New Delhi: Facing acute shortage of IPS
cadres, the Home Ministry has dispatched 16 paramilitary
officers on probation to Naxal-affected states to work as
Additional Superintendents of Police.
The second-in-command and deputy commandant rank
officers have been drawn from CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB
and sent to Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and
"The officers have been sent on deputation when the
states told the Home Ministry that they don`t have enough IPS
officers to be posted as ASP in many districts," a senior
All the 16 officers have put in more than 10 years of
service in their respective organisations and have handled
sensitive assignments and worked in hostile environments,
including in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
The officers had undergone a brief special training on
jungle warfare before heading for the designated states and
places of postings.
"The officers will be fully under the command, control
and disposal of the respective state governments and work as
the ASPs of that state," the officer said.
The dispatching of the paramilitary officers to the
states also bears significance in view of the fact that the
Centre has already deployed around 60,000 central paramilitary
personnel in all Naxal-affected states and these officers
would help them coordinate at the grass-root level.