Post Mortem

NPSA on posting of state service officers in Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/28/2020 1:22:24 PM IST

 The Naga political problem and the resultant insurgency, has been a long protracted issue from the days before India’s Independence without any real lasting solution being achieved till now. However, after the State was inaugurated as the 16th State of the country in 1963, administrative districts were created and along with it Battalions of Police forces were raised for maintaining law and order. The Police administration in the districts and battalions were headed and commanded by officers on deputation from the Army and Para-military during the initial years and later on by State Police officers. The State was plagued by insurgency for decades till ceasefire was declared and Ground Rules were enforced. During the period when the State was in the midst of heightened insurgency many inducted SPS officers and NPS officers were at the helms of affairs in the district facing untold pressures in their workplaces as well as threats to personal life.

The Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre was introduced in Nagaland in 1989 after 27 years of attaining Statehood where 22 (twenty two) Nagaland Police Service (NPS) officers were inducted as RR (IC) officers and 14 (fourteen) SPS officers were inducted into the IPS during the first two years and 2 (two) IPS (RR) officers were allotted to Nagaland in 1989. The SPS officers of the initial constitution and the inducted State Police Service officers have all served the Department and the State with distinction in all capacities and some have even went on to become decorated Director General of Police. The total strength of IPS cadre in the State presently is 75. Of this, 66.6% is for the IPS Regular Recruits and 33.3% is to be filled up by the State Police Service by induction. At present, about 20 (twenty) IPS (RR) officers are serving in the State in various capacities while many officers are on Central deputation. To add to this shortage, many IPS (RR) officers have resigned from service or changed their cadre which has created a situation where many Senior Duty posts in the Department are lying vacant in the State and are therefore, manned by officers on officiating promotions or by the NPS cadre officers.

The initial constitution officers and the State Police Service officers who have been inducted into the IPS during the initial years have served the State with devotion and honour as sons of the soil. The NPS officers are serving with the same dedication and rise to the rank of Superintendent of Police after almost 20 years of service and are inducted into IPS after 25-28 years of service. NPS officers who have served and are serving as Superintendent of Police in the districts have proven that effective policing is vastly determined by experience and wisdom acquired in dealing with law and order issues and handling various forms of conflict situations over the years.

The present law and order situation in Nagaland is largely peaceful in comparison to that in the past and also with that prevailing in many other states in India despite the protracted and unresolved issues. In such a precarious and unpredictable law and order situation, the District Police under the Superintendent of Police have to be proactive. The role of the District Police in assisting the District Administration also requires balancing the factors that connect the people, their customs and traditions and the need for an effective administration. The State Government has been exercising its prerogative of posting suitable officers to the districts and the officers have proved to be capable as reposed. To this effect, the DoPT taking exception to the posting of non-IAS officers as Deputy Commissioners in the districts may be true as a violation of the IAS (cadre) Rules, 1954, considering the post being IAS cadre posts. However, the circumstances under which the State Government, for effective governance, post its officers it considers suitable for a particular assignment is a prerogative that should be left to its wisdom and discretion.

NPSA President Vekhosa Ckg (NPS) and General Secretary Watichuchang Jamir (NPS)

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