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    Jammu KashmirJK among states with highest number of IPS vacancies

    JK among states with highest number of IPS vacancies


    JK among states with highest number of IPS vacancies

    Srinagar, Dec 16: While the ruling parties, the PDP and BJP, differ over the restructuring of state police cadre (KPS), and is one among the states in with highest number of IPS posts lying vacant.

    The state has strength of 147 IPS posts but over 50 are lying vacant, according to figures of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

    The Union MHA said that there are over 800 IPS posts vacant in India with the highest number being in Uttar Pradesh followed by Karnataka.

    As per the details, the J&K is one among the five states having highest number of IPS vacancies thus affecting the work of officers' assigned additional charge. “Due to shortage of IPS officers, many officers are holding additional charge in the police department,” an official of the Home department said.

    The official said for the past six-years, the state government has failed to send a proposal to the Union Public Service Commission to fill the posts of IPS posts because of several litigations against the seniority list of KPS officers who are be inducted into the IPS cadre.

    “The restructuring of KPS cadre will help the state to end the additional charge syndrome as these officers would also be posted at the rank of DIG and IG,” the official said.

    Last week in a cabinet meeting, the ruling BJP opposed to the Home department's proposal to increase the number of top police posts for KPS cadre officers.

    Following differences with BJP ministers over the issue, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti set up a ministerial committee to examine a proposal on restructuring of state police cadre

    The panel has three ministers each from both the coalition partners — PDP and BJP — and that a solution to the issue would be found by the time of the next Cabinet meeting.

    “Chief Minister has set up a committee of ministers on the re-organisation of police (KPS cadres),” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said. The panel has been asked to submit its report within 10 days.

    He said the BJP has not opposed to financial and monetary benefits and grades to KPS officers, but objects to giving ranks.

    If the proposal gets clearance from the Cabinet, about 385 officials who would benefit are from Jammu region while 105 are from Kashmir region.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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