Bhubaneswar, September 19, 2018: More than 11,000 police posts are lying vacant in the State.
This was revealed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly in response to a query of Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray.
“Four posts of IG, 11 DIG and SP, 23 ASP, 10 commandants, 18 deputy commandant, 164 DSP, 199 inspectors at different levels, seven subedar majors, 112 subedars, six another inspectors at different levels, 33 sergeant, and 1,330 sub-inspectors are lying vacant in the State. In total, there are more than 11,000 vacancies in the Police department of the State”
While Rourkela police district requires two Additional Superintendents of Police (ASPs), three Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs), 93 Sub-Inspectors, 27 Assistant sub-inspectors. The total vacancy stands at 246. Besides, there are 130 vacancies in the Sundargarh police range.
“Given the steep rise in crime statistics, such large-scale vacancies are a matter of grave concern. This needs immediate and serious attention. To deal with the menace of the increasing crime rate, Smart Police is the need of the hour and the first step in this regard should be to improve the capacity and Infrastructure of Police Forces,” said Ray.
Such a huge manpower deficiency can have an adverse effect on the effectiveness of the Department, added the lawmaker.
“After receiving the reply, I have raised my concern and urged the State Govt to take measures to fill up these posts at the earliest,” the MLA said.