**Bhubaneswar: ** Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to consider allocation of at least 10 IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2017 to the State, which would help in meeting the manpower requirement of the State at the supervisory level.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs has not allocated IPS officers to the Odisha cadre as per the requirement over the years. When the Ministry was requested for allocation of ten (10) IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2014 as against 20 regular vacancies, it allotted only 6 officers to the Odisha cadre. Similarly, it allotted 4 IPS officers each on the basis of CSE-2015 and 2016 as against the requisition of 10 officers each for the respective years,” stated the Odisha CM in his letter.
He further stated, “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 52% of vacancy as on 01.01.2018.”
The Odisha CM has also mentioned, “As you are aware, many districts of the State are affected with left wing extremism (LWE). 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. In this context, you may appreciate that the State Government is trying to address the situation by providing additional reinforcement through fresh recruitment of striking forces. However, dearth of adequate police personnel at the supervisory level is badly affecting the State Government’s efforts to improve the law and order, maintain peace and contain the LWE incidences.”