Govt stresses transparent police recruitment process
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 19:55
New Delhi: With over two lakh constabulary posts lying vacant across the country, the government has written a letter to all states and union territories to adopt transparent recruitment process for the police forces.

The letter mentions the new recruitment policy adopted by the Centre for all paramilitary forces and has sought suggestions to make overall induction process corruption-free and with minimum or no human interference, official sources said.

They said the idea mooted by the Union Home Ministry suggests use of machines or electronic applications for correction of written examination papers, maintenance of data, preparation of lists or rolls and for maintaining finger print or iris detail of candidates.

The electronic devices could also be used to record data relating to physical tests during recruitment.

As per the latest official data updated till January 1, 2008, a total of 2.67 lakh posts are lying vacant in police forces across different states and union territories in the country.

The government has authorised the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), a nodal agency to provide consultancy for the modernisation of police forces, to devise the road map for it.

"Since law and order is a state matter, we have written a letter to all the state governments and Union territory administrations asking them to shape technology-based transparent recruitment process that is free of any human interference. They have been also requested to make suggestions and give ideas in this regard," a senior BPRD official said.

He said the motto of this exercise was to assist in developing an information technology enabled system for the recruitment of policemen.

A total of 49,252 posts in Maharashtra and 36,760 in J-K, 22,267 in Uttar Pradesh, 22,000 in Bihar and 19,268 in Andhra Pradesh were lying vacant, according to the data.

In Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand, their numbers stood at 14,867, 13,007, 8,724 and 2,449 posts respectively, it said.

There are 13,057 police stations and 7,535 police posts in the country.


First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 19:55

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