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CM requests for 10 IPS officers

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

Faced with shortage of IPS officers in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to consider allocation of at least 10 IPS officers on the basis of CSE-2017 to the State. Mr Patnaik pointed out that over the years the ministry has been allocating only four or five to the Odisha cadre as against higher requirement.

When the Ministry were 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.

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 (Recruitrnent) Rules, 1954 have been lying vacant since 1995 because of legal complications.

As such, only 90 officers are in position as against the total strength of 188 leading to 52 per cent of vacancy. The left wing extremism in the state needs to be taken in to consideration, noted the CM in his letter to Mr Singh on Sunday.