‘Constables appointed following established rules’
Dimapur, February 29: Facing flak over appointment of over 900 new police recruits (Constables) without conducting open recruitment rally, the Police Department in Nagaland today claimed that none of the Constables appointed in the department are ‘backdoor appointments.”
State Director General of Police, T John Longkumer IPS claimed that the appointments of Constables, which are made by the respective unit commanders, were in accordance with established rules, notifications and standing guidelines of the Government.
“Further the appointments are made in the same capacity and authority in practice since the creation of the Department,” he claimed.
The Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town (NTUCT) had exposed move to train around 1200 new police recruits at PTS and NAPTC Chumukedima in early February, whereas only 208 candidates were selected through an open recruitment rally conducted in November 2019. The NTUCT had declared that it will not allow training of the 1200 new police recruits, except the 208 recruits selected through open recruitment. Various students’ bodies and organizations had come out in support of the NTUCT stand.
But in a press release, the State Police clarified that as per the Nagaland Police Manual Part-III, Rule 20(A), the Unit Commanders viz Commandants of NAP Battalions and SsP of the DEF are delegated the authority for appointment of Police Constables.
“Since Police Department primarily deals with Law and Order Duties, vacancies cannot be kept for long. As such, the P&AR Office Memorandum No. AR-3/Gen147/2007 (Pt), Dated 7th Dec’2016, while setting out the procedure for filling up Grade-III & IV Posts in Government Departments, has exempted the Police Department from the purview of this Memorandum,” it said.
The State DGP said to streamline the excess appointment of Police Constables/ NCEs, the Government had issued an Order No. POL/ESTT/MISC/6/2018, Dated 5th Sept 2018, to constitute Scrutiny Committee, headed by IGP (Hqr) with DIGP (Hqr) and AIGP (Adm) as members. “The Committee after thorough scrutiny of the applications had to obtain the concurrence of the DGP and forward the eligible candidates to various units. On receipt of the selected list from PHQ, the Unit Commanders appoints the candidates after ensuring that the eligible criteria are fulfilled. All appointments were done against the clear existing vacancies.”
He said for the first time in the history of the Department, in the absence of no new battalion creation, an open recruitment rally was held in the year 2019 for filling up of 206 regular vacancies in the post of Constables “though, there is no mandatory provision for an open recruitment in the Nagaland Police Manual or any other order issued by the State Government.”
On the excess number of police recruits, the DGP claimed that since there was no training session for the year 2019, either in NAPTC or PTS, recruit constables trainees during the year 2020 is an accumulation of backlogs of open recruitment and those appointments made by the unit commanders through the PHQ Screening Committee and includes all such appointments from last few years.
In the whole process, the backward quota and 33% women reservation quota for appointments in the DEF is followed strictly, he claimed.
However, in view of the issue of appointment of Constables being discussed in the recently held Assembly Session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly and as per the assurance of the Chief Minister, Nagaland, the State Government constituted a High Level Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary level officer to examine and study all matters and procedures relating to recruitment of all ranks outside the purview of the Nagaland Public Service Commission in the Police Department and recommend necessary changes/ modifications for streamlining as well as for enhancing transparency in the mode and manner of the entire recruitment process.
The committee has submitted its report to the Government which is under examination, the release said.
The DGP also informed that public at large that any attempt by any unions/associations or individual to delay or stop the training of the newly appointed Constables will adversely impact the functioning of the Department in particular and the law and order in general. “The training institutes namely NAPTC and PTS located at Police Complex Chumukedima are professional centers of excellence and have been conducting training of the Recruit Constables for the last many years catering to the need of the state at large,” he added. (Page News Service)