High Vacancy in Odisha IPS Cadre, Second Only to J&K
Odisha has the second-highest active vacancies for its quota of the Indian Police Service (IPS) Cadre, at 72, second only to the recently carved out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. At present, J&K leads the vacancy list with 76 posts lying vacant.
To a question posed by BJD MP Sasmit Patra, Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told the Rajya Sabha that a total of 1510 Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and 908 IPS posts lay vacant across the country. Odisha has 58 vacant IAS posts, ranking fourteenth by order of the number of vacancies. The AGMUT cadre has the highest 116 vacancies, followed by 102 in Bihar and 100 in Maharashtra for the IAS positions.
The Union Minister also informed that the government had increased the intake of IAS cadre every year to 180 at present, from 55 in 1998. The batch size of IPS (direct recruits) has been increased to 200 from a tally of 150 earlier. The sanctioned strength for Odisha is 237 IAS and 188 IPS officers. The state’s administrative manpower has been further curtailed as currently 40 IAS and 30 IPS officers are on Central deputation.
More than 55 IPS posts are supposed to be filled up by internal promotion from the Odisha Police Service (OPS) force. However, these promotions have dried up because of the absence of eligible personnel. The state had discontinued direct recruitment of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) under Odisha Police Service for three decades since 1977 before resuming it in 2011. “Because of the prolonged halt in DSP recruitment, personnel in Odisha police eligible for promotion to IPS posts became rare. Now, with recruitment resumed, this situation should hopefully change by another few years,” said Sanjiv Marik, a former DGP.