Govt stresses transparent police recruitment process
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
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
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
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.