because many police personnels have been killed or injured in the past.
Though Maoist attacks have troubled other states, including Chhattisgarh where 14 CRPF personnel died on December 1, the state police have managed to keep Maoists in check in Maharashtra.