The sanctioning of police force in Gujarat is still based on criteria devised on the basis of the 1960 census data which is almost redundant now, prompting the state government to revise it.
The state is now trying to devise new standards of sanctioning the police force based on the current demographic scenario, police sources said.
"First time the scheme of sanctioning police force in the state was devised at the time of creation of our state and it definitely needs revision, no doubt about it. We are in the process of revision of the criteria for the sanctioning of police force," state Director General of Police (DGP) Amitabh Pathak told PTI.
"Though, out of the sanctioned strength of 92,545, many positions are not filled, we are consistently filling the posts," Pathak said.
The state DGP's office, in reply to an RTI query, has revealed that at present the sanctioned strength of total police force in the state is 92,545, including civil and district armed police.
"Existing numbers of sanctioned police force are based on the census data of 1960," it further replied.
"The criteria for the sanctioning is years old, process of setting up new criteria is in progress," the DGP office said in reply to the RTI query, sought by Mumbai-based NGO Kutch Ladayak Manch president Ramesh Joshi.
The government has also conceded that the current police force sanctioned is 'very low', as compared to the state population of more than six crore.
"Though existing total sanctioned police force is very low in view of the current standards, the government is increasing it every year," it said.