New Delhi, Sept. 19: A home ministry proposal to “re-employ” CRPF director-general K. Vijay Kumar appears to have hit a hurdle in the Prime Minister’s Office with 10 days to go for his retirement.
If the plan is eventually cleared, the country’s largest paramilitary force will possibly be the first central security agency to have a boss on “contract”.
Sources said the cabinet secretary’s office had raised queries on behalf of the PMO about the “re-employment” — essentially an extension. “In case a year’s re-employment has to be given, it will need an amendment to rules,” said a source, adding that there had been at least eight questions over the past few weeks.
Service rules for IPS officers like Kumar do not allow re-employment. The norms can be changed through a subordinate legislation by the ministry in concurrence with the appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC), headed by the Prime Minister and with the home minister as one of the members.
The PMO, however, is wary of setting a precedent on “re-employment”. Its main concern is that such extensions could also be sought for the directors of the Intelligence Bureau, BSF, RAW and the CBI. All will retire by this year-end.
P. Chidambaram had, as the then home minister, proposed a year’s extension for Kumar in the form of contractual appointment once the officer retires on September 30. Current minister Sushil Kumar Shinde endorsed the recommendation. But the final decision rests with the PMO.
In the past, IAS officers have stayed in service after retirement — former home secretary Madhukar Gupta had got a three-month extension as did former cabinet secretary B.K. Chaturvedi a few years ago.
But Kumar’s case is different. Sources said an extension for him would mean that the CRPF — a two-lakh-strong force — would be led for the first time by someone who technically would not be an IPS officer. The heads of most security agencies are usually IPS officers.
Kumar had been appointed after Maoists killed 75 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in April 2009.