Govt to Supreme Court: Won’t take officials from forces in IPS through exams

Even as the police-population ratio remains severely below par in the country, and there is a shortfall of close to 16 per cent in the Indian Police Service (IPS) ranks, the government has told the Supreme Court that it does not want to induct IPS officers through the Limited Competitive Exams (LCE) any longer.

The government has submitted in its affidavit to the court that besides being in favour of scrapping the policy altogether, it also does not wish to take in those who have already cleared these exams. It has argued that their induction could lead to litigation from IPS officers recruited directly, as the current seniority structure will be destabilised. Besides, it contended, due to the delay in induction, LCE aspirants have become “older” and “will become a liability for the government”. The affidavit has come as a shock to approximately 240 aspirants from the armed forces and paramilitary forces who took the exams in 2012. Many of them argued the declaration of results were first delayed and now the whole scheme is being scuttled at the behest of the “IPS lobby”, which, they alleged, does not want their “elite service to be diluted”.

The LCE scheme was mooted by the UPA in 2009 based on the Kamal Kumar committee report and approved in 2010 in view of the massive shortfall – close to 25 per cent – envisaged in the IPS ranks in the coming years. The government allowed officers from the armed forces, central armed police forces (CAPF) and the state police to get lateral entry into IPS through LCE to bolster the numbers.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) held the exams in 2012 in which 240 candidates appeared. As many as 80 were to be selected through the exams envisaged for two straight years. The UPSC, however, held back the results on account of various litigation.

As carried in IE

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