Delhi has more special commissioners than the number of sanctioned posts. This has led to a situation where the promotion of six IPS officers of 1985
batch, AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories) cadre is being stalled. Four of the officers are posted as special commissioners (ADG rank) in the Delhi Police.
Apart from this, the present strength of joint commissioners is also more than the sanctioned strength. Overall, the force is facing a shortage of staff by 6,000.
Sources in the Delhi Police told The Indian Express that the sanctioned strength of Special CPs is 10. Currently, 15 Special CPs — including three Special Commissioner of Police (DG Scale) — are working with the Delhi Police.
Similarly, while the sanctioned strength of joint commissioners is 20, there are currently 22 of them. On the other hand, there is a shortage in the number of constables — 44,120 against the sanctioned strength of 46,707 — and head constables — 18,898 against the sanctioned strength of 20,817.
“A major controversy began after the arrival of an officer, who came after completing his four-year tenure of outside posting. To accommodate him along with two other special CPs, the Delhi Police had to create a post — ‘senior special CP’. This put them a rank below the police commissioner… However, many senior officials were not happy with the creation of the new posts. Two months later, the post was scrapped. But all three officers are still receiving pay at DG-scale unlike other special commissioners who are considered equivalent to ADG-rank officials,” said police sources.
Sources said to minimise promotions among senior rank officers, the Union home ministry decided to stall the procedure as an increase in the number of senior IPS officers puts a burden on the exchequer.
“The MHA has also observed that after being promoted from joint commissioner to special commissioner, some of officers do not go to other states as they are not ready to work outside Delhi…,” added the sources.