IPS Association has no demand
THE IPS Officers? Association has finally dumped its oft-repeated demand of introduction of police commissioner system in the State, so as to avoid any adverse comments from the political leadership. While the issue had been in the minds of the officers for a long time, Governor TV Rajeswar gave it an official colour in his Police Week address last year.india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 01:21 IST
THE IPS Officers’ Association has finally dumped its oft-repeated demand of introduction of police commissioner system in the State, so as to avoid any adverse comments from the political leadership. While the issue had been in the minds of the officers for a long time, Governor TV Rajeswar gave it an official colour in his Police Week address last year.
However, now the association has struck off the demand from its agenda. “We don’t have any such demand on our agenda”, commented association secretary Kamal Saxena.
Ruling out the possibility of discussing frequent transfers and posting of IPS officers for political reasons, Saxena said most of the demands of the IPS officers had been accepted. “There is nothing new to raise”, he commented.
Presumably, the police officers appeared wary of raising any contentious demands because of the rising crime graph and the failure of the department in controlling the situation during the last one year. Thus, the officers will try to play it safe at the officers conference to be addressed by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on February 4.
Last year after the governor’s plea for commissioner system, some executive committee members had chalked out the roadmap for this purpose but in the absence of positive response from senior officers, the move failed to take off.
However they are looking with hope at the demand of IAS Officers Association about withdrawal of the State government’s powers about their suspension.
Since Centre had delegated this power to the State, the police officers feel that any such move would help them also.
The IPS officers appeared crestfallen and did not see solution to their demands in near future. In fact with the government looking the other way, over the years the officers’ problems have only compounded. It is for this reason that the young IPS officers have been gradually losing hope in the association also.
Stagnation in promotion has caused frustration among them. They are also not happy with the lackluster functioning of the association. There is strong feeling among the officers that the association has utterly failed to take up the issues.
The “spineless” approach of the association in dealing with the issues has led to widespread resentment. But senior officers are not ready to stretch the issue beyond a point. “There is no collective bargain”, said an officer.
First Published: Jan 24, 2006 01:21 IST