In the line of opposition fire over alleged slide in law and order situation, the Bihar government has decided to strengthen its forces by recruiting 9000 constables in the state police and Bihar Military Police.
The government has also approved a proposal for setting up police academy to provide training facilities to the personnel. The state does not have a police academy after the one in Hazaribagh went to Jharkhand after the tribal state was curved out of Bihar in 2000.
The state cabinet at its meeting in Patna late Tuesday evening approved the home department's proposal to go ahead with the recruitment of 9000 constables, Cabinet Secretary Girish Shanker said on Wednesday.
The centralised appointments would be made by a recruitment board headed by an officer of the rank of additional director general of police or IG. Besides, there would be a DIG or SP belonging to the scheduled caste/scheduled tribe and a nominee of the department of personnel on the board.
The candidates would have to take a written test of 300 marks and successful aspirants would have to undertake physical tests.
The cabinet, Shanker said, approved lowering of the height criteria for SC/ST candidates from 165 cm to 162 cm.
The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 18 crore for creation of infrastructure and training facilities at the proposed police academy at Rajgir in Nalanda district which would have an ADG or IG rank officer as its Director.