79 posts of IPS officers lying vacant in Odisha

New Delhi: A total of 79 Indian Police Service (IPS) posts are lying vacant in Odisha, where the sanctioned IPS posts are 188, Home Ministry data shows.

Across the country, more than 900 IPS posts are yet to be filled.

The data added there is a shortage of 908 IPS officers in the country as on January 1, 2016, out of a sanctioned strength of 4,802 personnel.

In Uttar Pradesh alone, 114 positions of senior police officers are lying vacant.
At present, 3,894 IPS officers are in service while 140 probationers of the 2015 batch are undergoing training.

“The gap is huge considering the fact of the country’s ever-increasing population. We are trying to recruit more and more officers in IPS every year,” a senior Home Ministry official said.

The government’s effort to mitigate the shortage of IPS officers by holding Limited Competitive Examination was stalled due to a number of litigations in different courts.

Officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police of State Police Services, Assistant Commandants of Central Paramilitary Forces and Captains and Majors of Defence Forces fulfilling certain criteria were eligible for appearing in the said examination.

“A large number of court cases have been filed against Home Ministry, UPSC, Department of Personnel and Training and Ministry of Defence challenging various aspects of the scheme.

“At present, the matter is sub-judice,” the official said.

(With PTI inputs)