The Maharashtra government’s move to cut down on police department recruitments owing to the weak financial situation has been opposed by the home department.
The department has claimed that the recruitment of 62,000 police constables was imperative in the backdrop of the shortfall of about 1.02 lakh police personnel as per the global standards.
The state government recently decided to slash 50% of the vacant posts in government jobs – 25% for emergency services such as police, teachers and nurses.
The decision has affected the recruitment of police constables as the home had planned to recruit 12,000 police personnel annually for five years.
With the first batch of 12,000 police personnel already recruited last year, the home department wants the rest of the four batches to be recruited without any hindrance.
“In a presentation two years ago, the director general of police had said there was a gap of about 1.02 lakh police personnel as per the global ratio of population against the number of police personnel. Though it was not possible to admit the recruitment to that extent, we had then, in principle, agreed to fill up 62,000 posts in five years. We are urging for relaxation for our department,” said KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary.
Though the home department has been insisting for recruitment without any reduction, the police administration has no capacity to train that many police personnel.
“Our capacity is only 6,000 constables in a batch, but we have directed the police force to augment the capacity,” Bakshi said.
The government has also relaxed the ‘divisional cadre’ rule for police force to ensure that the vacant posts in MMR, Pune are filled at the earliest.
“The divisional cadre provisions make it mandatory to fill the posts of officers – promoted as well as newly recruited- in the divisional sequence of Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nashik and then Konkan and Pune. This means the officers transferred or promoted are appointed first in four regions other than Pune and Mumbai. This has resulted in many vacant posts in Mumbai and Pune,” Bakshi said.