Calcutta, Dec. 24: As many as 22 IPS officers have challenged before a tribunal the Bengal governments’ decision to promote a “disproportionately huge number” of state-level officers to the cadre.
The IPS officers feel that such a practice would hurt the promotion prospects of direct recruits.
In the biggest collective action by IPS officers in recent memory, a case has been filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal against the state government.
Bengal government sources blamed shortage of direct recruits for the large-scale promotions that the IPS officers have termed as “discriminatory”.
The complainants, who belong to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 batches, have said in the case filed on November 14 that the “flagrant violation of the rules relating to such promotion” was adversely affecting the promotion chances of the direct recruits.
An IPS officer said: “In the past eight months, 30 officers of the state police service have been promoted to the IPS cadre. But since 2007, there have been 40 direct recruits. This has resulted in cluttering of batches, hurting genuine expectations of a fair career growth and giving unfair advantage to promotee officers at the cost of direct recruits.”
The petition states that the government was “acting in a partisan manner… with a covert spirit of distributing undue favour to its state cadre”.
It adds that some promoted officers have been given posts higher than direct recruits.
“This is an embarrassment for the state government. If the tribunal stays the promotions of the state-level officers, it will precipitate an administrative crisis as their future will become uncertain. It will also create tension between direct recruits and promotees,” an official said.
A ruling of the tribunal can be challenged in court.
The state government denied the charges. “We had sought from the Centre 15 direct IPS officers each for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, but our requests were never met. The sanctioned strength of direct recruits in Bengal is 347, but we have 232,” a home department official said. “The idea was never to create any rift but to give better services to people.”