Reshuffle on cards after promotions, postings
Steps aimed at overcoming shortage of officers
JAMMU, Feb 26: For the first time, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has deputed a senior officer of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Island Police Service (DAINIPS), presently inducted into the Indian Police Services (IPS) in the rank of Inspector General of Police (IGP) to Jammu and Kashmir while another officer of erstwhile J&K cadre has returned to the Union Territory amid reports that three-four more officers of All India Services (AIS) will be shortly posted here.
With posting of two senior police officers and recent promotion of IPS officers by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC), a reshuffle at top levels of the Police Department has become imminent and is expected after the Administrative Council formally approves the promotions cleared by the DPC.
Official sources told the Excelsior that M N Tiwari, a DAINIPS officer of 1992 batch, who was inducted into IPS in 2004, has been posted into Jammu and Kashmir. He will get the rank of IGP here as two other 2004 batch IPS officers including Atul Goel and Bhim Sen Tuti were recently cleared for promotion as IGPs by the DPC of Police Department.
After Jammu and Kashmir was split into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on August 5, 2019, a number of officers of All India Services including IAS, IPS, IRS etc have been deputed to the twin UTs by the MHA in view of shortage of officers. However, this is for the first time that a DAINIPS cadre officer, though now inducted into IPS, has been posted in J&K.
DAINIPS is a federal Police Service administering Delhi and the Union Territory of India.
Hemant Kumar Lohia, a 1992 batch IPS officer of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre, which has now been merged into AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh Goa Mizoram and Union Territory), has also returned from deputation from the Border Security Force (BSF).
Lohia is in the rank of Additional DGP but his name along with his batch-mate Pankaj Saxena, who is on Central deputation, has been sent to the Union Home Ministry for promotion as DGP.
“The promotion clearance is expected shortly,” sources said.
They added that the name of Ashish Mishra, SSP Anantnag and an IPS officer of 2013 batch is under consideration for Central deputation.
“Three to four more All India Services officers including IPS are likely to be deputed to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh shortly,” sources said, adding the step is aimed at overcoming shortage of officers in both the Union Territories.
However, since Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are now Union Territories and J&K a part of AGMUT cadre, the posting of AIS officers into the two UTs will be a regular feature especially till shortage of the officers is over, they pointed out.
According to sources, with return of deputation of an ADGP rank officer, who is likely to be promoted as DGP shortly, posting of an IGP and promotion of senior IPS officers in the rank of IGPs and DIGs after formal clearance by the Administrative Council, a major reshuffle in the Police Department has become imminent.
While a number of IPS officers promoted as IGPs and DIGs are on Central deputation and will get proforma promotion, few others are posted in Jammu and Kashmir and will get new postings, leading to reshuffle in the Police administration.
However, according to sources, the Jammu and Kashmir Government is waiting for the Union Home Ministry order clearing promotion of two Additional DGPs as ADGPs before carrying out the exercise of reshuffle.
It may be mentioned here that while approving promotion of 11 IPS officers up to the rank of Inspector Generals of Police, the DPC had referred promotion of two ADGPs as DGPs to the MHA as powers for promotion in the rank of DGP in Union Territories are vested with the Home Ministry.
The DPC had, however, deferred the promotion of four IGPs as ADGPs in the absence of vacancies.