The post of DGP has been lying vacant since February 1, following the retirement of AK Shukla Credit: File image

Agartala: In response to the letter written by former chief minister and leader of Opposition Manik Sarkar, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the entire process of appointment of Director General of Police (DGP) is being done in an absolutely legal and transparent manner.

The letter made available to EastMojo on Saturday reads that the state government had selected three senior-most IPS officials for the appointment but the UPSC panel contained two names. Among them, Amitabha Ranjan was selected. However, the Centre did not release him after which the state asked the UPSC to consider an officer of ADGP rank.

The state government later filed an IA petition before the Supreme Court of India pointing out the non-availability of three officers after which the court was pleased to agree with the contention of the state government.

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“…there will be nothing wrong if officer of seniority less than 30 years is appointed as DGP when UPSC includes such officers in the panel,” Deb wrote.

He also said that earlier the state government had appointed KTD Singh as DGP in 1997 while he had only 25 years of service experience. Additionally, K Nagaraj was illegally given two ad-hoc promotions to become DGP despite chargesheet in corruption case. His promotion as DGP had to be cancelled as the same was not as per rules.

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Talking about disbanding of the directorate by the government, Deb said that the government is trying to revamp the directorate so that it is able to perform its tasks effectively. The directorate is being given specific responsibility for improving the conviction rate in criminal cases. The government is trying to use this directorate effectively by assigning important tasks to it.

He also said that the state government has also decided to use 398 of them as drivers because they have the driving licence and requisite skills. They will also be paid a higher wage of Rs 9,000 per month for their skilled job. This clearly indicates that the state government is keen to utilise the space in an effective manner.

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The recent decision to appoint additional 1,100 Special Police Officers is based on assessed needs so that they help the police set up at field level in ensuring peace and security. This will also provide jobs to unemployed youths who need to be taken care at this point of time.

Earlier, Sarkar in his letter to the chief minister, expressed dissatisfaction over the decision to give relaxation of five years in appointment of Director General of Police (DGP), annulment of the directorate and recruitment of special police officers (SPOs) instead of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and civil police.

The post of DGP has been lying vacant since February 1, following the retirement of DGP AK Shukla on January 31.

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