Drawing Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's attention to the issue, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have not allocated IPS officers to Odisha Cadre as per the requirement over the years.
"I would, therefore, urge you consider allocation of at least 10 IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2017 to the state, which could help in meeting the manpower requirement of the state at the supervisory level," Patnaik wrote to Singh.
When the MHA was requested for allocation of 10 IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2014 as against 20 regular vacancies, it allocated only 6 officers to the Odisha Cadre, Patnaik said.
The MHA allocated 4 IPS officers each on the basis of CSE-2015 and CSE-2016 as against the requisition of 10 officers each for the state. Only 116 IPS officers are in the position, Patnaik said.
"Out of them 26 officers are on the Central deputation. All 57 posts to be filled up by promotion under the Rule 9 of IPS (Recruitment) Rules, 1954 have been lying vacant since 1995 because of legal complications. As such, only 90 officers are in the position in the state as against the total strength of 188 leading to 52 per cent of vacancy as on 01.01.2018," Patnaik said in the letter.
Noting that many districts of Odisha are affected with left wing extremism, Patnaik said the crime profile of the state in the background 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, he said.
"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," Patnaik said.
However, the chief minister said dearth of adequate police personnel at supervisory level is badly affecting the state government's efforts to improve the law and order, maintain peace and contain the LWE incidences.
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