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Chidambaram admits policing India ‘formidable’ task

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Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said policing a country of over 1.1 billion people in a troubled neighbourhood is difficult, especially if the nation has an ill-equipped police force. “Policing a country of over 1.1 billion people is not an easy task. Policing a country in a troubled neighbourhood makes the task more difficult. And policing a country with insufficient police stations and inadequate and ill-equipped police force makes the task almost formidable,” Chidambaram said in his inaugural speech at the 40th All India Police Science Congress in Raipur.

Throwing light over the inadequate number of police personnel in the country, the home minister said there were 335,000 posts vacant in all ranks of the police. “According to figures given to the central government, the total number of sanctioned posts as on March 31, 2010, in all ranks, is about 21 lakh. Of these, about 335,000 posts are vacant. Chidambaram also said that 12 states had not responded to the central government’s suggestion for a transparent recruitment process (TRP) related to police reforms.

Addressing the inaugural session of the 40th All India Police Science Congress here, the minister said: “In the case of police reforms, the central government had recommended that state governments adopt the TRP. Of the 30 states, only Uttar Pradesh has actually implemented TRP.” He said: “Four states have reported that they have their own TRP. Thirteen states have acknowledged the recommendations and no response has been received from 12 states. “The central government urged the states to adopt the salient recommendations of the National Police Commission. Some recommendations … are mandatory by an order of the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the progress is halting,” he said in the presence of over 80 Indian Police Service officers from various states.

He said: “Let me take three recommendations — enactment of a new police act based on the Model Police Act; constitution of a state police establishment board and setting up a police complaints board. Only 12 states have enacted a new police act, only 14 have constituted a police establishment board and only 10 states have set up a police complaints board.” “Thus, the police population ratio for the whole country is about 160 per 100,000 people. This ratio is much lower than the international norm… conceals more than it reveals,” he said. In Bihar, he said, the number is as low as 75, in Uttar Pradesh it is about 115, in Andhra Pradesh it is about 125, in Orissa about 135 and in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand — the two states most affected by leftwing extremism — the figure is 205.


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  1. Police stations exist only in name in some districts most affected by left wing extremism, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

    “The distribution of force among police stations is badly skewed, there are not enough police stations. Even where there is a police station, the strength of the force is often no more than 20. In some of the districts most affected by left wing extremism, the police station exists only in name,” the minister said in his inaugural speech in Raipur at the 40th All India Police Science Congress.

    He said: “I do not wish to name the states or the police stations but, believe me, there are police stations where the station house has been blown up.”

    Looks a lot like FATA and NWFP, dunnit…?

    Simon Seaton

    June 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

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