New Delhi: Over 86,000 posts at different levels in police forces are lying vacant in Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.
According to latest Home Ministry data updated till 2007, a total of 86,012 posts -- 49,252 in Maharashtra and 36,760 in J&K -- are vacant.
Following them are Uttar Pradesh with 22,267 vacant posts, Bihar with about 22,000 and Andhra Pradesh with 19,268.
In Naxal-infested Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand there are 14,867, 13,007, 8,724 and 2,449 posts respectively, which have not been filled, according to the
The vacancies range from the rank of constable to Deputy Superintendents of Police. "We share our concern with state and Union Territories` administrations regarding these
vacancies. But they need to take steps in this regard since law and order is a state subject," a Home Ministry official said.
The condition in the Union Territories and North-East states is somewhat better except for Assam where 11,421 posts are vacant in the police force.
According to the data, Delhi Police have about 12,000 vacancies. There were 3,650 vacant posts in Manipur Police, 2,045 in Meghalaya, 787 in Mizoram and 282 in Sikkim. Nagaland is the only state where all sanctioned 33,487 posts remain
filled, it said.