Nine-year cap order can send 10,000 cops out of Mumbai

India on 24 April 2014
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India | Source : dna; image source: flickr user Ashish Tibrewal

 DGP's circular also fixes two-year tenure for officials at one station

It's a marching order that can send about 10,000 police officers out of Mumbai.

In question here is a circular issued by the office of the Director General of Police (DGP) earlier this month.

The circular says all police inspectors (PIs), assistant police inspectors (APIs) and sub-inspectors (SIs) who have completed nine years or more in Mumbai will be transferred during this year's general transfers. This is expected to take place after the Lok Sabha election results are announced in May.

If enforced, more than 40% police officers will have to be transferred out of Mumbai. There are approximately 10,000 officers in the city now.

The circular also says all officers who have completed six years in a commissionerate or district and nine years in the Mumbai commissionerate will be transferred.

It also calls for a fixed tenure of two years for all PIs, APIs and Sis in one station.

This circular has been sent to all police stations across the state.

Officers posted in Special Branch, Crime Branch, Anti Corruption Bureau and other special units, who complete two years on May 31, 2014, will also be transferred from their current postings.

The order has created unease within the force. "It would mean more than 40% fresh officers who have never worked in Mumbai will have to be posted in the city," an officer said.

So many new officers could turn out to be counter-productive as they will not be aware of how the city functions.

"There will be two batches of disgruntled officers. This will adversely affect the functioning of the police department," said a police officer.

"PIs, APIs and SIs form the backbone of the force. These officers are in charge of investigations. They are also the ones who handle law and order related problems and city traffic," the officer added.


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