The state government has said that the vacant posts in several units of the state police including the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) will be filled by March 2012.
Additional chief secretary (home) Umesh Chandra Sarangi told Hindustan Times, “A total of 4,200 trained officers should be available to the state police by March 2012. This will take care of the vacant posts in the ATS, as well as the other units of Maharashtra police which are facing a staff shortfall.”
Explaining how 4,200 personnel will be made available to the police, Sarangi said, “Last year, 1,200 persons received training at the Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik, who are yet to be assigned. There is another batch of 1,200 currently being trained at the academy who will be ready for service by March.
“Besides, we have requested the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) for another 1,800 persons, who, after training, should be available to us by March next year.”
When asked for the reason behind the shortfall in the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), especially at the rank of police sub-inspectors, posts for 89% of whom are lying vacant, Sarangi said, “Officers of the rank of police sub inspectors are employed through the MPSC. However, over the past three years, the exams have not been held on a regular basis, and hence the number of candidates available has gone down.”
The MPSC conducts exams for civil services in the state, and the successful candidates who have opted for police service are sent to the police academy for training.