Faced with a shortage of IPS officers in security agencies like Intelligence Bureau and CBI,the Home Ministry has appointed a former IPS officer to draw up a recruitment plan till 2020.
Former Director of National Police Academy Kamal Kumar has been engaged as a consultant to the Home Ministry and has been asked to submit his report on a new recruitment plan by May 31.
The necessity for taking such a step came as the country faces shortfall of IPS officers in agencies like the IB where nearly 50 per cent posts in the rank of Superintendent of Police and above earmarked for IPS are lying vacant.
The gap of 557 officers between the authorised strength of the IPS (3,889) and the actual (3,332) is a matter of “grave concern,” says Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Home Ministry sources said in the four years from 1994 to 1997,the recruitment to the IPS was 98,100,96 and 84 respectively. It was decided in 1997 to fill up vacancies by annually inducting 85 officers for the next five years.
But in 1998,the then Home Minister L K Advani approved only 36 posts when the question of deciding the number of IPS officers to be recruited in that year was considered.