Prefers an officer “aware of local issues” as State DGP
Kohima, April 9: In line with the PDA coalition’s slogan “Change is Coming”, the Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, Y Patton, who is also in-charge of the Home Department, has sought the removal of incumbent State Director General of Police (DGP) Rupin Sharma, an officer reportedly known for his uncompromising stand against any corrupt activities.
Patton as Home Minister in the previous DAN Government was accused of making massive backdoor appointments in the police department, as well as complicity in the MKR Pillai case that rocked the state Police Department.
As per reports, the PDA Government’s Home Minister has written to Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh on March 28 last citing reasons why he wants Sharma to pack his bags. Among his reasons is that the incumbent DGP is an inexperience officer who had superseded his seniors.
Sharma, a 1992 Batch IPS officer, was appointed as DGP in November last. He succeeded LL Doungel, who assumed office on November 26, 2014 on deputation from West Bengal.
“Shri Rupin Sharma has just 26 years of experience in IPS and does not possess the requisite experience necessary for being posted as DGP and above all his experience of serving in the State is very limited with just about one year as SP of Peren District. Hence it is imperative that an Officer having sufficient seniority and who is well aware of the local issues is posted as DGP of the State Police,” Patton stated in the letter to Rajnath.
He requested that the MHA consider posting an officer of sufficient seniority from other cadre as DGP Nagaland and recommended Lungriading (AM.190) to be considered for deputation to the State as DGP.
The Deputy CM also stated that State Government has been facing challenges due to shortage of IPS officers and that the Government had been requesting the Union Government for deputation of officers from other cadres to be posted as DGP. He said the appointment of Sharma was a stop gap arrangement.
“Actually to become DGP in other States of India one has to have completed 30 years of service but in the case of Nagaland as a special category, up to 28 years have been considered during the past years,” Patton said.
The Deputy CM could not be reached for his comments on the issue.
After taking over as the DGP, Rupin Sharma had gone all out to reform the Police Department as well as curtail corruption in the department. Earlier as DGP Prisons and Home Guards and Civil Defence, Sharma had initiated several innovative programmes to reform the prison system as well as rehabilitation of prisoners.
Lately the State Police Department has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ranging from corruption cases like embezzlement of funds to massive backdoor appointment alleged to have been made by the then Home Minister, Patton in the last NPF led DAN Government. The State Government is yet to come out with the findings on backdoor appointments.
Some student organisations have been demanding the Government to cancel all backdoor appointments in the Police Department.
The Home Minister had shifted the blame to his officers for such appointments.
There were reports of 959 Constables, 19 ASI and UBSI and seven LDAs being appointed in excess in all the District Executive Force, eight Nagaland Armed Police battalions, Police Training School and Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre without interview for the period 2013 to 2015.
But according to the then Home Minister, Patton that from 2013-2017, 2078 posts (UBSI-20, ABSI-21, SI NPTO- 21, MTSI- 2, ASI-17, Havildar- 35, THC- 22, Constables- 1901, Clerical- 39) have been filled up directly without any advertisement, which qualifies as backdoor appointment. The then Chief Minister, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu had defended Patton in the Assembly.
Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) had also flayed Patton on backdoor appointment.
The State Government has also kept the reports of controversial MKR Pillai who was Consultant in the Police Department in cold storage despite public outrage over alleged siphoning of State’s funds.
Sources said the current DGP is unlikely to compromise with corruption in the Department, going by all indications as DGP for four months. (Page News Service)