No SP post, Himachal Pradesh Police Services officers face stagnation in cadre

No SP post, Himachal Pradesh Police Services officers face stagnation in cadre

Sanjay Kundu, Himachal DGP

Ambika Sharma

Tribune News Service

Solan, November 23

Himachal Pradesh Police Services (HPPS) officers feel there is a need for a cadre review to enhance promotional avenues by removing bottlenecks. The sanctioned strength of the HPPS officers is 189 with 140 posts of DSP and 35 posts of Additional SP while there is no post of SP in the cadre.

No promotion even after 11 years

The DSPs of the 2010 batch have failed to get promotion even after 11 years. A Sub-Inspector, on the other hand, gets two promotions during this duration and is promoted as DSP, rue HPPS officials.

Things have come to such a pass that the DSPs of the 2010 batch have failed to get promotion even after 11 years. A Sub-Inspector, on the other hand, gets two promotions during this duration and is promoted as DSP, rue HPPS officials.

If the HPPS officials are compared to the Indian Police Services (IPS) cadre or the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HPAS), their promotion is time-bound. To address their grievances, a six-member Board of Officials headed by Ashok Tiwari, ADGP, Law and Order, was constituted by DGP Sanjay Kundu earlier this year.

The DGP said the report of the six-member BOOs was forwarded to the Secretary Home some months ago and a fresh reminder has also been sent for further action.

The board had sought views from the HPPS on various issues including ratio in different ranks and creation of SP rank post in the HPPS.

A majority of the officials felt that the pyramid of the HPPS is too broad at the bottom with 140 DSPs and 35 ASPs and there being no post of SP in the HPPS cadre. Unanimity was arrived at for revising the ratio of SP to ASP to DSP to 1:2:4 i.e.27:54:108 to create regular promotional avenues.

“Broadening the pyramid at the top will create a pool of experienced officials like SPs and ASPs who, when inducted into the IPS cadre, will have gathered adequate experience and leadership exposure,” recommended the BOO.

“Enhancing cadre strength to deal with emerging challenges of policing, time-bound promotions vis-à-vis defence forces were the need of the hour,” said an HPPS official.

As many as 27 posts of SP have been recommended. In large districts

like Shimla, Kangra and Mandi, an SSP-level officer should head the district and there can be two SPs (urban and rural) of the HPPS cadre in

each district.

The board also proposed that 54 ASPs can be placed in seven key districts by upgrading the posts of DSP, besides posting them in other positions. 

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