It is the season of promotions for IPS officers. So, transfers and promotions of Indian Police Service officers across all ranks are expected to continue.
Following the elevation of 15 IPS officers from the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG) of police to that of IG a week ago, sources said the time is ripe for promoting officers of IG rank to that of additional director general of police (ADGP).
Apart from the recent DIG to IG promotions, the state government has elevated two ADGP rank officers — PC Thakur and HP Singh — to the rank of DGP and gave them new posts. These promotions were followed by some major reshuffles and allocation of new responsibilities to three senior IPS officers. They are Singh, Mohan Jha and Pramod Kumar.
While Singh is serving as director general of civil defence and home guards, Mohan Jha, ADGP, inquiry, was made the new commissioner of police.
Pramod Kumar, ADGP, police reforms, was transferred and appointed ADGP of CID, crime and railways and given additional charge of ADGP, intelligence.
This reshuffle has left two positions vacant, including that of ADGP, inquiry, as Jha has been appointed Rajkot CP and ADGP, reforms. Besides, three more ADGP level positions need to be filled, including, ADGP, prisons, ADGP of SC/ST cell and ADGP, law and order.
At present, state DGP PC Thakur is still in-charge of prisons while Ahmedabad CP Shivanand Jha is still in-charge of law and order.
According to a senior IPS officer in Gandhinagar, at least five IG level officers need to be elevated to fill up these posts. “We need ADGPs for inquiry, law and order, prisons, police reforms and one ADGP for the SC/ST cell. If the government wishes, it can appoint a separate ADGP for intelligence and appoint an ADGP-level officer for the post of CP of Vadodara city. If that happens, we will need seven ADGPs,” said the officer.
Ideally, an IPS officer can be promoted from IG to ADGP after completing 25 years of service. So, he needs to be officer of the 1987 batch at least. Among all the IGs in the state, eight fit in to that criterion, while two are border-line cases, belonging to the 1988 batch.
Thus, it is expected that the state government may elevate at least five of them to the rank of ADGP, based on their track record and seniority, and fill up the vacant or in-charge ADGP positions.
Sources have revealed that many probable candidates are eagerly waiting for these promotions for monetary reasons as ADGPs get at least Rs 12,000-15,000 more than an IG level officer.
Since the IG to ADGP promotions is due for long, officers are unhappy about losing that salary every month due to the delay in promotions as some have already completed 25 to 26 years in service and still stuck as IG.
The biggest hurdle for the government, many believe, is 1986 batch officer Satish Verma, who is serving as principal of police training college in Junagadh. Being one of the senior-most officers among the eligible lot of IGs in the state, it will be difficult for the government to ignore him while giving promotions.
And, since he is believed not to be in the good books of the government, many believe that Verma can be superseded and other eligible candidates would be promoted instead.