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12 states avoiding transparency in police jobs: Chidambaram

Raipur, June 2 (Calcutta Tube) Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Wednesday that 12 states had not responded to the central government’s suggestion for a transparent recruitment process (TRP) related to police reforms.

Addressing the inaugural session of the 40th All India Police Science Congress here, the minister said: ‘In the case of police reforms, the central government had recommended that state governments adopt the TRP. Of the 30 states, only Uttar Pradesh has actually implemented TRP.’

He said: ‘Four states have reported that they have their own TRP. Thirteen states have acknowledged the recommendations and no response has been received from 12 states.

‘The central government urged the states to adopt the salient recommendations of the National Police Commission. Some recommendations … are mandatory by an order of the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the progress is halting,’ he said in the presence of over 80 Indian Police Service officers from various states.

He said: ‘Let me take three recommendations — enactment of a new police act based on the Model Police Act; constitution of a state police establishment board and setting up a police complaints board. Only 12 states have enacted a new police act, only 14 have constituted a police establishment board and only 10 states have set up a police complaints board.’

He said that in order to assist the state governments, the central government had decided to set up a central academy for police training with a capacity to train 2,600 personnel in a year.

Two central detective training schools, each with a capacity to train 400 personnel every year, and 20 counter insurgency and anti-terrorist schools, each with a capacity to train 1,000 personnel in a year, will also be set up.

The three-day congress that opened at a hotel here will extensively discuss several issues, though terrorism and leftwing extremism will be the prime focus.

The event, organised by the Bureau of Police Research and Development in association with Chhattisgarh Police, will also discuss modernisation of police and use of data-management in the system.

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