The state government filed a reply in the HC on the issue of 26,000 vacancies in the police department
Sanjay Joshi, Ahmedabad: As on July 31, the state police department has informed the High Court that there are 217 vacancies in the state police department. The state government had stated the above fact in its reply to the Suomoto petition filed by the High Court in the whole matter. There are currently more than 3,000 vacancies in the state against a total of 1.04 lakh sanctioned posts in the police department. However, the government also clarified that the recruitment process for 214 posts has been started and as a result, the number of vacancies will be reduced to 12.
As per the facts stated by the state government before the High Court, there are 2107 vacancies for unarmed police constables and 5019 vacancies for armed constables.
Which leads the most vacancies in the police force. There are also vacancies for 3 unarmed police inspectors and 3 sub-inspectors. 117 posts of unarmed assistant sub-inspectors, 212 posts of unarmed head constables and 4 posts of armed assistant sub-inspectors have also been declared vacant. Apart from that, there are 6 vacancies in various categories of State Reserve Police. Out of these vacancies, it is proposed to recruit for 11,507 posts in 2019-20.
Suomoto’s non-disclosure application has been filed by the High Court in the case of a lack of working conditions for the police in the state and the vacancy of several important posts. In which a reply with detailed data from the state government has been submitted. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in 2016, the state government said that against the strength of a total police force of 1.06 lakh in the state, 30 posts were vacant as on January 31, 2018. Then on March 11, 2015, the Supreme Court directed the High Court to take suo moto action and directed the state to clarify the current situation of the police department.