DGP asks recruiting agency to expedite hiring of SIs

BHUBANESWAR: In the backdrop of acute shortage of in police stations across the state, director general of police (DGP) R P Sharma has expressed concern over the delay in recruitment of 645 sub-inspectors (SIs), advertisements for which were published in phases since 2015. Sharma on June 18 wrote a letter to the Odisha (OSSC), a major recruiting body of state government, to expedite the recruitment process.

“I have requested the OSSC chairman Major General Bhabani Das (retired) to speed up the recruitment process. Advertisement for recruitment for 327 posts of SIs was published in September 2015. Though three years already passed, the recruitment is yet to be completed,” Sharma told TOI. In his letter Sharma wrote that the main examination of the candidates was held last month. “You are requested to complete the pending viva-voce and psychological test at the earliest and complete the recruitment process so that the new recruits are available by October 2018,” the letter read.

The letter further said that no progress has so far happened since the publication of advertisements for recruitment of 134 sub-inspectors in December 2016 and 184 sub-inspectors in December 2017. “As sub-inspectors are deployed in police stations, their shortage has a far-reaching implication on the maintenance of law and order, crime control, case investigations and anti-Naxalite operations in the state. In view of the urgency, you are requested to complete all those recruitment processes in shortest possible time. The police headquarters will provide all logistics support for early completion of the recruitments,” the letter said.

Senior OSSC officials refused to comment when asked about the delay in completion of the recruitment process. Sources inside OSSC said the recruiters were overburdened with so many tasks. “We conduct direct recruitment of at least 85 different cadres of posts and services under various departments of the state government. We also run short of staff and logistics to expedite the recruitments,” an OSSC staff said.

As against the sanctioned strength of 3141, only 1990 sub-inspectors are currently posted in all the 619 police stations across the state. SIs carry out bulk of the policing tasks, mostly investigations in the police stations. “We do not think the government is serious to fill up the huge vacancies in police stations. With an increase in geographical areas and population, the expectations of people too has increased manifold. But our strength is going down every year. Proposed creation of model police stations in each and separation of law and order wing from investigation would be nonstarter unless the government makes massive recruitment,” a police inspector said.

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