The state government on Thursday took a policy decision to realise chief minister Nitish Kumar’s promise of filling 35% of posts in the state police with women in constable and sub-inspector ranks. The recruitment process to fill up the vacancies will start soon.
In another important decision, it also gave the go ahead to reorganise the district armed police force in companies. Officials said the force personnel would be grouped in 242 armed fighting units.
The decisions were taken at a high-level meeting on policerelated issues chaired by the chief minister at his official residence and attended by chief secretary A K Sinha, principal home secretary Amir Subhani and DGP Abhayanand.
Referring to the constitution of the 242 new companies, the DGP said 44 specific anti-riot companies would be constituted while the rest of the proposed companies would be responsible for carrying out anti-extremist operations and organised crime. Posts of middle tier police personnel like sub-inspector, inspector and DSP would be sanctioned to man the companies.
The anti-riot force would be equipped with the latest antiriot weapons. In yet another important decision, the meeting discussed the modalities for recruitment of women personnel in the uniformed force as per a policy decision to provide 35% of the posts to the fair sex against 47,000 vacancies existing with the police force at present.
The appointments to be made, to improve the publicpolice ratio in the state, would be completed in a phasewise manner over the next five years. “It was decided to appoint women personnel in the uniformed force against the sanctioned posts in two phases.
The provision for 35% posts for women is in addition to the existing 3% of reserved posts for women belonging to extremely backward classes,” said Abhayanand. He also said the proposal for recruitment of women constables and subinspectors would be sent to the cabinet for its approval soon.
Besides, it was also decided that aged police personnel would be assigned the task of civil policing to tackle petty fights and cases of enmity among people. The chief minister also gave his nod for creation of a post of director-in-chief in the forensic science laboratory. The incumbent to the post will be a person having expertise in forensic science.
“A directorate will be formed by clubbing the forensic science laboratory, finger prints bureau and photo bureau, which will be headed by the director- in-chief,” said the DGP. “The decisions will go a long way in strengthening the forensic science unit mandated the job of carrying investigations of criminal cases in a scientific manner,” he added. The meeting also discussed the need for better financial management of police department so that rising costs of establishment and other expenses could be managed properly.
Those present in the meeting included director general Sunit Kumar, ADG (headquarters) Rabindra Kumar, ADG (special branch) Rajesh Chandra, ADG (CID) A K Upadhyay, IG Anupama Nilekar and IG (operations) Amit Kumar.