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Bengal and Kolkata police allowed to recruit sub-inspectors

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Despite initial objections from the personnel and administrative reforms department and after dilly dallying for nine months, the state secretariat has allowed both Bengal and Kolkata police to recruit officers of the rank of sub-inspectors on their own instead of through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) this year.
The move will enable recruitment of 700 and 144 SIs under Bengal Police and Kolkata Police respectively through their recruitment boards.
Some in the state’s administrative circles, however, apprehend that this increases the chances of irregularities in the recruitment process.
According to the existing police recruitment norms, recruitment of SIs is to be done through the public service commission. With the formation of the SSC two years back, recruitment of group B and C employees was handed over to it. But the recruitment rules of the police boards have not been amended in this regard. Presently, the recruitment boards of Kolkata Police and Bengal Police conduct recruitment of constables and departmental exams.
A proposal for recruitment of SIs through police recruitment boards instead of SSC was sent to Nabanna in February. But it faced strong objection from the state Personnel and Administrative Reforms (PAR) department which argued that it was unprecedented to bypass the staff selection commission and efforts should be made to amend the rules instead of conducting recruitment on their own. It apprehended that other government organisations too would demand conducting recruitment on their own. To this, Kolkata and Bengal Police said that amending the rules would delay the process and they wanted the recruitment process to be conducted fast.
In fact, in order to ascertain that recruitment process is not delayed if it is conducted through the SSC, PAR had asked the commission whether it would be able to complete it within 23 weeks, which the latter confirmed. Despite this, arguments and counter-arguments continued for nine months and finally the matter was resolved after the director general of police, GMP Reddy issued a 36- page letter justifying why they can conduct the recruitment in a better manner.
As such, permission was given on the ground that the recruitment rules of the police recruitment boards haven’t been amended yet.
It may be mentioned here that the police recruitment board has already been given an exception last year and conducted recruitment on their own.The same is being repeated this year, said a senior official.(sns)

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