11 DIGs, 7 SSPs approved for promotion by DPC

11 SSPs get Selection Grade
*8 posts of IGPs identified, two on cards
Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Apr 19: In a major decision, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) today approved 11 Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) and seven Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) for promotion and granted Selection Grade (SG) to 11 SSPs making them entitled for promotion as DIGs in future.
While one of the DIGs SJM Gilani, who was on deputation with the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and figured at Serial No. 1 in the seniority list, has been given proforma promotion in his present organisation, 10 other DIGs have been promoted as IGPs.
The DPC comprising Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Home Secretary B R Sharma and Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda met here this morning after two adjournments during past one and a half month and approved the proposal of Police Headquarters for promotion of entire batch of 1994 IPS officers from DIGs to IGPs and 1998 batch IPS officers from SSPs to DIGs.
Official sources told the Excelsior that the DPC “approved for promotion” 11 DIGs of 1994 batch and seven SSPs of 1998 batch after about two hour long meeting in the Civil Secretariat this morning.
“As all IPS officers of 1994 batch and 1998 batch were eligible for promotion to next higher rank, they have been approved for promotion”, sources said.
Mr Khoda told the Excelsior that eight vacancies of IGPs for newly promoted officers have been identified while efforts were on to identify two other posts.
“The exercise would take next two to three days. We are trying to get two posts `outside the police’ for newly promoted IGPs like Transport Department etc where IPS officers had served in past. The entire exercise for creation of posts would be over in next two to three days”, he said, adding as far as promotion of seven SSPs to DIG was concerned, there was absolutely no problem of vacancies.
Ten posts of DIGs became available today itself with promotion of an equal number of officers as IGPs.
Even if one post `outside the police’ was available, the task would be over as IGP Vigilance Organisation Z H Chisti is retiring next month, which would create another post.
Mr Khoda said the Selection Grade has been given to SSPs, who had become entitled for it.
A final nod to promotions approved by the DPC would be given by the Cabinet, sources said, adding that a major reshuffle in Police Department was on the cards with promotion of 17 senior police officers. Adjustment of the newly promoted officers would lead to a major reshuffle in police hierarchy, sources said, adding the reshuffle would take place only when all 10 clear cut vacancies were proposed before the Cabinet.
Excelsior had exclusively reported that 11 DIGs and seven SSPs would be promoted in the DPC.
The DIGs promoted as IGPs included SJM Gilani, who was on deputation to CBI, Abdul Ghani, DIG Central Kashmir Range, Srinagar, Mohammad Suleman Salaria, DIG Vigilance, J&K, Sunil Sharma, DIG CID Jammu, Farooq Khan, DIG Jammu-Kathua range, Dr Kamal Saini, DIG IRP Jammu, PR Manhas, DIG Security J&K, Yogender Koul, DIG Crime, J&K, Alok Puri, DIG Administration, Munir Ahmed Khan, DIG North Kashmir Range, Baramulla and Abdul Qayoom Manhas, DIG Trainings, Armed Police Headquarters.
All of them were 1994 batch IPS officers.
The SSPs promoted as DIGs were Rajinder Gupta, SSP CID (Special Branch) Jammu, Parminder Singh, SSP Special Security Group, J&K, Showkat Ahmad Malik, SSP CID (Special Branch) Kashmir, Ahfadul Mujtaba, SSP Vigilance, Jammu, Abdul Hamid, Commandant IRP Ist battalion, Mushtaq Mohammad Sadiq, Principal, Police Training College (PTC), Manigam and Shakeel Ahmad Beigh, SSP Udhampur.
Eleven SSPs, who have been given Selection Grade making them entitled to promotion as DIGs in future are, Anand Jain, former SSP Jammu, SR Samuel, Commandant IRP 13th battalion, Nitish Kumar, who was on deputation with National Investigating Agency (NIA), Manmohan Singh, SSP Traffic Jammu, Ashkoor Ahmad Wani, SSP Poonch, Ali Mohammad, SSP CID Headquarters, Vijay Singh Samyal, Commandant IRP, JL Sharma, SSP Kathua, Bashir Ahmad Itoo, SSP Human Rights Commission, Israr Ahmad Khan, SSP Samba and Nissar Ahmed, SSP Crime Branch, Jammu.
All of them were 1999 batch IPS officers.
The promotions were due for past quite sometime and had been hanging in balance. The DPC fixed twice during past one and a half month had to be cancelled due to different pretexts.
Sources said the DPC finally met this morning for two hours. While there was consensus on promotion of seven SSPs to DIGs as clear cut vacancies were available for them, the problem did crop up in promotion of DIGs to IGPs in the absence of 10 vacancies, which were required for promotion of entire 1994 batch IPS officers. Rouf-ul-Hassan was the only 1994 batch officer, who had already been promoted as IGP and posted as IGP Armed/Indian Reserve Kashmir.
Since one of the DIG SJM Gilani was to be given proforma promotion in view of his posting with the CBI, only 10 posts of IGPs were required in the State.
The DPC also sought clarification on Annual Performance Report (APR) of a DIG, which was clarified by the Police Headquarters paving the way for promotion of all DIGs of 1994 batch, sources said.
They added that eight vacancies of IGPs have been identified by the Police Headquarters and efforts were on to identify two other posts. Police authorities were trying to identify two posts `out of Police Department’ i.e. in the civil administration like Transport etc. An IPS officer had earlier held the post of Transport Commissioner. Sources said the exercise would be completed in next two to three days after which all 10 vacancies would be placed before the Cabinet for promotion and postings of 17 officers.
Four cadre posts of IGPs, which were available for promotions included IGP Crime, J&K, IGP Security, Director Sher-I-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) Udhampur and IGP Technical Services J&K. While Raja Aijaz Ali and Dr Ashok Gupta had retired as IGP Crime and Director SKPA respectively, Arun Choudhary and Ashok Gupta had earlier held the post of IGP Technical Services and IGP Security. Mr Choudhary was presently posted as IGP Police Headquarters.
The Government sanctioned the cadre posts. Three ex-cadre posts, which have already been created by the Government included IGP Human Rights, IGP Law and Order and IGP North Kashmir Range Baramulla. However, there were less chances of an officer getting posting as IGP NKR Baramulla range as the post was created during summer unrest of 2010.
Gulzar Singh Slathia, IGP Armed had earlier held the post of IGP Human Rights while Pankaj Saxena had served as IGP NKR Baramulla.
Other posts included IGP/MD Police Housing Corporation and Director Civil Military Liaison.
Sources said there was no proposal before the DPC for promotion of IGPs to Additional DGPs due to only one vacancy. There were four IPS officers of 1987 batch and the Government wanted to promote all of them simultaneously as ADGPs after creation of three more vacancies.
According to sources, there was only one vacancy of ADGP in CID. Four IPS officers of 1987 batch included VK Singh, who was on Central deputation in Singapore, SM Sahai, IGP Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, IGP Jammu and Owais Ahmad IGP Personnel/Training Police Headquarters/Technical. First three of them were Regular Recruits (direct IPS officers) while Owais Ahmed was KPS conferred with IPS from 1987.
Two IPS officers of 1987 batch-Dr Ashok Gupta and Raja Aijaz Ali had retired on February 29 as Director SKPA, Udhampur and IGP Crime.
VK Singh is scheduled to return to the State in June or July this year after completion of Central deputation.