For MP cops, no more promotions out of turn
Long after the gangs had been wiped out, the scheme continued to reward policemen for encounters with criminals or for excelling in sports. Now, such performers will get rewards like cash or firearms. “There were a lot of complaints that the undeserving were promoted, causing heartburn in a force where rank is very important,” DGP Nandan Dubey said, admitting the policy had degenerated.
Most beneficiaries in recent years were sub-inspectors promoted to inspector, leaving about 100 colleagues upset. The promotions invited charges of beneficiaries currying favour with IPS officers who recommend these promotions, and, occasionally, of bribery. Courts have passed strictures, especially relating to “encounters” that turned out to be fake later, and ordered demotions at times.
“It requires a team effort to eliminate criminals and dacoits but when only a chosen few get credit and promotions, the policy ends up demotivating the rest,” a senior officer said, recalling instances when criminals killed in “encounters” were found to be alive.
“In the larger interest, it was best to scrap the policy because it created unhealthy competition. Those with high morale don’t need this to perform,” said former DGP A R Puar.
Few states have such a policy. More than a dozen recommendations were pending with headquarters
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