In Need of Full-Time Heads

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March 10, 2021

What is the issue?

Various important Central forces organisations in India are functioning without a full time head.

What are organisations facing this problem?

  • The Special Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is given additional charge of heading the organisation.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been functioning without a regular Director.
  • The Director-General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is given additional charge as the Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF).
  • The elite National Security Guard (NSG) too is without a regular Director General for nearly six months.
  • The Director General of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is given in charge of heading the NSG.
  • The lone research and training organisation for the police forces of the country, the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), too, is functioning without a regular Director General.

What are the outcomes of this?

  • These central force organisations play a pivotal role in maintaining India’s internal security.
  • The BSF is the second largest force in the country after the CRPF.
  • It is unfair to give additional charge of another organisation (CRPF) when BSF is already combating militants in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
  • NSG comes into action in time of crisis like 2008 Mumbai attacks & it is entrusted with the responsibility of providing security to certain high-risk personalities.
  • This kind of additional charge has an adverse impact on the efficiency of these forces.
  • Officers holding provisional charge will seek to avoid taking major policy decisions and prefer to leave such matters to the next person in charge.
  • Moreover the heads of these organisations are appointed only when they are left with just a few months or a year to retire.
  • So there is little they can do within their short tenures.

What can be done now?

  • It is important that right kind of officers with the required skill and experience should be appointed in the right time.
  • The government could consider announcing the next chief of these organisations at least 3 months in advance with a minimum tenure of 2 years or till superannuation, whichever is later.
  • Preferably, those considered for these posts should be from among the officers who have served in these organisations earlier.
  •  A panel of officers cleared by the Union Public Service Commission could be always kept ready and the officers for the top posts could be chosen from this panel.
  • This will go a long way in speeding up decisions and enhancing the efficiency of these forces.

Source: The Hindu

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