Current Public Administration Magazine (JANUARY 2019)

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1. Union-State Relations

Federal Imbalance

The Supreme Court’s directive that the states must select their police chiefs from a list of officers empanelled by the Union Public Service Commission is against the federal principles outlined in the Constitution. Public order is exclusively a state subject and hence, the appointment of the Director General of Police (DGP) should be left to the discretion of the state governments.

The SC, however, on Wednesday dismissed applications by five states that had sought a modification of the Court’s order in July last year, where it had reiterated the directives issued in Prakash Singh and others vs. Union of India & others in 2006. In Prakash Singh, the SC had ruled that the DGP of the state shall be selected by the state government from a list of the three senior-most officers of the department who have been empanelled for promotion to that rank by the UPSC. It also said the DGP should have a fixed tenure of at least two years. However, only five out of 29 states had approached the UPSC for empanelment.

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2. Law and Order Administration

Central Armed Police Forces

The Indian Police Service (IPS) continues to evoke mixed sentiments amongst all those it is meant to serve and lead. While it retains its prestige and allure amongst young aspirants, high-profile events such as the ugly mess in the CBI continue to dent the service. More fundamentally, every routine problem relating to the police in India is blamed on the service. Against this backdrop, the leadership provided by the IPS to five of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), namely BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF and CRPF, is now being questioned. Beside legal challenges by CAPF cadre officers seeking parity with the IPS, a Rajya Sabha committee has also recommended that leadership positions currently reserved for the IPS in the CAPFs may be abolished outright, or at least severely curtailed.

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