Five months after it recommended the name of its Director General of Police Prakash Mishra for posting in CBI or any central police organisation, the Orissa government on Thursday withdrew the recommendation citing shortage of IPS officers.
While the IPS cadre strength in Orissa provides 188 posts, out of which 131 are direct recruits and 57 posts are under promotion quota, there are 80 posts vacant currently.
Sources said in a letter to Union Home Secretary, state Home Secretary Vipin Saxena withdrew the recommendation for any posting in CBI or central police organisation made in December 18 last year.
Mishra, a 1977-batch officer, became DGP in July 2012 soon after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik survived the coup by his mentor Pyari Mohan Mohapatra.
Though Mishra was tipped to get the post of special director in CBI, it did not materialise. Sources said the Narendra Modi government at Centre was now considering other names.
After taking over as DGP, Mishra successfully controlled the Maoist menace in southern Orissa districts.