Published On: Tue, Jan 21st, 2014

Major reshuffle in IPS cadre in Maharashtra likely

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Mumbai: A high-level in the is on the cards following directives by the Election Commission () and a proposed amendment to the state law on transfers.

J S Saharia, Chief Secretary to Government of Maharashtra

J S Saharia, to Government of

In view of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, the EC has asked the chief secretary to shift officers who are directly or indirectly associated with the electoral process and who will complete three years on May 31 on their present assignment.

“We are in the process of drafting a list of such officers from the rank of sub-inspector to additional DG. They will be shifted before the date stipulated by the EC,” a senior bureaucrat said.

Following the cabinet’s approval to a proposal to amend the law on transfers, an ordinance will be promulgated in a day or two to provide for shifting of those officials who have completed two years at a posting. “The tenure for police personnel has been reduced from three to two years,” he said.

It has been proposed that those officers who complete three years on their present assignment on May 31 will be shifted immediately, while those who have completed two years will be shifted in April-May during the general transfers, said the bureaucrat.

In the first phase, for effective implementation of the EC order, the home department will have to shift over 22 officers who will complete three years on May 31, whereas an 120 officials who have completed two years on present assignments will be shunted out during the April-May general transfers.

The moot question is will chief minister shift Mumbai’s high-profile police commissioner Satya Pal Singh who was due for a promotion as director general of police on April 1 last year.

But owing to differences between Chavan and home minister , no decision was taken on Singh’s successor. While initially, additional DG Ahmed Javed was the top contender, followed by Thane police commissioner K P Raghuwanshi and additional DG (state traffic) Vijay Kamble, later the entire batch of 1981 , including Rakesh Maria, were in the zone of consideration.
Again, on October 1, 2013, Ahmed Javed was due for promotion as director general, however, he has not been promoted so far.

The bureaucrat said that not only the Mumbai police commissioner, but the complete reshuffle has been delayed by a year due to differences between CM and Patil. over the list submitted by the home department.

“There appears to be lack of coordination between the DG office, home department and the office of the home minister, resulting in an inordinate delay in postings, promotions and transfer of officers,” he said.

The SC recommendations in the Prakash Singh case is also a cause of delay, the official said. “Most state governments have opposed the recommendations. Initially, Maharashtra agreed to abide by the orders, but later, it said its implementation will be difficult.”

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