Promotion to the next rank brings with it elevated financial incentives, further energy, and validates a civil servant’s laborious work.
Sadly for some within the ranks of Punjab Police the motivational instrument that’s promotion is lacking for the final 9 years.
Realising the significance of this, the highest brass of the police determined to advance officers from site visitors, basic and government, and different cadres to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) to fill the vacant posts, as per particulars obtainable with the Specific Tribune.
Nonetheless, a lot to the dismay of officers, career-advancement hopes have been rapidly dashed by the Police Guidelines 2021.
Beneath the earlier guidelines laid out by former IG Javed Iqbal, who served from 2011-2012, a two-year area posting was made necessary for promotion of cops of all cadres from grade 17 to grade 18 on the publish of SP of their respective cadres.
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Then got here IG Haji Habib-ur-Rehman, who served the folks of Punjab in 2012-2013. He eliminated the requirement of two-year area postings because of which promotion boards of cops of different cadres moreover site visitors have been held.
Resultantly, many obtained promotions other than the unfortunate site visitors cops. Quick ahead to the current day and the present authorities within the new police guidelines launched in January 2021 has reinstated the situation of a compulsory area posting of two years for development to the publish of SP.
This bureaucratic backwards and forwards weighs closely on affected officers like Mazhar Ahmed Wattoo, Mohammad Ahmed Saleem, Shahbaz Dhako, and Ikram Khan who after ready almost a decade for promotion, needed to retire as DSPs because of reaching the utmost service age of 60 years.
Others like them who’re disgruntled on the division, advised the Specific Tribune, on situation of anonymity, that each officer has a dream of being SP, however our goals have been shattered.
“Within the inside battle between Ranker and PSP within the police, solely site visitors cadre cops have suffered,” they stated.
Preserving the brand new guidelines in thoughts, the now changed IG Police, Inam Ghani, convened a promotion board assembly, earlier than his posting as IGP Railway Police, of site visitors officers to take a look at a panel of 21 site visitors officers of Grade 17 to fill seven obtainable posts of Grade 18 SP site visitors police.
Nonetheless, two cops of the overall and site visitors cadre, Sajjad Haider Bhatti and Shafiq Ahmed, identified the brand new guidelines don’t apply to them as they got here after the 2 officers had accomplished the junior command course which was the eligibility standards for transferring up the ranks to SP as per the earlier guidelines.
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On responsibility site visitors cops, talking on situation of anonymity, knowledgeable the Specific Tribune, that final yr just one DSP was promoted to the rank of SP and remainder of the instances are pending underneath the guise of guidelines.
The officers stated, “it’s too late for a lot of of our colleagues [to get promoted] as they will retire both this yr or subsequent.” They demanded that police officers take a daring step and promote this yr’s site visitors cadre officers.
“After ready 6 years we have been despatched for the junior command course and now that now we have accomplished the course, we needs to be promoted to the publish of SP Site visitors,” they lamented.
The brand new chief of the Punjab Police, Sardar Ali Khan, seconded the views of the outgoing Ghani and stated that advantage and transparency can be given precedence for promotions to the posts of Inspector, DSP, and SP within the police.
“All police personnel and officers will likely be promoted on advantage and there will likely be no deviation from the foundations and rules laid down. So far as I do know, the matter is all up and shortly a gathering of the promotion board will likely be convened and the officers will likely be promoted,” Khan advised the Specific Tribune.