Govt delays police promotion DPC despite HC ruling

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IMPHAL, October 10: In total disregard of the ruling of the High Court of Manipur to conduct the DPC for promotion of certain group of sub-inspectors to the rank of Inspectors in the police department of Manipur, the department has been deferring the said DPC several times without any obvious reason.

According to an independent investigation conducted by IFP, altogether 64 post of inspectors have been lying vacant as on October 2014 in the police department following which the Principal Secretary (Home) Government of Manipur on October 28, 2014 made a proposal to the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) to conduct a DPC to pave way for the promotions of the eligible sub-inspectors as per Service Rules/Recruitment Rules.

In response to the proposal, the MPSC on November 6, 2014 released an order for conducting the said DPC nevertheless the DPC was deferred without giving any appropriate reason.

Discontented with the development, a handful of sub-inspectors within the department who were eligible for promotion by the year 2011 petitioned the High Court of Manipur to expedite the promotion process.

Unfortunately, during the time of filing the petition the post of chairman of the MPSC was lying vacant. Given the circumstances, a single bench of Justice N Kotishwar Singh, had instructed the respondents which included MPSC, DGP to conduct the DPC within two months after the appointment of the MPSC chairman.

Following the direction of the HC, the MPSC scheduled the DPC on September 2, 2015 however the DPC was yet again deferred. In similar process, the DPC was fixed and deferred for the five time including September 12, 19 and October 9 with no obvious reasons.

The inability to conduct the DPC have raised serious question in the minds of some of the eligible candidates whether the incidents was politically motivated.

Against this backdrop, the Inspector General of Police (Admin), C Doungel, IPS, also made a proposal to the Principal Secretary (Home) (vide letter No. 3/30/16/2010/PHQ(Admn)8087) to add another 7 posts to the requirement 64 posts following the demise and superannuation of seven Inspector of Police as on May 6, 2015.

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