Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the Centre to allocate at least 10 more IPS officers to Odisha Cadre.
In his letter to Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh, the Chief Minister drew his attention to the fact that the Ministry has not allocated IPS officers to the Odisha Cadre as per the requirement over the years. He said that when Ministry was requested for allocation of ten IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2014 as against 20 regular vacancies, it allotted only six officers to the Odisha Cadre.
“Similarly, it allotted four IPS officers each on the basis of CSE-2015 and 2016 as against the requisition of ten officers each for the respective years. Out of 131 IPS posts provided under regular recruitment category for the state, only 116 IPS officers are in position. Out of them, 26 officers are on Central Deputation. All the 57 posts to be filled up by promotion under Rule 9 of IPS (Recruitment) Rules, 1954 have been lying vacant since 1995 because of legal complications. As such, only 90 officers are in position in the state as against the total strength of 188, leading to 52 percent of vacancy as on 01.01.2018”, the CM said.
As many districts of the state are affected with left wing extremism, the crime profile of the state in the backdrop of such rising threat has become a cause of concern and has necessitated reassessment of the need of police personnel. This is essential as much to maintain law and order as to ensure unhindered development activities being taken up across the state, Naveen added.