68% police officer posts reserved for SCs lying vacant in Uttar Pradesh
Despite a high rate of crime against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, the posts for Dalit police officers in the state are lying vacant, a study has found.
Crime against scheduled castes is on a rise in Uttar Pradesh. The NCRB data showed that between 2015 and 2017, crimes against scheduled castes witnessed a spike of more than 36 per cent in the state.
Despite the extent of crime against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, the posts for Dalit police officers in the state are lying vacant, a study titled ‘India Justice Report’ has found.
In the police, like other government services, the government norms for reservation apply – 15 per cent positions are reserved for SCs and 7.5 per cent for STs.
In Uttar Pradesh, 68 per cent police officer level posts in the reserved category are vacant, the report mentioned.
Uttar Pradesh is followed by Haryana, where 59 per cent officer level posts reserved for the scheduled castes remain vacant. Bihar comes at third position where the vacancy was 48 per cent.
Of the total large 18 states analysed, Kerala and Gujarat were the only states where they had fulfilled the reservation criteria for filling officer level posts in the state police. After these two, came Karnataka, which had only 4 per cent such posts vacant.
The average of the percentage of posts vacant across 18 large states comes to 34 per cent. This means, the vacant police officer posts (in percentage) in Uttar Pradesh is double the national average.
One thing that also needs to be noted here is that Uttar Pradesh had received the worst police ranking by the Tata Trusts study, with a 2.98 score out of a total 10.
“Diversity is actualised through reservations for the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and, in some states, also for women and religious minorities,” the report said.
Not just the Scheduled Castes, police officer level posts reserved for scheduled tribes and OBCs are also vacant in most of the states. A 100 per cent officer level posts reserved for STs are lying vacant in Punjab, followed by 98 per cent in Haryana, 70 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 55 per cent in West Bengal and 54 per cent in Jharkhand.
Only four states met the criteria for filling the officer level posts for the STs. These states were Bihar, Karnataka, Telangana and Uttarakhand.
Overall, 49 per cent officer posts reserved for STs are lying vacant in the large states.
Vacancy for officer level posts reserved for the OBCs showed a grim picture. The average vacancy for the 18 large states turned out to be 46 per cent.
Eighty-two per cent officer level posts reserved for OBCs are lying vacant in West Bengal, according to the study. West Bengal is followed by Rajasthan (73), Madhya Pradesh (71), Uttar Pradesh (67), Gujarat (61), Haryana (61) and Maharashtra (52), where more than half of the reserved officer-level positions were lying vacant in the police force.
Only four states met the criteria of filling the vacant posts, namely – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Telangana.
Courtesy: India Today