Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 7:
Odisha accounts for the maximum vacancies in terms of percentage of IPS (Indian Police Service) officers’ posts lying unfulfilled across the country.
Of the 906 IPS posts lying vacant, Odisha accounts for 42 percent, followed by Nagaland (37), Jammu & Kashmir (33), Manipur (32), Karnataka (29), West Bengal (28), and Uttar Pradesh (25).
In response to an RTI query by Lucknow-based social activist Sanjay Sharma, the home ministry has disclosed that 906 posts meant for IPS officials are lying vacant across the country.
Of these 906 vacancies, 129 are to be filled in Uttar Pradesh alone. There are 4,754 posts for IPS officers in the country and of this, only 3,848 have been filled.
Sharma said he had sent an RTI query to the Home Ministry on May 17 seeking a detailed breakup and actual status on IPS postings.
While UP has the highest vacancies with 129, West Bengal has 98 followed by Odisha with 79, Maharashtra 62 and Karnataka 59 posts lying vacant. After the separation of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh has 144 posts, of which 26 are vacant. In Telangana, 21 of the 112 sanctioned posts are without an incumbent, the RTI response said.
The states having the least number of vacant IPS posts are Rajasthan and Sikkim. The direct intake of IPS officials was 103 in 2005, 130 in 2008 and 150 in 2009. In 2013, the number was 145 and in 2014 there were 145 IPS probationers.